Cricket Italia Team of the Century

Damian Balassone builds on recent Almanac conversation around sports players of Italian heritage with this: the Italian cricket team of the century. Did he miss anyone?

International Christmas Foods and Christmas in Japan

Imagawa-san shares an insight into how Christmas Day is spent in Japan, as well as taking us all on a culinary tour of traditional Christmas dinners from all corners of the globe.

[Warning: do not read if hungry. You have been warned – Ed]

Crio’s Q? Sporting Verbs

Crio ponders the place of the verb in sports-talk. What’s some of your favourite sporting verbs?

Dear Almanac: Thanks for the gift that’s kept on giving

Sean Curtain, as honest and self-effacing as ever, pays tribute to the writing and reading community that is the Almanac.

[Thanks for these words Sean, and especially for all the words you have penned over the last three years – Ed]

Summer of Tennis : The Top 15 Tennis Players 1974 – 2014

Philip Mendes has seen a lot of tennis. As we get prepared for the 2015 Australian Open, Philip ranks his 15 greatest players of the ‘modern’ era.

SPD Smith: shake it off

E.regnans spots similarities between the bearing of SPD Smith and that of Taylor Swift.

The spirit of the game – off the long run, on the high horse

Dave Brown is off the long run to mount his high horse and dig one into the ribs of weak-kneed, lily-livered cricket umpires not enforcing rules against time wasting and sharp practice.

Gabba Test, Australia v India – Day Four: Apologies to Ian Healy

Bob Utber’s wrap of the final day at the ‘Gabba – complete with a Mea Culpa on his all-time Six Best Queensland Cricketers.

Gabba Test, Australia v India – Day Four: Indians Not Tough Enough in the End

Rulebook has one eye on the Pembroke Kings and one eye on the Test match and gives this neat appraisal, concluding the Indians lacked fight in the second dig.

Sister Olive Raceday Recap, Yea, 2014

Glen heads to the Yea picnics which are full of character and helps celebrate Sister Olive’s 1921 Cup win with a nod to a decent old distance race. [Lovely day out – Ed]

Dice Cricket – Stats Entertainment

As a child, did you ever play dice cricket? “Swish” Schwerdt did, and he took it to extremes…

‘Gabba Test, Australia v India – Day Four : The Chase is On (live comments)

The run chase is on at the ‘Gabba with Australia needing 128 for an outright win. Despite some resistance from Dharwan, who made 81 before being caught leg before by Nathan Lyon and Yadav with a cavalier 30, the Indians were all out for 224. Share your thoughts below as the Australian chase down a [Read more]

Almanac Weekend Reading: Twas the [Weekend] Before Christmas

Enjoy a collection of some great writing from around the world of sport with The Footy Almanac’s Weekend Reads

Gabba Test, Australia v India – Day Three: A Symphony in Four Movements

Peter Baulderstone watched Day 3 at the Gabba dazzle like a Mozart symphony. Can we cancel the 50 over World Cup flog, and make this an 8 Test series?

Gabba Test, Australia v India – Day Three : The Generation Gap

Bob Utber lays claim to being the Almanac’s official ‘Grumpy Old Man’. Why is the Big Bash attracting 30,000 people to the Adelaide Oval, while just 9,000 people turn up to a day’s Test cricket at the Gabba?

Gabba Test, Australia v India – Day Three : Brad Haddin to Retire? Dispirited India Crushed by Johnson, Smith Partnership

What does the future hold for Brad Haddin? Patrick White from Cricket Froth sums up three eventful days of Test cricket.

Italian Immigrants and Footy

The Carlton Football Club and Melbourne’s Italian community are inextricably linked. Stephen Silvagni’s departure from Seaford to return to Carlton as List Manager presented our Japanese ‘Knacker, Yoshi Imagawa with not only another research project, but a valuable lesson on the important contribution of multiculturalism to Australia’s game.

Summer Reading – Recommend Your ‘Best Reads’ of 2014

About to set off on your summer break and looking for reading to get your teeth into?

A-League All-Star Team, 2005-2014/15

The A-League is 10 years old. Philip Mendes and his 16 year-old son Lucas, mark the League’s Aluminium Anniversary by naming their all-star line-up.

Weekend A-League Preview : Round 11 – The NSW Can’t Win Edition

Hamish Neal from Sydney’s Sky Sports Radio provides a unique and entertaining preview of this weekend’s A-League action.