WAFL Round 8: Swans Flying, Thunder Almost Roar

The Almanac’s WAFL correspondent Les Everett reports on a round that saw Peel narrowly miss on a first win for the season, and Swan Districts continue to defy pre-season predictions.

Confessions of a Smart Arse – My Brilliant (Game Show) Career: Episode 4 – (Not So) Hot Seat – Buy Me A Pony

Swish Schwerdt’s self-indulgent tour of the game show universe limps to its inevitable conclusion. Not sure why he bothered really.

I Don’t Like Mondays

Jeff Dowsing doesn’t like Mondays. According to the sparse crowd at Docklands, who does?

World Cup 2014 – What should the Almanac do?

The World Cup squad is out and Australia has been blessed with the slogan “Hopping Our Way to History,” thus vindicating Mark Schwarzer’s decision to retire.

Whilst the Socceroos may struggle, this will undoubtedly be the biggest sporting event of the year. We are calling for you to give us suggestions on how we should cover it.

So what exactly is the AFL?

Melbourne barrister David Forbes answers some key questions about the AFL.

AFL Round 8 – St Kilda v Carlton: The Saints and Monday night blues

It wasn’t the greatest game in the world (in fact there were moment when it was the worst), writes Braham Dabscheck, but there were some signs for Sainters.

Tommy Hafey – No Over Finessin’

Matt Watson recalls his encounter with the then Collingwood coach, as a 9-year-old opposition supporter at Arden Street. Along with all of us, Matt is seriously sad, but explains how his respect for Tommy transcends narrow club partisanship.

AFL Round 8 – Fearless Review: Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums

Fearless reviews the Mother’s Day round.

A Tottenham Supporter’s Lament

Steve Fahey laments the performances of his Spurs since the loss of wunderkid Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. There are some great Bale goals on show in the links.

AFL Round 8: The 2014 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup

Earl O’Neill’s Round 8 saw two football worlds collide in a pall of orange flames and grey smoke in fast forward. The lightly toasted paps went down a treat. Plus Earl’s warm tribute to Tommy.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 35-The Socceroos and the Witchdoctor (1969)

Dennis Gedling recalls Australia’s bumbling attempt to qualify for the ’70 World Cup, complete with curses from witchdoctors in (then) Rhodesia.

Many a Slip Twixt the Cup and the Lip

Stainless takes the denouement of the EPL season to discuss the League, the season, Liverpool and Steve Gerrard. [Terrific – Ed]

AFL Round 8: Confessions of a football addict

JTH tries to anticipate the way the AFL understand the world by contemplating their decision to develop Monday Night Football. (Our capital F)

AFL Round 8 – West Coast v Greater Western Sydney: Child’s Play

Peter Baulderstone finds himself enjoying the game more than he expected. Josh Kennedy gives him hope, and Blake awakens the inner 9yo in all of us.

So Tommy’s Gone

The life and legacy of Tom Hafey have inspired Stephen Whiteside to this poetic tribute.

Vale Tommy

A key link to the “good old days” of footy has passed with the death today of Tom Hafey. Crio recommends retiring a couple of items in memoriam. Do you have any to add..?

AFL Round 8 – The Wrap: The Bump We Had to Have Round

Mr Wrap reckons that the Bloods and the Adelaide Longshoremen sent a message on the weekend. There is a spring in the Wrap step this week as the bye avoided further long suffering among TLSPRF.

Top 100 World Cup Moments (From the Aussie P.O.V.): 36-The Shame of Gijon’ (1982)

Dennis Gedling tells how the “Gijon Non-Aggression Pact” between West Germany and Austria conspired to prevent Algeria progressing to the second round of Spain ’82.

AFL Round 8 – Monday Night Footy: What happens?

Explain what you think will happen tonight. Or (preferably) give us the scenario which will extract the best from The People’s Elbow.

How will the Kennedy-Judd trade be judged in hindsight?

It’s a good question to pose! Was the famous trade worth it? Have Carlton missed out?