AFL Round 2 – Collingwood v Carlton (FPS report): Pies find a way to overcome Mick and his Blues

When you go to the footy to watch your team, it is not relaxing, it is not restful. It is stressful and it is draining. And when your team is Collingwood and you are playing Carlton, it will end in sweet victory or bitter defeat. There is no middle ground.

AFL Round 2 – Sydney v Gold Coast: Whistling down the wind

The Swans are working their way out of first gear, but there’s a long way to go, writes Tom Bally.

AFL Round 2 – Port Power v GWS Giants: Nerves to Frustration

This one has me nervous, and that doesn’t happen a lot as a Giants fan, writes Steve Duffy.

AFL Round 2 – Essendon v Melbourne: Avert your eyes

It’s bloody hard to know how to start a summary of this game.  Being a one-eyed Don you always hope that you come away from a game with a win, and usually the bigger the win the better. But I don’t know, this game was not  so much a win but a series of training [Read more]


I’m not sure who has the worse culture, Rising Reporter Dom Favata asks, the Melbourne Football Club or the Australian Cricket Team? He answers it by noting that Melbourne now have a lower percentage than Shane Watson’s batting average.

AFL Round 2 – St.Kilda v Richmond: When holidays go wrong

John Green is re-assessing the timing of his annual leave. He is a Tigers fan.

Welcome to the Devolution

Jeff Dowsing applies the Theory of Devolution, and some whip-cracking, to the current direction of the AFL rule-makers.

AFL Round 2 – St.Kilda v Richmond: Beware of Tigers and Wonderful Obsessions

The Tigers are young, hungry and on the rise. Saints fan Yvette Wroby remembers what that felt like.

AFL Round 2 – St.Kilda v Richmond: The Supposedly Falling Saints v The Apparently Rising Tigers

Jim Newkirk feels hope, fear and deep anxiety whenever he watches the Tigers play. Friday night was no exception.

How to Watch Footy, Part 2

Vin Maskell does thing at a delightful, meandering pace, bu takes everything in nonetheless as this account of a Williamstown game demonstrates.

Run for your life

Given recent events in Brisbane where a huge storm caused injury to some participants, Iron Mike considers the mind of the long distance runner whose competitive instincts preside.

AFL Round 2 Preview: Carlton in strife?

JTH is concerned for the Carlton Football Club.

The Ecstasy and the Agony: 5 Weekend Reads on College Hoops (or, that Broken Leg!)

Carlton man Litza explores the week’s best writing on his other true love, basketball.

Crio’s Racing: Slipper Week

It is Slipper week. The form needs a look, then a study followed by dissection. There are showers about so the track conditions must be monitored. Rosehill always presents a fantastic occasion and, once again, there are terrific fields ( 5 Group Ones in a row!) and so many possibilities. Big characters are again to [Read more]

AFL Round 2: The pre-Wrap

The Wrap previews the Mick and Eddie Cup Round and makes the Lions a good thing while possibly mozzing The Moggies.

AFL Round 1 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Jeffed again

Bugger, writes Hawks man Kevan Carroll. Jeffed again.

AFL Round 1 – Hawthorn v Geelong: P. Flynn, G. Galilei and the insight of the Hawthorn fan

JTH enjoys the opening day of the footy season.

How to Watch Footy, Part 1

Not all games deserve or demand our full attention. The first of, hopefully, an occasional series by Vin Maskell.

The Vatican HR department responds to comments made on Monday by ex-Pope Benedict.

An ill-timed radio interview by Pope Emeritus on his successor has landed him in trouble with his PR department.

AFL Round 2 preview: Oh the Humanity

Round 1 was tough for the tipsters but Sal Ciardulli managed three. See what he has in store for you this week.