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Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 11: Drafting bastards but dodging dickheads

David Stiff looks at the young draftees and where they’re at and considers the place of bastardry, larrikinism and supremely talented dickheadness in sport (and other fields of endeavour). [Thought-provoking as always – JTH]

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 10: Your frame as the game

Perspective is very important and, as David Stiff argues, framing perspective has significant benefits. And all this affirmed when tackling the Grand Canyon. [Sage advice for all, but especially those working on major writing projects – JTH]

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 9: The place of the sauce in high-performance sport

David Stiff analyses Craig Dodson’s career-best innings and in doing so helps entrench the place of a night on the sauce in heightened performance. [Love it – JTH]

Plenty of practice and empty heads- Part 8: 8…2%ers

The small acts in sport, the so called 1%ers, don’t often make the highlights package but highlight packages cannot exist without them. David Stiff discusses the importance of these acts as he continues his excellent series of articles related to the psychology of the development and implementation of skills in sports.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 7: Intuition in sport

To David Stiff, intuition is the evaluation of voluminous data points that lead to a resolution or course of action within the field of play. He examines the issue in this excellent article.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 6: Winning the race to lose.

David stiff looks at some ways to win and applies his thesis to the 2018 AFL Grand Final which he says was a one for the ages.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 5: Zen magpies and the game as a fail state.

David Stiff considers the fail state which may have a place in the 2018 AFL Grand Final.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 4: The coach as a secure base.

“The game teaches the game,” says David Stiff in Part 4 of his series on thinking about sport. The coach provides a secure base. The Tigers are free to play – that is, to play playfully. The fascinating thing about Friday’s match is that the Pies enjoy the same freedom. So what happens?

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 3: Simplicity and a secure base.

David Stiff addresses the notion of simplicity in establishing a secure base by which athletes can map and explore their craft. He also challenges the value of statistics generally and their role in that secure base.

Almanac Sports Science: Acquisition and application of sporting skills

Read former NFL All Star, David Stiff’s articulate and thought provoking comments about the acquisition of skills and their application in game situations.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 2: Freedom, simplicity and a secure base

In his second piece for the Almanac, David Stiff invites athletes (sportspeople) to ‘listen to the game’. His notion of freedom and simplicity and their significance will resonate with close observers of sport (and the Geelong Football Club).

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 1: The game as information.

It’s terrific to welcome former NBL basketballer and philosopher-sportsman David Stiff to the Almanac. In his debut piece he looks at ‘the game’ as information. [I think we’re going to enjoy this mix of experience, theory, and fresh thought – JTH.]

So what’s in The Eagles Almanac 2018?

So what is in The Eagles Almanac 2018?

Almanac Teams: Sweet Sixteen (1980- )

There are wings aplenty in Rodney Boyd’s best of Number 16 side since 1980…the team also includes the author’s first ever favourite player.

Almanac Teams: Cheaper by the dozen (1980- )

A couple of the players in Rodney Boyd’s more obscure Number 12 side could feel stiff they didn’t make his best team to wear the jumper…but one thing they all have in common is a compelling story.

AFLW Round 1 – St Kilda v Western Bulldogs: Moorabbin reflections, past and present

Things have changed at Moorabbin since Stephanie Holt first started watching footy there. Now with her footy mate and daughter she reflects on times past and times present with the Saints great AFLW Round 1 win against the Western Bulldogs.

Almanac Cricket: Vale Eric ‘Fritz’ Freeman, a man for all seasons

Fritz Freeman, as South Australian as his moniker, played cricket for Australia and footy for Port Adelaide. His love of the two games has never dimmed, as Mike Sexton writes in this beautiful tribute. Eric Freeman passed away last night.

‘The Hopper who flew to the Sunshine State……..’ by KB Hill

KB Hill catches up with an old mate, Kevin ‘Turk’ Weule. They reminisce over Kevin’s playing career for North Albury and, later, Coorparoo in Brisbane.

Almanac Cricket: Remembering Dean Jones in the Tied Test (an extract from Mike Sexton’s book ‘Border’s Battlers’)

Dean Jones died in September 2020 while in India, the country where he played (arguably) his greatest innings. We relive this innings and the Madras (now Chennai) tied Test through these two extracts from Mike Sexton’s fine book ‘Border’s Battlers’. Vale Dean Jones.

Neil Sachse: A determined father spreads an important message

With the passing of Neil Sachse, we revisit this excerpt from Mike Sexton’s book about Neil. This is an introduction to Neil Sachse, the nature of spinal injury, the advances made in understanding and management, and Neil’s foundation. The Almanac extends our condolences to the Sachse family.