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John Butler + meeting Richard Thompson = Stereo Story

I’ve generally abided that warning about meeting your heroes. But this is Richard Thompson! How often do you get to meet a bona fide legend? A bona fide legend who is signing CDs after his gig…

John Butler + Robert Johnson = Stereo Story

In this age where there’s supposedly no such thing as bad publicity, where every mundane detail of life can serve as grist to the celebrity mill, the rarest commodity of all is a genuine sense of mystery. Because he was dead long before he was famous, Robert Johnson will never lose his mystery.

Butler + hitchhiking + Chisel = Stereo Story

John Butler can make you laugh and he can make you – if not cry – then ponder the deeper moments. This time it’s via the Cold Chisel song My Turn To Cry.

Almanac Time Capsule: Some of my best friends are Saints (really)

It has been a very long decade for both St Kilda and Carlton. Back in 2009, John Butler ventured some opinions on the differing world views of both clubs. Both are now, once again, contemplating new coaches. How do both sets of supporters view things now?

Round 12 – Carlton v Brisbane: When all else fails, in Crippa we trust

John Butler can’t tell you if this Carlton win means anything in the bigger scheme, but he was glad he was there to watch one of the great individual performances. Ladies and gentlemen, Patrick Cripps!

Carlton: Trust us, we’re professionals

“With this decision, the New Carlton has developed a very strong whiff of the Old Carlton. Which is no real shock, because some of the board actually are the Old Carlton. They’d just claimed they’d seen the light.” John Butler on the Old Dark Navy Blues.

AFLW Round 1: A conference imbalance already?

Season 3 of AFLW began spectacularly, with four thrillers out of five games, all played in hot conditions. But as the players put on a great show, John Butler has concerns about the potential for the new conference system to unduly shape the finals.

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 1: Dogged Pujara saves sloppy India

Cheteshwar Pujara saved his side from embarrassment, as India struggled against an impressive Australian first day effort. John Butler reports.

Almanac Cricket – Questions of legacy

With the revolving door at Cricket Australia spinning ever faster, John Butler assesses the legacies of those departed, or soon to depart.

Almanac Cricket: One big step on a path to redemption

Tim Paine’s men have just delivered a big statement on this country’s cricket culture. As for the pending reviews? John Butler thinks we should all just read The Grade Cricketer.

Carlton 2018: Every rebuild can be unhappy in its own way

Much furious comment surrounded Carlton’s 2018. John Butler offers his thoughts on the Year of the Double Spoon.

Round 21 – Fremantle v Carlton: Three quarters out of four not enough for Blues

A new stadium, but a familiar result. The Blues saw three solid quarters of effort disappear in a Fremantle third term blitz. John Butler reports.

Round 20 – Carlton v GWS: Welcome to Globetrotters’ AFL

As he watched the Giants pulverise the Blues, John Butler was left contemplating the wider football universe. Let’s just say, he has his reservations.

Round 19 – Gold Coast v Carlton: The Sunk Cost Fallacy Cup

When you’ve won 1 of your last 27, any win will do. John Butler evaluates the Blues’ win over the Suns.

Almanac Book Review: Roar by Samantha Lane

John Butler’s review of a book that captures the story of the AFLW’s initial steps and also seems ahead of its time: Roar by Sam Lane

Round 2 – Carlton v Gold Coast: Fumbling in the Sun

The journey into Etihad Stadium on Saturday gave John Butler plenty of time to ponder what his Blues would bring after an honourable loss in Round 1. Despite adding another defeat to the board for 2018, he’s still optimistic for Carlton’s future.

AFLW Round 4 – Western Bulldogs v Carlton: Blues get run over by the future. Someone call an ambulance

The ghosts of football past were still present at the Western Oval last Friday night for the Blues who went down to the Dogs, and for John Butler who was there in ’91 for another Carlton catastrophe.

AFLW Round 3 – Carlton v Brisbane: You had to be there

John Butler thinks impressions of the few televised AFLW games to date have distorted perceptions of developments across the league as a whole.

AFLW Round 2 – GWS v Carlton: Don’t say this isn’t for real

John Butler: “The injury toll across this round serves to remind that the AFL’s women players are committing their bodies as unreservedly as their male counterparts, but for a fraction of the financial reward. In their efforts to build on the opportunity at hand, you won’t hear them complain…”

AFLW Round 1 – Carlton v Collingwood: A Second Act With A Future

John Butler recounts Friday night’s AFLW Season Opener and despite a low-scoring and defensive match, he sees enormous potential for development in the years to come.