AFL Round 14 – Review: World Cup, Wimbledon, and Weariness

JTH looks at the changing orthodoxy in World Cup matches, unknown Wimbledon seeds and free-spirited footy.

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About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Gregor Lewis says

    Prescient thoughts JTH.

    I have a rather panicked thought to add … Where did you get that picture of me on the couch?

    I must admit seeing it brought a mixture of embarassment & relief … (at least I dressed for the occasion) and I can finally put to bed my growing paranoia about this disembodied voice interrupting the ‘entitled’ British commentary of the WC, hectoring me to say ‘Twisties!’ every hour or so. (Can’t wait to see the time-lapse montage).

    Ah! Who am I kidding? The commentary from some is part of the romance of it all. Matter’o’fact, been thinking of hiring Martin Tyler to call my next session’o’romance with the ‘cheese’n’kisses’, just to spice things up …

    … I kid! I KID!

    It doesn’t get any spicier than sprinkling some fine roasted chilli powder in her after supper tea & watching for the moment it registers on the back of her pallate. Also means I’ve got a naturally programmed alarm clock, primed to erupt just in time for match 1; session 1 of WC every night, WITHOUT FAIL!

    ‘You did it to me AGAIN … YOU … (audible obscenities deleted).’

    She likes the taste you see, but doesn’t particularly enjoy the ‘butcher’s bill’ when it comes due.

    TMI ?

    No doubt that’s the problem with our game today. A beautifully open field, full of possibilities has been gridded up and micromanaged into a sectional gridiron by a ‘murder of crows’ masquerading as gurus, when they’re mostly nothing more than a suppository of obstructionists, trying to keep themselves relevant, at the expense of their players specifically. And the game in general.

    THAT is what TMI can do for ya.

    I blame Terry Wallace … Like he doesn’t have enough to answer for already eh?


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