AFL Round 4: I blame Carlton

John Harms wanders out onto the footpath on Saturday evening and it’s a hive of Demon activity.

Here’s the story.

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. My Eagles dissembled, in a flattered to deceive sort of way. Your Cats by contrast, took us apart after quarter time.
    Your mates at Tatts Bet had your Cats at $1.40 at the time you posted your review last Monday. I have not had a punt for years (I am still waiting for the ‘mug’ on my forehead and ‘fruitloop’ stamped on my bum to start to fade).
    Tell them to stop tempting me. I thought the Cats should have been $1.01. I have locked the mortgage papers and the cut throat razor away for another week – but I will say this – Monday is the time for serious investors to study the weekend weather forecast and follow their judgement before the eyes are picked out of the value.
    As for Melbourne, I looked at the odds disparity, and thought they should be a lot closer together than that if you went on current form rather than history and reputation.
    Then again I thought the same about the Saints, and remembered North’s lamentable showing in the rain on the Gold Coast last season. Sydney were certs. We all know Redoubtes Choices don’t go a yard in the mud???
    The answer – as always – is a pineapple. Bookies drive Mercs, and punters drive Datsun 180B’s.

  2. Malcolm Ashwood says

    The 11th commandment thou must not bet on Carlton ? Good read JTH

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