Link: Billy Miller goes to Kardinia Park

Billy Miller’s tour of the old VFL grounds takes us to Kardinia Park, a bit of a johnny-cum-lately among the old grounds, but fondly considered nonetheless.

Link: The best long-range soccer screamers

The Guardian has listed its best long-range soccer goals. Don’t worry: Matt Le Tissier’s 1994 screamer for Southampton is in there.

Link: The Guardian’s Youtube round-up

Eddie the Eagle, Brian Clough, Dennis Bergkamp, Frank Tyson… they’re all here in this week’s excellent Youtube round-up by The Guardian.

Link: Billy Miller goes to the Junction Oval

Our series Billy Miller Goes to the OLD VFL Grounds continues with his visit to the Junction Oval, once the home of St Kilda, later the home of Fitzroy, since 1971 the site of Footy’s Great Fog-Out.

Footy: The triumphs and troubles of Richo, Part 4

By Domenic Favata 2007- 2009 Everyone had thought that it was the end of Matthew Richardson. That he would just be goalsquare-bound and kick the odd 2-3 goals. But those who thought that he was gone had their words shoved right back down their  throat. Richardson continued to lead the Tiger brigade as he showed [Read more]

Footy: Billy Miller at the Glenferrie Oval

Well, here’s the third of our series on Billy Miller Goes to the Old VFL Grounds. This time it’s the Sardine Can, better known as Glenferrie Oval. Just don’t think Huddo, and especially not Round 1, 1972. The pain, the pain!

Link: Times are strange when Dougie butts out

Holy smoke! Doug Walters has given up the durries! The Guardian gets over its shock to explore the link between cricket and cigarettes. http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2010/feb/02/the-spin-cricket-smoking

Footy: Billy Miller goes to Brunswick Street

Here’s the second instalment of our countdown to the AFL season using Billy Miller’s travels to the old VFL grounds. This time we bring you the Brunswick Street Oval. Watch and learn.

Footy: The troubles and triumphs of Richo, Part 3

By Domenic Favata 2002-2006 As Matthew Richardson got older, the better he got. Injuries still hampered him but he continued to provide the goals and spirit that Richmond desperately needed. Richmond were struggling, they had failed to back up their finals appearance from 2001. Sometimes Richo’s tantrums on the field were blooming more often as [Read more]

Footy: Billy Miller on Arden Street

What a way to count down to the season … one of Melbourne’s favourite musicians and Saints fans, Billy Miller (late of the Dingoes), has made short films on the 12 grounds of the old VFL clubs. We start here with North Melbourne’s Arden Street Oval.

Tennis: It’s not the same without Damir

Did someone say Damir Dokic? Amid all the talk about fashion and Prince William’s bald spot, we miss him.

Footy: The troubles and triumphs of Richo, Part 2

By Domenic Favata 1997-2001 The next few years were mediocre years for Richmond, but solid seasons for Richardson. He was carrying the Tigers while the club failed to set a stable foundation; they had three coaches in three years and languished outside the eight. (Twice in four years they finished ninth.) Richardson had to cope [Read more]

Footy: The triumphs and troubles of Richo, Part 1

By Domenic Favata Matthew  Richardson is a Tiger legend, and a legend of the AFL. He’s known for his spectacular leaps, goal kicking and shows of emotion. He was a player who on his day could win a match off his own boot. He could kick a match-winning goal and then stop one on the [Read more]

Tennis: My lowdown on the Open so far

By Domenic Favata Well, we’re just about to start the round of 16 and things are starting to heat up. There will be mouth-watering battles coming up, none better than the Hewitt v Baghdatis tonight. The pair will meet for the second time in a month, the last time being in Sydney, where Baghdatis won [Read more]

Link: Stand up and fight like hell!

Peter Flynn’s rollicking report on the Grand Final in The Footy Almanac 2009 (Go Travis!) concludes with the following memorable scene: On Sunday, I call in at The Lord of the Isles. Chappy signs the Courty ard Bar’s blackboard. I congratulate Chappy. He is humble, gracious and polite. Brilliant. The replay of the last quarter [Read more]

Tennis: My Australian Open preview

By Domenic Favata Men The men’s singles is headlined by Federer, Nadal, Murray, Del Potro; all have a chance of claiming the first tournament of the year.

Tennis: C’mon, give it a go. Tip someone other than Federer

It’s that time of year again: the time when everyone tips Roger Federer to win the Australian Open. Is anyone willing to tip another player in the tournament that starts in Melbourne on Monday? What about Juan Martin del Potro? Or the unlikely-sounding Robin Soderling? As for the women’s title, surely there’s a candidate among [Read more]

Tennis: Federer’s class separates him from the rest

By Domenic Favata Roger Federer, the magician, the king, whatever you want to call him, is back at Melbourne Park and ready to rock. The fifteen-time grand slam winner is back after a loss to Nikolay Davydenko in Qatar. Some may call it a setback, but I call it ‘warming up’. Federer will release his [Read more]

Footy: Year of the Tiger

By Domenic Favata According to the Chinese zodiac, Richmond should have a pretty good year. That has been promised for years, but will Richmond, under new coach Damien Hardwick, finally take the giant step all the fans have been waiting for? When I heard about one of former coach Terry Wallace’s theories of coaching — [Read more]

Link: Somehow you can come clean but leave others feeling dirty

Dear Almanackers, Here’s another interesting piece from the New York Times, this time concerning the stage-management of mea culpas. The apologist here is Mark McGwire, but it’s an issue that play on the minds of footy administrators in 2010, I’m sure! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/12/sports/baseball/12sandomir.html?hp Rob Clarkson