The Ashes 2019 – Third Test: The (SA) Great Australian Headingley XI

With Australia confronting selection problems for Headingley, Dave Brown has the answer – go South Australian! He selects an eleven of historically great Leeds performers. Absolutely no state bias was involved in the process.

The Ashes 2019 – Second Test: an Australian Lord’s XI

Dave Brown searches the records to compile an Australian Test team made up of our best performers at Lord’s. You’ll find one or two surprises here.

Getting some dirt off your boots

Following on from his earlier piece about on-field bullying, Dave Brown finds consolation in the return fixture

Knowing your drop kick from your screw punt: Wally Miller’s ‘Coaching the art of kicking’

South Australia’s quintessential 1963 kicking manual has been unearthed. What secrets does it hold?

Getting some dirt on your boots

How do you teach junior footballers to deal with on-field bullying? Dave Brown’s not so sure you can.

AFLW Preliminary Final – Adelaide v Geelong: Finding appropriate words

After watching the junior footy it’s off to the Adelaide Oval for Dave Brown and family to watch the AFLW Preliminary Final, and Adelaide’s complete demolition of a hapless Geelong.

The ‘Mankad’: conduct unbecoming?

What a lousy way to be dismissed! Ravi Ashwin “Mankads” Jos Buttler in IPL overshadowing Steve Smith’s return to international cricket. What do you think of Ashwin’s actions? [This new discussion is followed by Dave Brown’s piece on the issue from 2016 – Ed)

Footy Park: farewell or good riddance?

As the final grandstands are demolished at Football Park, Dave Brown remembers the good and bad times, the SANFL Grand Finals, Modra, McLeod, chicken salt and the tarps at West Lakes. What are your memories of Football Park?

Almanac Cricket – Lillee v Cummins: the competition no one needs to have

Dave Brown crunches the numbers on a question there’s no need to ask but gets asked anyway

Almanac Cricket – Australia v India Test series: Thank god we met Kohli!

After a day of escalating inter-team on-field antics, things could be, and were, worse

Australia v India Test series: Clouds and silver linings

If this summer’s Test cricket looks a bit grim, things could always be worse… but also better at the same time. Dave Brown looks at Australian men’s teams in transition over the decades.

Villain? Virat Kohli and the Hadlee effect

Here’s a reprise of Dave Brown from almost four years ago when he tried to figure out the nature of, and the reason for, the Australian public’s response to Virat Kohli. An interesting read given the water that has flowed under the bridge since then for several of the characters mentioned.

Hey AFL, if you really want to change the rules, here’s one!

The head count is a rule from the past and almost ruined two finals on the weekend. It’s time for change

AFL post-season: Who is ready for a superdraft?

What’s the deal with your club’s 2018 post-season? Dave Brown looks at draft pick values to work it out

In Praise of Mud

Dave Brown reports on a muddy late season away game of U/10s at Elizabeth’s Argana Park, the Eagles’ home of no grass roots footy. The kids loved it.

#WeWantAnswersAFC – actually, we do but what are the questions?

There’s definitely a problem at the Crows but it’s not new and it’s not on the field

Almanac Teams: Brown’s Browns

A team of Browns drawn from the AFL and state leagues, preceding it. Dave trawls back a bit before living memory and across state borders to come up with his team.

They’re a weird mob: a South Australian attends the 1950 VFL Grand Final

What was it like for a South Australian spectator to experience Victorian footy for the first time in 1950? L.T.A. Good with a proto-Footy Almanac report

AFLW Round 7 – Collingwood v Adelaide: Where’s Chelsea?

Dave Brown’s Crows went down in a devastating loss to the Pies at Olympic Park yesterday, missing a chance to defend their flag in another AFLW Grand Final. However, it was the loss of a key player in the second term and the commentary team’s oversight that really had him perturbed.

Politics and Sport – SANFL Clubs v Nick Xenophon

The SANFL has encouraged its fans to ‘vote wisely’ in the state election when it comes to poker machine policy. Dave Brown pulls at the threads of the statement in a way that 280 characters could not.