Round 8 – Collingwood v Geelong: None the wiser

It was cold in the breezy shade of M51 at the MCG and there wasn’t enough excitement in the first half to warm the crowd. But there were things to observe and food to eat. E.Regnans and the Buds were there, with some Geelong friends.

State of the game, state of mind (time moves a little slower here)

When sport is just another entertainment option, it’s no surprise when it’s criticised as being less compelling than, say, Game of Thrones.

Almanac Satire – AFL announcement: Twilight Grand Final

Scene: A plush new room with plush new carpet and extremely clean windows, Perth. Media has buzzed all day with rumours of an impending AFL announcement that the 2018 Grand Final will be played at twilight. Unexpectedly, the League boss awkwardly comes face-to-face with a member of the public. An idle microphone overhears their conversation…

A New Love

‘When Dane Swan retired, my footy-supporting stocks reached a low ebb. Things were bleak; dark. They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn.’
Find out which player has now claimed E.regnans’ Collingwood heart.

Cheating at cricket: acceptable standards; forgiveness and the false equivalence of #MeToo

Australia’s ball tampering fiasco in South Africa has David Wilson wondering why he bothers to follow sport. Here he navigates ideas of failure, forgiveness and acceptable standards. The sun will rise again.

Before Round 1: “The billion shards of light…”

For little Jimmy, little Ezgi, for little all of us – now is the time to be swept up in the possible. Cusp-of-season meanderings from David Wilson.

Women’s Footy – Bud Breakfasts and the Shifting Horizons of Girls

Saturday morning breakfast at the Wilson’s. In 2014 and 2018. The newspaper is a constant. The conversation, and the back page, have changed. E.regnans with a poignant piece on the growing stature of Women’s footy. Especially in the eyes of his two daughters.

Almanac Cricket – Davey Warner and the Deluded Toxic Masculinity of the Australian Cricketer: A Performance in Six Acts

David Wilson says: Such a shame – this #Warner fiasco. When cricket should be the focus. But we shouldn’t walk past this standard of behaviour.

Almanac Satire – AFL Executive interview: Tasmania, AFLX, AFLW

David Wilson’s character Des Troyer is again joined by our anonymous up-and-coming AFL Executive to discuss all the latest AFL hot topics.

A letter from summer

As another summer finishes rolling on, leaving some behind, E.regnans reflects on life, death and our physical, sporting and political landscapes

Almanac Satire: The Principal sends for Barnaby

Events in Canberra this week have David Wilson pining for the partnership of John Clarke and Bryan Dawe.

Trickle down economics in Australian footy – AFLX, Burnie, and the sound of pissing from a great height

Yesterday in Docklands the AFL launched AFLX with fireworks, hoopla and circus acts. Yesterday in Burnie, the 132-year-old Burnie football club withdrew from the Tasmanian State League. David Wilson suggests that these events are related.

AFLFLIX 2018: The Year in Review

Too busy, impatient or curious to spend 34 weeks on the AFLW, AFLX, AFLM season? David Wilson brings us this crystal ball “2018 Season in Review.”

Almanac Cricket – Selection policy

This cartoon from David Wilson suggests something about Australian cricket team selection.

The Ashes presentation ceremony – Respect

David Wilson’s pen and ink sketch of the Ashes presentation ceremony…

Opinion as fact: The dire future of information (Case studies: Climate change and the MCG pitch)

David Wilson sees social media, groupthink and the rapid reporting of opinions as leading us away from Enlightenment. Is climate change happening? Was that Melbourne Test pitch really so bad? Orwellian intrigue.

The Ashes – Fourth Test, Day 2: Cured of sentiments

David Wilson’s imaginary horse Clarrie Grimmett expected big things from SPD Smith on Day 2 today. As the broiling MCG played stage to those prepared to get the job done, enter messrs SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, JE Root and AN Cook…

2017 thoughts: Beating on against the current

After a year like this what can we control? Dave Wilson sees much in his year in review and Christmas song countdown on #gravyday

The Ashes – Third Test, Day 1: Black swans at the WACA

David Wilson imagines an interview with a consultant to Cricket Australia…

Sledging: Todd (Gleisner), Agnew, Jackson, Haigh, Lalor, Dahl, Arlott and Plato

From January 2015: “Sledging is back in the sporting discourse once again, after Jonathan Agnew’s spirited opinion piece earlier this week. David Wilson injects a lil’ bit o’ Plato to the debate.” The more things change…