Damien Lovelock, 1954-2019

Earl O’Neill pays tribute to Damien Lovelock, a man of intelligence and creativity, who was such a part of the Sydney music and sport scene. For Earl, the Celibate Rifles and Damien were such an anchor of Sydney life. [Terrific piece – Ed]

Je m’en fous

As always, Earl O’Neill presents his thought provoking comments on sport, and other odds’n’ends, in his carefree and inimitable style as you will see.

Almanac Life – Growing up with cars

Earl O’Neill looks back over three generations of family life through the perspective of the cars they owned and drove. It’s a testament to both change and its increasing pace over the last century.

Hey Charger!

Earl O’Neill reports about the development of his favourite Australian car, the Valiant E49 Charger, as his story explains. What is your favourite car?

I was a teenage coach

Earl O’Neill responds to the sacking of Brendon Bolton in his usual salient and erudite manner.

The 2019 Nicola Tesla Cup

With tongue firmly in cheek, Earl O’Neill has come up with some cracking suggestions for our great game. What do you think of his proposals?

Onya, Tom!

Earl O’Neill offers his thoughts about Tom Boyd’s recent retirement.

The 2019 Grantland Rice Cup

Earl O’Neill scans the footy writing landscape for writers he likes to read. He’s found he has to dig deep.

Round Seven: The Centesima Rerum Venalium Cup

Earl O’Neill takes a percentage view of the form lines after round 7.

Round 5 – The Neverending Weekend

Does Stephen Silvagni bleed orange? And has Ross Lyon been foxing for 13 years? Earl O’Neill answers these, and many other questions that may not have occurred to you, as he looks back at a weekend that seemingly had no end.

Israel Folau and the right to dissent

Earl O’Neill doesn’t necessarily agree with the contentious comments attributed to Israel Folau recently but he defends the right of an individual to free speech to state their beliefs without any fear or favour.

The 2019 Josephine Baker Cup

Two Rounds into the season and already Earl has sage advice for fans about their club’s prospects for the year. Alert: you may need to have a fortified snifter close to hand!

Des and Owen talk football

Earl O’Neill’s Des and Owen wax lyrical about the footy over a beer and a fag!

Australian Football – a spy reports

The Footy Almanac has been funnelled a top secret missive from the International Spy Service. Delete after reading!

The greatest of t-shirts

Got a favourite t-shirt? Earl O’Neill had 120 at one time! This is his story of a special one he bought in Zimbabwe. Earl also relives some of his experiences of his time in Zimbabwe.

The 2019 Ennui Cup – Pre Season

Earl O’Neill is back for another season of tipping advice to the masses. Should literary style replace enigmatic single-voice meanderings? Or should Earl get off his couch and read more of The Greats so he can mimic them?

‘Head In The Sand’ – The Sydney Examiner

Earl O’Neill has pointed us at Mitch Guffry, a columnist who can’t fathom some unusual trends in events over the summer period. His solution? “Get a grip!”

Vale, my first true love…

The first flush of young love consumes you, body and soul writes Earl O’Neill. Movingly, he reflects on the life of that young love Wendy who recently lost her battle with cancer.

The 2018 No Zones Cup – Grand Final

Before Earl launches into the Sydney spring, he pauses for some post-Grand Final azalea/motor sport appreciation.

Grand Final 2018: Y’all did the game proud

Earl O’Neill loved the Grand Final. Football was the winner. He spotted a moment that gave him a hint of what was to come.