Almanac Book Review: The Game of Their Lives

Australian Rules football was the great love of the subjects of “The Game of Their Lives” but it was in the “greater game” that their ultimate fate would be decided writes Nick Richardson.

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: Belief

Belief is a strong word, especially when applied to Gigs and fellow Bulldog supporters, it is the belief that their time will come and now they can’t believe it!

Finals Week 3 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: We Shall Overcome

There is a humanitarian, fraternity-of-all, 1960s element to the Dogs. People keep affirming it to Andrew Gigacz who concludes, “We shall overcome!” [Great heart in this piece – JTH]

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs: The Hawks are dead, long live the Dogs

Gigs is astounded. [Gigs has made his feelings clear. Add your response to the game – Ed]

2016 Footy Almanac Cover: An alternative viewpoint

The discussion for The Footy Almanac 2016 cover is heating up, Gigs puts his case for Bob Murphy.

Almanac Art: Footy and art? Footy IS art!

Lots of things happening in the world of footy art. Apart from the forthcoming exhibition in Mildura, “Redball” has opened at the Red Gallery in North Fitzroy. Anddrew Gigacz has been along to have a look.

Almanac Old Buggers’ Indoor Cricket: The Boos of The Fishermen

Huge controversy, among team-mates.

When ‘The Fishermen’ don’t quite agree: Gigs ‘Garfish’ Gigacz gives an account of a dropped catch in a crucial indoor cricket fixture which denied Damian ‘Plankton’ Callinan a hat-trick while Plankton offers an alternative account.

[Please let us know about your incident of internal strife. And also, we’d love to hear stories of hat-tricks denied.]

Round 23 – Brisbane Lions v Western Bulldogs: Family and Footscray

The parallels between the Gigacz family and the travails of the Western Bulldogs over the course of a year. Ups and downs and hope on the horizon…

Cricket’s a (hat) tricky game

Gigs has a day out.

A tribute to my dad: a Bulldog – not quite through and through – but a Bulldog nonetheless

Andrew Gigs Gigacz’ father passed away at 5am this morning. Here is Gigs’ tribute. [Gigs has been a dedicated contributor to the Almanac community over many years. Our thoughts are with you Gigs – JTH]

Looking for a win

Facing crisis, Edvard Munch chose oils and gave us The Scream. When Dante explored the ramifications of the Inferno, he turned to poetry. Both used art in times of crisis. Here Gigs follows Dante’s path for his Dogs.

In search of Prince Alfred College footballers

Tony Aldous is trying to put together a list of former Prince Alfred College footballers who went on to play in any of the State leagues around Australia. Can anyone help?

Gigs’ Ladder Comp

Another Ladder comp from Gigs. You tip all 18. Not to be confused with the Almanac Tip the Top 8. [Do you think there’s enough comp-opportunity on this site at the moment? Ed]

Uncertain (personal) corridors

Andrew Gigacz is at Gideon Haigh’s book launch. But he’s distracted by his own less-than-stellar cricket outing earlier in the day. Has he had his time? How do you know when to go?

Gigs Ladder Comp Grand Final Update – We have a winner!

Gigs has a winner.

Gigs Ladder Comp Round 21 Update – Can any good come from this?

Essendon ninth? Surely someone at AFL is in Gigs’s Ladder Ladder comp.

Third Test – Day 5: Clarke left standing in the rain

Gigs shares the frustrations of all of us, but lets his mind wander through the music (and lyrics) of ELO.

Gigs Ladder Comp Round 18 Update – Parallel universes

Wondering how things might look in the Ladder comp if Essendon is stripped of their points and relegated to 18th on the ladder? Wonder no more – Gigs is on to it.

Gigs Ladder Comp Round 18 update – Way to go, bro!

Back in the good old days – round 9 to be exact – things were much simpler. Richmond was where they should be, just outside the eight, Adelaide and West Coast were top eight teams and Hawthorn and Geelong were equal top of the ladder.How things have changed!

AFL Round 17 – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs: Little wins

Once you accept that your team is crap, you need to look at its games in a different way in order to sustain yourself and your sanity through the long, winless periods. Dogs fans need to find little wins within losses, even within big losses.