Round 4 – Gold Coast v Carlton: Shoot-out at the So-So Corral

‘In the current push to persuade us that the AFL has resurrected footy with a few rule tweaks, it is unlikely this game will be submitted as evidence for the prosecution.’. John Butler watched his Blues get the job done at Metricon.

Almanac Footy – Carlton 2021: The wildcard season

Ahead of a crucial game against their old rivals, John Butler tries to assess Carlton’s prospects for 2021.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Seven minutes told the tale

For all Carlton’s efforts on the night, it’s seven minutes that leave John Butler worried.

Almanac Cricket: What is happening with fourth innings in Australia?

Prompted by a tweet from an English statistician, John Butler examines an interesting trend in fourth innings in Australian tests.

Australia v India – Fourth Test: Who will endure?

Australia faltered, whilst India survived. There were many talking points to emerge from Sydney, and much to anticipate in Brisbane. John Butler sets the scene.

Australia v India – Second Test Day 3: India close on a remarkable revival

The Steve Smith symphony is out of tune, and it is leaving Australia’s batting badly exposed. John Butler reports on Day 3 at the MCG, as India closed on a series levelling victory.

Australia v India – Second Test Day 2: Rahane grinds Australia into error

Ajinkya Rahane let his bat do the talking on Day 2 at the MCG. By the end of play he’d decisively won the debate. John Butler reports.

Almanac Cricket: Australia v India 2020-21 – Fingers crossed for a big pay-off

After an off-season dominated by financial arguments, Australia once again takes on India, Covid-19 allowing. John Butler sets the scene.

Round 16 – Carlton v Sydney: Roller coasters can hold our beer

Though the Carlton journey through 2020 has had its queasy moments, John Butler is hanging on for the ride. Tuesday night was rough on the fingernails.

Round 3 – Geelong v Carlton: We’re taking it one citadel at a time

A turning point? Or just lucky? Or both? Whatever your call, John Butler is happy to celebrate Carlton’s first win down at Geelong in a very long time.

The Wisteria Diary – No breadcrumbs will mark this way out

As we start to emerge from lock down, some will say it’s the end of the beginning. John Butler isn’t even that confident.

The Wisteria Diary – Watching the curve

Like all of us, John Butler is watching the curve, wondering where it will lead us.

Vale Bill Withers

You may not have known the late Bill Withers by name, but you probably knew some of his songs.

The Wisteria Diary – So we’re all socialists now?

Welcome to the revolution, Liberal/National Party style, comrades.

The Wisteria Diary – Dispatches from the retail front line

Like so many, John Butler now has time on his hands and a bit to consider.

AFLW Round 4 – Adelaide v Carlton: Not so useless after all

John Butler reports on an impressive Carlton performance.

AFLW Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: Blues too seasoned for raw Tigers

The Blues were too slick for the Tigers in the AFLW season opener. But John Butler wonders why there was no ”Unleash the Geish” merch?

AFLW: An unauthorized season primer (Part 2)

In the second part of his AFLW4 preview, John Butler looks at the competing clubs.

AFLW4: An unauthorized season primer (Part 1)

For those who may not have been keeping up, John Butler gets you up to speed for the AFLW season. (Opinions are his, definitely not the AFL’s -Ed).

The 2019-2020 Test Summer: Poor preparation leads to piss-poor performance

“These tales of visiting woe just serve to reinforce that the Australian test summer was really all about us. Which, if we’re being honest, is how we generally like it.” John Butler looks at the test summer that was.