The Ashes 2019: Tim Paine is not our problem, but you might be

John Butler responds to the naysayers calling for Tim Paine’s sacking after the Headingley loss, instead questioning the supposed cultural change Australian cricket was meant to have undergone following last year’s ball tampering fiasco.

The Ashes 2019 – Third Test: This is where the test comes

Headingley 2019 was ultimately Ben Stokes’ moment. But other moments will present. John Butler hopes the Australians sense the opportunity.

Round 20 – Carlton v West Coast: Eagles show Blues what’s required

John Butler muses on caretaker coaches, before recounting a high standard game that left Carlton with a clear indication of where they stand.

Almanac Time Capsule: Some of my best friends are Saints (really)

It has been a very long decade for both St Kilda and Carlton. Back in 2009, John Butler ventured some opinions on the differing world views of both clubs. Both are now, once again, contemplating new coaches. How do both sets of supporters view things now?

Round 12 – Carlton v Brisbane: When all else fails, in Crippa we trust

John Butler can’t tell you if this Carlton win means anything in the bigger scheme, but he was glad he was there to watch one of the great individual performances. Ladies and gentlemen, Patrick Cripps!

Carlton: Trust us, we’re professionals

“With this decision, the New Carlton has developed a very strong whiff of the Old Carlton. Which is no real shock, because some of the board actually are the Old Carlton. They’d just claimed they’d seen the light.” John Butler on the Old Dark Navy Blues.

AFLW Round 1: A conference imbalance already?

Season 3 of AFLW began spectacularly, with four thrillers out of five games, all played in hot conditions. But as the players put on a great show, John Butler has concerns about the potential for the new conference system to unduly shape the finals.

Almanac Music – Stereo Stories: “You Will Surely Love Again” by Chris Wilson

Some words about the passing of a great musician. RIP Chris Wilson.

Australia v India – Adelaide, Day 1: Dogged Pujara saves sloppy India

Cheteshwar Pujara saved his side from embarrassment, as India struggled against an impressive Australian first day effort. John Butler reports.

Almanac Cricket – Questions of legacy

With the revolving door at Cricket Australia spinning ever faster, John Butler assesses the legacies of those departed, or soon to depart.

Almanac Cricket: One big step on a path to redemption

Tim Paine’s men have just delivered a big statement on this country’s cricket culture. As for the pending reviews? John Butler thinks we should all just read The Grade Cricketer.

Carlton 2018: Every rebuild can be unhappy in its own way

Much furious comment surrounded Carlton’s 2018. John Butler offers his thoughts on the Year of the Double Spoon.

Round 21 – Fremantle v Carlton: Three quarters out of four not enough for Blues

A new stadium, but a familiar result. The Blues saw three solid quarters of effort disappear in a Fremantle third term blitz. John Butler reports.

Round 20 – Carlton v GWS: Welcome to Globetrotters’ AFL

As he watched the Giants pulverise the Blues, John Butler was left contemplating the wider football universe. Let’s just say, he has his reservations.

One Hundred Years Ago: Round 4, 20th May, 1911

If you were in any doubt, violence in football is nothing new. As an example, we revisit the 1911 VFL season, and a controversial incident that ended up in the law courts.

Round 19 – Gold Coast v Carlton: The Sunk Cost Fallacy Cup

When you’ve won 1 of your last 27, any win will do. John Butler evaluates the Blues’ win over the Suns.

Women’s Football – The Footy Almanac supports Play On Empower Celebration in Ballarat

Moana Hope was in Ballarat yesterday, celebrating the Play On Empower initiative. The Footy Almanac is proud to support this program that is engaging young women through football.

Almanac Book Review: Roar by Samantha Lane

John Butler’s review of a book that captures the story of the AFLW’s initial steps and also seems ahead of its time: Roar by Sam Lane

Round 2 – Carlton v Gold Coast: Fumbling in the Sun

The journey into Etihad Stadium on Saturday gave John Butler plenty of time to ponder what his Blues would bring after an honourable loss in Round 1. Despite adding another defeat to the board for 2018, he’s still optimistic for Carlton’s future.

AFLW Grand Final – Western Bulldogs v Brisbane: Bulldogs singing in the rain

‘Was this a demonstration of AFL omnipotence? In many ways, it has felt like the League has fought an impulse to rain on its own creation in this second season of being. Had it now summoned torrents after six weeks of Victorian drought? Was this the ultimate memo to bring the unruly women to heel?’