Australia v South Africa – Perth Test: Saffas slow out of the blocks

John Butler’s view on the first day of the Perth Test, where lack of resolve and test cricket nous has left South Africa in a bit of a hole.

Finals Week 2 – Hawthorn v Western Bulldogs: The future owed nothing to the past

John Butler places Hawthorn’s current champion team in the context of broader Hawks history, looks at the enormous contribution of Alastair Clarkson and his coaching and teaching staff, and gives an astute account of Friday night’s match.

Almanac Season Review (and Round 23 report): Carlton – A flat end to a fresh start

How to rate the year? John Butler is happy that current management and coaching practices at Carlton differ from the old. And he’s got some advice for cocky Bomber fans.

Round 17 – Carlton v West Coast: Overrated Over Here

John Butler spots symbolism and structure aplenty as the Blues show glimpses against a West Coast outfit not heading deep into September.

Round 16 – Carlton v Adelaide: Crows shrug off the Blues, despite the menace of Dennis

John Butler rates Adelaide in their win over his Blues, like a Barossa Red they keep improving.

Round 15 – Carlton v Collingwood: Vote One Pies in Celebration of National Mediocrity

Two titanic figures battle it out on Saturday – this was neither the case in politics or football as John Butler endures another Carlton v Collingwood rivalry with relevance, shame about the quality.

Round 14 – GWS Giants v Carlton: Razzle Dazzled

As Gold Coast have shown, it was not a “given” that the AFL’s new franchises would be successful in the short term. John Butler is impressed that the Giants are on the verge of something special so soon.

Round 12 – St Kilda v Carlton: Saints Show Blues About Rebuilds

Failing to make it into the ground, John Butler took to his tranny, iPad and a nearby pub to watch/listen as his Blues lost to the Saints.

Round 12 – St Kilda v Carlton: Everything worked as it should

Encountering Etihad’s ticketing procedures, John Butler experienced the “everything is working normally” process, and the problem is all of his own doing.

Round 10 – Carlton v Geelong: Who Is This Team?

John Butler adopts Carlton’s new mantra: the journey will be long, so no point getting too high, or too low.

Round 9 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: Orange Peril trample working class beneath corporate subsidised boot

John Butler asks how after 92 seasons for one flag, the Doggies would feel with the prospect GWS might pocket one, or more, before their first decade?

Round 8 – Carlton v Port Adelaide: Kade Simpson Day

If Carlton has had a heart and soul for the past 14 years, John Butler suggests its down to Kade Simpson’s performance over 250 games.

Round 7 – Collingwood v Carlton: Junkyard Dogs Launch Schadenfreude Festival

John Butler is pretty satisfied with Carlton’s new direction. How about Collingwood, JB?

Round 6 – Carlton v Essendon: Ugly is the new Beautiful

John Butler suggests ugly is the new beautiful after analysing the Carlton Essendon game.

Round 5 – Fremantle v Carlton: Transitioning Without a Parachute

For John Butler, this was a battle between a team seeking to learn how to, and another that had forgotten how to.

Round 4 – Carlton v Western Bulldogs: Dogs in a canter

Bulldogs building the dream while Carlton builds a team.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: A New Carlton? Or the Same Old Richmond?

John Butler sees Carlton, the club that has made a fetish of living in the past, now preaching the future.

The Ozymandias Cup: Carlton v Essendon

John Butler finds visiting Princes Park rather like a trip to the Parthenon where a sense of the old gods remain, but alas, it was hard for him to ignore the rubble on what was an enjoyable afternoon for inspecting the ruins.

Book Review: The Straight Dope by Chip Le Grand

John Butler provides an thought provoking review of Chip Le Grand’s book, a must read.

Australia v New Zealand – Adelaide Test Day 2: When the going gets tough, Australia gets lucky

John Butler suggests that indiscreet batting was the major contributor to the fall of wickets on Day 2 of the Adelaide Test.