Almanac Archives: Raising Arizona

From the Footy Almanac Archives ten years ago, these thoughts were on Trucker Slim’s mind.

Almanac Footy: One quarter at a time

The ups and downs of Round 1’s Essendon v Hawthorn clash have driven Rick Kane to riff on popular verse.

Almanac Life: The Mighty Hawks, late July 2020, a ranty ramble

Trucker Slim is doing it hard with his Hawks languishing at the bottom end of the ladder. So it’s to music for some solace, the words of Bob Dylan and others for strength and guidance.

Almanac Music: Thoughts on the death of John Prine

Rick Kane (or Trucker Slim) has been shaken by the death of John Prine. In this emotional and evocative tribute, he explains why John Prine means so much to him, and his family. This is about connectedness and the things that matter. It’s about the place of music and of sadness, and how music builds healing and strength and belief we need and crave. A mighty piece of writing about a mighty man.

Grand Final – Richmond v GWS: Talkin’ takin’ sides

Trucker Slim lets loose with his reasons why he’ll be barracking for the GWS Giants tomorrow.

Finding the Joy

Trucker Slim illuminates today’s page with a heartfelt tribute on the loss of two loved ones. Amongst the sadness and the struggles, he finds joy. (Simply beautiful! Ed.)

Almanac Music – Blinded by the List: a Springsteen game for the whole family!

Not interested in horse racing or can’t wait for next footy season? Trucker Slim has come up with a game based upon the music of Bruce Springsteen as an alternative for you to while away your time instead.

The Simpson

Yes the Bucks story is a ripper … but so is the Adam Simpson story.
Rick Kane pays tribute to the 2018 Premiership coach.

Hawks 2018 season: Exit, pursued by a bear

While his Hawks were bundled out of the finals in straight sets, Rick Kane knows that 2018 was never going to be their year. Like a big, hard to split stump, it pays to chip around the edges. Look out for Hawthorn in 2019.

Finals Week 1 – Hawks? Canaries!

Trucker Slim assesses his Hawks but can’t find any easy answers to how they, or anyone for that matter, can tame the Tiges. That doesn’t stop him from offering his advice to anyone willing to listen.

Round 21 – Hawthorn v Geelong: All aboard

Trucker Slim reveled in the Hawks/Cats rivalry during Saturday’s thriller. He might just be sensing some Glory Days ahead for the Hawks?

AFLW Round 7 – Western Bulldogs v Melbourne: Gorn, Gorn, Gorn

Trucker Slim finally made it to an AFLW match to cheer on his Dees in what was essentially a Preliminary Final. Though only heartache awaited him when the Bulldogs came out snarling in the final minutes.

AFLW: Great game, good game, so-what game, bad game … still game (Jay Z reference)

Trucker Slim responds those who had the knives out for the AFLW following Round 1 of the new season. He looks at the nature of AFLW and the purpose it serves, and the opportunity it has provided and will continue to provide. It’s a revolution which has opened up the world of women’s and girls’ capacity to play the game. He also makes some interesting points, when looking at AFLW in commercial terms, about the nature of the so-called market or fan base.

Mercedes turns 50

Mercedes celebrated her 50th game with the Darebin Falcons U18s footy team last Sunday. Trucker Slim reviews the game.

Round 14 – Adelaide v Hawthorn: Half a Chance

Rick Kane spots something; a little thing. And then another. And then another. How many half chances explain his re-building Hawks beating top-of-the-ladder Crows?

Round 11 – Port Adelaide v Hawthorn: From small things mama

Rick Kane sees Hawthorn’s second half phoenix stirring in the ashes of their first half at Adelaide Oval

Round 4 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Hard Times Come

It was quiet on the South Morang train as Rick Kane made his way back from the MCG on Easter Monday.

AFLW Grand Final – Brisbane v Adelaide: Just a Girl

Trucker Slim was totally enamoured with the AFLW Grand Final: from the effort and the skills to the crowd and the passion. History was made and the revolution has well and truly began.

AFLW Round 6 – Adelaide Crows v Melbourne Demons: Under a splendid sunset

Trucker was too distracted by the brilliance on field to behold a glorious Darwin sunset, and caught every moment of a nailbiting fight for a chance at the premiership between Adelaide and Melbourne.

AFLW Round 1 – Melbourne v Brisbane: Dees v Lions v the weather

Trucker Slim watched the tough battle in the rain between Melbourne and Brisbane.