Round 19 – West Coast v Hawthorn: We’re a Happy Team

As Hawks fan Rick Kane discusses he has had a good weekend watching football.

Hold Your Horses

Rick Kane is trying to keep a lid on the Hawks’ 2015 season. Straps hit, horses held – what does the next month hold for them?

Round 16 – Sydney Swans v Hawthorn: Howzat!

Hawthorn lays waste to another 2015 premiership contender with a frightening display of attacking footy against the Sydney Swans. And Trucker Slim is most contented.

Round 14 – Collingwood v Hawthorn: Football

On the sort of day when football seems irrelevant, Rick Kane saw a match that was a testament to the game and Phil Walsh

Cancer in Rats – a critical review of Dave Warner, a very under-valued Australian rock artist

Rick Kane reviews the musical styling of Dave Warner in the 1970’s.

Round 6 – GWS v Hawthorn: Reminders

Rick Kane faces up to Hawthorn’s mortality.

What it Was

Rick Kane accepts that two of his Hawks crossed the line last week. We are quick to judge, but how do these incidents sit with the contradiction that in our dark hearts, we don’t mind players going the biffo.

AFL Round 2 – Essendon v Hawthorn: Pipped

A classic in the Almanac style of footy being a way into writing about the things that most matter. Here Trucker Slim, in writing about Essendon v Hawthorn from a Greek Easter celebration, remembers his father. Beautiful piece.

“With a warm hand on my shoulder he taught me how to kick and mark
But the dearest truth he taught me was the depth of love that’s in a laugh”.

“this moment is the only thing you have”

” Family, community and the maintenance of a spirit built from the blood, sweat and tears of decent people and deep meaning.”

Round 1 – Hawthorn v Geelong: Rust?

The sense of awe and wonder have not abandoned R. Kane. In fact, he clasps them to his Hawthorn bosom, like children. [The bastard – JTH]

If Footy Teams Were Bands… or Something Like That

Put aside the pre-Easter stresses, relax and match wits against the leviathan musical intellect that is Trucker Slim: If AFL teams were bands. Brilliant!

My 12 Favourite Songs of 2014

Rick Kane takes the time to list his 12 best songs of 2014. Note: Lots of country AND some western.

The Top 10 Hawks Games of 2014

It’s been a big year for Hawks fans. Asking Rick Kane to nominate the best ten performances of his beloved Hawthorn in 2014 was a massive ask, but he appears to have done it. [Now with added KAPOW’s! – Ed]

AFL Finals Week 3 – Hawthorn v Geelong: A Curse and a blessing

A curse is only as real as you want it to be. The Kennett curse became a psychological narrative of a great rivalry and sadly, its author was the Hawks. In honour of its death, Rick Kane went looking for great sayings to understand the depth and weight and shadow of a curse.

AFL Round 20 – St.Kilda v Hawthorn: A game of little mo(ve)ment

This was a game of little moment. The Hawks had a 37 point lead at half time and at the final siren had stretched it to 46 points. A good solid win for sure but it left Rick Kane wondering why the real Hawks didn’t show.

Money

There are things money can’t buy, writes Rick Kane, but will Buddy realise this before it’s too late?

An Open letter to Betfair about its ad, Power to the Punter

Betfair says it represents all punters – men and women. Rick Kane says its recent advertising suggests otherwise.

Yabba (from the cheap seats), part 3: Spiritual leaders, give me a break

Yabba’s back, once again calling a spade a bloody shovel. Mind you, he has a point (or four).

AFL Round 5 – Hawthorn v North Melbourne: A close shave

Rick Kane asks why are close shaves on the football field so unbearable? He holds a bloody blade as close to his jugular as can be every other morning but he can’t watch the Hawks rough ride through 5 bumpy minutes for four premiership points of glory.

One Eyed

Rick Kane was literally a one-eyed Hawks fan. Now he’s seen the light.

Springsteen’s pen: Kaney’s attempt at a Crio type question

Rick Kane, inspired by his audience with Bruce Springsteen, asks for your favourite opening line of the great man’s songs, as well as reflections from his recent tour if you attended.