RIP Jack Whitaker – US Sportscaster: When it was more than a game

Legendary US Sportcaster Jack Whitaker who died last week aged 95 was a regular face on Australian TV in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Peter Baulderstone provides some links to his work and reflects on why his reporting legacy ennobled sports and us.

PB’s Finals Predictor: The Loser Now Will be Later to Win

Peter Baulderstone demonstrates that August losses are a key to September success. Throw away the form guide and just follow PB’s tips through Round 23 and the Finals Series. (Cheques and money orders accepted).

Almanac (Gaelic) Football and Golf – The Lowry’s Eyes are Smiling

Peter Baulderstone knew about the British Open golf win of Irishman Shane Lowry at spectacular rainswept Royal Portrush on the weekend. This is the less known story of Shane’s father Brendan and Uncle’s Sean and Michael winning the All Ireland Gaelic football title in 1982 for minnow Offaly against the might of county Kerry going for a historic fifth successive win. Great video highlights of the best football you will see all week.

Almanac Golf – Golf Returns to its Roots: The Irish Open at Lahinch

Peter Baulderstone celebrates the Irish Open golf starting tonight on the rugged Lahinch links in the South West. Golf as god intended on emerald green fairways amid towering dunes along the Atlantic shore. The history of Lahinch is generous, tragic and wonderful. As with all things Irish.

Sport, Gambling, Media and Government: An Unholy Alliance

Peter Baulderstone shares some facts about the size, reach and power of the gambling industry. It has corrupted sporting bodies, media and governments. It is largely unregulated and minimally taxed. It is coming for your children as the next generation of “customers”.

RIP Hawkie – The Punter’s Pal

Bob Hawke was the greatest Australian of Peter Baulderstone’s lifetime. He reminisces about Canberra politics in the 1980’s and the great man’s love of sport and people. Hawke’s prodigious achievements and his all too human failings made most Australians fall in love with him. (Share your memories of Hawke the man, politician and sports lover – Ed.)

Round 8 – St Kilda v West Coast: Don’t Try Taking Control Away from Control Freaks

Peter Baulderstone muses on why AFL is less enjoyable even when his Eagles win. A rant about rules, coaches, committees and self-interest. And, also, a consideration of missing cats.

Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

Peter Baulderstone reflects on Tiger Woods’ win at the 2019 US Masters and how he has risen from the ashes of personal and physical betrayals. He tries to rank where it fits with the great comeback stories of Ali, Seles, Laver, Bradman, Hogan and Watson. (Simply brilliant! – Ed.)

PB’s Week 1 Diary – The Anti Football League

Peter Baulderstone meanders through a Round 1 he would rather forget. The Anti Football League was right – 17 game seasons and no matches when the temperature is in the 30s. Round 1 should be annulled.

Boxing Day Test – Melbourne Concrete and Gravel

Peter Baulderstone celebrates the return to a traditional Australian wicket at Melbourne Concete and Gravel. Premier Daniel Andrews has guaranteed that Victoria will hold the traditional Boxing Day wake for the rest of the millennium. Australia yawns.

Why does sandpaper hurt so much?

Peter Baulderstone muses about the place of sport in our individual and collective consciousnesses. How are sports different from each other? Is there an ongoing meaning of sport in our lives that explains just why sandpaper hurts so much?

Grand Final – West Coast v Collingwood: The Circle is Unbroken

Peter Baulderstone on the Grand Final. For the faitfhful – of all faiths.

Grand Final Preview – West Coast v Collingwood: Looking Forward Looking Back

Peter Baulderstone finds reasons for his dream of an Eagles Grand Final win. And his soggy Saturday Collingwood nightmares. [A lot of analysis and some very nice lines like: “It takes a village to raise a flag.” JTH]

Why I Hate Victorians

Peter Baulderstone takes aim at all things Victorian from his mineshaft in Western Australia. Is he serious? Is he right? He’s certainly hostile.

Round 22 – West Coast v Melbourne: Gawn, Gawn, Gawn

Peter Baulderstone loved the finals like pressure of Sunday’s game against Melbourne, if not the result. Max Gawn turned on a rucking master class to drag his Demons into the finals for the first time in a dozen years.

Round 21 – Port Adelaide v West Coast: Tarzan Saves the Day

It’s off to the movies for Peter Baulderstone, as Jeremy McGovern swings through the trees to save the day for his West Coast Eagles.

Round 20 – West Coast v Fremantle: A Momentary Gaff

It feels like a “death” in the footy family over West according to Peter Baulderstone. The Brayshaw family; the Gaff family; the Eagles flag hopes and honest competitiveness. Hard life lessons all round.

The state of the Game is the game of the State

Peter Baulderstone reckons there’s nothing certain in life except death, taxes and the “state of the game” on talkback radio.

Round 15 – Adelaide v West Coast: The Fat Lady Sings

Peter Baulderstone is on holidays on the beach in Broome. His Eagles joined him sitting about doing nothing much in the last quarter on Saturday.

Round 11 – West Coast v St Kilda: Hope for the Hopeless

Peter Baulderstone finds the Saints not as bad as they seem, and his Eagles not as good as they have been. Time for Eagles to have a week in Broome regenerating in the winter sun.