Tiger Woods: Sport’s Greatest Comeback?

In the lead-up to the US Masters which starts tonight, we revisit Peter Baulderstone’s reflection 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.)

Round 9 – West Coast v Geelong: Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Baulderstone thinks the world has become a sad and dangerous place and footy a wasteful folly. Until his Eagles win a close one over the Cats in the game of the season.

Round 8 – West Coast v Collingwood: The Marking Magnificents

Peter Baulderstone welcomes dry weather footy in Perth where his Eagles’ pressure and marking cannibalised a feeble Collingwood.

Atomising

Peter Baulderstone, who is happy for it to be 1980 again in Perth, muses on leaving professional sport behind. Or did it leave him?

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. (This 2018 effort has had revived interest among the non-Victorian audience. Can’t think why. PB in pre-flag warrior mode – Ed)

Bruce Dawe RIP – the Larrikin Laureate

Australia’s Everyman poet Bruce Dawe died on April 1st. His words and sensibility live on in thousands of hearts that have laughed, cried and nodded on reading his words over 60 years. His footy poems “Life Cycle” and “High Mark” are embedded in the heart of the game.

Round 1 – West Coast v Melbourne:  Last Orders on the Titanic

How to make sense of the final game that never never should have been played in a season that was cancelled before it began? A show about nothing? Peter Baulderstone finds meaning in old movies, Gatsby and Monty Python.

Australian Open Tennis: Courting Kyrgios

Peter Baulderstone takes in his first Australian Open tennis at the Nadal/Kyrgios epic. Nick lost on the tennis court but won in the courts of public opinion and self respect.

Almanac Cycling – Tour Down Under: Stage 3

Peter Baulderstone adds to his long list of expert commentary on sports he knows nothing about. Now adding cycling to his football and cricket portfolios with a week’s visit back to his South Australian roots to see the Tour Down Under.

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_B 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.

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.