RIP John Clarke: The Dagg is Dead

Peter Baulderstone mourns the passing – and celebrates the work, wisdom and wit – of John Clarke.

PB’s Rant: Lawyers and TV – the lunatics are running (ruining?) my asylum

Peter Baulderstone fires both barrels at video decision making infecting golf, cricket, footy – and society by extension. Crap decisions over the weekend and three days off the grog and sugar can make a man cranky.

Round 1 – North Melbourne v West Coast: Josh Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight

Peter Baulderstone and the Avenging Eagle got their week in Melbourne off to a good start with their Eagles thumping the Kangaroos at Etihad on Sunday afternoon. Should PB be worried about AE’s new toy boy?

Almanac Music: Springsteen does Springsteen

Peter Baulderstone takes in a Bruce Springsteen concert in Perth last week. Another premiership winning performance or are the years catching up with The Boss?

Meetings with Remarkable Men

Peter Baulderstone imagines a meeting between Vic and the Don.

Baseball World Series Game 7: Real sport, Real consequences, Real men

Forget the pointless monotony of the “test” cricket (D Minuses all round). Today’s sporting highlight is the deciding Game 7 of the Baseball World Series between the biggest underachievers in the sport’s history – the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians starting at 11am today (Eastern Summer Time). Think Western Bulldogs v Leicester City. Peter Baulderstone suggests an introductory read of the New Yorker’s profile of their outstanding managers Joe Maddon and Terry Francona. Think Claudio Ranieri and Luke Beveridge. Go Cubs.

Grand Final 2016 – Sydney v Western Bulldogs: We’ll All Be ‘Rooned

An epic Footy Almanac Grand Final Lunch topped only by an epic Grand Final. Can the Bulldogs drop their hangdog persona? Peter Baulderstone adapts classic Australian verse (apologies to John O’Brien) to record the events of recent days.

Finals Week 1 – West Coast v Western Bulldogs: Outcoached, Outsmarted and Outplayed

Peter Baulderstone reviews his Eagles being outsmarted and outworked by the Bulldogs on Thursday night, and how the season has gone for Adam Simpson’s underachievers.

Round 22 – West Coast v Hawthorn: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knees

Peter Baulderstone and his Eagles experienced their 15 minutes of fame on Friday night before Nic Naitanui ruptured his ACL. He was expecting 5 more weeks like that.

Round 21 – GWS v West Coast: Love Letter to an Old Flame

Peter Baulderstone writes an apologetic love letter to his West Coast Eagles. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

The Superfish and Olympic Fairy Dust

The Olympics fills Peter Baulderstone with cynicism and loathing for 206 weeks every 4 years. On Monday a chance encounter with the Superfish sprinkled him with Olympic fairy dust for the next 2 weeks.

Almanac Golf: British Open Golf – Duel of the ‘sons

A meditation from Peter Baulderstone on golf, life and the final round duel between Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon.

Round 15 – West Coast v Essendon: Raking over the Rolls

Peter Baulderstone enjoyed the Avenging Eagle’s chicken rolls, the replay of Rake and his Eagles win over Essendon (in that order). Perhaps the Eagles can rise from their slump like Cleaver Greene.

Once Were Warriors – Remembering Muhammad Ali

Peter Baulderstone remembers Muhammad’s Ali life as it unfolded and his impact in changing the culture and attitudes in the 60s.

Round 10 – West Coast v Gold Coast: Second Acts

Peter Baulderstone watched Gary Ablett Jnr rage against the dying of the light on Sunday. Not so much a match report as a reflection on the significance of second acts in all our lives.

Round 9 – Port Adelaide v West Coast: Grave Danger

Port Adelaide’s descent into thuggery reminded Peter Baulderstone of their past ‘heroes’ like Grave Danger and ‘Chicken’ Hayes. Any Eagles away win is a good win. A fizzling cracker of a game (and Eagles season to date).

The Boy Next Door

Peter Baulderstone loved every minute of footy on the weekend. The underdogs triumphed and his Eagles vanquishers. But the highlight was hearing the boy next door kick the footy alone in the dark after his Navy Blues won again against the odds. (Poetry Warning: Swish – contains Bobby Gibson reference).

Round 6 – West Coast v Collingwood: Double and Nothing

Peter Baulderstone reckons his Eagles were ordinary (and won by 10 goals). Collingwood is “a shiver looking for a spine to crawl up” (op cit – former #1 ticket holder).

Round 4 – West Coast v Richmond: Dead Tiggers Bounced

Peter Baulderstone saw his Eagles demolish an insipid bunch of Tiggers last night. Rulebook’s analysis flattered them last week.

Round 3 – West Coast v Fremantle: Winning Ugly

Peter Baulderstone asks what Marshall Foch, Ross Lyon, James Alexander Gordon, Ernie Els and Jason Day have in common? He’ll just have to settle for his Eagles and Jason Day winning ugly.