Grand Final Review – Pepsi or Coke?

Looking for an all rounder to open the batting in the quaddie; cover the slips in the AFL trade rules; and bowl over the flaws in the Ross Lyon game plan? Sal Ciardulli has all the bases covered: more reliable than Watto and more likeable than Stuart Broad.

Grand Final Preview – Prepare for the Purple Swarm

Take one part Wrap; one part Crio and ten parts of the best wit and wisdom you’ve heard since Tony Soprano died. Mix well and you’ve got all the elements of Sal Ciardulli’s weekend feast of footy and racing. Best consumed with a tasty little Chianti.

The Real Semi-Final Weekend Preview – Feeling a bit dusty!

Sal Ciardulli has the good oil – on Dusty Martin, the Bombers, last weekend’s vanquished, the People’s Finals, and this weekend’s racing. Need a tip? Sal’s your man.

AFL Finals Week 2 – Preview: Get Stuffed! Get stuffed!

Is it worse to bow out in week one of the finals or avoid the scrutiny and not make them at all?

AFL Finals Week 1 – Preview: Fire Up for Finals

It’s a busy weekend for sports nuts and Sal Ciardulli has cast a discerning eye over a few highlights in footy and racing. What to consider when backing your favourites? Plus, the season gone – how did the vanquished fare against predictions?

Round 23 Preview – The Tipsters’ Nightmare

Could this be the season where one of the bottom half of the finalists rewrite the record books? Possibly even the ninth placed team?

Round 22 Preview – Reaching The Penultimate

The fan in the stand deserves better, writes Sal Ciardulli.

AFL Round 21 – Preview: Enough already

Sal Ciardulli wants the Bombers punished for their hubris (and for Malthouse to stop commenting and get on with fixing the Blues).

AFL Round 20 – Preview: And then there were 3?

Given the Saints were just shy of a flag, Sal Ciardulli conducts a forensic inspection of the differences between the 2009-10 Saints and his current charges at Freo.

AFL Round 19 – Preview: Firing the Weapon

Sal tipped the Doggies last weekend for a full card. He’s turning his full attention to this weekend’s games (Helps take his mind off the inconsistency of Essendon playing all year while Ahmed Saad’s career is immediately put on hold.)

AFL Round 18 – Preview: Kicking Own Goals

Plenty of own goals this past week, writes Sal Ciardulli, with Cricket Australia, Essendon, Scarlett and O’Grady all putting the ball past their own keepers.

AFL Round 17 – Preview: To err is human

Tonight’s game is the clash of the disappointments for 2013. North go in as favourites over their Navy Blue bunny. Since the 1995 preliminary final, North have only lost 6 games to the Blues, and only twice since 2005.

AFL Round 16 – Preview: Channelling Christie Allen

Before 17 clubs throw their veterans, their future stars and their kitchen sinks at the Giants for the number one pick, Sal Ciardulli asks them: Is it all worth it? Is the next Cooney, Goddard or Hutton really worth the upheaval?

AFL Round 15 – Preview: Boo Boo

Plenty of cracking games this weekend – what odds Sal Ciardulli doing better than 5 winners (last week’s score).

Round 14 Preview – Bye Bye to the bye

Sal Ciardulli’s tipping guide – always entertaining; always thought-provoking; not always right.

AFL Round 13 – Preview: Vlad, we have a problem!

Holding up the bottom of your tipping competition? Then let Sal Ciardulli be your guide with his foolproof (?) selections.

AFL Round 12 Preview: Just a Suburban Boy

Sal Ciardulli produces report cards for those on holiday this week (including Dave Warner).

AFL Round 11 – Preview: Bye, Bye for Some (and bonus Eagle Farms tips as well)

Sal Ciardulli gives his report on the teams so far, and throws in some racing tips as well.

AFL Round 10 Preview: Wilburrrrr

Sal Ciardulli took a look this week at which clubs (not including the new teams) are playing the most kids with 50 games or less. After Melbourne and the Dogs comes…Hawthorn. Worryingly for Richmond fans, they are fielding less new players than all but Sydney.

AFL Round 9 preview: Sacrificial lamb to the slaughter

Still agonising over your tips? Let Sal Ciardulli help out. Seven from nine last week (he pleads mitigating circumstances with the late withdrawal of Stevie J).