Almanac Ocean Swimming – Pier to Pub 2019: Murray won’t be home tonight

A tragic day at Pier to Pub 2019.

Almanac Tennis – Has Kooyong had the gong?

During The Kooyong Classic, Rick checks out Melbourne’s legendary former tennis home and all its memories. but is disappointed by what he sees, acknowledging the glory days of the past have well and truly faded.

Almanac Pro-running: Paul Young’s (epic) 2018 Bay Sheffield Form Guide

This epic tome conveys the form of every nominee for this year’s time-honoured Bay Sheffield at Colley Reserve, Glenelg. It’s worth the read just for Paul Young’s similes regarding the chances of the battlers. [A mighty effort from this trainer – JTH]

Almanac Basketball: Collingwood Wildbeasts meet some stars on their US tour.

Steve Earl with a quick update on the Collingwood Wildbeasts’ trip to the US where they’ve rubbed shoulders with some legendary American sporting figures.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 12: Drafting predators

A bit of John Lennon, a bit of Michael Clarke, a bit of IVA Richards and some theories of McGilchrist and Panksepp all make this piece, on predators and prey, in a sporting context, much food for thought.

Almanac Baseball: Seoul Time

Brian the Ruminator reports on the contest between the Melbourne Aces and Geelong Korea suggesting it may well be the most hyped hitout in ABL history with the Aces GM, Justin Huber, going on ABC News Breakfast and proclaiming that as many as 30 million Koreans may be tuning in.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Belgium’s World Cup Triumph as The Match goes extra holes.

From the sideline of sport, Hamish Neal presents his regular wrap from the world of golf.

Fishing for a non-fisherman

WARNING: This story filled with beautiful images of sunsets, good red and fishing off the coast of WA will likely exacerbate any Monday morning back-to-work gloom you are feeling. Col reprises a story from a few years ago.

Almanac Ocean Swimming: What an effort!

Swim around Great Britain! You must be mad! Read about Ross Edgley’s epic swimming feat of physical and mental endurance he completed this week.

“A Passion for the Sport of Kings….” KB Hill

“And when the horses jump, he’ll imagine for a moment that he’s back in the days of his youth……..perched on the outsider; seeking an opening to push through the tightly-bunched field; just pondering when to make his move……..” Another entertaining sporting tale from KB Hill.

Almanac Rugby: Rugby and Footy in a Single Day

Yoshi got the chance to take in some rugby, and a good dose of queuing. But he was really itching for the Aussie Rules footies to come out.

Almanac Baseball: Soxxxxx!!!!!!

We think Brian the Rumminator might be slightly pleased at the result of the latest MLB World Series, but we’re not sure…

In the aftermath, Brian’s penned an ode to the greatest season he’s ever seen his beloved Boston put together.

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?

Sport as Entertainment – 6. So What?

Here’s the eighth addition to Stainless’ breakdown of sports and their place in the modern pantheon of entertainment.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 7: Intuition in sport

To David Stiff, intuition is the evaluation of voluminous data points that lead to a resolution or course of action within the field of play. He examines the issue in this excellent article.

Almanac Golf: We can win this

The first golf team – P. Flynn, Medium Dazza Smith, Jake Norton (of the Wandering Eye) and JTH – to represent The Footy Almanac ventured to Barwon Heads. Here’s what happened. [First published 2012]

Sport as Entertainment – 4. Changing Lifestyles and Declining Participation

A major trend in the developed world of changing lifestyles and declining participation shows we’re doing less and less physical activity. Stainless continues his series on the topic of sport as entertainment with another thought provoking article.

Almanac Baseball: Done My Pennants

It’s all heating up for a big World Series, Brian the Ruminator takes us through the AL and NL Championship Series that’ve resulted in the second ever meeting between the Dodgers and Red Sox, the first in over a hundred years.

Sport as Entertainment: 3. Technology

Stainless continues his series on the direction of sport with this look at the influence of technology.

Almanac Rugby League – Australia v Tonga: and the winner is…rugby league!

Passion, pride and Pacific power were on display at Mt Smart Stadium but the Kangaroos were up to the challenge. Here’s how the last southern hemisphere match of the year played out.