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.

Sport as Entertainment – 2. Professionalism and Commercialisation of Sport

Stainless examines the development of mass spectator sport from its roots in the late 19th century when most of the games and competitions we know today were being codified and organised. Clubs and stadia sprung up, fuelling the growth of sports with huge spectator appeal.

Almanac Rugby League: the final Test

The rugby league season finally ends this weekend with the clash between Australia and Tonga. Here’s our preview.

The curse of the flat stick

Craig Dodson knows only too well the curse of the last shot (for most of us mere mortals anyway) from the short stuff – so much so that he now has it down to “tee” via a five step plan.

Almanac Baseball: Divisional Wrap

It’s ‘batters up’ for Brian as he gives us the lowdown on the baseball postseason playoffs – with more to come as the series continue.

Almanac Rugby League – Australia v New Zealand: the winners

Yesterday’s feast of rugby league at Mt Smart Stadium came in three courses but we’ll have to wait until next weekend for dessert. Here’s how it panned out.

Almanac Rugby League – Australia v New Zealand Test matches

Just when you thought it was all over, this weekend sees three Australian rugby league teams take on their Kiwi counterparts at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland. For possibly the first time, the programme will see the men’s Junior Kangaroos, the Jillaroos and the Kangaroos in action at the same venue on the same day. Here’s a preview

Bathurst 500: Your memories.

The Bathurst 500 (old school) – or Bathurst – is a festival day in Australian life. Give us your memories. And what is the model of car in the old photograph?