Almanac NFL – The 2023 Dan Orlovsky Cup: Week 12

If you want to compare football codes, at least do it from an informed perspective. Earl O’Neill exposes the ‘idiotic complaints against American football’.

Almanac Local History – Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg: Reginald Bell (1899-1913) – Promising child jockey

Reginald Bell (1899-1913) was a promising junior jockey until a race fall unfortunately took his life. He is one of many sportsmen buried at the Pine Ridge Cemetery Coburg.

Almanac NFL – The 2023 Scott Mitchell Cup: Week Eleven

In this week’s look at the NFL, Earl O’Neill takes a look at quarterbacks, the big money men of the game. But are they worth the huge salaries they attract?

Almanac Footy and Water-skiing: Ted Hopkins – Renaissance Man in Blue

After chatting with Roger Ley, Andrew ‘Dougie’ Fraser tells the tale of a young water ski-ing footballer at Monash University who led a most creative and original life. That man: Ted Hopkins, who was a friend of The Footy Almanac for many years, since John Harms first met him on Run Like You Stole Something on 3RRR. [This is a really interesting piece, thanks Dougie – Ed] [With the passing of Carlton footballer Ted Hopkins on Monday, the Footy Almanac reprises Andrew Fraser’s story about Ted.]

Almanac NFL: The 2023 Jim Caldwell Cup – Week Ten

The glory days of the New England Patriots are a distant memory. Earl O’Neill explains what has gone wrong – and what might be next for the Pats.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Stakes Day Preview: It’s 3/4 Time – need a big finish!

It has been a brutal Spring Carnival for punters according to Sal Ciardulli but his tips for the weekend may remedy this. [Thanks Sal for all your previews throughout the year – they are always eagerly awaited for and read. – ED]

Almanac NFL: The 2023 Lomas Brown Cup – Week Nine

We are now nine weeks into the NFL season. Earl O’Neill details his highlights from the weekend.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Melbourne Cup: Will Irish Eyes Be Smiling?

It’s the race that stops a nation, and for many, it’s also the chance to have a flutter on the Melbourne Cup. To help punters pick a winner, Sal Ciardulli has cast his eye over the field and made his selections for the biggest race of the year.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’ – Vivienne McCredie

To put you in the mood for the big race today, have a read of Vivienne McCredie’s terrific poem about the Melbourne Cup, ‘The Race That Stops a Nation’.

Almanac Music: ‘The Melbourne Cup’ – Slim Dusty

Aussie music legend Slim Dusty sings his song, ‘The Melbourne Cup’.

Almanac NFL: The 2023 Rod Marinelli Cup – Week Eight

Round 8 of the NFL season finds Earl O’Neill casting a critical eye over the Raiders

Almanac Sports History: The greatest fight ever

You may not have heard of this epic and brutal match up between two convicts in what is now Queensland, but Harold Peacock gives an account of why you might want to remember them some 175 years on.

Almanac NFL – The 2023 Bobby Layne Cup: Week Seven

Earl O’Neill continues his coverage of the NFL. Today he explains his allegiance to the Detroit Lions. It’s not an easy gig!

Almanac Books: ‘Stories for Harry & Ray’ – Michael Sexton

‘Stories for Harry & Ray’ by Michael Sexton is a collection of yarns about sportspeople he has gathered over many years and is now available for purchase.

Almanac Rugby Union – 2023 Rugby World Cup: 28 years later, All Blacks out to square ledger

Brian the Ruminator puts the 2023 Rugby World Cup in perspective as he looks forward to next weekend’s final between the All Blacks and the Boks.

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Caulfield Cup: Going for gold!

With one of the big programs of the Spring Carnival this weekend, Sal Ciardulli casts his eye over the Caulfield Cup program and picks a winner or two for punters.

Almanac NFL: The Joey Harrington Cup 2023 – Week 6

Earl O’Neill presents his thoughts on the progress of some of the new quarterback acquisitions and movements in the NFL.

Almanac Pugilism: The Muse is musing on boxing and boxing tents

The Muse has just read a book about Jimmy Sharman’s boxing tents and is reminded of great days of boxing at the Wycheproof Show and in the Police Boys Clubs.

Almanac Local History: Sporting history in abundance at Coburg Pine Ridge Cemetery

A while ago, Allan Barden discovered that his great-grandmother was buried in 1918 in the Coburg cemetery. In finding out a little more he met the Friends of Coburg Cemetery a small group of volunteers who look after the cemetery and also have done some research into those buried there. This piece by Allan reflects on the cultural and historical significance of cemeteries generally, and discusses what they mean to us, and tell us. He then considers the lives of a number of Australian sportsmen buried in the Coburg Cemetery. [Wonderful piece – Ed]

Almanac Racing: Sal’s Preview – Caulfield Guineas Preview: Step into Steparty? Yes or No

Big weekend of racing as Sal Ciardulli places his tips for the Caulfield Guineas meeting and The Everest in Randwick.