The tuck rule, a fight against all odds and iron-willed determination – the unlikely makings of Tom Brady and the New England dynasty

It might look as if Tom Brady had an easy run to NFL success but the back story tells a different tale. Sean Mortell gives us the full details of Brady’s determined rise to fame and fortune.

Kansas City – not a part of Kansas: a historical look on the ups and downs of a great American town

Sean Mortell examines the background history of the Kansas City Chiefs who came from behind for a stunning victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl 2020.

Super Bowl LIV – Mahomes seizes the moment in a see-sawing contest we’ll never forget.

What a Superbowl for the ages! Backs to the wall, the weight of history and expectations dragging them down, Kansas City Chiefs broke a multi-generational drought to best San Francisco 49ers with an amazing come from behind effort. Sean Mortell has all the details.

Brains versus Brawn: What Wins in Sport – an example from the Australian Open

What wins in the end, Power or Skill, Brains or Brawn? It’s the age-old question. JuneeJunction adds a perspective from the freezing tundra of Arctic Canada.

NFL Playoffs: Championship Monday – A day of emotion, a display of Super Bowl football

Sean Mortell takes us through the NFL play-offs with a place in Super Bowl LIV up for grabs. His report gives us an insight into what to expect come February 3.

NFL Divisional Monday Review: A crazy comeback, two foes lock horns to the end again

Sean Mortell recounts the action of an engrossing day of NFL playoffs.

NFL Playoffs Divisional Sunday: Two supremely solid performances, another incredible upset for the Titans.

Sean Mortell keeps up his rollicking ride through the NFL Playoffs – with only six sides left and upsets seemingly in vogue, it’s all happening!

NFL Wildcard Monday – More upsets means the Superbowl is as open as ever

Wildcard Weekend provided thrills and upsets for NFL football fans in the lead up to Super Bowl 2020 as Sean Mortell reports.

NFL Wildcard Sunday – Two wins that shook the playoffs

In the early days of a new year some new sides are making a push towards Superbowl glory in the NFL – Sean Mortell takes us into the tension of Wildcard Sunday, where four teams entered and only two left.

A tale of Trans-Pacific football friendship – Spirit in St Louis

It’s not all Richmond triumphalism (though their deeds get a mention here) on the Almanac site at the moment – here’s Steve Earl’s story of a chance meeting with a former US Naval pilot and their connections around football, family and the forces.

Almanac (Sports) Travel: St. Louis – Land of Blues, Reds, Brews and MACs.

Steve and Lachie Earl are in St Louis where it seems the locals find them exotic enough to chat, befriend and look after them with visits here and there. [Great travel yarn belted out on a phone – JTH]

Super Bowl LIII: Pat-ernal dominance for fathers Belichick and Brady

It was low-scoring but the Patriots did what they do best writes Sean Mortell.

Nick Foles’ brave play reminiscent of Ole Miss v OSU

The Foles-Pederson play in Super Bowl LII had Steve Earl reminiscing about his trip to Ole Miss v OSU on New Year’s Day in 2016 when something similar transpired.

The 2018 ‘Do As You’re Told’ Cup

Earl O’Neill expresses his thoughts on the AFLW situation and the Superbowl in typical earl style.

The 2017 Whitney Mercilus Cup

Getting a band back together, the songs are flowing; some commentary about sport, mainly footy in all its forms, are some of the things on Earl’s mind as he takes refuge from the heat.

American Football: The Superchargers and the scar spangled banner

Written in 2014 while watching American Football and paying his dues in San Diego’s County Jail, Charlie Wells had time to reflect and writes an amazing tale of football and incarceration from an Australian’s perspective. [Riveting read – Ed]

Sport Trumps Politics

Peter Baulderstone is disturbed by the hatred and trivialisation of American society and its presidential politics. He seeks explanations from their sport.

Almanac NFL: Peyton Manning retirement speech

Paul Campbell brings us this outstanding retirement speech from NFL’s Peyton Manning [Brilliant – Ed].

Almanac NFL: Wild momentum, but Seahawks fall short.

Paul Campbell reports on the Seahawks’ almost comeback against the Panthers.

Steve Earl on Tour: All things sugar and spice

I think we might have found another one here. Wonderful observational sports travel piece from North Fitzroy Arms native Steve Earl as he finds himself in the Deep South of the US, at a football match, in a sports bar, and at a ramshackle corner pub. [Between Steve Earl and The People’s Elbow I think I’m becoming an Ole Miss fan – JTH]