New Footy Almanac tag line

G’day Folks


We are trying to find a ripper tag line for the website. The one we have (“the AFL season one game at a time”) is terrific for the book, but doesn’t really work for the website, which is about a lot more than that.

We have set up a poll.

Please cast your vote. (only once would be good) at

And if you have any other suggetsions we’d be happy to hear them.


The Footy Almanac


  1. The site with the facts, not the hacks.

  2. One of the catchphrases that has stuck with me is that public policy should be ‘hard headed but soft hearted’. The Right is too often hard headed but hard hearted, while the Left is soft hearted but often soft headed.
    I was thinking of that in the context of the Almanac website tag line, because the things I most value are the combination of insight, intelligence, honesty, humour and passion (the latter two can sometimes detract from the former – but you can generally tell when someone is either ‘taking the piss’ or seeing the world through their ‘team goggles’).
    There is both a diversity of voices and a diversity of topics. I haven’t followed the site through a summer – but the “Footy” Almanac covers a multitude of other sports, politics, family, society, music and art (with a bit of ‘red cordial’ thrown in). Things that nurture and console.
    To me, the Almanac uses footy and sport generally as the prism through which we collectively reflect on the world and our life experiences.
    That led me start playing around with terminological combinations of soft/hard; heart/head; passion/brain. What do we have in footy – hard yards; hard ball gets; hard luck stories – soft touches; soft as butter; soft tackles? Led me toward a tagline of:
    “Hard Opinions from Soft Touches”
    Will give it some more thought. Tangential extensions welcomed.

  3. forwardpocket says

    I don’t suppose The Wrap would sub-licence “If you’ve read it in the ‘nac, you know it’s not crap.”

  4. FP – your rhyming is looser than the Bulldogs backline.
    Don’t you mean “If its written by a ‘Nacker, Heath will bet its worth a cracker”

  5. Pamela Sherpa says

    Can I suggest FOOTY FANATICAL- I like the idea of something with the word FAN in it
    cheers Pamela

  6. Tony Bull says

    Footy Funatical!!!

  7. Richard Naco says

    “Autralian Rules Footy:

    Of the people,

    By the people,

    For the people.”

  8. Phil Dimitriadis says

    “Where sporting passion is more than a fashion”

    “Where footy writing breaks the lines”

    “Where fact and fiction come to play”


  10. Pamela Sherpa says


  11. You’re wrong there MOC. Haven’t you heard about the Carlton Tax.
    Was going to be a Collingwood Tax, but Julia learned her lesson about taking on the rich and powerful after the mining mess. Small fish are sweet.
    Anyway Eddie’s been rereading Power Without Glory and decided he needed to buy the Labor Party (less expensive than paying taxes) seeing he already controlled the AFL.

  12. Our sources are knackers, not hackers

  13. Tim Ivins says

    Similar to Richard Naco’s suggestion:

    Sport by the people, for the people.

  14. The Footy Almanac. The Harlequins of Austrain Sport

    or a variation on the old Dons Small goods tag

    Is Nac, is Good.

  15. Dan Crane says

    The Footy Almanac – as good as beer, pie and sauce.

    The Footy Almanac – where every year is a good vintage

    sorry–its lunch time ;)

  16. Neil Belford says

    Some excellent stuff here – I think we have tag fatigue at HQ. there are a couple here I like much better than what is on the current poll

  17. “Six score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new game, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that game, or any game, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great writing-field of that game. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that game might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this game just by debating it. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the fans, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honoured players and coaches we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these players shall not have competed in vain—that this game, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that Australian Football of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

    Dunno if it will fit on the masthead. Thanks for the idea, Richard N. Bloke who wrote it played for the Washington Wombats in the Rugby Wars of the 1860’s. Don’t think we will ever hear this from Julia, Tony, Andrew or Eddie. But I reckon Mick would have it in him if Eddie’s golden handcuffs stopped him coaching. I reckon he would do a better job of running the game than the suits. Love him or hate him you have to respect him.

  18. paul mitchell says

    a few more taggers:

    Sports All Sorted

    Big Ups and Unders

    Writing back with the flight of the ball

    On a Long Lead

    Take a bounce and read on

    Writing above its weight

  19. a few more to throw in the ring…

    “the view from the outer”

    “loose pens everywhere”

    “[footy] from the ground up”

  20. Jill Stoll says

    To give it a theatrical twist:

    The Footy Almanac – “Footy in the spotlight” or “Every game in the spotlight”

  21. Jill Stoll says

    P.S. I love Dan Crane’s “as good as beer, pie and sauce.”

    Pure gold.

  22. I really like Pamela Sherpa’s FOOTY FANTALES.

    I conjures images of Almanac extracts on little pieces of paper twisted around caramel lollies.


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