Melbourne Cup Preview: Can the Cummings story continue?

Who to back for the Melbourne Cup? Sal provides an overview and his predictions for the big race.

Defining ‘The Moment.’

In this shorter than ever period of “breathing room” between seasons, trades and drafts, the Sydney Swans have featured tales from some more notable supporters, when the love for the Red and the White blossomed in a mere moment. Ross Treverton is a proud and passionate Swan too, but for him there was never ‘a moment’…

Almanac Lunch: The Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch

All welcome at the Footy Almanac Melbourne Cup Eve Lunch (Nov 5). Come along to hear Greg Carpenter and then help us pick a trifecta. Details in this post. Bookings essential.

Almanac Music: Classic Rock’s most underrated lead guitarists

The beauty of great rock guitarists is they manage to leave an indelible, unique mark on the genre despite having the same six strings and the same twenty-odd frets as every other player to work with. Alex Darling discusses some of his favourite guitar players.

Plenty of practice and empty heads – Part 9: The place of the sauce in high-performance sport

David Stiff analyses Craig Dodson’s career-best innings and in doing so helps entrench the place of a night on the sauce in heightened performance. [Love it – JTH]

Derby Day Preview – Just a bit Peeved Off

Derby Day Saturday, and once again Sal casts his learned eye over the fields to predict winners for the Almanac punters.

TAB Epigram

Wilde about the flutter! The latest from wordsmith Damian Balassone.

Familiar faces among Assumption College Kilmore cricket greats…. KB Hill

KB Hill has a night out at Assumption’s 125th Gala Dinner, including the inducting of several famous Kilmore College’s high-achieving alumni to their Hall of Excellence, and the unveiling of their ‘Cricketers of the Century’. Some well-known names there!

My Mate Dave

There was something of a fighter in Dave, particularly when his eyes bore into you with that steely gaze. And there was also something very gentle. Peter Crossing fondly remembers his mate; a great man, and a great groundsman.

Ben Jefferies, aka Joffa, the role player and clubman

Malcolm Ashwood, ìn his latest Norwood FC piece, profiles triple premiership player Ben Jefferies.

Almanac Golf: Golf Capital – Nelly completes Korda wins in 2018, victories for Schaufelle and Champ

Hamish Neal has the world of Golf covered, featuring tonnes of travel and a prodigiously talented sporting family’s triumph.

Sports Role Models

Damian Balassone’s poem on the differing facets of role models in sport.

Sheffield Shield – Victoria v New South Wales: Back to the future

It’s been a while between innings for Smokie when it comes to watching the Sheffield Shield at the MCG, so when a gap appeared in the covers of life, he slipped in to watch the Vics take on NSW and reminisce.

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.

Lost to cricket: a fan’s lament

Cricket Australia is not cricket. But long time player and fan David Wilson feels lost. And Australian cricket has lost him. [Includes John Arlott’s poem: “Cricket at Worcester: 1938” – Ed]

Sport as Entertainment – 5: Case Studies

Stainless has argued the trend of major sport is becoming predominantly a form of mass entertainment, and in this article he takes cricket and soccer – and analyses how each has changed in Australia in line with these trends.

“Meeting the ghost of local cricket….” by KB Hill

KB Hill recalls some fabulous cricketing tales from long ago related to him by an old timer he met while watching a local cricket match.

Plenty of practice and empty heads- Part 8: 8…2%ers

The small acts in sport, the so called 1%ers, don’t often make the highlights package but highlight packages cannot exist without them. David Stiff discusses the importance of these acts as he continues his excellent series of articles related to the psychology of the development and implementation of skills in sports.