Round 17 – West Coast v Collingwood: My love-hate relationship with Friday night footy

There is wind from the southwest and a forecast maximum of 11 degrees Celsius in Melbourne. But for cathij66, after last night’s West Coast v Collingwood game, this Saturday feels a little more bleak.

The unveiling of the Nicky Winmar statue

Sydney Malakellis gives this poignant account of the unveiling of the Nicky Winmar statue in Perth. (A beautiful piece of writing – Ed.)

Matt Zurbo and his efforts profiled in the New York Times

Matt Zurbo and his project are profiled in the New York Times! “He’s Writing 365 Children’s Books in 365 Days, While Holding Down a Day Job – Matt Zurbo’s challenge, named after his daughter, Cielo, is an unconventional labor of love.”

Round 17 – Preview: The view from Macao

Sal is in SE Asia… “A week in Hong Kong and Macao is certainly away from the AFL bubble but a few snippets get through.”

Haiku Bob – Round 16: ghost gum

What is belief? Haiku Bob drives the bumpy road of Round 16.

2019 Cricket World Cup – Australia v South Africa: Old rivals still go hard

Before Australia’s World Cup semi-final clash against England tonight, Sean Mortell reviews their last game against South Africa and details what may change for tonight’s line-up

Pub Review Tour: Wednesday in Fitzroy

Mickey Randall continues his tour of pubs in the inner northern suburbs and catches up with Almanacker ER.

Crossing the line

Paul Spinks takes up the challenge of discussing respectfully and responsibly the issues involved (real, perceived and alleged) in the crowd control controversy. He gives us a range of various perspectives to ponder.

Moon Landing – A Football(in)g Space

Glen! takes us to the moon and back as he contemplates 50 years since the first Moon landing. For old times’ sake, he also reminds us of what was happening in the VFL that week. (Ah, memories… – Ed.!)

‘Chewing The Fat With Chizza’ – by KB Hill

KB Hill recently spent time with former North Melbourne Kangaroos premiership player, Peter Chisnall, a true legend in the Ovens and Murray League zone. ‘Chizza’s’ story makes for great reading.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 17 Preview

After a better tipping effort in last weekend’s NRL Round, Ian Hauser previews Round 17 and chooses his winners for Round 17.

FEARLESS 2019, Round 16 – Concussion: should the AFL be worried?

The debate in sport about the effects of concussion is here, it’s real, and it’s not going to go away. FEARLESS penned this contribution to the conversation.

FEARLESS 2019 – Round 16: Saints in 15th and still only 2 games and % out of the 8!!

Fearless gives us his take on Round 16. Just what do Elon Musk and Port Power have in common? Are the Lions finals material? Read on.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin III: Back-to-back Blues

Now that is what you call a game at State of Origin level! The NSW Blues and the Queensland Maroons put on a game worthy of ‘decider’ status with the result in doubt until the very last play of the match. We’ve got it covered.

Almanac Golf – Golf Capital: Rahm links to Irish win, Wolff hunts in Minnesota, Feng to ten

Want to know what’s happening in the world of golf? Here’s Hamish Neal to bring you up to date.

Rain

Andrew Starkie gets lyrical about the weather, particularly the rain, and wet weather footy.

Almanac Ballet – the Bolshoi Ballet performs ‘Spartacus’ at the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane: it was SPQR!

And now for something completely different: our rugby league man, Ian Hauser, made good on a decade-old promise to his wife and accompanied her to the ballet. And not just any ballet – this was the Bolshoi!

Balcony Banter Round 16 – Carlton v Melbourne: A comeback too far

Bluebagger David Southgate saw both comedy and tragedy in Sunday’s game.

Hugh Mitchell – Essendon great: Train reflections

Seeing former Essendon champ Hugh Mitchell on the train brought back some childhood memories for Col.

They shall not be forgotten years. Richmond: 1981 – 2016: An occasional series of reflections on the triumphs and tragedies that made 2017 so worth the wait

The Tigers’ 1st term blitz on the weekend got Stainless thinking about a previous such occasion. Does anyone remember the Doug Cox controversy?