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Round 9 – GWS v Western Bulldogs: Orange Peril trample working class beneath corporate subsidised boot

John Butler asks how after 92 seasons for one flag, the Doggies would feel with the prospect GWS might pocket one, or more, before their first decade?

Round 8 – Carlton v Port Adelaide: Kade Simpson Day

If Carlton has had a heart and soul for the past 14 years, John Butler suggests its down to Kade Simpson’s performance over 250 games.

Round 7 – Collingwood v Carlton: Junkyard Dogs Launch Schadenfreude Festival

John Butler is pretty satisfied with Carlton’s new direction. How about Collingwood, JB?

Round 6 – Carlton v Essendon: Ugly is the new Beautiful

John Butler suggests ugly is the new beautiful after analysing the Carlton Essendon game.

Round 5 – Fremantle v Carlton: Transitioning Without a Parachute

For John Butler, this was a battle between a team seeking to learn how to, and another that had forgotten how to.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: A New Carlton? Or the Same Old Richmond?

John Butler sees Carlton, the club that has made a fetish of living in the past, now preaching the future.

The Ozymandias Cup: Carlton v Essendon

John Butler finds visiting Princes Park rather like a trip to the Parthenon where a sense of the old gods remain, but alas, it was hard for him to ignore the rubble on what was an enjoyable afternoon for inspecting the ruins.

Book Review: The Straight Dope by Chip Le Grand

John Butler provides an thought provoking review of Chip Le Grand’s book, a must read.

Australia v New Zealand – Adelaide Test Day 2: When the going gets tough, Australia gets lucky

John Butler suggests that indiscreet batting was the major contributor to the fall of wickets on Day 2 of the Adelaide Test.

Australia v New Zealand – WACA Day 2: Kiwis salvage pride, but could still end up junked

The Bard of Ballarat, John Butler, chronicles a WACA Day 2 where New Zealand regained pride but not ascendancy.

Round 15 – Hawthorn v Fremantle: Message received loud and clear

The scoreline the last time Hawthorn and Fremantle met was pretty much one-way traffic in favour of the reigning premiers. In the weeks since their round 15 clash, John Butler’s last sentence is eerily prescient: Has Ross Lyon played all his cards, or is there an ace up his sleeve with a Grand Final spot up for grabs? [A good neutral account of the game. JB is a long-suffering Bluebagger – Ed]

The Ashes 2015: The Odd Couple’s Big Test

John Butler runs the ruler over the Australian team’s leadership, the Mates Club and the Sheffield Shield, as the Fourth Test looms.

Round 17- Carlton v Hawthorn: Hiatus Interruptus

Like The People’s Elbow earlier in the week, John Butler wonders if the powerbrokers at Princes Park truly understand the enormity of the task ahead of the club in the post-Pagan, Ratten and Malthouse tenures at Carlton.

Round 15- Hawthorn v Fremantle: Message received loud and clear

John Butler saw Hawthorn dispatch 2015 premiership rival, Fremantle, with jaw-dropping ease in Launceston on Sunday.

England v Australia – First Test, Day 3: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted

Has Boof gone to the well one too many times. John Butler thinks the selection of Dad’s Army may have turned an Indian summer into a final autumn for a few Australian cricketers

Round 6 – Carlton v Brisbane Lions: Doom and Gloom after the Blooms

John Butler reflects on two teams struggling to recover form the mistakes of the past and they paths to ‘recovery’ they’re presently treading. How are those KPI’s looking?

Round 5 – Carlton v Collingwood: Stuck in the middle with Mick

Another tough week for John Butler as the Blues fail to give a yelp against arch-rival, Collingwood. How, asks John, can a club that couldn’t see the negative ‘optics’ of sitting a disgraced former doctor behind Mick Malthouse on Friday, possibly be trusted to sell – and deliver – hope to its rank and file?

The PowerPoint Revolution

Calling to mind the apocryphal comment of “it’s de ja vous all over again,” when its comes to ‘New Carlton’ and ‘Key Drivers of Success’ John Butler’s seen it all before. Actions, results and not mad skills on PowerPoint is all that matters to Bluebaggers like JB.

AFL Round 3 – Carlton v Essendon: An Evening with Big Nick

John Butler was there as the powerbrokers at Carlton try to reconnect with the faithful…

I’m with Stupid: A Modern History of the Carlton Board

John Butler, passionate Blue, argues the case for good governance. This is a calmly explained, clearly thought-out piece of analysis that all Carlton fans should read. [And then you might consider getting behind the Elbow Ticket for Carlton presidency – Ed]