Round 20 – Carlton v West Coast: Eagles show Blues what’s required

John Butler muses on caretaker coaches, before recounting a high standard game that left Carlton with a clear indication of where they stand.

Round 12 – Sal’s Preview: The Wounded Edition

Sal is chirpy this morning as he previews Round 12. With the eyes of the footy world on his Carlton this week, he’s happy to offer his insights. And, as he points out, we’ll learn a bit about the Giants this weekend.

I was a teenage coach

Earl O’Neill responds to the sacking of Brendon Bolton in his usual salient and erudite manner.

Carlton: Trust us, we’re professionals

“With this decision, the New Carlton has developed a very strong whiff of the Old Carlton. Which is no real shock, because some of the board actually are the Old Carlton. They’d just claimed they’d seen the light.” John Butler on the Old Dark Navy Blues.

All that’s wrong with footy: the curse of the win/loss

Yvette Hollings expresses her heartfelt feelings about the sacking of Brendon Bolton in her articulate, thought provoking article.

Carlton 2018: Every rebuild can be unhappy in its own way

Much furious comment surrounded Carlton’s 2018. John Butler offers his thoughts on the Year of the Double Spoon.

The 2018 No Zones Cup – Round Twenty Three

While illness and disease ravaged all around him, Earl had numerous insightful flashes to consider – finals scheduling, Franklin as All-Australian captain – but in the end he decided to present some thoughts about the teams that have played their last game for 2018.

Fearless 2018- Round 20: We’ve got the close one…no we’ve got it…nah..over here

Fearless reports on a monumental Gaffe followed by some excessive commentary as he reviews the Round 20 matches.

Round 20 – Carlton v GWS: Welcome to Globetrotters’ AFL

As he watched the Giants pulverise the Blues, John Butler was left contemplating the wider football universe. Let’s just say, he has his reservations.

Round 16 – Brisbane v Carlton: Suddenly, Hot Pants.

It’s the moment your favourite pair of football shorts mysteriously transform into hotpants and the threat to throw them out becomes real that it’s time for action. Approaching marriage, it’s time to lose a few kilos, go on a park run or two, and of course, a day at the footy, climbing stairs and watching a Brisbane victory are all part of a changing lifestyle for Almanacker Jamie.

Round 17 preview: It’s not going home! Sal’s picks and musings

The World Cup has destroyed sleep patterns but we are nearly there, although England aren’t – Sal got a bit sick of the “It’s Coming Home”.  They played well but not being able to score in open play was a flaw, being dependent on set pieces is not a complete enough game.  Now for our footy it is on to this week.

Round 14 Preview – One for the Master

The great man Gary Ablett celebrates his 300th AFL game this weekend, Geelong returns to Kardinia Park and Richmond v Carlton has a lot of importance behind it. Sal covers all this and more in his Round 14 preview.

Round 12 – Carlton v GWS: All is forgiven

Matthew Kreuzer led the charge as his Blues overcame the odds to defeat premiership favourites GWS in an absolute classic.

Cycles, Troughs and Peaks

Peter Crossing expertly summarises the AFL season to date. [So who finishes in the top 8?]

Round 5 – Port Adelaide v Carlton: Well Used

Young Almanacker Aidan gives a thoughtful analysis of Port’s win over the Blues.

Round 3 – Carlton v Essendon: Wading through troubled waters

John Butler looks at the troubles that have haunted both teams since 2000 and where they may be heading in the future. For now, Carlton have the bragging rights for 2017.

Bless us, O Lord, and these, Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty. Through Bryce. Amen.

For Carlton fans, Bryce Gibbs has been an unrequited talent, Father Rooster sees his potential departure as manna from heaven.

Round 10 – The 2016 Michael Landon Cup

Floating between sanity and dementia, Earl O’Neill finally remembers to post his round 10 review for The Michael Landon Cup

Round 7 – Collingwood v Carlton: I Hate Footy

For Luke Reynolds, his sporting passion comes in black and white, Collingwood and Newcastle United fan and neither are delivering the goods.

Mentoring Dennis Armfield (Carlton FC)

da mcdonell gives Carlton’s Dennis Armfield some prescient advice.