Almanac Flashback – Anson Cameron’s Footy Almanac 2009 launch speech (remember this?)

Remember this? Anson Cameron may have shot the Cisco Kid but he knocked everyone over with this classic speech to launch The Footy Almanac in 2009 (A Geelong year).

Why Spectators Should Suck it Up, and Move On

Sarah Black has some advice for ‘fans’ and players who believe it’s appropriate to offer 15 year-old umpires a pair of glasses while they’re trying to adjudicate a netball game. [And the stats may just make your head spin. – Ed]

Almanac Time Capsule – AFL Round 14 2009: Observing the Saints fan

Round 14, 2009, when two undefeated teams met in one of the best games in years. John Harms was in the crowd observing more than just the footy.

Almanac Flashback: Song of the Zealot

We think this piece by Anson Cameron stands the test of time. What it means to be a footy fan.

Almanac Flashback – AFL Round 16, 2009: Collingwood v Hawthorn – Barracking for Switzerland

The Magpies clash with the Hawks on Friday night at the ‘G’. Sixteen years ago to the day the same teams battled it out and Matt Quartermaine was there with his brother Simon as neutral spectators. There was a lot more happening than just the footy. Here’s Matt’s take on the night. What’s the go with the sauce these days?

When Travis saved the world

John Harms has always loved Travis Varcoe. This piece was published in 2011.

Round 22 – Richmond v Essendon: Footy and other things

Richmond took on Essendon on Friday night and while Jarrod Landells was happy with the win, it was what happened moments before the game that pleased him most.

Almanac People: Meeting Mohamed

Mohamed Omar El-Qadi is a passionate Western Bulldogs fan who never misses a match. So what? Well, he lives in Cairo, has never met another Doggies’ fan and dreams of one day making it to Australia to see his heroes in the flesh. [Excellent story – ed]

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: The Minus Touch

The Minus Touch could catch on. As could The Minus Touch index. Callum O’Connor begins the season with a lick under the oaks in Yarra Park and he and his Tiges survive the negatives of the evening.

Chappy: he’s so reliable

Chappy! He’s so reliable. [A piece first published for Chappy’s 200th – Ed]

Round 16 – Fremantle v Carlton: Live (well, sort of)

Peter Fuller maintained a media blackout for long enough to watch his recorded Freo-Carlton fixture “live”.

Crio’s Question: The ‘fan experience’ – did the earth move for you?

Crio is sick of the hype; the spin; the ‘event’ and the PR hyped ‘fan experience’. He thinks these ‘extras’ should support, and not divert from, the main attraction. Let us know your thoughts.

“Why are they booing Goodsey, Dad?”

Do people without principles boo people with principles? Glenn Potter puzzles over the booing of Adam Goodes.

AFL Round 13 – Sydney v Port Adelaide: It’s Not About the Footy (Ari’s debut)

The Moores come from all points of the compass to meet at the SCG, as is the annual tradition. Ari makes his debut, Buddy goes off, and the weekend ends with a happy surprise. [Great family and footy yarn – Ed]

Caging Perfection

Like thieves in the night, the AFL took our game to the slaughterhouse, condemning us to Thursday nights, Monday nights and Sundays at twilight. But Damian “Dips” O’Donnell can still remember perfection.

Lions lose more than the game

The Brisbane Lions have fallen on hard times, which will be a test for the kids too young for the glory years.

Fan-Hate and Hate-Hate

A fan of a US College football team poisons the historic oak trees where fans of a rival have gathered for decades to celebrate victories. (He is caught when he phones a radio station to brag about it. Doh!) Who do you sport-hate and who do you hate-hate? A moral philosopher explains the difference in the attached article, but my list starts here.

Round 22 Preview – Reaching The Penultimate

The fan in the stand deserves better, writes Sal Ciardulli.

AFL Round 12 – Collingwood v Western Bulldogs: Life as a barracker

Bulldogs fan Kerrie Soraghan faced the great existential questions of football when facing another forgettable loss on Sunday afternoon: Why am I here, and why does it matter? She finds an answer in the most unlikely of places.

AFL Round 12 – Richmond v Adelaide: Fun on our patch

John Green – and 40,000 other Richmond tragics – played a part in stopping at least one Adelaide goal at the MCG on Saturday. There’s much to love about these home games against interstate sides.