Almanac Poetry: Lockdown Limericks

John Green has turned to that most accessible of poetry forms, the limerick, during lockdown. Feast away, Tiger fans!

I miss the footy

Like many, John Green is missing footy in this time of Covid-19 but replays and reflections on history past help him through this period of social isolation.

Round 1 – Richmond v Carlton: “Is there anybody there?” said the traveller.

On Friday night, Joe De Petro should have been at the MCG watching his Tigers take on the Blues in the opening match of the AFL season. But a nasty little bug changed all that! Instead, he watched it on TV. Here’s Joe’s report of the game.

AFL Season 2019: A reflection of the year Richmond laid the ghost of the Hafey Years

Dr Cruel73 reflects on the Tigers’ great premiership victory, and wonders if the current team is a better one than the Hafey premiership teams.

The Baan Baa Richmond Supporters Club

Stainless pens a story about a loved sister, the sole supporter of the Baan Baa Richmond Supporters Club.

Grand Final – Richmond v GWS: The yellow of poise, the black of power

Footy Records, the crowded throng, and soaking up the atmosphere were all a part of Sean Mortell’s Grand Final Day.

Grand Final – Richmond v GWS: Bidding a fond farewell to the Tigers of old

With two Richmond premierships in three years, it has now made the Tigers a great football team according to Jump Ball.

Grand Final – Richmond v GWS: Damage

Old Dog’s Grand Final thoughts have been a must-read on the Almanac site for years. And this one on Richmond’s thrashing of GWS is no different. He describes and analyses and thinks about what it all means from a shed in south-east Tassie. [Thanks Old Dog – JTH]

2019 AFL Grand Final – Sal’s Preview: Can Jack Bring Down The Giants?

Sal’s got the field covered: a Grand Final preview, questions for the other 16 clubs to contemplate in the off-season, and a few tips for this weekend’s races. Plenty to digest here.

The 2019 Brett Deledio Cup.

Earl O’Neill is rapt his Monaros will compete against the Tigers next weekend for the 2019 AFL Premiership Cup.

Round 21 – Richmond v Carlton: How to deal with nostalgia going forwards

Michael Nichols finds a wistful tone thinking of things past, while watching Richmond push forward – as the Blues continue to swim in quicksand. [Delightful writing – JTH]

A Footy Newcomer’s Story Volume 2: The Richmond Rollercoaster Ride

Some Tiger fans just can’t forget the ride that was the 2017 premiership year. Here, footy latecomer Ben the Artist relives the trip that got to the station sooner than originally expected.

Round 19 – Collingwood v Richmond: Two flag fortunes, completely different tales

Sean Mortell wonders whether Collingwood is letting slip their opportunity for a premiership crack after their recent poor form, injuries, and a bad loss to Richmond in their Round 19 match as he explains.

Round 4 – Port Adelaide v Richmond: The “Fab Four” no more

All was not lost when Paul announced the end of the Fab Four almost 50 years ago [“Imagine” and “Live and Let Die” still to come – Ed.] and for John Green, the sky has yet to fall on his hobbled Tigers as they pulled off a stunning upset of Port Adelaide sans stars.

Round 2 – Richmond v Collingwood: Tigers tamed as Pies swoop!

Magpies swoop and stifle the Tigers’ roar in an impressive display of footy in their Round 2 match at the MCG.

Feeding Christian to the lions

Stephen Alomes returns with a theologically-charged suggestion to the AFL’s Michael Christian on how to handle the latest incarnation of the ‘Go the Knuckle’ approach. Several Round 1 incidents may well demonstrate his point.

Almanac Teams: Rangas

Dan has come up a team of redheads, but can they play footy? Have your say!

Preliminary Final – Richmond v Collingwood: USA, USA, USA

The Reynolds crew had lost their voices by the second quarter but it had been worth it – the Pies were well and truly in control. Luke is still recovering.

Finals Week 1 – Qualifying Final: Richmond v Hawthorn: Dustin Martin, revisited

Dusty and the Tigers roar, plucking the Hawk’s feathers in an ominous premiership defining performance.

Football: The space for public reason

‘Public reason, simply, is the common ground on which a positive society can be established…A space for public reason is formed when two individuals or groups with exclusive definitions of ‘truth’ can come together and legislate based on what is mutually reasonable.’ How Australian football, its flaws acknowledged, just might be able to inform our political process, a sorely flawed entity indeed. Lots of food for thought here.