Entitlement, Anger, Denial – Cheats and Apologists

The Essendon wash up is not so complicated, Neil Belford breaks it down for you.

Era, era on the wall; 2011 –

The final installment of what has been a fantastic series on the history and evolution of the VFL/AFL. Jeff Dowsing looks at the challenges now facing the game and concludes that less is more (you’ll get no arguments there Jeff)

Dustin Fletcher: So Long, Farewell and Thanks for all the Fish.

There’s a lot of years for all of us since 1993. Steve Baker contemplates the career of Fletch and looks at what he has done in the years that have transpired. [Fine memoir – JTH]


Rick Kane laments some of the sad happenings that arose during this “sorry Home and Away season”. On the other hand, he lauds the refreshing Final 8 teams that 2015 has thrown up.

Round 21 – Gold Coast Suns v Essendon: Family Time

The post-Hird era at Essendon dawns with a narrow loss to the Suns. Andrew Else contemplates how he’ll explain the Bombers’ fall from grace in the years to come to his own son. [And mazel tov on the new arrival to the household! – Ed]

The 2015 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Twenty

Earl O’Neil on the Essendon situation over the past week, which included James Hird leaving as coach.

Round 21 – Cam Hooke’s Collingwood Life: Collingwood v Richmond preview

With 2015 done and dusted as far as Cam Hooke is concerned, preparations for 2016 start now. What better way to salvage something from this season than to dent the top four hopes of arch-rival, Richmond, with a 2016-style line-up. [Also includes tips on how to survive a long, harsh off-season of no Collingwood joy. – Ed]

Overheard at Essendon Part 5: Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word (or, When are you going to pay for the gift!)

The (farewell) gift that, until yesterday at least, keeps on giving. Part 5 of Sean Curtain’s Tullamarine eavesdropping.

So who do I barrack for now?

Rod Oaten has kept us up to date about how an old Dons supporter has been feeling over the last three seasons. Here is his latest instalment, penned yesterday.

49 questions on a Tuesday

How many cabs in New York city? How many questions can a Tuesday carry? Footy, cricket, life… Got any answers?

Round 20 – Essendon v Adelaide: A Bradman win at Etihad by the Crows

Blacks, Greys and the Bombers are blue. Rulebook covers the Crows’ biggest ever win in Melbourne and imparts a couple of blows to the AFL and everyone’s favourite coach while he’s at it.

Not for this old Bomber.

In his eighth decade, Rod Oaten was not anticipating this. If his club had a keener sense of right and wrong it would have acted differently he argues. The Essendon players are not the only ones caught in sadness.

Round 15 – Fearless 2015: For the Crows, a brave return to the field of dreams.

A big week in footy – as always – with the highlight for many the recognition shown to the gallant Adelaide players as they left Domain Stadium after the loss to the Eagles. Fearless also reckons it’s about time for more blockbuster footy in Tasmania.

Round 14 – Essendon v St. Kilda: What Were You Thinking James?

Bombers supporter Sam is in disbelief in what he saw on Sunday afternoon as the Bombers got dismantled by the Saints. Especially with James Hird keeping Cale Hooker in the forward line for as long as he did.

Round 13 – Hawthorn v Essendon: Jibber JABber from the world of Naive Idiots

Armin Richter revels in the Hawks 38-point defeat of the Bombers and saves a special whack for the objectors to Sam Mitchell’s sledging of Michael Hibberd.

Round 13: The Pre-Wrap

With the Dockers hosting Collingwood to get round 13 off to a fly tonight, the Wrap has landed on our desk ahead of the opening bounce. Enjoy!

The 2015 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Ten

The Almanac’s very own Access All Areas: in the Round 10 edition of The ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup, Earl O’Neill casts his eye over the role of the modern ruckman, the plight of the Bombers and what the drinking ban at the Schoolies could evolve into. [And discusses the Fremantle v Richmond game without a single reference to Nat goddamn Fyfe – Ed].

Round 7 – The Wrap

Not that it ever isn’t, but this week’s The Wrap is a must read, if only for the use of the word ‘cockamamie’.

Overheard at Essendon – Part 4: The spreadsheet of truth (WADA, WADA, WADA)

Sean Curtain with another one of those overheard conversations at Essendon.

My 2015 footy season: a Dons supporter in cognito?

The Essendon saga has sent the Bomber world into a spin. Here Rod Oaten tries to make sense of his own feelings – and I think he does.