Almanac Teams: Fab Fours (1980- )

It’s an unlucky number in some cultures, but Rodney Boyd’s team of the best Number 4s is so packed with talent, you’d think it more than lucky to be given the jumper.

Almanac Teams: Great Number 4s

A cracking, attacking team of #4s from Phil Dimitriadis.

A Team of Champions without a Premiership

Phil Dimitriadis has come up with another clever composite team, this time it’s his team of premiership-less players. Who can you add to this?

Round 23 – Essendon v Fremantle: The unbroken circle

Trevor Blainey and his sons just had to be there for Jobe. And now for the finals.

Round 20 (2009) – Essendon v St Kilda: A fine son

Jobe Watson will retire at the end of the season. He won the Brownlow in 2012, but for a long time he was heavily criticised. We re-visit John Harms’s story about a 2009 match between Essendon and St Kilda.

Round 16 – Essendon v Collingwood: (Almost) Six Feet Under

It wasn’t quite a Royal Rumble reminiscent of the heady days of the WWF’s ‘Attitude Era’; in fact, it wasn’t quite a highly skilled game of footy. However, after losing the unlosable against Sydney, and losing the even more unlosable against Brisbane, it made perfect sense that Essendon would bounce back to ‘form’ with a comfortable win over the old enemy reports Sam.

In the firing line with the ruck rovers

The role of the ruck-rover is defined by the many wonderful exemplars Carolyn Spooner refers to from teams of the’60’s through to the current day.

Jobe Watson to hand back the Brownlow Medal

Jobe Watson today announced that he will hand back the Brownlow Medal awarded to him in 2012. How does this sit in your ledger?

What Jobe Watson should tell the AFL Commission in his submission

DaveP thinks he’s Jobe Watson and presents his case to the AFL Commission as to why he should keep the 2012 Brownlow Medal.

Round 22 – Essendon v Western Bulldogs: Thank You Mr. Cooney

Well done Coons! Alex fondly farewells a well-loved champion.

From Yoshi to former St Kilda players

Yoshi shares his saintly advice for Brendon Goddard and Essendon

Entitlement, Anger, Denial – Cheats and Apologists

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

Essendon 2015 List Review- Part 2 Midfielders/ Ruckmen

After looking at Essendon’s defence in part one of his Essendon season review, Nick Weidmann casts an analytical eye over the Bombers on-ball brigade in part two. What will the Dons in-coming coach have to work with?

A Recent History of Booing

Sportspeople have been booed since Noah was an Auskicker, but in recent weeks the booing of Adam Goodes has placed spectator behaviour in the spotlight. David Fordyce looks back on some notable (and arguably unsavoury) examples of booing in the game in recent years and laments the lack of genuine leadership on the issue.

The 2015 ‘Mopsy’ Fraser Cup – Round Fourteen

Earl O’Neil in his review looks at the events of the past week. He concludes that perhaps due to nutritionists having to know everything about a player is becoming too much for today’s footballer. He also writes how no words can describe the tragedy of Phil Walsh’s death and his condolences go out to the Walsh family.

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 – Hawthorn v Melbourne: Contenders v Pretenders

Steve Baker, neutral observer, nearly chokes on his incredulity on the way to the MCG. What’s going on when a coach praises a player for dropping himself? What’s going on when the final margin is 105 points?

ASADA v Essendon: through the haze and fog, now what?

With the dust settling from Tuesday’s AFL tribunal decision for 34 past and current Essendon players, Associate Professor Daryl Adair from UTS examines what can be learned from the saga and recommends processes that need to be implemented to ensure that statuary bodies can better investigate possible uses of PEDs in Australian sport

Cam Hookes’ Collingwood Life; Season 2015 Preview

With the Asian Cup and Australian Open out of the way, Cameron Hooke – our resident ACT Magpie and wrangler of other like-minded Canberrans, is now firmly focused on his Woodsmen and their prospects in season 2015. “Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more…”

For richer for poorer; in sickness and in health

Andrew Else pens a passionate and intelligent summary of where his Bombers are at. You can choose your friends, but family and footy clubs are for life.