Almanac Rugby League – Tigers fans have ’89

Guy Ragen reflects on the (now defunct) Balmain Tigers agonising loss in the 1989 NRL Grand Final. Why does that game matter so much, and what did it tell us about our changing times? [Terrific example of trying to understand sport in its broader social context – Ed]

crio’s Q: All Stars? State of Origin? Am I missing something?

It is not unusual for me to miss the public’s “pulse”. But what a crock. Aussie Rules has a very successful, strong domestic comp. FULL STOP. Yawn. Predictably the Herald-Sun has pushed for State of Origin and then, amazingly, for an All-Stars v The Rest game. Interstate footy is irrelevant. The history of Origin’s purpose [Read more]