Round 3 – Carlton v Essendon: Wading through troubled waters

John Butler looks at the troubles that have haunted both teams since 2000 and where they may be heading in the future. For now, Carlton have the bragging rights for 2017.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 22, 2016

Hamish Neal summaries NRL Round 22 and wonders about possible murky precedents set by the NRL drug-testing protocols, in allowing Jarryd Hayne to play.

Maria got lucky. Why two years wasn’t enough.

Hamish Neal on why two years may have not been enough for Maria Sharapova.

Book Review: The Straight Dope by Chip Le Grand

John Butler provides an thought provoking review of Chip Le Grand’s book, a must read.

James Hird, Essendon and the CAS judgment

Daddsy is ahead of 99% of the rest of us, having actually read the CAS judgment and considered an opinion. A useful summary of the findings before you next read / listen to James Hird

Entitlement, Anger, Denial – Cheats and Apologists

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

Essendon Saga: Statement from AFL Fans’ Association

AFLFA feels for Essendon fans.

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 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!

Round 12 – The Wrap: The Broader Scope of Things

From footy, to League, to tennis, to soccer, to WADA, to golf and then back to footy, the Wrap casts his net wide this Monday morning.

Round 10 – Essendon v Geelong: Dons left wondering

Ted Wearn-Jarvis watches Geelong’s big win over Essendon. Bombers fans will be pondering the term “a week is a long time in football” as Geelong rebound from their Round 9 thrashing by West Coast to inflict similar damage to James Hird’s men.

Some Perspective Needed For Bomber Fans

Bombers fan Wesley Hall attempts to give some perspective for all Bombers fans in light of the disappointing result for Essendon on Saturday night,

Round 7: Essendon v North Melbourne: A Win’s a Win, Especially Against Essendon.

We should not underestimate the wisdom and counsel of the local greengrocer in this day and age. Andrew Starkie leaves the Docklands less than thrilled with the Kangaroos defeat of the Dons, then receives a zen-like interpretation of the victory amidst strawberries and tomatoes at Preston Market the next day.

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

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

Almanac Weekend Reading

Another great weekend of elite-level international sporting events and some great reading to get you in the mood for the contest,