What will they find in David Parkin’s brain?

David Parkin is donating his brain to AFL researchers to help with the investigation into concussion and the nature of the mind of the back pocket player. Although this is a small sample it may prove helpful.


Surely 360 must lead with this?

Ox and Marco?

Sports Today?

pm? – I can imagine Mark Colvin contemplating it?

730 (Report) – Red Kez may return to host, just to muse on it.

The Project may well ask “Who is David Parkin?” but they’ll drift with the tide of interest.

So pre-empt them all:

What will the World Scientific Community find in David Parkin’s brain?

Postscript: The Footy Almanac community wishes nothing but good health on the great man, and a long and prosperous life.



About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and footyalmanac.com.au. He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. What’s this all about then?

  2. Neil Anderson says

    Traces of mud where he was pushed head-first into the mud at Western Oval during EJ’s last game.
    Old Sat-Nav wiring so he could find his way out to Footscray on that day.
    Creative lobe enlargement first thought to be the reason he seemed to be a fast-talking hyped up college professor. On further examination of his outbursts, it was found he was only talking gibberish about football.
    The enlarged pulsating artery in his neck although unusual did not have any effect on his brain function. It was more a focus point for his team to concentrate on during quarter and three-quarter time huddles.

  3. Parkin space.

  4. Hmm, if David Parkin is making a donation to the brain bank, will clubs with dud coaches be able to make a withdrawal?
    I can think of a few with sizeable overdrafts.
    Kangas for starters.

  5. I would like to know if the scans show that he collected his own Scanlen cards?

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