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Why Channel 7’s coverage makes you wish you were at Melbourne Cup

No Comments 01 November 2016

Why are there 100,000 people at Flemington for the 2016 Melbourne Cup you may ask… Are there that many horse racing enthusiasts in Melbourne? Or does everyone go to avoid watching in on Channel 7? There are certainly some aspects of their coverage that could be improved… 1. The Birdcage I’m sure when you’re in […]

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Socceroos vs Japan – learning to be Soccer fans

No Comments 12 October 2016

In the merch tent at Etihad stadium last night, they were selling an old Socceroos strip, the one that looks like a collaboration between Ken Done and Pro Hart. The Socceroos were playing in that strip when I first took a passing interest in them in the mid 90’s. I was in year 9 and […]

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The guy who gets your Grand Final ticket

No Comments 27 September 2016

You know this guy – he’s one who  gets a ticket to the AFL Grand final while you sit at home watching it on TV. Does he deserve to be there? No. How many games has he been to this year? Probably none. Has he even heard of Marcus Bontempelli? I doubt it. Unfortunately, until […]

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Jeff’s 80s footy records

1 Comment 19 September 2016

I don’t know why I always come to Kate for help when I’m trying to de- clutter. Her advice seems to always be ‘keep it. It’s not worth anything… but it’s got sentimental value’ which leaves me with a house full of crap. What will she make of the huge pile of old footy records […]

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Why it’s okay to jump on the GWS Giants

5 Comments 15 September 2016

Admit it, you were barracking for the GWS Giants on Sat in the Qualifying final against the Swannies… and you will again next weekend. You know they are antithesis of the old fashioned football club but you can’t help yourself can you? IT’S OKAY… If your team didn’t do much good this year, take some […]

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The Footy Exorcist

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The Footy Exorcist

No Comments 14 July 2016

For some time now I’ve flirted with the idea of renouncing my support of the Tigers and following another team. To a person, I have been roundly condemned and reached the conclusion that there’s no way out. On Sat night, I chatted with Wal, my most loyal Richmond compadre and moral compass about some hypothetical […]

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Fitzroy museum at Etihad Stadium

No Comments 26 February 2016

What’s left for Fitzroy supporters? It’s been over 20 years since Bernie Quinlan was replaced by Dipper as the boundary rider on channel 7. Chris Johnson has retired. Doc Weildon, I assume, is doing hard time in a maximum security prison somewhere. The Roys are just a memory now. What little is left has all […]

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A modern guide to coaching cricket

1 Comment 03 February 2016

Apparently I had too many technical flaws to be a cricketer, so I gave it away. My signature shot (the cow hit) was an effective run scorer but my friend’s scoffed every time I played it. They used to compare it to Pete Sampras’ cross court forehand and then kill themselves laughing. The 90’s was […]

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What a real hero looks like

1 Comment 11 December 2015

I worry that I’m alarmist when it comes to media beat ups. Should I be angry at Bill Shorten for texting while driving? I dunno… Is Tony Abbott vilifying minorities? Probably… Sometimes I think I’m too easily outraged but when it comes to the case of Dustin Martin vs innocent woman in restaurant, I am […]

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Village Green at Adelaide Oval

No Comments 29 November 2015

I sat next to an  American girl on my flight. ‘What are you heading to Adelaide for?’ she asked. ‘The historic Pink Ball Test’ I explained. ‘It’s the first time they’ve ever played Test Cricket with a pink ball’. ‘What colour is it usually?’ she asked. ‘Red’ I said… She could not have looked more […]

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