Decoding the MRP: My brain hurts

A recent study of NFL footballers’ brains found 99% tested suffered a disease associated with head injuries. The report by the Journal of the American Medical Association studied 202 deceased athletes – just over half from the NFL. All but one former player was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Reports of this alarming nature go back several years…

Round 18 – Collingwood v West Coast: Twin Peaks

If you’re struggling to get your head around the new season of Twin Peaks and all its weekly digressions and complexities, try spending a season in the Black and White lodge. The latest episode was a doozy… I’ll see you again in 25 years Well, you’d reckon 25 years a conservative estimate not so long ago, and a river of tears has…

For the love of Collingwood, it’s time Ed

After endless speculation Nathan Buckley’s coaching career appears it may be slowly, achingly lowered into the ground. Eddie McGuire’s tenure must surely be as tenuous . Oddly, El Presidente has thus far escaped the same level of scrutiny. When Ed took on the role the club was a basket case. It’s been a rollercoaster 20 year ride, but the undeniable fact is the club is once…

Panic

Finding the AFL meat market all a bit depressing/confusing/addictive? With club movers and shakers in a panic, holding our future happiness in their hands, I thought I’d find some inspiration from the equally depressing/confusing/addictive Smiths to get me through… to the draft. After all, as Moz says, meat is murder. Panic on the streets of…

Collingwood v Fremantle: Low

As a self confessed Bowiefile, one can’t help but align a certain soundtrack to this mid season Friday night clash between lowly combatants Collingwood and Fremantle. Drifting into my solitude the stark, desolate soundscapes of Warszawa, Art Decade, Weeping Wall and Subterraneans circled my mind and figuratively around a cavernous MCG ‘filled’ by 20,000 frigid faithful.  Not since 1940…

Collingwood v Essendon; A hiding to nothing

Pre-game nerve settlers at the Prince Patrick with my mate ‘Tarpey’ (as in the battling backman from our Vic Park days) are generally reserved for auspicious occasions such as Prelims and Grand Finals. It’s ANZAC Day 2016 but those heady days of Magpie relevance are fading into the mid distance. Even the pub is further than I recall from…

Has the AFL drawn the wrong conclusion?

Call me weird but I love draws. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t will them to happen on a regular basis. But on the odd occasion when the siren is met with conflicted emotions and that eerie silence, to me it’s a true reflection of life. You win, you lose, but most of the time…

Collingwood v Richmond: Ya gotta larf

It’s April Fool’s Day and I wake to learn Ronnie Corbett has sadly fallen off his stool. I am reminded of the famous comedian again this night when Collingwood opens proceedings like one of Corbett’s signature jokes; good intentions notwithstanding, it’s the incessant detours and sidetracks which leave viewers guffawing. The punchline remains distant as the second quarter heads…

What’s Old Pussycat?

It’s not unusual for the AFL to use the Grand Final entertainment as a means to demonstrate just how in-touch they are with the general football loving demographic.  Year after year we’re astounded by their canny choice of headlining act. It is after all “one of the biggest issues facing the AFL each year,” according…

Welcome to football’s industrial age

As published by The Footy Almanac, 20 August 2015 “Life expectancy today worldwide is more than twice as high as it was when the Industrial Revolution began. However, the quality of life has increased only for a small percentage of humanity, with a very small percentage in control of the majority of resources.” Wikipedia So…

Remembering Hafey’s Heroes

As published by The Footy Almanac, 13 August 2015 From the deepest recesses of my mind I can extract fleeting memories of football as a small child.  By football I mean Collingwood. These memories hark back to the t-shirt Tommy (Hafey) era, when a mixed bag of young guns combined with recycled has-beens and never-wases to routinely make grand…

Era, era on the wall; 2011 –

Part 9 – Whatever it takes “Right now everyone’s angry and they’re angry for 100 different reasons.” Collingwood President Eddie McGuire, August 2015 Since Jock McHale was a boy players played because they enjoyed it and watchers watched because they loved it.  Footy was a diversion, an emotional outlet, a way of feeling connected to a tribe and like-minded people. …