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…

Preston Lions find they’re raw

There would always come a day when torrid backyard soccer battles with Mr 9 would cease to satiate his undeniable passion for the round ball code. And so it came to recently pass my wannabe soccer star insisted on joining the local team of choice, Preston Lions (tucked away in the backblocks of Reservoir). I swear…

David Bowie is now a was but will be forever

Look up here, I’m in heaven With the benefit of hindsight, David Bowie’s last release before his death, Lazarus, contains obvious lyrical giveaways as to the master chameleon’s imminent, final transition. Certainly the video leaves little to the imagination.  It’s awful, heart wrenching stuff.  I’m not sure I can bring myself to watch it again. Yet when…

Answers to the Aus v WI 2nd Test Quiz

Write Line Fever’s 2nd Test Match quiz received an appalling response, nevertheless we thank everyone who bothered.  The lucky winner was Devon Port of Devonport.  Congratulations Devon on your scintillating entry.  For the record, the answers were: 1. C): Neither Nathan Coulter-Nile nor mystery spinner Fred Nile has played a first class game since March.  The Reverend was on…

Going postal with new technology

I’m not hostile to change, but when it comes to technology, I admit to being a slow adaptor. A sucker who prefers CD’s over iTunes, I don’t have time, let alone an excuse to watch more TV (e.g. Netflix etc) and I still mourn the passing of my ’84 Celica and the local Blockbuster store.  I have an…

Milo Cricket: is there value beyond the kit?

As published by The Footy Almanac, 3 December 2015 In a former life as a sports development officer I was heavily involved with pushing a nationally branded participation program for a severely under resourced sport in a crowded, ambivalent market. Needless to say coercing parents and teachers across Victoria to sign up for Touch footy was…

Answers to the Aus v NZ 3rd Test Quiz

As published by The Footy Almanac, 30 November 2015 Write Line Fever’s 3rd Test Match quiz received a lukewarm response, nonetheless we thank everyone who bothered. The winner was William S Town of Williamstown. Congratulations William on a marginally better effort than the 7 other entries. For the record, the answers were: False: Boof the Wonder Dog is not the name of the Australian…

Answers to the Aus v NZ 2nd Test Quiz

As published by The Footy Almanac, 18 November 2015 Write Line Fever’s 2nd Test Match quiz received a trifling response, nonetheless we thank everyone who bothered. The winner was Myrtle Ford of Myrtleford. Congratulations Myrtle, a slightly less crappy effort than the 3 other entries. For the record, the answers were: False: The WACA was not designed by the World Association of Chinese Architects.   It was conceived by…

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…