Tuesday @ The Footy Almanac

Coral McInnes Buttsworth (b.1900, Taree - d.1985, Blue Mountains.) Australian Open Womens singles champion 1931, 1932.

Coral McInnes Buttsworth (b.1900, Taree – d.1985, Blue Mountains.) Australian Open Women’s singles champion 1931, 1932.

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Almanac Music (Stereo Stories): Houndog

Stephen Andrew tells the story of an overheating Mini and a Phillips cassette deck.

From the back patio – Dave’s Australia Day sporting honours

Dave Brown enlists a fine Barossa Shiraz and a fine intellect to list his Top 10 Australia Day Sporting Honours (even Phil the Greek gets a gong – and unfortunately its not Dimitriadis).

Yoshi’s Ten Biggest Sporting Upsets : February 2014 – January 2015

Yoshi lists his 10 biggest sporting upsets that have occurred between February 2014 to January 2015. There’s a healthy smattering of AFL surprises, but also some shocks from the World Game and on the tennis courts, too.

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part 13: Recovery and ‘Home’

The concluding chapter of Louise Currie’s harrowing experience trekking the Tashi Lapsa Pass in Kathmandu.

Hey Look! The Socceroos are in Newcastle.

Hamish Neal previews the 2015 Asian Cup Semi-Finals, which get underway tonight at Stadium Australia in Sydney. With over half a million fans having clicked through the turnstiles so far to watch the action in person, and the recent China v Australia Quarter Final being watched by more viewers than there are people in Australia, you better believe the Semi Finals are a big deal!

What do you think of the Asian Cup so far?

Roy Hay with some interesting observations on the Asian Cup in the Asian Century in the Asian Region.

Almanac Music: My Favorite Australian Albums of 2014

On this Australia Day weekend, Andrew Fithall – that most ardent fan of Australian music – lets us in on his favourite Australian albums of the year just gone.

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part 12: The ICU

After a complicated surgery process, Louise is taken to the postoperative recovery ward where a difficult night awaits.

Sledging: Todd (Gleisner), Agnew, Jackson, Haigh, Lalor, Dahl, Arlott and Plato

Sledging is back in the sporting discourse once again, after Jonathan Agnew’s spirited opinion piece earlier this week. David Wilson injects a lil’ bit o’ Plato to the debate.

“I’ll just serve aces”: enough of the over-complimenting, it’s time someone spoke the truth

Tom Riordan has had enough of the faux politeness of tennis players. How about a bit of sledging and barracking to liven up the predictable dullness?

Playing Solo or as a Team?

Yoshi ponders team versus individual sports. How do tennis players, golfers or swimmers de-brief after tournaments and meets the way that team-based sports process their performances? Do golfers or tennis players or track and field athletes share their expertise the way veterans in team sports pass on their knowledge to young rookies?

Weekend Reading: Deflategate, the Worst Question in Sports and Cambridge United

Some great reading to get your teeth into over the Australia Day long weekend.

[Cambridge United have just held Man U to a 0-0 draw at Abbey – replay at Old Trafford.]

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part 11: Meeting the Mad Hatter

After the trauma of recent events, Louise is off to the operating theatre. Warning: this instalment is not for the squeamish [and that’s no joke – Ed].

Almanac Podcasts : Breakfast With The Goodfellas

As the 2015 Asian Cup reaches its exciting climax, the Goodfellas – Vaughan ‘Dr Cruel’ Menlove and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Baker – convene for some breakfast and soccer talk from the legendary Turtle Café in Elwood. This week includes a thank you to the legendary Roy Hay and gives a lot of love to Tim Cahill, The Rock, Zeno Tzatsaris, Joskun Aziz and Athas Hyrsoulakis. As Triple/Double J turns 40, the lads take a trip down memory lane and recall some of the life-altering music the J’s introduced into their lives like Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, the Rollins Band and Spiderbait. GORN, GET IN!

The Extraordinary Generosity Of A Brotherhood Of Footy Clubs

What a brilliant concept: a world-wide family of “brother clubs” assisting each other in any way they can. And it all started with Pyramid Power and Facebook.

London: Good Service on the Piccadilly Line

Mickey Randall is a terrific observer. He was recently in London, again.

Asian Cup: Australia and South Korea into the semi-finals

Roy Hay was at the rectangular stadium in Melbourne to see South Korea get through to the semis, before catching the Tim Cahill show on TV.

The Accident at Tashi Lapsa Pass – Part Ten: ‘Policies’ and ‘Procedures’

Having finally arrived at Hospital, the full extent of Louise’s injury becomes clearer. And then the ‘fun’ truly begins.

Crio’s Racing: Long Weekends and Longer Memories

Crio surveys the long weekend offerings from Moonee Valley, Sandown, Yea, Great Western, Yarra Valley, Hanging Rock and Balnarring. Buy yourself a celebratory or consoling dozen from the top wineries on the way to the track. Tips please.

Footy Fiction on 3RRR

Tony Wilson is enjoying a stint back on 3RRR’s Multi-Storied. Yesterday he was joined by authors Nicole Hayes (The Whole of my World) and Catherine Harris (The Family Men) to discuss how footy is reflected in fiction. A great listen.