Book Review: Open Mike, Mike Sheahan

  2012 was a significant year for football broadcasting: a billion dollar five year television rights deal, football diehards’ gospel channel Fox Footy reappearing on our screens and ruthless tit-for-tat talent poaching between football broadcasting stations. Yet behind the glitzy deals and headlines, a stalwart of football journalism, Mike Sheahan, decided to hang up his…

Preseason AFL Power Rankings

The real stuff begins After months of drugs, tanking, salary cap breaching scandals and enduring Cricket Australia’s intolerable spin, it’s almost here. The AFL Premiership Season! Disheartening as it is to see “drugs in sport” embroil our game and test the fans’ trust in professional sport, round one will remind us why this indigenous game…

Extreme overhaul required

The Australian summer built up misplaced confidence and exaggerated talent but the Indian summer has cast the absolute damning judgment on the test team, the national selectors and Cricket Australia. Australian cricket has ventured into the realm of sports science, embraced complexity over the simplicity and abandoned instinctive logic. CA has tried so desperately to…

AFL needs to take concussion seriously, now

Performance enhancing drugs and tanking allegations might have dominated public debate over the past month but the news of Greg Williams’ memory loss, and its possible connection to episodes of concussion on the footy field, is just as shocking. If the testimony of one of the game’s legends doesn’t make the AFL implement swift and…