Winless in Sydney: Fears of a winter of discontent for the Swans

Shades of 1993. My favourite Australian Football League (AFL) team, the Sydney Swans, have lost their first four matches of the year, the most since that dire season of 1993 when the team set a record of 26 straight defeats. Last night, the Swans lost by 26 points to the West Coast Eagles in Perth, … Continue reading Winless in Sydney: Fears of a winter of discontent for the Swans

‘Dem Bums’ are coming to town; Time to root for the home team

Baseball is America’s national pastime. Well, that’s what US sportswriters and columnists have been saying since the National League was founded in 1876. I’m not so sure now, given the amount of publicity afforded to the National Football League and the Super Bowl, and the National Basketball Association, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s March … Continue reading ‘Dem Bums’ are coming to town; Time to root for the home team

The Sydney Swans: Ugly ducklings no more

There’s no denying the fact that the commercial side of football has now developed into a big business. That was written in Football Life, the official publication of the Victorian Football League (VFL), which evolved into the AFL, in July 1971. Forty-one years later on Grand Final weekend, not only can it not be denied, but it’s … Continue reading The Sydney Swans: Ugly ducklings no more