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

Are you okay, Buddy? It’s not a crime to say you need help

Depressed. Feeling down. In the dumps. Bitten by the Black Dog. Beyond Blue. All the phrases and words above have been associated with depression. I have been thinking about depression for some time, as my brother Jack committed suicide 24 years ago in September 1991, and I have been asking why ever since. I know … Continue reading Are you okay, Buddy? It’s not a crime to say you need help

A line in the sand for Australian sport

It’s the biggest story in Melbourne and possibly the largest scandal in AFL history, which now involves every sport in the nation, following an Australian Crime Commission report released today. Eighty per cent of players on the Essendon football club used a supplement last year injected by club fitness staff to boost body mass and … Continue reading A line in the sand for Australian sport

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

The Republicans may have built it, but will the voters come?

I’m having a severe case of déjà vu all over again. My original vu was Thursday, September 1, 2005, and the news about a hurricane called Katrina heading for New Orleans was all over the US bulletins coming in via satellite to Sydney that night. I was preparing the rundown for the Sunday Program on … Continue reading The Republicans may have built it, but will the voters come?