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Pain turns into premierships

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IN a second extract from his new book, Larrikins & Legends, author DAN EDDY recounts how the Navy Blues formed a bond that dominated the G on Grand Final day: WHAT Alex Jesaulenko forced his Carlton players to endure before the 1979 season would be felt for th... More »

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Take a tip, it’s time to get on the Pies

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GIVE up? It doesn’t cross TERRY BROWN’S mind as he launches a raid on the TAB: THE Pies have got a bit of a wobble up. Well, ok, more than a bit. There’d have to be a bouncing castle in the Holden Centre gym, right? After a stellar season of moral victories an... More »

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Campfire yarns on the mighty Murray

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STEVE COOPER has caught many fine fish and has devoured some imaginative yarns by the campfires on the riverbank: “Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.” That quote, attributed to Don Marquis (1878 – 1937), may have some merit. Aft... More »

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Which whiskers are which?

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LAWRENCE MONEY returns to the golden days of Boot In Mouth when the football callers kept getting tangled up in words: The Ablett brothers are hard to tell apart – although one has a beard.” It’s a footy howler that rings down through the ages – so how appropr... More »

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Sam told time to tone down his tastes

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SCOT PALMER serves up another action-packed, provocative PUNCHLINES package packed with powerful prose:   SAM KEKOVICH continues to live high on the … well, not the hog but the lamb. But not quite as high as he has become accustomed to for last decade or so. T... More »

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Some players carry a tag every week

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WHAT does the Bible have in common with Dracula? Well, they may have played in the same football team. GEOFF POULTER reports: JUST about everyone loves a nickname. Particularly the clever, quirky ones that bob up in sport. As you might well be aware I have alw... More »

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Letter from the editor

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For sportswriters and sports fans alike, there is nothing like being on the spot when dramatic events happen. Peter Coster was there Marvin Hagler turned on one of the most hellish fights in boxing history in Las Vegas in 1985, Ron Reed was there when Pat Cash... More »

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One thousand years on the sport beat and still punching hard

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THEY say you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean the tricks they already know are not still worth watching, as this new website will try to prove. WELCOME TO sportshounds.com.au. Who are we – and what are we doing here? Wel... More »

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Keep your eyes on the squid

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Looking a squid in the eye at close range can be a big, inky mistake as STEVE COOPER reveals: Late autumn and winter has not been kind to Port Phillip Bay anglers. King George whiting have been patchy, the winter snapper run failed, and although there are scho... More »

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Fit and frank is Fabulous Phil

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RON REED catches up with Fabulous Phil Carman, the football genius who could have been anything…but for a lot of crazy things: IT’S amazing how long it takes for some stories to be told, no matter how good they are. I can vouch for that. When I was asked by a ... More »

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Looking down on life at the G

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TERRY BROWN finds himself sky high in the stands at the G, peering over vast rows of empty seats at tiny figures who might just be playing football: THE best General Admission seats in the Ponsford Stand have epic views – of St Ig’s, Box Hill and the Internati... More »