Tim Lane Hawthorn epitomises the intersection of business and football in a heady cocktail of aphrodisiac proportions.
Tim Lane It's the final indictment upon those who have harassed Adam Goodes that the question of him taking part in a formal farewell from football is problematic.
Tim Lane Water has passed under the Punt Road and Sydney Harbour bridges over the past two evenings but there remains unfinished business from week one of the finals.
Tim Lane Despite its justified boast of being a game for players of all sizes, football was for decades slanted the way of the big boys.
Tim Lane Last Monday's verdict on Nathan Fyfe probably won a rare tick of approval from the public for the match review panel.
Tim Lane The AFL's $2.5 billion television rights deal is a phenomenal one for the game, particularly so given that these aren't necessarily the best of times.
Tim Lane A whole new language has been brought to football in recent years. On the field there are contested and uncontested possessions, stoppages, clearances, turnovers and so on.
Tim Lane A Hawthorn past player of some repute said to me late last season he feared the current team was starting to look old.
Tim Lane The outcome of Jay Schulz's tackle on Ted Richards 10 days ago has served to again emphasise football's failure to adequately enforce its rules.
Tim Lane Early last week, in relation to another matter, I was pondering that occasional experience when the effect of sudden jolting news can for a moment be too much to grasp.
Tim Lane How should sports administrators act when the specific interests of the organisation they serve clash with the broader interests, health, and modern ethics of sport?
Tim Lane The lot of the Melbourne fan has been tough lately and the outlook for Sunday is bleak. An opponent they haven't beaten in their last ten encounters, at a ground where they've lost their last 20...
Tim Lane The late Doug Heywood, one of the finest commentators to ever call a game of Australian football, would occasionally tell me of little gems passed onto him by his 'old boss', Jack.
Tim Lane Chris Judd's public commentary is not unlike his shooting for goal: sparingly exercised, performed without affectation, and pretty effective at hitting the target.
Tim Lane It's a statement of the obvious that the extension of the Essendon supplements saga is less than an ideal situation.
Tim Lane Whatever your opinion of Steven May's action in last weekend's collision with Tom Rockliff, the magnitude of his suspension is hardly fair.
Tim Lane One of modern football's more refreshing experiences is to attend a game at Geelong.
Tim Lane In the black-and-white era of American sitcoms, Maynard G Krebs convulsed at merely hearing the word "work". Then when colour arrived, the Fonz found it impossible to attach 'wrong' to 'I was'.
Tim Lane Of all the traditional rivals who ever slugged it out, those old sparring partners Good and Evil are way ahead of the pack.
Tim Lane While it's true that getting excited about any team at this time of year is a risky business, it's hard not to be excited about Hawthorn.