Martin Flanagan is a journalist and author who writes on sport, Australian culture and the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous Australia.
Martin Flanagan Once upon a time in this country, a game was born. It was influenced by games from other places but it was also unlike them.
Martin Flanagan What strikes me about the coming season is the number of teams with realistic grounds to believe they can improve.
Martin Flanagan Why is Hawthorn so good? The story starts with John Kennedy, the prophet who guided his tribe from the football wilderness to the land of premiership glory.
Martin Flanagan One of the game's oldest sayings is: 'Good kicking is good football.' Hawthorn kicked better.
Martin Flanagan Approaching his 200th game, he is a decorated (in more ways than one) player who's had his share of controversies.
Martin Flanagan Thirst for knowledge and chance to positively influence young lives help to drive Brad Scott's coaching career.
Martin Flanagan On the road to Metricon, a legendary player bonds with a legendary supporter.
Martin Flanagan Three years ago, I sat on Bondi beach with the Sydney player known simply as LRT.
Martin Flanagan The Tigers have more supporters who go to the footy dressed up and in costume than any other club.
Martin Flanagan There was no snow on the mountain but a cold wind was blasting in from the west.
Martin Flanagan In a game that's more rough and tumble than ever, it takes something special for a player to stand out.
Martin Flanagan Mick Malthouse wants Melbourne to love the game again - not a bad idea.