The Bladder is a satirical sports site providing genuinely witty and entertaining editorial comment and news. While attempting to find out what is really inside sport, The Bladder pokes fun at anything sports-related.
Originally aimed squarely at the Australian Football League (which consistently provided plenty of material ripe for ridicule), The Bladder has become bigger and better since its launch six months ago.
During the Olympics, The Flaming Bladder took on the task of providing the only coverage of the Games that did not continuously praise SOCOG’s greatness, nor the greatness of our athletes. Among our exclusive Olympics coverage, we ran a photo of pole-vaulter Tatiana Grigorieva, mentioned that gold medallist Lauren Burns was the daughter of Sixties rock star Ronnie, and we were particularly proud to kill off Little Nikki Webster repeatedly in the course of the Games. The team’s efforts were recognised internationally, with London’s Guardian featuring The Flaming Bladder as “site of the day”.
Now The Bladder is expanding its coverage to include all sports, from the high-profile football codes to the marginally lower profile darts championships.
The site has been featured in The Age and The Australian, with Age columnist Warwick Green calling it “one of the best things to happen to footy for some time.”
But don’t take his word for it, read the following testimonials from our readers:
“Funnier than Sam Newman in a dress, but not as funny as Fatty Vautin in a dress,” – Darren, 27, Box Hill
“Better reading than a form guide,” – Davo, 42, Moonee Ponds
“I had mine removed and use a bag now,” – Erroll, 98, Sunshine
The Bladder aims to give sports fans some light relief from the agony, ecstasy and downright frustration they often face. If you are one of these people, The Bladder is here to help.
Who is responsible?
The Bladder’s content is provided by a bunch of sports-loving journalists and writers who are passionate about their sports teams, athletes and events. But for all that, there is plenty of stuff happening behind the scenes that they are not crazy about.
Many of The Bladder’s team of writers have covered sport for major metropolitan newspapers, magazines, TV – and, of course, the Web. Some have written books about it, or talked about it on the radio. This doesn’t necessarily mean they know any more about sport then anyone else – they just think they do.
Basically, the Bladder team like to poke fun at things – especially powerful, thin-skinned organizations like the AFL or NRL and media companies who believe sport represents only one thing: making money.