Are we the most successful sporting nation on earth? Or is sport the only international arena where we feel confident? What are the criteria and why does it matter? Are we obsessed? Under-stimulated? Traumatised? Supremely gifted or completely confused? (Check Sportsbet for odds on all of the above). Sporting Nation is not a comprehensive look at everything there is to know about sport in Australia but John Clarke's distinctive take: surprising; not obvious and not always safe. It will have intellectual rigour but might be opinionated, didactic, eclectic and even eccentric. It will be funny.