Recent Comments by owlhouse

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's an interesting sport I still find a bit baffling

Wish I understood it better but it was a fun watch either way

Rugby referees' post-match interviews are becoming refreshingly honest.

posted by owlhouse at 09:07 PM on March 23

Can popularity ruin a sport?

I occasionally check the comments section on sport articles and like Rafa and most of you guys, get disillusioned with humanity. However, on The Guardian I am always cheerier when checking reports from matches in the Championship. In the second tier, fans tend to be far more polite and frequently praise the opposition on the day, even after a sound defeat. It may have something to do with being a fan for longer, and understanding that in the long run, today's rooster is tomorrow's feather duster.

/Yes, I've even seen Derby fans praise F****t, and vice-versa. It's a parallel universe.

posted by owlhouse at 11:09 PM on March 19

The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves on to the knock-out stage

Only 7 games left, so less than 6 bucks per game, I suppose.

posted by owlhouse at 11:12 PM on March 17

The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves on to the knock-out stage

I'm not advocating dodgy internet sites or anything, but...

Note that this site seems to chop and change sources from time to time to be ahead of the ICC.

posted by owlhouse at 09:15 PM on March 17

Formula E Racing Comes to U.S.

In China, you're allowed to ride electric scooters in the bike lane. In many cities, pedestrians share the bike lane, too.

They sneak up on you,don't they? Ouch.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"Footy as it was a long time ago". when I lived in the Top End, this was always the biggest sporting event on the calendar.

posted by owlhouse at 02:13 AM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Overuse of sabermetrics in cricket? An interesting debate and some good commenting from The Spin.

posted by owlhouse at 09:36 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Absolutely ludicrous game of cricket going on at Eden Park, Auckland right now.

posted by owlhouse at 01:35 AM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If any of you are watching the Cricket World Cup at the moment...

England are being humiliated.

posted by owlhouse at 11:14 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cricket World Cup live streaming.

Note: may not be totally legit.

posted by owlhouse at 11:17 PM on February 17

Belgian Soccer Fans Lose Their Heads

It got him sent off, though.


posted by owlhouse at 11:16 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This is simply brilliant.

Even if you're not a cricket follower, this article tears down everything wrong with modern sports broadcasting. It's angry, informed and truthful. We need more of these.

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Some analysis of kicking and tackling versus ball in hand rugby.

posted by owlhouse at 08:36 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Not sure I want to be seen opening that particular door...

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I didn't get far in my understanding of the rules

You and most referees, as well.

But seriously, the ruck and maul rules are not just hard to interpret, they keep changing, too. It's one of the features of rugby (union) that limits the game as a spectacle. I played it at school (it was compulsory) so managed to pick up most of the principles, but the whole approach and game strategy of top level rugby is based on gaining advantages at the ruck, and exploiting the rules (read: cheating without getting caught).

posted by owlhouse at 01:34 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If they don't pay or renegotiate the fine they could be refused entry to the league and become the first club to be relegated from the Premier League all the way down into the Conference.

"Schadenfreude" is a word in the South Derbyshire dialect, I believe.

posted by owlhouse at 09:01 PM on February 03

Former Portuguese footballer Luis Figo joins crowded field looking to unseat Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA.

Blatter is the tip of a very large iceberg of patronage and corruption. The issues in FIFA are systemic. I'd like to see the whole thing broken down and rebuilt, but unless one of these guys can get rid of a lot of existing FA reps, they don't stand a chance in any "election".

Having said that, if a few of the big FAs decide to boycott FIFA competitions, and we, as fans and spectators, start lobbying them, along with commercial pressure on sponsors that put money into FIFA, something could change. A few sponsors are starting to have second thoughts about Russia and Qatar already.

posted by owlhouse at 09:22 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What is this "snow" thing I keep hearing about?

posted by owlhouse at 09:20 PM on January 28

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Goodell: Look Bill, I need to talk to you about this unfortunate situation.

Belichick: What's the problem?

Goodell: This is bad sportsmanship. You've let the NFL down, you've let the Patriots franchise down, you've let the fans down. But above all, you've let the balls down.

Belichick: *Punches Commissioner*

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 AM on January 22

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

Didn't watch the game, but:


posted by owlhouse at 08:13 PM on January 14

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

Which one is more philosophical?

Today's Over by Over of Australia v India and the leisurely pace of a five day Test match allows for the inclusion of references to Dinosaurs Having Sex, Fish Having Sex, indie pop tunes, dating advice and the pitfalls of modern life.

posted by owlhouse at 11:02 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

My teams? Thought you'd never ask.

EPL: None. Derby County in the Championship - I was born about 5 miles from the old Baseball Ground. Hoping this year we go one better.

AFL: Swans, because I grew up in Sydney, although they didn't move there until I was in my twenties. Before the move, Sydney was a blank slate for the Australian code.

NRL: I used to support Canterbury, as our migrant hostel in Sydney was in their territory. A tenuous connection. Now I support the defunct North Sydney Bears, because we moved to their local area, but more importantly, I hate Rupert Murdoch and Fox Sport.

A- League: Sydney FC. Although had I waited for the second Sydney team, we'd now be Champions of Asia. Can't move me, though.

American Sports: I know you've been waiting for this. Geographically, I should be a Padres and Chargers fan. But from a couple of decades of watching from afar, I think I've ended up with the Lions in the NFL (their jacket is on the back of my chair as I type this), the Giants in MLB (can't explain this unless you figure that Sydney and San Francisco are sister cities). One day I might even get to a game.

posted by owlhouse at 10:56 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"Jandal" - dead give away he's actually a Kiwi. It's a "thong" in Australia.

You can look it up. On second thoughts, perhaps not.

posted by owlhouse at 10:43 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If you've got a few minutes to spare, some of the highlights of the sporting year in Australia.

Stick around for the Honey Badger interview at the end. They save the best for last.

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on December 17

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

my one observation while ignoring the dogs is that the fielding is atrocious

If it's anything like park cricket in Australia, the fielding is usually atrocious because you are only able to move slowly and throw with one hand, because you don't want to spill your beer.

posted by owlhouse at 08:07 PM on December 17

New Tennis League Called 'Minor Miracle' by Wall Street Journal

We were watching this the other night.

Are the players taking it seriously? No - it's hit and giggle.

posted by owlhouse at 10:18 PM on December 13

Bitcoin Bowl Brings Virtual Currency to St. Pete

"A downside to the coin is that its value fluctuates."

Suck it up, septics.

posted by owlhouse at 07:32 PM on December 12

Helmetless Football?

Rugby (both codes) has laws to protect the head. Tackling is coached from the early years through aiming lower and leading with the shoulder. Also, only the ball carrier is allowed to be tackled or blocked.

In the professional game, over the last two decades the crackdown on head high tackles has virtually eliminated them from regular play, through sending offs and severe suspensions for offenders.

Since nobody currently passes (laterals) in the NFL, would changing tackling techniques, like aiming lower, lead to more rugby-style plays? Or would blocking of other players continue to prevent that?

posted by owlhouse at 08:27 PM on December 09

Alia Atkinson Becomes First Black Female Swimming Champion


Not meaning to take anything away from Alia, but Sam Riley is one of Australia's greatest indigenous athletes, and my daughter still treasures a birthday bowling pin with her autograph.

posted by owlhouse at 12:16 AM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In Australia, we'd be better at basketball if we were allowed to kick the ball.

posted by owlhouse at 09:32 PM on December 04

Lure Banned from Competitive Fishing for Being 'Too Effective'

On a patrol boat out of Nuku'alofa in Tonga, the sailors used to tie a shredded plastic bag around an old corned beef tin and drag it behind at around 12 - 15 knots.

Marlin and sailfish went for it like you wouldn't believe.

posted by owlhouse at 08:25 PM on December 02

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 21



555 (yardage or metres in Canada?)

posted by owlhouse at 08:11 PM on November 27

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Reports coming in that he didn't make it. RIP Phil Hughes. A great talent with plenty left to offer the world of cricket. Sad and tragic.

posted by owlhouse at 12:03 AM on November 27

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Old cricketer blames young cricketers for not learning how to get out of the way.

posted by owlhouse at 08:16 PM on November 26

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Get well soon, Hughesy.

Helmets only came in to First Class and Test cricket in the late 1970s, and we never had them at all in junior and sub-district cricket. I've been hit in the head, but that was when fielding at short leg. My captain's only comment was "You should have caught it."

posted by owlhouse at 12:10 AM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

NoMich: I'll be looking for my local cable provider (Lao Digital TV) to get me Star Cricket, but I don't hold out much hope. There are a couple of Indian guys who run a curry house here, so they might have something lined up for diners and guests.

Howard: The women's game is getting more popular in Australia and New Zealand, but doesn't get much media coverage. Ellyse Perry (mentioned in the article) is probably Australia's greatest living sportsperson - she also plays in the women's national football team, the Matildas. She'll be at the World Cup in Canada next year.

posted by owlhouse at 11:42 PM on November 20

Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jews


That is all.

posted by owlhouse at 08:52 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Cricket, like baseball, seems to bring out the best in sportswriters. Although I think cricket does humour mixed with atmosphere better.

/Maybe I'm just missing Australia, with summer on the way and the thwack of leather on willow...

posted by owlhouse at 08:50 PM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Montreal by 11

Edmonton by 15

The Montreal starting quarterback


posted by owlhouse at 03:49 AM on November 20

Penny-pinching, no more!

Surely that poem is more relevant to the Seattle-based baseball franchise?

posted by owlhouse at 03:02 AM on November 18

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

I know about Paul Mariner, Mr B. I once saw him turn out for the Gooners.

It's just that ex-Town boys never seem to do well once they leave Portman Road.

/Terry Butcher was in the movie, too. His tackling should have scared the shit out of Hollywood tough guys like Stallone.

posted by owlhouse at 06:34 AM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm surprised no-one in the media seems to have picked up on the Faroes result. They defeated the former European champions, away from home.

posted by owlhouse at 06:32 AM on November 16

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

Ah, the Paul Mariner route to oblivion, then.

posted by owlhouse at 12:32 AM on November 16

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 15

Edmonton by 12



posted by owlhouse at 08:09 PM on November 13

Joe Hart prevented a goal

An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

Yes, and no. If a free kick is awarded and taken from within the penalty area (this includes goal kicks, too), the ball has to leave the penalty area before it is considered in play. No-one (from either side) can touch the ball until it fully crosses the line of the penalty area.

So, Joe Hart's second touch occurs when the ball is not yet in play. In these circumstances, the kick is retaken.

posted by owlhouse at 08:02 PM on November 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Qatar may be up for it. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 08:08 PM on November 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Woo hoo! I win the Australian Conference yet again!

Thanks Dr J, as always, a brilliantly run tournament.

posted by owlhouse at 02:17 AM on November 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20

Sorry - missed this week.

I was in Penang.


posted by owlhouse at 06:01 AM on November 09

Annotated list

Number 20 is the classic one I'll always remember.

There's a scene in When We Were Kings when Ali is training on a road somewhere in Zaire, and he comes over to the camera and starts talking while still exercising.

His charisma just about leaps through the screen and grabs you by the throat.

posted by owlhouse at 08:34 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This. Is. Amazing.

Surfing at 1,000 fps.

posted by owlhouse at 03:31 AM on October 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Australian Sports Heroes, if they played CFL.

Hailing from the capital city (or close enough), that would be Ottawa by 9. Cowboy legends. Calgary by 7. Home of the One? The Wayne Gretzky of Rugby League. Edmonton by 12. Francophones? We've got 'em. Montreal by 15.

posted by owlhouse at 12:08 AM on October 30

What's in a shirt?

AIA seem to be paying way over the odds to be on the front of Spurs' shirts. And adidas (I presume) are hoping QPR stays longer than this year in the Prem. They might have thought with the AirAsia sponsorship they could shift a few more units in Southeast Asia, but this region is the home of the fake replica shirt, and while they are a cheap airline and we do use them to save money, everyone hates AirAsia.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

West Ham. The Academy is back.


posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on October 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

I have to stem the free fall. This week - the Gough Whitlam Memorial Edition.

Montreal by 15 over the capital city. Vincent Lingiari led the Wave Hill walk off. He was a stockman (or Rough Rider to you) so Saskatchewan by 12. In the biggest city, so Toronto by 11. BC by 21? Yes. It's time.

posted by owlhouse at 12:05 AM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Baseball idiot here, but I've wondered the same thing. The team's "closer" only seems to be used in a save situation. Is it something to do with the coach and the player trying to pad the closer's save stats?

posted by owlhouse at 01:21 AM on October 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

Australian National Treasures. You want a much maligned underdog with the ability to steal a win? Ottawa by 7. The clash of the mega cities? Toronto by 11. The battle of the prairie towns. Calgary by 18. Damn there's a lot of prairie in Canada. No wonder our Prime Minister is confused. Edmonton by 15. And an idiot as well.

posted by owlhouse at 09:50 PM on October 16

"How Rebounds Work"

Is there a system for tracking Dennis Rodman's off-court spatial relationships and rebound locations?

There is, but the map goes dark over North Korea.

posted by owlhouse at 11:06 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Hi there Septics.

Jarryd is on his way.

posted by owlhouse at 12:13 AM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That was a really nice heads-up play on Smith's part.

Agreed, but I can't help thinking that the new rules do allow for the fielding side to bait a trap in this way.

posted by owlhouse at 12:52 AM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I've never seen anything like this in cricket before.

Well, that's probably because up until last month, it was illegal. And because of things like this, might be made illegal again.

posted by owlhouse at 09:24 PM on October 13