Recent Comments by owlhouse

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Lleyton Hewitt celebrates two decades as a national embarrassment. Or his supporters do at least.

posted by owlhouse at 02:08 AM on June 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Peg by 6

Calgary by 9

BC by 15

Sask by 7

posted by owlhouse at 02:06 AM on June 30

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Alouettes by12.

Calgary by 8.

Edmonton by 18.

Saskatchewan by 11.

posted by owlhouse at 01:30 AM on June 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I had the Matildas at 6 points.

But I only did this in order not to hex them.

Post hoc rationalisation? Of course. That's how I live.

posted by owlhouse at 01:19 AM on June 22

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

The Kyrgystan striker used both hands last night to score against Australia in the men's WC qualifier in Bishkek. Fortunately it was a consolation effort. And in the match I was at, the linesman tried to deny the ref's call on Lebanon's first goal. Cue about 5 minutes of total confusion.

Maybe it's just been a bad week for officials and the universe will right itself before the weekend.

posted by owlhouse at 10:59 AM on June 17

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

How can finishing second in that group still end up with a knockout game versus Brazil?

There should be a better reward for that effort.

posted by owlhouse at 03:43 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The guy who lit the flame at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics passed away yesterday. RIP Ron Clarke. He led a great life post-athletics, too.

posted by owlhouse at 09:38 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Went out to the WC Qualifiers last night to see the match against Myanmar. Fantastic game. All over Asia, the groups stages started, with some interesting results. Guam had a rare win over Turkmenistan, and the Philippines beat Bahrain. And East Timor got a 90th minute equaliser in Kuala Lumpur. Tuesday night is versus Lebanon, and Australia are away in Bishkek.

It is a wonderful family, the global football family. All the more reason to reform FIFA.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on June 11

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

The Matildas are in a very similar position to our men's team at the last WC. Young, inexperienced but willing to give it a go in the toughest group. Eventually running out of steam, like the men did against Holland in Brazil. But that momentary 2-1 lead was glorious.

They're also under a new coach who came through the ranks and likes playing a high intensity 4-3-3, just like the men. We probably won't get out of the group this time around, but this will be the basis of the team and the tactics for 2019.

posted by owlhouse at 02:03 AM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

and tell me that's not the fouliest foul you've ever seen

Richie McCaw sees nothing wrong with this.

posted by owlhouse at 09:47 PM on June 07

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

In. Group of death. Again.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 PM on June 05

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.


Because Wolverine says so.

posted by owlhouse at 05:22 AM on June 03

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.

This is, of course, a wind-up.

We also produced John Landy.

And Hugh Jackman.

posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on June 02

Arsenal Dismantles Aston Villa in FA Cup Final

Fell asleep and missed Sanchez's goal. The rest was a procession. Wenger has now managed 6 FA Cup wining teams, a post war record.

posted by owlhouse at 09:04 AM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I thought he retired years ago. For the last couple of seasons at Old Trafford, he should have forked over half his wages to Vidic.

posted by owlhouse at 09:02 AM on May 31

Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large

The arrests include CONMEBOL chiefs from various countries. If UEFA and CONMEBOL did actually want to change things, now is the time.

Threatening a possible World Cup without South America and Europe is pretty good leverage.

posted by owlhouse at 12:52 AM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Frank was an old mate of my Dad's. despite the fall, reports today say he's fine.

posted by owlhouse at 11:16 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Actually NoMich, he would have been out second ball. Clean bowled.

posted by owlhouse at 07:43 PM on May 13

NFL Took Millions from U.S. Government to Salute the Troops

As a non-American, I have been struck by the number of times the armed forces appear during NFL broadcasts. This partly explains it.

By the way, has anyone else read "Billy Lynn's Long Half-time Walk"? A great novel.

posted by owlhouse at 05:21 AM on May 10

Yes, But Is It A Sport?

Just my opening bid:

It doesn't really matter what we call sports, pastimes or recreations. If the purpose of lottery funding is to support grass roots, community level activities, then it shouldn't just apply to sports. Bridge associations, gardening clubs, fishing clubs, chess players and so on should be able to apply and receive grants for the work they do for their activities, their communities and their members. Broaden the scope of funding, don't try and split legal hairs.

posted by owlhouse at 05:14 AM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bayern's left back. Goal side, inside. You should learn how to mark in the under 10s. You dumped Boateng in the poop.

posted by owlhouse at 09:10 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Is that a bottle of single malt in the cupboard?

Don't mind if I do.

/seeks oblivion.

posted by owlhouse at 09:40 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think his work in Failure to Launch is seminal.

posted by owlhouse at 07:24 AM on May 02

Chris Rock on baseball losing the Black market

Didn't work for me either.

Oh well, over to YouTube, where intellectual property goes to die.

posted by owlhouse at 07:22 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Super Saturday in the Championship today.

COYR. That is all.

posted by owlhouse at 07:21 AM on May 02

How Big Will Mayweather-Pacquiao Be Saturday?

Ten o'clock in the morning, so most foreigners in Phuket will be sound asleep.

posted by owlhouse at 10:34 PM on April 29

How Big Will Mayweather-Pacquiao Be Saturday?

It's free on Thai Channel 7. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 09:44 PM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yerfatma's link reminds me of the BBC program guide during the 1974-75 Ashes series:

10.30 pm: Cricket Lowlights.

posted by owlhouse at 09:21 PM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The New Statesman yesterday ran a quick summary of the life of Albert Moss, cricketer:

A different ball game

What I enjoy most in the Wisden cricket annual is the obituaries of the game's minor figures who were never quite good enough or whose promise, through misfortune, was never fulfilled. This year's (my review of which will appear in next week's New Statesman) contains a gem.

Albert Moss was born in Leicestershire but emigrated to New Zealand where in 1889 he became the only bowler in first-class cricket history to take all ten wickets in an innings on debut. He played only three more matches. His English fiance, Mary, followed him to New Zealand and married him in 1891. As a wedding present, he gave her the "ten-for" ball, mounted and inscribed. A month later, he attacked her with an axe and a razor. Certified insane, he was released from confinement in 1896 on condition that he sail to South America without contacting his wife.

The couple divorced in 1905. But ten years later, having learned that he was working for the Salvation Army in Pretoria, South Africa, Mary sent him the ball. They remarried in 1919 and later returned to England, living in Essex. Moss died there in 1945, although his death went unrecorded in Wisden at the time.

Apart from the cricket context, that story could be the outline for a Hollywood film, complete with swelling violins.

posted by owlhouse at 05:46 AM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Thanks Howard. I know that course well.

/When I was a bookie's runner, we used to field at Canterbury. At one stage I'd been to every Saturday and midweek meeting in Sydney for a year, and hadn't laid eyes on a horse. When the race was on, that was my break time to take a leak or grab a bite.

posted by owlhouse at 09:26 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Clearly we need a decent Ice Hockey program in Australian schools.


posted by owlhouse at 01:24 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

You baseball parents know nothing of junior cricket.

Drive to oval 8.00 am Saturday morning. Finish at 1.30 pm. NB: The second innings of the same match continues the following week. Find some shade, set up the folding chair, bring a couple of novels and an esky.

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on April 20

Around the ballparks.

What's with the meat inside a sweet donut?

However, I like what they serve at the Rogers Centre. Fancy taking an Aussie to a game one day, Dr J?

posted by owlhouse at 01:05 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Hurley hurley hurley. One of the greats hangs up his ash.

posted by owlhouse at 12:02 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Back in the day (but not as far back as Howard), in Australia we played under the international basketball rules. They used to state the team could only have numbers between 4-15. I played at school and on weekends, and also managed to qualify as a referee.

The singlet number rules were absolutely to do with referee hand signals (one point/free throw, two points/free throws, three seconds in the key). No three pointers in those days. Double digit numbers were signaled with a closed fist (ten) plus the remaining numbers on the other hand.

When Australian TV finally showed NBA games sometime in the mid to late 70s, we were very confused. For a whole lot of reasons.

posted by owlhouse at 01:10 AM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Putting the Twit in Twitter.

posted by owlhouse at 09:02 PM on March 30

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

List of best sledges.

Sending off. Like a pitcher who has just struck out a batter in baseball, cricket has an unwritten rule that the fielding side doesn't mock a fellow who has just got out.

Unless they're Kiwis, then they deserve it.

posted by owlhouse at 08:57 PM on March 30

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

And a more sober assessment.

posted by owlhouse at 04:41 AM on March 30

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