Recent Comments by owlhouse

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

FFS.

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

Edmonton

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

Shaw

Over

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.

Eating.

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.

Maybe.

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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Same here, and no time this week for Australiana, as I don't want to be picking on my honeymoon, as it were..

Week 15

The Peg by 7 Sask by 12 Eskies by 15 BC by 10

Week 16

Toronto by 8 BC by 12 Sask by 15 Eskies by 3

posted by owlhouse at 01:18 AM on October 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

CFL teams re-named with Australian native animals. The Montreal Mallee Fowls by 7. I hope they don't get the hump. The Edmonton Echidnas by 10. Well, they laid an egg last week. The Winnipeg Wombats by 12. The wombat - eats, roots and leaves. The Calgary Cassowaries by 9. Let's give BC a good kicking.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's AFL Grand Final this Saturday Down Under. So rather than tell you about how awesome the Sydney Swans are, and knowing that lots of you septics only watch the Superbowl for the half time show, here's a summary of the worst game day entertainment at previous Grand Finals.

posted by owlhouse at 07:55 PM on September 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Thanks holden, but the only rebels I trained in Cambodia were young women setting up their own businesses in rural villages. I'm now just up the road in Laos, where I still can't get the cricket on TV, let alone the CFL. But while there are no internet cafes anymore, even my local noodle shop has free wi-fi.

I'm feeling nostalgic about football and growing up in Sydney, so here's a song.

posted by owlhouse at 09:53 PM on September 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

CFL teams as Australian World Heritage sites. BC by 12. You work it out, you lazy Canadians. Edmonton by 15. Although you've probably figured I have a thing for prairie towns. Calgary by 12. There's three this week. Saskatchewan by 21. So I'm running out of Australian desert references.

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Australian films this week. A young Mel Gibson and a bleak post apocalyptic landscape? That's Edmonton by 16. Horses, horses and horses, some of them stampeding? That's Calgary by 11. British Columbia is Canada's Tasmania, right? BC by 5. Luckily Australia's landscape offers lots of opportunities for wide open spaces and lots of weird shit, too. Saskatchewan by 9.

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

FIFA 15 has it all:

I'm suing for copyright. That's how I've been celebrating all my goals for the last ten years.

posted by owlhouse at 09:31 PM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Possibly a dumb question - but is that legal in NFL?

It's definitely illegal in rugby union and rugby league.

posted by owlhouse at 02:27 AM on September 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

This week, CFL teams as Australian novels. And I'll start giving you hints. West coast of a continent? That would be Tim Winton, then. BC by 15. In the middle of a prairie? Edmonton by 7. French speaking in the southern hemisphere? Montreal by 9. Blimey, another prairie town. Saskatchewan by 15.

And if you're still interested, the ex picked up another award for her latest novel this week.

posted by owlhouse at 09:49 PM on September 04

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I think I'm in. Weird site.

I hope to do one better than last year.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Two finals matches, two sporting codes and two different cities in one day? It can be done, even if you are a player in both.

posted by owlhouse at 05:15 AM on September 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

This week, CFL teams re-imagined as classic Australian paintings. Montreal by 9. See if you can guess the connections. Saskatchewan by 15. They're probably very tenuous. Toronto by 10. Nobody bothered entering last week's music connection round. Edmonton by 14. Philistines.

posted by owlhouse at 09:18 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U?

AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester.

posted by owlhouse at 09:11 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Australian songs as CFL team theme songs? You got it. Winnipeg by 10. Prizes for guessing the links or associations. Edmonton by 12. Actually, there won't be any prizes. Calgary by 21. Except the satisfaction of winning a weird Commonwealth Competition. BC by 18.

posted by owlhouse at 10:39 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Man, you should have heard MY end of season speech to my daughter's Under 12 Girls team.

I had so many mothers hugging me afterwards that my partner came over to glare at them until they stopped. She has a black belt in karate. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 08:02 AM on August 20

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four

I did the same, so I'll have a go at answering that: No More David Moyes.

By which I mean he took a Premier League winning team, augmented by new signings, into the tactical wasteland that was Man U's last season. LVG will take a bit of time with a new side, but he's no David Moyes, and has a fair idea of how to turn players into better performers than you'd expect. There is enough quality in the squad, although they could do with a new centre back pairing.

Further evidence, you say? Look at Everton last year. Roberto Martinez essentially took David Moyes' squad and made them a different team, using their talents properly in a range of different tactical approaches.

Moyes only has a Plan A, and it's not a good Plan A.

posted by owlhouse at 04:48 AM on August 18

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

OK, late to the party, but it's a marathon, not a sprint...

Title: Chelsea. Money talks, but defence triumphs.

Top Four: Chelsea, City, Arsenal, Man Utd. Liverpool are too flaky and could do with replacing their entire back line and maybe buy a proper DM.

Relegated: Stoke, Burnley, QPR. Stoke is wishful thinking on my part. It will probably be Leicester.

Top Scorer: Aguero.

Assists: Hazard. About time he turned up.

Clean Sheets: Chelsea, but Everton has a shot.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on August 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I know he's Welsh, but are there are fewer more distressing sights than an Englishman in a baseball cap?

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on August 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

I would like to note that after going 0 for 12 through the first 3 weeks with tails=home/heads=away, I switched heads/tails in week 4 and have subsequently hit 13/16 correct picks and with this week's spread points (also determined "randomly" through a system of coin flipping and mashing buttons on a calculator) have scored 17 in that time.

Damn. Someone's onto me.

posted by owlhouse at 09:51 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

You've probably all seen this. Toronto by 12. The Molson Rant. Edmonton by 21. We're proud of our country, too. Calgary by 7. Only we have to warn you first. Montreal by 11. That you might accidentally get killed. Toronto by 10.

posted by owlhouse at 02:55 AM on August 11

Donovan to Retire at the end of this MLS season

Just to stir the pot, do Bayer Leverkusen fans consider him "professional" - where he was too lazy to work for a place in a Bundesliga side? And as far as the USMNT goes, is going AWOL during the WC qualifiers a sign of team commitment?

Just asking.

posted by owlhouse at 01:07 AM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Since we're posting women's football, this one is a bit old, but has Lisa de Vanna going all Pele.

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 AM on August 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Ah, Mike Pyke, Swans premiership player. Saskatchewan by 7. And Sydney's favourite Canadian. Edmonton by 21. What can Australia possibly offer in return? BC by 15. How about swapping some Footy Cards? What? You mean Mark Harris isn't Montreal's favourite Australian? Calgary by 21.

posted by owlhouse at 10:57 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The most terrifying away trips in Australia.

/Not that terrifying really. My 85 year old mother takes the bus past Brookvale Oval most days. She hates Manly with the passion that only true North Sydney supporters can muster. They also left off the Sydney Cricket Ground in the 70s, formidable during an Ashes Test or the first few years of day/night games when the crowd on The Hill was very, very drunk and violent. Formative experiences for a young fella.

posted by owlhouse at 09:34 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"To lament the commercialisation of sport is to piss on an inferno devouring your house." The NRL in Australia goes Marvel.

posted by owlhouse at 01:39 AM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

So, the Commonwealth Games, otherwise known as Empire School Sports Carnival. Winnipeg by 15. Is anyone in Canada watching? Toronto by 11. Calgary by 13. Because, as Usain Bolt so elegantly and accurately put it. Saskatchewan by 21. It's a bit shit.

posted by owlhouse at 01:13 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Good counterpoint to the Super League: the qualifying rounds of the 2014-15 Europa League have already been running for a few weeks.

posted by owlhouse at 11:52 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The 40th birthday of the Gray Nicholls Scoop, the cricket bat that spawned a revolution. This makes me feel old.

posted by owlhouse at 10:21 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

For the owners, it's not a question of winning, never has been.

It's only about franchise value, and eliminating competition. Every business owner would love to operate in a monopoly and, failing that, a cartel. The Euro Super League would be a cartel.

posted by owlhouse at 09:43 PM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 5

My nephew (the one in Guelph) had to do a test for his Canadian residency. Edmonton by 12. So what kind of questions should you be asked? BC by 15. I'd like to hear your thoughts. Ottawa by 7. But no references to the Meech Lake Accords, Tim Hortons or Wayne Gretzky. Even Australians can carry on a conversation about those. Saskatchewan by 15.

posted by owlhouse at 12:09 AM on July 21

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?

I think it would be great for Qatar to recruit and play an Israeli.

In fact, I'm secretly hoping both Israel and Iran qualify for 2022.

posted by owlhouse at 08:59 PM on July 17

How is Qatar building a national team for the 2022 World Cup?

It's good that the players don't seem to be too loyal to playing for Qatar or too loyal to the program when a bigger club in Europe comes calling. I guess in a perfect world, FIFA would accredit or otherwise regulate these forms of international academies, as what they do can be pretty close to the definition of labour trafficking.

Still, it's not so different from private schools in New Zealand offering scholarships to promising teenagers from the Pacific to play rugby for the school. Ask a Kiwi about this and they get all high and mighty about what a wonderful country they are to provide education to such underprivileged kids. However if you're smart, from Tonga but can't play rugby, I guess you miss out.

posted by owlhouse at 02:14 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's a perfectly cromulent ceremony.

posted by owlhouse at 02:09 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

In a 4-3-3 you can bring the wide strikers back into a 4-5-1. In fact, this is how most "modern" or flexible versions of 4-3-3 are played (cf: Holland).

No Australia in that list? I guess we were relegated.

posted by owlhouse at 09:39 PM on July 16