Or late developers/rejects from PL clubs. I think that's the plan.
posted by owlhouse at 08:45 PM on February 23
Not to take too much shine of what is a great achievement for a small club, but around half the teams in the Conference have been in the Football League before, including Lincoln. The quality of the Conference is pretty good.
posted by owlhouse at 08:13 PM on February 20
I reckon Wenger will go out on his own terms at the end of this season.
Piers Morgan is a good enough reason to start questioning your Arsenal fandom.
I'm glad that our celebrity fans are people you've never heard of.
posted by owlhouse at 08:11 PM on February 16
He's Australian, so it refers to field hockey in any case.
posted by owlhouse at 07:00 PM on February 03
A weekend of FA Cup upsets in the fourth round.
Here's a wonderful photo essay on the third round clash between Accrington Stanley and Luton Town. Gives you an idea of what following a lower league club feels like.
posted by owlhouse at 08:46 PM on January 29
I had the Roger Federer pizza at my local joint last night. The owner is a big tennis fan and he had the match on the TV.
Contains Swiss cheese and ham, if you're asking!
posted by owlhouse at 08:18 PM on January 29
1) I now understand (and will watch) cricket.
I've always enjoyed your posts on sports stats, and have learned quite a bit at the same time, including a great deal about baseball. I even went to my first MLB game last summer (Mets v Pirates at Citifield), and tried to explain some finer points to my bemused spouse and son.
They tolerated me.
So, already knowing your interest in data, and now cricket, here's something that could have been written just for you.
posted by owlhouse at 08:18 PM on January 26
^^ What these guys said. It's been a pleasure to hang out with you guys for the last decade or so.
And thanks rcade - if you're ever in this part of the world, the Beer Lao/Matilda Bay is on me.
posted by owlhouse at 08:48 PM on January 24
In junior tournaments in Australia, often held on one day with shortened matches, drawn matches were decided on corners, and if corners were equal, then by the number of goal kicks "won". I refereed a lot of these, too, and keeping my notebook up to date was always a challenge.
posted by owlhouse at 09:30 PM on January 12
The view from Down Under. And for countries like Thailand.
posted by owlhouse at 12:25 AM on January 11
It's possible for four team groups to end up all square, too. It looks like "drawing of lots" is your answer.
The rules from Brazil 2014:
The league format shall be used: each team playing one match against each of the other teams in the same group, with three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat.The ranking of each team in each group shall be determined as follows:
a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;
b) goal difference in all group matches;
c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.
If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings shall be determined as follows:
d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the
e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams
f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams
g) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organizing Committee.
posted by owlhouse at 08:51 PM on January 10
I do not like the fact that this makes qualification a slam dunk for the US.
It already is. Three and a half places for CONCACAF. You should make it every time. Try being an African or Asian nation.
posted by owlhouse at 07:53 PM on January 10
I'd rather be parkouring.
I'm sure that's a word.
posted by owlhouse at 07:52 PM on January 10
China's wealth and the football transfer market.
posted by owlhouse at 03:07 AM on January 06
Why Darts is cool.
posted by owlhouse at 02:22 AM on January 03
Chuckin' rocks at galahs. How the fastest woman bowler learned her craft.
posted by owlhouse at 11:38 PM on December 22
The I-Kiribati Weightlifter. Trying to change the world from a place you've never heard of.
posted by owlhouse at 07:48 PM on December 20
Anti-Sportsperson of the Year.
posted by owlhouse at 09:30 PM on December 15
Sounds like Twickenham.
posted by owlhouse at 08:13 PM on December 12
Ah Rodney Marsh.
No, not that one. The other one.
Occasionally confusing for young Australian football and cricket fans in the 1970s.
But it's the first name that comes to mind when I hear the words "Tampa Bay Rowdies".
posted by owlhouse at 09:43 PM on December 07
My Dad's family are from Preston.
I understand this perfectly.
posted by owlhouse at 11:11 PM on December 03
He's achieved his life's ambition.
Beating Lewis Hamilton.
posted by owlhouse at 07:38 PM on December 02
So if a 55 year old Australian with no US college sports experience came over to America to do his PhD...
posted by owlhouse at 08:07 PM on November 30
posted by owlhouse at 06:39 PM on November 29
After virtually fellating Lewis Hamilton for most of his F1 career, has the British media finally woken up to the fact that he's basically a wanker?
posted by owlhouse at 02:22 AM on November 29
owlie - is that: (1) a reference to the red card/touchline ban, (2) a statement of desire/aspiration, or (3) an inside-info statement about the firing of Mourinho (as I've not seen anything in the press to suggest he's been sacked)?
Just getting in first.
posted by owlhouse at 02:49 AM on November 28
posted by owlhouse at 08:10 PM on November 27
While Spurs are busy reviving the pound coin joke - useless in Europe.
posted by owlhouse at 11:59 PM on November 22
Leicester are going to win the Champions League, aren't they?
posted by owlhouse at 06:24 PM on November 22
Everything I know about NFL, I learned from Don Lane.
posted by owlhouse at 10:35 AM on October 19
Bill, try the nearest branch of Rebel Sports if you're looking for replica jerseys in Australia. They stock all types of football and cricket.
Do you see any team Australia test cricket jerseys for sale?
After the recent tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa, if you turn up for net practice, they might give you a genuine one of your own.
posted by owlhouse at 03:54 AM on October 15
Good news for owlie!
I, for one, am looking forward to the Second Coming.
Or third, if you count the time he was a coach before being recruited by Man Utd.
At least we might start playing football.
posted by owlhouse at 03:56 PM on October 13
Hey, 5th in Asia isn't bad.
What's Wasim Akram doing in retirement? He might be able to sling a few curve balls still, while Shahid Afridi goes yard.
posted by owlhouse at 03:13 AM on September 28
So after David Bell, we come to a bell end?
posted by owlhouse at 11:26 PM on September 22
Welcome to the world of the late, great Barry Dickins. The poet laureate of Fitzroy.
posted by owlhouse at 07:40 PM on September 20
Lady Gaga? Sure.
But where's Lord Gaga been all this time?
posted by owlhouse at 09:23 PM on September 19
The best part of coarse cricket, Howard, is that the lower order batsmen get to umpire their own side. There not being enough umpires to go around the lower leagues.
So, you might be put in a position of judging whether one of your own team mates is out. But if you don't give anyone out, you don't get to bat yourself.
Our captain in the district B grade instructed all of us to never, ever give an LBW against our own side. He reckoned this was fair as the other clubs did the same. Not such good practice when your own specialty was medium pace in and out swing, searching for an LBW...
posted by owlhouse at 09:15 PM on September 05
That was exactly what happened to my knee.
('Healthy athlete" might be a stretch, though).
posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on August 31
Now if only she could get together with Ryan Lochte...
posted by owlhouse at 10:45 AM on August 29
The last round we beat Carlisle on penalties 14-13. At home. Fortress Pride Park it is not.
posted by owlhouse at 07:36 PM on August 25
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?
"What has led us to suicide is an insane belief in money and in a society that has no history. When we die and go to heaven the only thing we will take with us is disgrace, because that's the new name for love, and Fitzroy Football Club. You think that I hate them? I feel deader than they are. Like I've wept a weir."
Twenty years on, what happens when the soul of a working class community is ripped away.
posted by owlhouse at 10:04 PM on August 24
One day we will rise again.
To the level of Barnsley or QPR.
posted by owlhouse at 07:30 PM on August 24
Cool. Derby County matches shown live every week.
On every channel.
posted by owlhouse at 12:21 AM on August 24
Hmmm. A very American perspective.
I read this book a while back, and it basically says that the 19th century British upper classes organised and codified all the major sports (e.g. football, cricket, rugby) to stop young men masturbating.
So take that, sociologists.
posted by owlhouse at 09:06 PM on August 22
It's usually the latter.
A counter attack is a particular moment in the match. Against the run of play means a team scores while not dominating possession or the number of goal attempts.
posted by owlhouse at 11:21 PM on August 13
Iceland played like this in the Euros, and they were lauded as courageous and heroic. It's part of football.
posted by owlhouse at 12:34 AM on August 13
RIP Midget Farrelly. First World Surf Champion, great bloke, and one of our northern beaches locals.
Some days, being out the back must have felt like heaven.
posted by owlhouse at 11:55 PM on August 09
/I'll go now.
posted by owlhouse at 09:17 PM on August 09
Apparently you septics have college rodeo teams. And more interestingly, a bull rider from Iraq says it's still safer than going home.
Brought to you by our national broadcaster.
posted by owlhouse at 10:30 PM on August 08
A long read but an important one on sports governance, from the local amateur club all the way to professionals and TV deals. Author Gideon Haigh focuses on Australia, so you might not get some of the references, but I found this essay to reflect a lot of my feelings about sport and society, especially in relation to the times I've been involved in sports administration.
posted by owlhouse at 11:05 PM on July 28
I didn't think non-Australians knew about that. It drives me up the wall.
posted by owlhouse at 12:28 AM on July 28
If you head out to the footy one night, you don't expect to come back with $100,000.
posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on July 27
"The act also prohibits municipalities in North Carolina from enacting anti-discrimination policies,setting a local minimum wage, regulating child labor, or making certain regulations for city workers. The legislation also removes the statutory and common-law private right of action to enforce state anti-discrimination statutes in state courts."
First, they came for the bathrooms...
posted by owlhouse at 11:40 PM on July 21
That's a pretty bass act for a tenor.
posted by owlhouse at 08:39 PM on July 13
Thanks rcade. Good fun, and congrats to bender.
My fortunes peaked in the early knockout rounds, then collapsed. So I must be either Iceland or Wales.
posted by owlhouse at 07:32 PM on July 12
That graphic looks like 32 total shots and 13 on goal/target. So we're agreed that the metric is on target shots?
That match is probably not a representative sample. :-)
posted by owlhouse at 12:14 AM on July 09
France 2 Portugal 0
Pogba to score
Cards to Evra, W. Carvalho and Giroud
Shots on goal: 23, Shots on target: 11 (just in case I misunderstood the metric).
posted by owlhouse at 07:51 PM on July 08
I am impressed by the love shown here for Cymru, my mother's homeland.
But business is business.
posted by owlhouse at 07:19 PM on July 06
I'm just about to hit the hay, but if anyone is doing the Euro 16 pick 'em, these are mine:
Portugal 2 Wales 1, Bale to score.
Germany 2 France 2, Germany to win on penalties. Griezmann to score.
posted by owlhouse at 09:05 AM on July 06
That like a football do you spurn me thus?
posted by owlhouse at 10:44 AM on July 03
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