Recent Comments by owlhouse

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Robert Huth vs Martin Skrtel for the Corner Wrestling World Title - who ya got?

Shocking refereeing, and I don't say that often.

Still, Jamie Vardy is a dick.

That was the get square penalty decision.

Leicester should still win the race.

^^ Stream of consciousness through the second half.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on April 17

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Mrs Owl's sister's kids' elementary school in Milford?

posted by owlhouse at 07:49 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

They didn't include Balmain upsetting Souths in the 1969 Rugby League Grand Final?

I'm disappointed in you ESPN.

posted by owlhouse at 09:41 PM on April 05

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Sorry Bill - travelling the other way. When I have a longer holiday, Mrs Owl and I will do a proper road trip. I'm told SF is the closest American city to Sydney in terms of culture, food and climate!

posted by owlhouse at 09:40 PM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Stokes wanted to bowl the last over, apparently. Mike Selvey is a first class ECB sycophant, but he generally has access to the England dressing room, and wrote this piece.

posted by owlhouse at 10:02 PM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

The Sky Blue game might be ON. I'm sure the Matildas will be playing - we want them to be match fit for our gold medal match against the US in Rio. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 09:52 PM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Thanks everyone. Flights are booked and visa waivers are in. I'll keep you posted here or in another media.

posted by owlhouse at 07:49 PM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Bender - I am salivating already.

posted by owlhouse at 10:08 AM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Thanks Lion Man. I understand that tickets to Fenway are hard to come by. It might have to be the Yankees then.

Ms Goddam from Gotham might even be there!

posted by owlhouse at 10:06 AM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Hi Folks. just to let you know the Owl, Mrs Owl and one of the owlets will be in the good old US of A from 11 - 29 June. We will be based in the beautiful surrounds of New Haven, Connecticut, but will be doing a bit of travelling as well.

Question for the Brains Trust - what is the best ball park experience in the vicinity? As this is my first trip to Septic land, I feel an urge to commune with the Great American Pastime, complete with a sunny afternoon, a hot dog and a beer.

Thanks in advance.

posted by owlhouse at 04:41 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm English by birth, but I hate the ECB (and the RFU, but that's for another time), so I enjoyed that.

England's failure to win a world cricket title is now one of the great stories in sport. Long may it continue.

posted by owlhouse at 09:45 PM on April 03

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

T20 for tennis?

I think that's been around for a while, and still going.

posted by owlhouse at 11:18 PM on March 24

ESPN attempts to shame Cuba; backfires badly.

Man, it's like a Third World Country out there.

ESPN are wankers.

posted by owlhouse at 11:19 PM on March 23

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

I am very liberal and absolutely feel women in the work force should be paid as equals.

It has to start somewhere.

posted by owlhouse at 12:49 AM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The World Twenty20 Cup is on in India at the moment.

Here's a trip to one of the prettier venues, high in the Himalaya.

posted by owlhouse at 11:13 PM on March 22

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

Out in the real world, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn.

The gender wage gap has stayed the same since 2001, so things are not getting better.

April 12 is Equal Pay Day.

I know which side I'm on.

posted by owlhouse at 09:24 PM on March 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Watching Wenger's Arsenal is like watching a well oiled machine. Everybody knows their role and the parts they have to play.

Unfortunately they forgot to include the bits marked "Get Into a Scoring Position" and "Shoot".

posted by owlhouse at 08:44 PM on February 28

New Rule Takes Out Slides Like Chase Utley's Legbreaker

I know NoMich. But the LBW rule does disadvantage left arm and legspin bowlers, and advantages left hand batsmen. Many deliveries can still be kicked away if you know what you're doing.

posted by owlhouse at 10:36 AM on February 26

New Rule Takes Out Slides Like Chase Utley's Legbreaker

I have never understood this when I've watched baseball. I am the New Fan.

It's like having a rule in cricket that says you're out if the ball would have hit the stumps, but your leg got in the way. Oh, hang on a minute, that IS a rule...

posted by owlhouse at 04:17 AM on February 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It doesn't say much about Qatar's ability to host an international sporting event.

They could always try this for tennis as well.

posted by owlhouse at 08:21 PM on February 23

Cricket Star Kieran Powell Tosses His Bat and Picks Up a Smaller, Rounder One

In Australia, they used to play senior baseball in the winter, so cricket players could keep fit in the off season. In recent memory, Alan Border was a State level baseball player, and Ian Chappell used to be pretty decent.

Who's the loudmouth wanker on MLB Tonight? Jeez, what a tool.

posted by owlhouse at 08:16 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

My memory isn't as good as yours. Thanks.

posted by owlhouse at 06:49 PM on February 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

We have covered it before, most notably after Peter Norman's death in 2006. The article also mentions the apology from the Australian Parliament in August 2012.

posted by owlhouse at 08:36 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

For those not living in the greater Melbourne metropolitan area, this Blokes Behaving Badly story may be news to you.

posted by owlhouse at 03:21 AM on February 16

Wenger's Arsenal

Here's the link. I was at that game in 1977. They were rubbish.

posted by owlhouse at 08:26 PM on February 15

Wenger's Arsenal

It's scheduled for 2017 - always plan ahead...

posted by owlhouse at 08:24 PM on February 15

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Rumble in Paradise: some good reading on boxing, Samoa and well, er, boxing and Samoa.

posted by owlhouse at 08:56 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Talking on TV while trying to bat apparently distracts you.

Who would have thought, eh?

posted by owlhouse at 08:15 PM on January 26

Lleyton Hewitt Ends Singles Career at Australian Open

From Tennis Brat to beloved Ambassador of the Game.

Only took 15 years.

posted by owlhouse at 01:36 AM on January 22

James Fallows Learns Something about British Soccer and Sarcasm

I guess people who aren't funny in the first place shouldn't try sarcasm either.

posted by owlhouse at 08:31 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Test cricket is vinyl

posted by owlhouse at 03:16 AM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Australia Day in the NBA.

Australia Day in Australia.

posted by owlhouse at 02:33 AM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Rainieri is a genius. Why can't everyone else see that?

posted by owlhouse at 06:28 PM on December 19

Chelsea Sacks Jose Mourinho

If the nightmare happens and Chelsea gets relegated, is a "relegation opt-out" clause a common thing in the player contracts? Can players escape if the team gets relegated?

It's quite common in player contracts, although I can't imagine many Chelsea players (or their agents) really considered it a possibility when they signed. Also, despite "parachute payments" for relegated clubs, the reduction in Premier League TV revenue means that the relegated clubs have an incentive to sell off the highest waged players in the squad first.

/Derby County fan. We hold the unwanted record for being the worst team in 23 years of the Prem, on our last one year visit. I'm pretty sure the Board's strategy was to sign nobody for more than 12 months, and go for the parachute payments. Well, we had a stadium to pay off.

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on December 17

Chelsea Sacks Jose Mourinho

This might be his next gig.

posted by owlhouse at 08:11 PM on December 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

St. Louis by 3
Dallas by 3
Houston by 7
Minnesota by 14
New England by 21
Carolina by 14
Buffalo by 3
Jacksonville by 10
Kansas City by 10
Green Bay by 10
Seattle by 14
Pittsburgh by 14
San Diego by 3
Cincinnati by 3 (Hayne Plane needs to learn how to fly)
Arizona by 10
New Orleans by 10

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

What, you mean that you guys DON'T use a coin toss to make your picks?

posted by owlhouse at 03:18 AM on December 14

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Arizona by 7
Chicago by 10
Pittsburgh by 10
Cleveland by 3
Kansas City by 14
Detroit by 7
N.Y. Jets by 3
Philadelphia by 10
Tampa Bay by 14
Carolina by 17
Jacksonville by 7
Seattle by 14
Denver by 7
Green Bay by 13
New England by 3
Miami by 7

posted by owlhouse at 08:41 PM on December 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

Green Bay by 14
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 21
Cincinnati by 14
Jacksonville by 10
Arizona by 14
Miami by 3
Minnesota by 7
N.Y. Giants by 3
Atlanta by 7
Kansas City by 10
Denver by 10
New England by 21
Carolina by 10
Pittsburgh by 7
Washington by 10

posted by owlhouse at 09:30 PM on December 03

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Edmonton by 11

That Reilly chap

Over

555 (What's a yard?)

posted by owlhouse at 08:10 PM on November 26

Big league baseball beneath Big Ben?

Here's the conversion of the SCG into an MLB ready field (time lapse).

In London, as cricket grounds, neither The Oval nor Lords would have enough spectator capacity as the football stadia. When I lived in Canberra, they used the football stadium at Bruce for baseball, but it was an exercise in weird orientation and very short fences in some areas.

posted by owlhouse at 08:06 PM on November 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Detroit by 3
Carolina by 7
Green Bay by 14
Minnesota by 3
Cincinnati by 14
Tennessee by 3
Indianapolis by 7
Kansas City by 3
N.Y. Jets by 14
N.Y. Giants by 10
Jacksonville by 3
New Orleans by 14
Arizona by 21
Seattle by 7
New England by 7
Cleveland by 10

Happy Thanksgiving, septics!

posted by owlhouse at 08:15 PM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The solace of cricket. One Parisian resident's response to the horrors of the past week.

posted by owlhouse at 09:02 PM on November 19

Bill Belichick Refuses to Be NFL's Fashion Model

Deleted - wrong thread.

posted by owlhouse at 08:58 PM on November 19

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 12

Edmonton by 18

Reilly

Ottawa

posted by owlhouse at 08:17 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Club Lebowski.

The comments are great.

posted by owlhouse at 10:33 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Jacksonville by 3
Atlanta by 7
Chicago by 3
Oakland by 10
Dallas by 3
Philadelphia by 10
Carolina by 14
Baltimore by 10
N.Y. Jets by 3
Kansas City by 7
Green Bay by 10
Seattle by 21
Arizona by 7
New England by 14 (look, I'm gonna lock this, and anyway, I'm in the northern hemisphere at the moment, according to my toilet)

posted by owlhouse at 09:26 PM on November 18

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Toronto by 12

Calgary by 17

Kicker: Paredes (Look, I had to Google that, OK?)

Points: Over

posted by owlhouse at 02:16 AM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

N.Y. Jets by 3
Green Bay by 21
Carolina by 7
St. Louis by 7
Philadelphia by 3
Pittsburgh by 7
Tampa Bay by 3
New Orleans by 10
Baltimore by 7
Oakland by 7
Denver by 3
New England by 14
Seattle by 10
Cincinnati by 10

posted by owlhouse at 02:12 AM on November 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Hey tahoemoj, big congratulations from the other side of the world!

posted by owlhouse at 08:23 PM on November 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Thanks Dr J. Congrats Jaggy Boy and I look forward to all your good natured intra Commonwealth ribbing.

Until next season.

posted by owlhouse at 08:31 AM on November 10

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 14
Buffalo by 3
Minnesota by 7
New England by 21
New Orleans by 14
New York Jets by 3
Pittsburgh by 3
Green Bay by 3
Atlanta by 7 (Hayne dropped like hot lead)
New York Giants by 14
Indianapolis by 3
Philadelphia by 3
San Diego by 7

posted by owlhouse at 08:19 PM on November 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

First up, and heading for the Costanza!

It's mine, I tell you, all mine...

Tronno by 12

Ottawa by 7

BC by 15

Montreal by 12

posted by owlhouse at 01:30 AM on November 04

Steve Williams: Tiger Woods Treated Me Like a Slave

He was also NZ's highest paid sportsman for all of those years.

(A bit like being the tallest dwarf, but you know what I mean)

posted by owlhouse at 08:16 PM on November 01

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

They're sure to be more insufferable than ever for the next four years.

posted by owlhouse at 11:41 PM on October 31

The Rugby World Cup Final is on Saturday

NoMich -we also played off in tbe 2015 World Netball Championship, and I'm pretty sure in touch football (men and women) as well.

Sheep shearing, I hear you ask? Probably.

posted by owlhouse at 11:09 AM on October 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nineteen

Toronto by 10

Calgary by 10

Ottawa by 10

Edmonton by 10

posted by owlhouse at 09:43 PM on October 29

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight: Waitin' All Week for Sunday Night

New England by 14
Kansas City by 7
Atlanta by 7
Minnesota by 3
Arizona by 14
St. Louis by 14 (Bush?)
New Orleans by 3
Pittsburgh by 14
Baltimore by 7
Tennessee by 3
New York Jets by 3
Seattle by 14
Green Bay by 3
Indianapolis by 7

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The state of cricket in West Indies

Indeed, but some of it has been self inflicted through poor administration.

They still have some terrific players, and I hope they can get things sorted.

posted by owlhouse at 05:46 AM on October 23

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

Relegation zone. If I finish with the Costanza, does this mean I'm playing in the Ontario regional league next year?

Tronno by 11

BC by 15

Peg by 6

Eddie by 10

posted by owlhouse at 09:11 PM on October 22