Recent Comments by owlhouse

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

New York Mets Back in the World Series

I'm following the OBO of England v Pakistan in Dubai. That's how desperate I am.

posted by owlhouse at 09:21 AM on October 22

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven: Don't Snap It, Griff Edition

Seattle by 14 (Peter King hates Jarryd Hayne already so I call it a successful move to the NFL)
Buffalo by 7
Detroit by 3
Atlanta by 14
Indianapolis by 7
Pittsburgh by 3
St. Louis by 3
Miami by 7
New England by 14
Washington by 7
San Diego by 14
New York Giants by 7
Carolina by 10
Arizona by 14

posted by owlhouse at 12:54 AM on October 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I was always under the assumption that any post-game interviews for international teams (male or female) were done outside of the locker room or in a press conference type setting. I have absolutely nothing to base this on, of course.

Apart from years of visual evidence from watching international football. I don't think I've ever seen a locker room interview at that level, either. Always a bit more stage managed.

posted by owlhouse at 12:49 AM on October 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Ottawa by 15

Toronto by 3

Edmonton by 10

Montreal by 3

posted by owlhouse at 11:38 PM on October 14

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 6: Mike Tomlin/Tom Osborne Edition

Atlanta by 7
Cincinnati by 14
Cleveland by 3
Chicago by 14
Miami by 7
Minnesota by 14
New York Jets by 7
Arizona by 14
Houston by 7
Seattle by 14
Green Bay by 21
Baltimore by 14 (Who is Jarryd Hayne?)
New England by 7
New York Giants by 3

posted by owlhouse at 11:37 PM on October 14

Chase Utley Safe at Second Without Touching Second

From rcade's linked article, it says that "The Dodgers stand behind Chase Utley."

Well, I would, too. It's a lot safer there.

posted by owlhouse at 02:20 AM on October 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

"The Lockless Owlhouse" is now my porn star name.

Indianapolis by 7
Atlanta by 14
Seattle by 7
Green Bay by 14
Tennessee by 7
Kansas City by 14
New Orleans by 3
Jacksonville by 3
Baltimore by 14
Arizona by 14
New England by 7
Denver by 14
New York Giants by 21 (Hayne Plane in the hangar)
San Diego by 7

posted by owlhouse at 10:39 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Add me to the list of dumbfounded SpoFites right now.

I'm not even American, but my kids can quote The Big Lebowski, and my step-daughter's dog is called The Dude.

posted by owlhouse at 10:34 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The glory of Reading is a roundabout

The railway station canteen used to make a good cup of tea, too.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Championship.

posted by owlhouse at 10:22 PM on October 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Ottawa by 10
Saskatchewan by 3
Edmonton by 10
BC by 10
Montreal by 3

posted by owlhouse at 09:37 PM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

England have now gone out of the football, cricket and rugby world cups at the group stage in the last 16 months.

Maybe they need to invent more sports. This time, ones they might be good at.

posted by owlhouse at 11:56 PM on October 04

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

Anyone have Aguero?

posted by owlhouse at 02:05 AM on October 04

Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately

The only thing they understand. Money.

posted by owlhouse at 02:04 AM on October 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Pittsburgh by 7
New York Jets by 14
Atlanta by 7
New York Giants by 14
Oakland by 7
Cincinnati by 14
Indianapolis by 7
Carolina by 14
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 14
Denver by 7
Arizona by 14
Green Bay by 14 (Hayne Plane iced up)
New Orleans by 7
Seattle by 14

posted by owlhouse at 09:40 PM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Off the bottom!

Montreal by 6
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 6
BC by 10

posted by owlhouse at 09:33 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Scotland have woken up at half time.

This might have had something to do with it. It woke me up, and I was 8,000 miles away sitting on a couch.

posted by owlhouse at 03:56 AM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Eagles are giving the Scots a run for their money at the moment. Tune in, folks.

posted by owlhouse at 09:59 AM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Iacchi dar!

posted by owlhouse at 08:37 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 21

Edmonton by 11

Toronto by 7

Montreal by 10

posted by owlhouse at 12:13 AM on September 24

Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra passes away

For what it's worth, he was a sportsman who transcended his own sport, as the obituaries appearing in Australian, British and other overseas newspapers can attest.

Of course he was famous for his malapropisms, but it seems he was pretty special as a player and human being, too.

RIP.

posted by owlhouse at 11:48 PM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

NYG by 7
CLE by 14
IND by 14
PIT by 7
MIN by 14
NE by 14
NYJ by 7
CAR by 14
BAL by 7
HOU by 14
ARI by 7 (Obligatory Jarryd Hayne reference)
MIA by 14
SEA by 21
DEN by 14
GB by 21

posted by owlhouse at 10:24 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I was just about to post that, Joey. Amazing.

posted by owlhouse at 10:28 PM on September 22

Rugby (Union) World Cup Starts Tonight

I feel happy for Eddie Jones, Japan's coach. One of the game's nice guys.

And that was an ageing and very poor Tongan team, I'd have to say.

posted by owlhouse at 07:55 PM on September 20

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

Anyone have Diego Costa?

You must really want to win. And have no ethics.

posted by owlhouse at 12:19 AM on September 20

Rugby (Union) World Cup Starts Tonight

No-one knows why penalties are awarded in rugby. Not even the referees.

posted by owlhouse at 09:08 PM on September 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

KC by 7
NE by 14
Arizona by 21
Cincy by 14
Tenn by 7
Minn by 7
New O by 14
NYG by 21
Pitt by 14 (Hayne Plane hits turbulence)
St L by 7
Carolina by 7
Baltimore by 14
Miami by 21
Philly by 14
Green Bay by 7
Indy by 7

posted by owlhouse at 12:50 AM on September 17