Recent Comments by owlhouse

Jon Krakauer: Sherpas, Death and Anger on Everest

Thanks for the link. Krakauer is an annoying writer, frequently wrong and an astonishingly transparent self publicist, but in this article he does highlight some major problems with the Everest industry.

posted by owlhouse at 01:40 AM on April 23

Manchester United Fires David Moyes

Giggs Out.


posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

that means 3 claret-and-blue jerseys in the league

I'm hoping Port Vale finds a rich new owner with a nostalgia bent and makes it four, eventually.

posted by owlhouse at 09:12 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Also, why promotion and relegation is a good thing. This from the same newspaper's Football League clockwatch today, previewing the Championship games on offer:

Birmingham v Blackburn
Brighton v Blackpool
Burnley v Wigan
Derby v Barnsley
Ipswich v Bournemouth
Millwall v Doncaster
QPR v Watford
Sheff Wed v Charlton
Yeovil v Huddersfield
Leeds v Nottingham Forest (5.15pm)

Look out for: Burnley will go up if they win, or if Derby don't. Leicester, who aren't playing until tomorrow, will win the title if Burnley. QPR will seal their play-off place if they don't lose, or if either Reading or Ipswich don't win. Wigan will seal their play-off place if they win (a result which will also hand the league title to Leicester, who play tomorrow) and any two of Brighton, Reading and Ipswich slip up. Yeovil will go down if and it's a bit of a long shot, this one they lose, Charlton or Blackpool win and Millwall, Doncaster and Birmingham (the first two of whom are playing each other) all get at least a point.

There are similar scenarios for Leagues One and Two as well, though for the life of me I got lost half way through the League Two possibilities. And there are still three or four weeks to go.

posted by owlhouse at 10:23 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Grauniad's running a story that the Man United board are ready to sack David Moyes.

posted by owlhouse at 10:03 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It is rumored that if Atltico Madrid draw Chelsea in the Champions' League, they will have to forgo the services of their star keeper as his loan deal requires a payment of 3 million per game that he plays against Chelsea, which would mean 6 million if they draw each other in the semi-finals tomorrow.

When I read that earlier, I wondered who thinks up some of these weird/amazing clauses in playing contracts? Blackburn Rovers got relegated a couple of seasons ago and the manager wasn't allowed by the team owners to pick his best players because they were due expensive appearance fees.

But this one actually anticipated Chelsea playing Atletico at some stage. Normally, loan contracts would just prevent the club from playing the loanee, but the payment clause adds a whole new dimension to the manager's and owner's selection process.

posted by owlhouse at 10:55 PM on April 10

Abby Wambach: Players Didn't Get Coach Fired

Nah, the player revolt is happening down here. The conspiracy theorist in me suspects they want Tom back.

On edit: we won the second match against Brazil so maybe it's cooled down again.

posted by owlhouse at 10:48 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Champion's Dinner at Augusta tonight, featuring Moreton Bay Bugs with Pavlova for dessert.

(Lobster and meringue pie, for the curious uninitiated like myself).

Rumours that Adam Scott would be serving kanga turned out to be just that.

It could have been worse. A whole lot worse.

In Alice Springs a while back, I was served a dish called "The Coat of Arms". Kangaroo on one side of the plate, Emu on the other.

/Kangaroo is a tasty, lean, gamey meat. Great for barbies but not much else. It also makes up a lot of our pet meat from the licensed shooting operations. Some species are in plague proportions and are culled regularly.

posted by owlhouse at 08:52 PM on April 08

American recruit scores first goal for the Swans

A big, athletic man with mobility. Then teach him how to kick.

posted by owlhouse at 10:08 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

And none of my friends in Colombo will be waking up early this morning...

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As much as I admire what Wenger's done at Arsenal and for the English game as a whole, it is probably time to step down.

He was out thought yesterday, and didn't try and change the side or tactics in response to what was happening on the field.

I know this season has been blighted by injuries, but the club also needs to clean out the playing staff. It still looks like he's been patching up the same team since 2004 (I know that's not true, but it feels true).

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on April 06

Four strikes and you're out

We haven't had grumbait on here for a very very long time.

*pours glass of red, pulls up chair*

posted by owlhouse at 10:16 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ian Darke calls a blind date.

For me, it would have to be Darrell Eastlake.

posted by owlhouse at 09:17 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

North American sport comparison, please!

Maybe a AA minor league team beating the Yankees.

Change that - England at the moment are probably more like the Astros.

posted by owlhouse at 09:18 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

On the upside for England, this makes Australia look bad, too.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 AM on March 31

Baseball Fan Hurt in 30-Foot Fall in Montreal

Not sure if you meant this when you wrote the link title, but appropriate.

posted by owlhouse at 09:10 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Well, they once played a State of Origin match in Long Beach.

posted by owlhouse at 09:08 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That was a great side under Bobby Robson. Mick Mills, Paul Mariner and one of the best defenders I ever saw - Kevin Beattie, whose career was blighted by injury, but I always wished Derby had signed him to replace Todd or MacFarland.

posted by owlhouse at 10:33 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"The other side of the Earth"?

Depends where you are standing, I suppose.

posted by owlhouse at 10:29 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Meanwhile, a casual stroll through some weird cricket bowling figures.

posted by owlhouse at 09:52 PM on March 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Mr B. You're deliberately winding me up. I know you are.

posted by owlhouse at 09:32 PM on March 29

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Palace upset Chelsea. Cracker of a game, but I don't think Chelsea are out of it yet.

posted by owlhouse at 09:15 PM on March 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Yerfatma, you've not met many real life Toon fans I take it?

To paraphrase P.G. Wodehouse on their near neighbours north of the border - "It is not difficult to tell the difference between a ray of sunshine and a Geordie with a grievance."

posted by owlhouse at 02:15 AM on March 29

Barcelona Wins 7-Goal El Clasico Thriller

Real Madrid start thinking there's a conspiracy against them?

/That noise you hear is General Franco turning in his grave.

posted by owlhouse at 05:57 AM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Possibly one of the weirdest cricket dismissals ever. Certainly the unluckiest.

posted by owlhouse at 05:55 AM on March 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I thought it meant New South F'in Wales, for reasons unknown

Because you're from Queensland.

posted by owlhouse at 02:46 AM on March 20

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Thanks. Can't get in without the US phone number. Oh well, there goes my chance to show you how much I know about College hoops.

*not much*<*none*

posted by owlhouse at 10:15 PM on March 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle


posted by owlhouse at 10:12 PM on March 19

Enter the SportsFilter NCAA Bracket Contest

Agreed. What about the Pool ID number? It won't accept the SportsFilter2014 name.

posted by owlhouse at 10:08 PM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

No real surprise.

posted by owlhouse at 12:23 AM on March 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The Spin laments that in modern times, there are no more men who play both football and cricket at the highest level.

I expected more from The Guardian, as they forgot to even mention this very exceptional woman.

posted by owlhouse at 10:18 AM on March 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Stop Yaya Toure and you stop Man City, apparently. Who would have thought?

Meanwhile, the FA Cup Semi-Final draw looks a bit different to those of recent years. Hull City in there for the first time since 1930, up against League One Sheffield United, defending holders Wigan versus Trophy Drought Arsenal (Trade Mark applied for).

posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on March 09

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Yeovil have now discovered why they are bottom - not enough fighting spirit with 11 men on the park.

Expect a staged sending off strategy to be implemented for the next game.

posted by owlhouse at 12:36 AM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Twenty20 World Cup starts in a couple of weeks in Bangladesh. Always a hoot, but completely different to Test cricket.

posted by owlhouse at 11:21 PM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Clarke, despite getting hit, kept going across and back. Unlike Piers Morgan.

It seems that Australia can dish it out, but also take it. Unlike some recent teams that they've faced.

*Wraps self in Southern Cross, picks up beer, puts on Lillee Thomson DVD.*

posted by owlhouse at 08:46 PM on March 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Australian captain Michael Clarke survived Morne Morkel trying to kill him yesterday. He went on to be 92 not out at stumps.

posted by owlhouse at 01:44 AM on March 02

How Cities Fared After the Olympics Left Town

Shhhhh. The Swans get extra salary cap leeway because of the higher costs of living in Sydney. Let's keep it that way.

/Even though Buddy Franklin rents out my garage for $200 a week. He's messy, but he mows my lawn well.

posted by owlhouse at 09:27 AM on February 26

How Cities Fared After the Olympics Left Town

Given that, do you feel Sydney's success in repurposing the venues is mostly due to the boom in commodity prices after the Games or smarter planning?

Bit of both, I think. Homebush Bay is in the geographic centre of Sydney's western sprawl, so all the transport infrastructure built for the Games was in the right place. As well, the athlete's village (Newington) now looks like normal housing in the surrounding suburbs. In Sydney, growth is going both out (beyond the Olympic sites) and up (changing low density to medium).

I'm not sure all of it was deliberate, though. Ask a Sydneysider about "planning" and see what kind of laugh you get in reply!

posted by owlhouse at 05:16 PM on February 25

How Cities Fared After the Olympics Left Town

The Sydney Olympic venues have been absorbed into the city's sporting culture and geography, which surprises some of us (me included) who thought there would be a few white elephants.

Australia has had a period of unparalleled economic growth over that period, particularly in Sydney where property values remain astronomical. Beijing will also pick up and move on very quickly, and the infrastructure built for the games will become just part of the city.

The same can't be said for places like Athens (and maybe London), where there's been a significant post GFC economic malaise. And Sarajevo. Poor Sarajevo. Not just the war - I was there in 2012 and liked Bosnia in general, but their economy is stalled and young people are moving west.

posted by owlhouse at 12:11 AM on February 25

Olympian Took Name of German Underwear Company

Thanks. Having once lived in Tonga, I've been tracking this.

The story, like all media stories on Tonga, leaves out a lot. Things like the principals being previously involved in passports for sale, having FIFA bans imposed, losing public funds money in unethical investments, stuff like that.

But I'm sure Bruno is having fun.

posted by owlhouse at 08:42 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Twenty six games into a thirty eight game season, there's essentially a four way race for the English Premier League title, meanwhile down at the other end, there's only four points between mid table tenth and relegation.

It's going to be an interesting next few months, with crucial matches for almost all twenty top flight clubs.

posted by owlhouse at 01:33 AM on February 13

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

Owls--Something tells me that those posters who honestly answered your question may have missed the tongue in cheek nature of the question. (Stupid loss of comedic timing in the written word) Either I'm pickin' up what you're throwin' down, or else I'm picking up something that isn't there.

I'm glad someone's on the same wavelength, tahoemoj! But I guess I do still need to work on my timing.

posted by owlhouse at 10:02 PM on February 12

Missouri All-American Defensive Lineman Michael Sam Announces He Is Gay

I can't believe that we're still having this conversation. It's February 2014.

I mean, football doesn't start again until September, right?

posted by owlhouse at 10:21 PM on February 10

Why is the world's gayest sport stuck in the closet?

The article seems to hint that it's a generational thing. When the (older) judges come out, the skaters might be more comfortable.

I don't think the audience gives a shit one way or the other. Mums watched Liberace for years.

posted by owlhouse at 08:39 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That still doesn't explain the dual toilets or the non-flushing ones.

I suspect the plans allowed for a bidet, but the contractors didn't have any, so they just whacked another dunny in there instead.

I don't think a nation is modern until I can flush toilet paper in it. On this point I'm a hardass.

This could be a useful indicator in the next UN Human Development Report.

posted by owlhouse at 08:36 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Sigh. I'm not making any comment. However, if you agree with me and think everyone deserves access to a functioning toilet, for health, hygiene, female safety and basic rights reasons, then send a few bucks to these guys.

posted by owlhouse at 08:45 PM on February 06

How to Watch the Olympics

I'll be watching it on CCTV, with commentary in Mandarin and an emphasis on sports where China will do well.

But at least it's free.

posted by owlhouse at 08:36 PM on February 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Cheating in cycling? Here's a new twist.

posted by owlhouse at 08:30 PM on February 03

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Super Bowl-a-Geddon Edition

1. Seahawks by 13

2. Thomas (Den) +1

3. Lynch (Sea)

4. Sherman (intercept - this will cause a nuclear meltdown)

5. Lynch again

6. Sherman (see above)

7. Philips

8. Oh I don't know. ESPN Asia doesn't show the ads. How about that frothy stuff with no body? No, not Scarlett, she's banned - Bud, yeah, Bud. That's it. +1

9. 39

posted by owlhouse at 07:51 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ginger's good for nausea, I understand. Yes, keep drinking.

posted by owlhouse at 08:45 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's Straya day here.

Here's a song.

Have fun. We're all at the beach, the tennis or the cricket.

posted by owlhouse at 01:02 AM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

That penalty shootout was designed to make England's forthcoming exit at the World Cup look good by comparison.

posted by owlhouse at 08:19 PM on January 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I know that in cricket there are fast bowlers and spinners, but is there an equivalent to a knuckleball?

This type of ball may be the closest. Invented in Australia, now popular in the sub continent.

"Depending on the degree the ball is gripped towards the leg side, the carrom ball could also travel straight."

posted by owlhouse at 11:13 PM on January 21

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Championship Games-a-Ganza Edition

(Australian Open Edition)

Denver Brumbies by 14 +2

Seattle White Breasted Sea Eagles by 7 +2

Peyto +1

Thommo (D.) +1

Swampy (i.e. Marshawn Lynch for the uninitiated)

Brooksie (Ahmad)

posted by owlhouse at 07:55 PM on January 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

You are an up and coming South African football star, and planning your wedding day. Then you find out that Nelson Mandela wants to come.

posted by owlhouse at 08:45 PM on January 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thanks for that link, owly. Poor Anthony Rocca: Signed with the Eagles, however got homesick and returned to Australia I know the feeling, brother. (not for Australia, never been there though I'd like to someday because I want to meet the guys in the Scientists and the guys in the Psychotic Turnbuckles and watch some cricket with them)

Sounds good, take me with you. In return you can come and watch Sydney FC with me, and I'll introduce you to this guy. He once deliberately toured The Celibate Rifles through Italy during Italia 90, gigs scheduled to align with key matches.

posted by owlhouse at 07:47 PM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm kind of surprised that Aussie rules guys haven't been more of a thing for punters since Darren Bennett and the guy Philly used to have were in the league - they kick just as well as a punter but aren't any kind of liability for tackling.

Here you go, mate. There's even a full time punting academy, apparently.

posted by owlhouse at 10:50 PM on January 13

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

I don't think you'll be shipping the prize to Vientiane, anyways.

posted by owlhouse at 09:13 PM on January 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Round-a-Go-Go Edition

Seahawks by 15 +1

Pats by 11 +1

Niners by 7 +1

Broncos by 21 +1

Rec and TD: Thomas from Denver

Etc: Sherman seems popular for some reason

posted by owlhouse at 08:05 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I wonder if you're allowed as a Wednesday fan to be happy about that upset

It's been the highlight of the season at Hillsborough.

posted by owlhouse at 09:17 PM on January 04