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
"Aim for the mascot".
posted by owlhouse at 12:01 AM on July 03
Isn't that what the Confederations Cup is supposed to be about?
(Australia -Champions of Asia!)
posted by owlhouse at 06:37 PM on June 30
Classless is my middle name.
Even more so when I posted it twice.
posted by owlhouse at 11:14 AM on June 30
I think I had Graziano Pelle to score as well.
Poland 0 Portugal 0. Penalties, and Poland win when Ronaldo skies one into Row Z.
The Welsh dream ends with a 1-0 loss. Lukaku has to come good at some stage, doesn't he?
Germany have never beaten Italy in a competitive international. Until now. 2-0 and Muller gets one.
France edge out Iceland in a nervy encounter. 1-0 with Griezmann to the rescue once again.
posted by owlhouse at 12:41 AM on June 30
It's on all of them. Rooney was appalling, too.
Can you imagine any of the England team participating in that fantastic Icelandic slow clap along with the fans?
The crowd sang "You're not fit to wear the shirt" for a reason. There was no effort, no motivation and lots of shirking responsibility.
posted by owlhouse at 10:35 PM on June 28
Ah. If only Harry Kane was half as good as he thinks he is.
posted by owlhouse at 04:11 PM on June 28
From the Irish fans in 1994:
Que sera sera
Whatever will be
At least we beat Italy
Que sera sera
posted by owlhouse at 11:23 PM on June 23
In a game nobody can be bothered with, Poland edge Switzerland 2-1. Robbie Lewandowski gets one.
Wales beat Norn Iron with an Ashley Williams header in the 88th minute. 1-0.
Croatia and Portugal play out a spiteful 0-0 draw, with Portugal winning on penalties. Cristiano Ronaldo continues to endear himself to no-one.
France comfortably beat Ireland 2-0. Pogba gets one after coming on as a sub. There are calls for Didi Deschamps to start him in the quarters.
Germany beat Slovakia 4-0 and start looking the goods. Muller gets a brace.
Belgium beat Hungary 1-0 with an extra time winner from Rommy Lukaku, who does nothing else all game and was about to be subbed off.
Spain can't score, so Italy take them to extra time, when Graziano Pelle scuffs a shot in from 3 yards out, off his shin.
Oh for fuck's sake, England are outplayed for much of the game but Wayne Rooney scores from a free kick with 5 minutes left. This only happens so they can lose on penalties in the quarters. As fate demands.
posted by owlhouse at 11:21 PM on June 23
There aren't many easy games in these kind of tournaments. The "minnows" made it through tough qualifying groups, qualifying that saw the likes of The Netherlands and Greece drop out.
So no, I'm not surprised.
posted by owlhouse at 02:32 PM on June 15
British police, never apologists for English hooligans, have accused the Russians of "being organised and tooling up".
posted by owlhouse at 04:44 PM on June 12
Insert Welsh inbreeding joke here.
posted by owlhouse at 12:58 PM on June 10
Group A: France (winner), Switzerland (2nd), Xerdan Shaqiri
Group B:England (winner - and I must be an idiot), Wales (2nd - heart over head), Russia (qualifiers), Alexandr Kokorin
Group C: Germany (winner), Poland (2nd), Robert Lewandowski
Group D: Spain (winner), Croatia (2nd), Czech Republic (qualifiers), Nikola Kalinic
Group E: Belgium (winner), Italy (2nd), Sweden (qualifiers), the Immortal Zlatan
Group F: Portugal (winner), Austria (2nd), Hungary (qualifiers), Marc Janko
And I'll be drinking whatever you septics can recommend in and around Milford, Connecticut.
posted by owlhouse at 09:12 PM on June 09
Djokovic and Murray. Sigh. That's all we've got left now that Rafa and Roger are fading into the sunset?
posted by owlhouse at 02:28 AM on June 07
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posted by owlhouse at 09:35 PM on May 30
The team from Milton Keynes should drop the "Dons" and call themselves after something local, like "The MK Roundabouts".
Wimbledon used to average 8,000 at home matches when they were in the top flight, so 20,000 looks ambitious, but good luck to them.
/I hate the playoffs. And I have my reasons.
posted by owlhouse at 09:34 PM on May 30
Ben Cutting's last over with the bat seems to have won it.
posted by owlhouse at 10:28 PM on May 29
Euro 2016 Confidence Pool?
posted by owlhouse at 10:40 PM on May 19
Good summary of the match by Barney Ronay.
if you're a Reds fan: "But then this isn't really a team yet, more a working model conjured out of the air by Klopp's whirling hands on the touchline."
If you like your football comparisons: "In terms of depth, game management, tactical versatility and basic quality of player, La Liga is miles ahead. This was the perfect test point: seventh in Spain versus eighth in England. Seventh absolutely strolled it."
posted by owlhouse at 09:32 PM on May 18
It's not much of a superpower, but it's what I got.
I hate you.
posted by owlhouse at 08:55 PM on May 17
Feel very sorry for Brighton, who were easily in the top 3 sides over the course of the Championship season. My niece, who masquerades on match days as Sally the Seagull, won't be performing in the Premier League.
As for Derby, well if we keep shooting ourselves in the foot...
posted by owlhouse at 08:45 PM on May 16
What really happened:
A private company left a prawn sandwich in the stadium and said that if it wasn't eaten within twenty four hours, it would go off.
posted by owlhouse at 08:49 PM on May 15
OK, so it's not the best thing they've ever done. But I'm half Welsh, so I can half like it.
And after 58 years, it means something.
posted by owlhouse at 10:11 PM on May 12
Great review. Must be a terrible book.
posted by owlhouse at 04:33 AM on May 11
I know Leicester pretty well. There was more insight in the Adrian Mole diaries. The ESPN piece might as well have said "Ooooooh look, ethnic people. Poor working class Brits. Housing estates." Which is so much bullshit.
There's a better perspective on what it's like to bea fan from Julian Barnes:
posted by owlhouse at 11:32 PM on May 06
Leave no cliche unused.
posted by owlhouse at 05:40 AM on May 06
I'm also delighted for Leicester for that reason and because it means we've still won the title more recently than Spurs.
Yeah, so have we. But my emotions are tempered with some latent East Midlands rivalry, which won't go away.
Still, I haven't seen a team work as hard as a unit since the Everton teams of the mid-80s. They aren't afraid to get their knees dirty, and aren't afraid of supposedly "better" teams.
posted by owlhouse at 11:00 PM on May 02
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
Mrs Owl's sister's kids' elementary school in Milford?
posted by owlhouse at 07:49 PM on April 06
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
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
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
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
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
Bender - I am salivating already.
posted by owlhouse at 10:08 AM on April 04
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
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
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
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
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