Recent Comments by owlhouse

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Virtual Reality Football.

It won't catch on, but it is very funny.

posted by owlhouse at 02:25 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Hi there Septics. What's this NFL thing all about anyway?

posted by owlhouse at 11:47 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't think so, like the SCG, it has heritage listing.

posted by owlhouse at 09:32 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Montreal by 15

Edmonton by 12

Winnipeg by 7

Sask by 3. Hey, they're due.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Naming rights don't usually bother me but that looks so wrong. It's still Lords, Eden Gardens and the MCG, right?

I think so, and the SCG, Gabba, Adelaide Oval and WACA in Australia. Most of the football (all codes) grounds have sponsors names, but we are blessed with the ABC, a public broadcaster, which refuses to use the sponsors labels in the match calls and other reporting, and sticks by the traditional names.

posted by owlhouse at 09:17 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Some pictures from the Fifth Test at The Oval.

posted by owlhouse at 06:02 AM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

An American in the AFL this weekend.

posted by owlhouse at 11:25 PM on August 19

Welcome to Manchester United, Memphis Just Memphis

Three draws to start the season, so we're UNDEFEATED!

Unfortunately we've also lost one starting XI player per game, each of them out for months. If this keeps up...

posted by owlhouse at 10:24 PM on August 19

Welcome to Manchester United, Memphis Just Memphis

That second goal brought back some bad memories.

posted by owlhouse at 11:54 PM on August 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

BC by 12

Eddie by 12

Sask by 12

Toronto by 12

All the home teams this week. What could possibly go wrong?

posted by owlhouse at 02:10 AM on August 18

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

No Mich:

The Birdman. The Oxford Tavern. Sydney 1977.

I was THERE!

Further trivia. One of my mate's older sister was Deniz Tek's girlfriend. And yes, we were under age at a licensed premises.

posted by owlhouse at 11:42 PM on August 16

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

I can validate your experience, beaverboard. Coached my daughter in mixed gender then from U/10s in girls teams. So much better being away from the boys.

Although I'm still trying to figure out if it worked for Iggy Azalea. She was in my daughter's U/14 team that I coached.

posted by owlhouse at 09:54 PM on August 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Last Amateur.

When asked to name his price, he didn't have one.

posted by owlhouse at 01:03 AM on August 13

All 15 MLB Home Teams Won Last Night -- Setting a Record

Thanks Grum.

Asking you is easier than clearing the cobwebs from the part of my brain where Stats B01 chose to die.

posted by owlhouse at 12:30 AM on August 13

All 15 MLB Home Teams Won Last Night -- Setting a Record

So..... (Mr Grum), as a baseball newcomer from Down Under:

Based on actual home field advantage, rather than a flat 50/50 chance, I presume the odds would be slightly better than 1 in 32,768. Also did the "once every 80 years" conclusion allow for the number of occasions each season where all 30 teams are in action on the same day?

Have you got data to calculate this, and conversely the odds of all away teams winning in the same circumstances?

posted by owlhouse at 10:20 PM on August 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Eddie by 12

Toronto by 9

BC by 7

Ottawa by 5

There. All the away teams. That should work.

posted by owlhouse at 09:22 PM on August 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Arsene Wenger, after a summer spent rebuilding his game, and several practice rounds that showed promise, stepped onto the first tee on Sunday. He looked down the fairway, placed the ball high on the tee, brought his driver to the top of the swing...

And shanked it out of bounds.

posted by owlhouse at 11:51 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Weird Ashes Series or Weirdest Ashes series?

posted by owlhouse at 09:57 AM on August 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

Edmonton by 15

Ottawa by 7

Toronto by 12

Winnipeg by 11

posted by owlhouse at 10:50 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

And if the motorbike won't scare the sharks away, this might.

I can die happy. I have seen everything.

posted by owlhouse at 10:45 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Having lost the Premier League a couple of years ago, ESPN/Fox Sports Asia tried us last year with the Eredivisie, which was fun but not engaging. That seems to have disappeared.

Now they're giving us Bundesliga, with Bayern and Hamburg kicking off at 1 am on Sunday.

No, probably not. In case you were asking.

posted by owlhouse at 09:51 PM on August 04

7 Days to Start of Premier League Season

Promotion at last? Given the last couple of seasons, I'll be strung along until May, then be cock punched by reality.

posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on August 04

5 Days to Start of Premier League Season

This is me.

posted by owlhouse at 09:39 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Well, it's one means of getting away from sharks, I suppose.

posted by owlhouse at 01:27 AM on August 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

"Carrying on like a porkchop" = being a loud idiot for no discernible reason.

posted by owlhouse at 11:33 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Sorry - can't work out how to embed that link on my tablet.

posted by owlhouse at 09:33 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

43 Straightforward Reasons Adam Goodes Is A Bloody Legend

posted by owlhouse at 09:32 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I've written a lot this last week about Adam Goodes. One of the reasons I took my kids (who have Aboriginal descent via their mother) to Swans games was so they could see Goodsey play, and tell their own kids about it.

There has been a remarkable debate, and one we have to keep having, on the issue of the booing of Adam Goodes. You can search the Australian media and find some wonderful writing, and signs of hope. You can also find a pile of reactionary shit, especially from the Murdoch press and their pet columnists.

But we want Adam back on the field. So we can celebrate the athlete and the man.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tell me that the fix is in, and we'll win the next Test, and it will be 2-2 going into the final one.

Winner takes all, and "greatest series ever".

posted by owlhouse at 02:01 AM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

BC by 11

Edmonton by 21

Montreal by 7

Toronto by 11

posted by owlhouse at 05:21 AM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah. Because when he retires he'll have more time for things like...playing golf.

posted by owlhouse at 12:10 AM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 10

BC by 7

Edmonton by 13

Sask by 11

posted by owlhouse at 12:08 AM on July 22

Pro Surfer Attacked by Shark During Competition

We breed them tough up on the Far North Coast.

posted by owlhouse at 09:58 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Or the pitch is so slow that was a delayed impact from when he was hit on Thursday.

posted by owlhouse at 10:24 AM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

First Aussie double century at Lord's since 1938, I'll think you'll find, Bill. My former neighbour Tubby Taylor scored one at Trent Bridge in 1989, and I think Captain Grumpy also had another at Leeds.

Still, Smudge played very well and put a few critics in their place. We haven't enforced a follow on since the debacle in Kolkata in 2001, so hopefully there will be enough time to set 450 or so and bowl the Poms out.

Could be a good series.

posted by owlhouse at 12:58 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Watching via The Guardian's OBO. Only one team batting second has won a Lord's Test in the last 15 attempts.

So, yeah, coin toss.

posted by owlhouse at 10:07 AM on July 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 11

Edmonton by 15

Sask by 7

Peg by 11

posted by owlhouse at 10:18 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

He has his defenders though.

posted by owlhouse at 04:37 AM on July 15

USA 1-1 Panama

Panama is still pretty pissed about that WC qualification match.

posted by owlhouse at 04:36 AM on July 15

Chennai Super Kings & Rajasthan Royals suspended from IPL for Two Years

The whole purpose of the IPL is to generate something for the sub-continent to bet on. Nothing inherently wrong with that, but even in countries with effective regulatory systems, conflicts of interest and match fixing are still going to occur. However, it's good to see some action being taken in India, where cricket has been suffering for years from maladministration as well as suspicions of fixing. More power to the courts and the investigators, and hopefully they will go after some of the others.

posted by owlhouse at 04:34 AM on July 15

The Ashes. Explained.

I've never understood the Watson thing. It may have had something to do with searching for an all rounder following Flintoff's performances in 2005. But he's past his use by date.

It's always good to win the toss on a pitch like that. Remember that it it is a five test series, and England were beaten in the first one in 2005!

posted by owlhouse at 01:21 AM on July 12

The Ashes. Explained.

Yeah, I think the odds are against any chase over 300 on that pitch. Let's hope it's a close series - the 2005 one in England stands out because of this, as well as being England's first win since 1986-87.

posted by owlhouse at 01:08 AM on July 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Not going well at all.

Edmonton by 11

Montreal by 15

BC by 7

Toronto by 20

posted by owlhouse at 03:15 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Lleyton Hewitt celebrates two decades as a national embarrassment. Or his supporters do at least.

posted by owlhouse at 02:08 AM on June 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Peg by 6

Calgary by 9

BC by 15

Sask by 7

posted by owlhouse at 02:06 AM on June 30

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Alouettes by12.

Calgary by 8.

Edmonton by 18.

Saskatchewan by 11.

posted by owlhouse at 01:30 AM on June 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I had the Matildas at 6 points.

But I only did this in order not to hex them.

Post hoc rationalisation? Of course. That's how I live.

posted by owlhouse at 01:19 AM on June 22

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

The Kyrgystan striker used both hands last night to score against Australia in the men's WC qualifier in Bishkek. Fortunately it was a consolation effort. And in the match I was at, the linesman tried to deny the ref's call on Lebanon's first goal. Cue about 5 minutes of total confusion.

Maybe it's just been a bad week for officials and the universe will right itself before the weekend.

posted by owlhouse at 10:59 AM on June 17

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

How can finishing second in that group still end up with a knockout game versus Brazil?

There should be a better reward for that effort.

posted by owlhouse at 03:43 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The guy who lit the flame at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics passed away yesterday. RIP Ron Clarke. He led a great life post-athletics, too.

posted by owlhouse at 09:38 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Went out to the WC Qualifiers last night to see the match against Myanmar. Fantastic game. All over Asia, the groups stages started, with some interesting results. Guam had a rare win over Turkmenistan, and the Philippines beat Bahrain. And East Timor got a 90th minute equaliser in Kuala Lumpur. Tuesday night is versus Lebanon, and Australia are away in Bishkek.

It is a wonderful family, the global football family. All the more reason to reform FIFA.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on June 11

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

The Matildas are in a very similar position to our men's team at the last WC. Young, inexperienced but willing to give it a go in the toughest group. Eventually running out of steam, like the men did against Holland in Brazil. But that momentary 2-1 lead was glorious.

They're also under a new coach who came through the ranks and likes playing a high intensity 4-3-3, just like the men. We probably won't get out of the group this time around, but this will be the basis of the team and the tactics for 2019.

posted by owlhouse at 02:03 AM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

and tell me that's not the fouliest foul you've ever seen

Richie McCaw sees nothing wrong with this.

posted by owlhouse at 09:47 PM on June 07

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

In. Group of death. Again.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 PM on June 05

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.

Vegemite.

Because Wolverine says so.

posted by owlhouse at 05:22 AM on June 03

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.

This is, of course, a wind-up.

We also produced John Landy.

And Hugh Jackman.

posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on June 02

Arsenal Dismantles Aston Villa in FA Cup Final

Fell asleep and missed Sanchez's goal. The rest was a procession. Wenger has now managed 6 FA Cup wining teams, a post war record.

posted by owlhouse at 09:04 AM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I thought he retired years ago. For the last couple of seasons at Old Trafford, he should have forked over half his wages to Vidic.

posted by owlhouse at 09:02 AM on May 31

Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large

The arrests include CONMEBOL chiefs from various countries. If UEFA and CONMEBOL did actually want to change things, now is the time.

Threatening a possible World Cup without South America and Europe is pretty good leverage.

posted by owlhouse at 12:52 AM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Frank was an old mate of my Dad's. despite the fall, reports today say he's fine.

posted by owlhouse at 11:16 PM on May 17