Recent Comments by owlhouse

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ah. If only Harry Kane was half as good as he thinks he is.

posted by owlhouse at 04:11 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

From the Irish fans in 1994:

Que sera sera Whatever will be Will be At least we beat Italy Que sera sera

posted by owlhouse at 11:23 PM on June 23

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

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

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

Euro 2016 Begins with 3 Days of Violence in France

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

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Insert Welsh inbreeding joke here.

posted by owlhouse at 12:58 PM on June 10

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

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

Novak Djokovic Holds All 4 Grand Slam Trophies

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

The Greatest is gone.


posted by owlhouse at 01:37 AM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by owlhouse at 09:35 PM on May 30

AFC Wimbledon Win Promotion to League One

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ben Cutting's last over with the bat seems to have won it.

posted by owlhouse at 10:28 PM on May 29

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results

Euro 2016 Confidence Pool?

posted by owlhouse at 10:40 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

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

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Great review. Must be a terrible book.

posted by owlhouse at 04:33 AM on May 11

One Night in Leicester

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

One Night in Leicester

Leave no cliche unused.

posted by owlhouse at 05:40 AM on May 06

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

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

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