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11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Goodell: Look Bill, I need to talk to you about this unfortunate situation.

Belichick: What's the problem?

Goodell: This is bad sportsmanship. You've let the NFL down, you've let the Patriots franchise down, you've let the fans down. But above all, you've let the balls down.

Belichick: *Punches Commissioner*

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 AM on January 22

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

Didn't watch the game, but:


posted by owlhouse at 08:13 PM on January 14

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

Which one is more philosophical?

Today's Over by Over of Australia v India and the leisurely pace of a five day Test match allows for the inclusion of references to Dinosaurs Having Sex, Fish Having Sex, indie pop tunes, dating advice and the pitfalls of modern life.

posted by owlhouse at 11:02 PM on December 17

Can True Sports Fans Switch to a New Favorite Team?

My teams? Thought you'd never ask.

EPL: None. Derby County in the Championship - I was born about 5 miles from the old Baseball Ground. Hoping this year we go one better.

AFL: Swans, because I grew up in Sydney, although they didn't move there until I was in my twenties. Before the move, Sydney was a blank slate for the Australian code.

NRL: I used to support Canterbury, as our migrant hostel in Sydney was in their territory. A tenuous connection. Now I support the defunct North Sydney Bears, because we moved to their local area, but more importantly, I hate Rupert Murdoch and Fox Sport.

A- League: Sydney FC. Although had I waited for the second Sydney team, we'd now be Champions of Asia. Can't move me, though.

American Sports: I know you've been waiting for this. Geographically, I should be a Padres and Chargers fan. But from a couple of decades of watching from afar, I think I've ended up with the Lions in the NFL (their jacket is on the back of my chair as I type this), the Giants in MLB (can't explain this unless you figure that Sydney and San Francisco are sister cities). One day I might even get to a game.

posted by owlhouse at 10:56 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"Jandal" - dead give away he's actually a Kiwi. It's a "thong" in Australia.

You can look it up. On second thoughts, perhaps not.

posted by owlhouse at 10:43 PM on December 17

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If you've got a few minutes to spare, some of the highlights of the sporting year in Australia.

Stick around for the Honey Badger interview at the end. They save the best for last.

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on December 17

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

my one observation while ignoring the dogs is that the fielding is atrocious

If it's anything like park cricket in Australia, the fielding is usually atrocious because you are only able to move slowly and throw with one hand, because you don't want to spill your beer.

posted by owlhouse at 08:07 PM on December 17

New Tennis League Called 'Minor Miracle' by Wall Street Journal

We were watching this the other night.

Are the players taking it seriously? No - it's hit and giggle.

posted by owlhouse at 10:18 PM on December 13

Bitcoin Bowl Brings Virtual Currency to St. Pete

"A downside to the coin is that its value fluctuates."

Suck it up, septics.

posted by owlhouse at 07:32 PM on December 12

Helmetless Football?

Rugby (both codes) has laws to protect the head. Tackling is coached from the early years through aiming lower and leading with the shoulder. Also, only the ball carrier is allowed to be tackled or blocked.

In the professional game, over the last two decades the crackdown on head high tackles has virtually eliminated them from regular play, through sending offs and severe suspensions for offenders.

Since nobody currently passes (laterals) in the NFL, would changing tackling techniques, like aiming lower, lead to more rugby-style plays? Or would blocking of other players continue to prevent that?

posted by owlhouse at 08:27 PM on December 09

Alia Atkinson Becomes First Black Female Swimming Champion


Not meaning to take anything away from Alia, but Sam Riley is one of Australia's greatest indigenous athletes, and my daughter still treasures a birthday bowling pin with her autograph.

posted by owlhouse at 12:16 AM on December 09

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In Australia, we'd be better at basketball if we were allowed to kick the ball.

posted by owlhouse at 09:32 PM on December 04

Lure Banned from Competitive Fishing for Being 'Too Effective'

On a patrol boat out of Nuku'alofa in Tonga, the sailors used to tie a shredded plastic bag around an old corned beef tin and drag it behind at around 12 - 15 knots.

Marlin and sailfish went for it like you wouldn't believe.

posted by owlhouse at 08:25 PM on December 02

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 21



555 (yardage or metres in Canada?)

posted by owlhouse at 08:11 PM on November 27

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Reports coming in that he didn't make it. RIP Phil Hughes. A great talent with plenty left to offer the world of cricket. Sad and tragic.

posted by owlhouse at 12:03 AM on November 27

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Old cricketer blames young cricketers for not learning how to get out of the way.

posted by owlhouse at 08:16 PM on November 26

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Get well soon, Hughesy.

Helmets only came in to First Class and Test cricket in the late 1970s, and we never had them at all in junior and sub-district cricket. I've been hit in the head, but that was when fielding at short leg. My captain's only comment was "You should have caught it."

posted by owlhouse at 12:10 AM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

NoMich: I'll be looking for my local cable provider (Lao Digital TV) to get me Star Cricket, but I don't hold out much hope. There are a couple of Indian guys who run a curry house here, so they might have something lined up for diners and guests.

Howard: The women's game is getting more popular in Australia and New Zealand, but doesn't get much media coverage. Ellyse Perry (mentioned in the article) is probably Australia's greatest living sportsperson - she also plays in the women's national football team, the Matildas. She'll be at the World Cup in Canada next year.

posted by owlhouse at 11:42 PM on November 20

Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jews


That is all.

posted by owlhouse at 08:52 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Cricket, like baseball, seems to bring out the best in sportswriters. Although I think cricket does humour mixed with atmosphere better.

/Maybe I'm just missing Australia, with summer on the way and the thwack of leather on willow...

posted by owlhouse at 08:50 PM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Montreal by 11

Edmonton by 15

The Montreal starting quarterback


posted by owlhouse at 03:49 AM on November 20

Penny-pinching, no more!

Surely that poem is more relevant to the Seattle-based baseball franchise?

posted by owlhouse at 03:02 AM on November 18

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

I know about Paul Mariner, Mr B. I once saw him turn out for the Gooners.

It's just that ex-Town boys never seem to do well once they leave Portman Road.

/Terry Butcher was in the movie, too. His tackling should have scared the shit out of Hollywood tough guys like Stallone.

posted by owlhouse at 06:34 AM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm surprised no-one in the media seems to have picked up on the Faroes result. They defeated the former European champions, away from home.

posted by owlhouse at 06:32 AM on November 16

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

Ah, the Paul Mariner route to oblivion, then.

posted by owlhouse at 12:32 AM on November 16

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 15

Edmonton by 12



posted by owlhouse at 08:09 PM on November 13

Joe Hart prevented a goal

An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

Yes, and no. If a free kick is awarded and taken from within the penalty area (this includes goal kicks, too), the ball has to leave the penalty area before it is considered in play. No-one (from either side) can touch the ball until it fully crosses the line of the penalty area.

So, Joe Hart's second touch occurs when the ball is not yet in play. In these circumstances, the kick is retaken.

posted by owlhouse at 08:02 PM on November 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Qatar may be up for it. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 08:08 PM on November 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Woo hoo! I win the Australian Conference yet again!

Thanks Dr J, as always, a brilliantly run tournament.

posted by owlhouse at 02:17 AM on November 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 20

Sorry - missed this week.

I was in Penang.


posted by owlhouse at 06:01 AM on November 09

Annotated list

Number 20 is the classic one I'll always remember.

There's a scene in When We Were Kings when Ali is training on a road somewhere in Zaire, and he comes over to the camera and starts talking while still exercising.

His charisma just about leaps through the screen and grabs you by the throat.

posted by owlhouse at 08:34 PM on November 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This. Is. Amazing.

Surfing at 1,000 fps.

posted by owlhouse at 03:31 AM on October 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 19

Australian Sports Heroes, if they played CFL.

Hailing from the capital city (or close enough), that would be Ottawa by 9. Cowboy legends. Calgary by 7. Home of the One? The Wayne Gretzky of Rugby League. Edmonton by 12. Francophones? We've got 'em. Montreal by 15.

posted by owlhouse at 12:08 AM on October 30

What's in a shirt?

AIA seem to be paying way over the odds to be on the front of Spurs' shirts. And adidas (I presume) are hoping QPR stays longer than this year in the Prem. They might have thought with the AirAsia sponsorship they could shift a few more units in Southeast Asia, but this region is the home of the fake replica shirt, and while they are a cheap airline and we do use them to save money, everyone hates AirAsia.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 PM on October 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

West Ham. The Academy is back.


posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on October 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 18

I have to stem the free fall. This week - the Gough Whitlam Memorial Edition.

Montreal by 15 over the capital city. Vincent Lingiari led the Wave Hill walk off. He was a stockman (or Rough Rider to you) so Saskatchewan by 12. In the biggest city, so Toronto by 11. BC by 21? Yes. It's time.

posted by owlhouse at 12:05 AM on October 23

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Baseball idiot here, but I've wondered the same thing. The team's "closer" only seems to be used in a save situation. Is it something to do with the coach and the player trying to pad the closer's save stats?

posted by owlhouse at 01:21 AM on October 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 17

Australian National Treasures. You want a much maligned underdog with the ability to steal a win? Ottawa by 7. The clash of the mega cities? Toronto by 11. The battle of the prairie towns. Calgary by 18. Damn there's a lot of prairie in Canada. No wonder our Prime Minister is confused. Edmonton by 15. And an idiot as well.

posted by owlhouse at 09:50 PM on October 16

"How Rebounds Work"

Is there a system for tracking Dennis Rodman's off-court spatial relationships and rebound locations?

There is, but the map goes dark over North Korea.

posted by owlhouse at 11:06 PM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Hi there Septics.

Jarryd is on his way.

posted by owlhouse at 12:13 AM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

That was a really nice heads-up play on Smith's part.

Agreed, but I can't help thinking that the new rules do allow for the fielding side to bait a trap in this way.

posted by owlhouse at 12:52 AM on October 14

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I've never seen anything like this in cricket before.

Well, that's probably because up until last month, it was illegal. And because of things like this, might be made illegal again.

posted by owlhouse at 09:24 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 15

Same here, and no time this week for Australiana, as I don't want to be picking on my honeymoon, as it were..

Week 15

The Peg by 7 Sask by 12 Eskies by 15 BC by 10

Week 16

Toronto by 8 BC by 12 Sask by 15 Eskies by 3

posted by owlhouse at 01:18 AM on October 03

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

CFL teams re-named with Australian native animals. The Montreal Mallee Fowls by 7. I hope they don't get the hump. The Edmonton Echidnas by 10. Well, they laid an egg last week. The Winnipeg Wombats by 12. The wombat - eats, roots and leaves. The Calgary Cassowaries by 9. Let's give BC a good kicking.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's AFL Grand Final this Saturday Down Under. So rather than tell you about how awesome the Sydney Swans are, and knowing that lots of you septics only watch the Superbowl for the half time show, here's a summary of the worst game day entertainment at previous Grand Finals.

posted by owlhouse at 07:55 PM on September 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Thanks holden, but the only rebels I trained in Cambodia were young women setting up their own businesses in rural villages. I'm now just up the road in Laos, where I still can't get the cricket on TV, let alone the CFL. But while there are no internet cafes anymore, even my local noodle shop has free wi-fi.

I'm feeling nostalgic about football and growing up in Sydney, so here's a song.

posted by owlhouse at 09:53 PM on September 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

CFL teams as Australian World Heritage sites. BC by 12. You work it out, you lazy Canadians. Edmonton by 15. Although you've probably figured I have a thing for prairie towns. Calgary by 12. There's three this week. Saskatchewan by 21. So I'm running out of Australian desert references.

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Australian films this week. A young Mel Gibson and a bleak post apocalyptic landscape? That's Edmonton by 16. Horses, horses and horses, some of them stampeding? That's Calgary by 11. British Columbia is Canada's Tasmania, right? BC by 5. Luckily Australia's landscape offers lots of opportunities for wide open spaces and lots of weird shit, too. Saskatchewan by 9.

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

FIFA 15 has it all:

I'm suing for copyright. That's how I've been celebrating all my goals for the last ten years.

posted by owlhouse at 09:31 PM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Possibly a dumb question - but is that legal in NFL?

It's definitely illegal in rugby union and rugby league.

posted by owlhouse at 02:27 AM on September 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

This week, CFL teams as Australian novels. And I'll start giving you hints. West coast of a continent? That would be Tim Winton, then. BC by 15. In the middle of a prairie? Edmonton by 7. French speaking in the southern hemisphere? Montreal by 9. Blimey, another prairie town. Saskatchewan by 15.

And if you're still interested, the ex picked up another award for her latest novel this week.

posted by owlhouse at 09:49 PM on September 04

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I think I'm in. Weird site.

I hope to do one better than last year.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Two finals matches, two sporting codes and two different cities in one day? It can be done, even if you are a player in both.

posted by owlhouse at 05:15 AM on September 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

This week, CFL teams re-imagined as classic Australian paintings. Montreal by 9. See if you can guess the connections. Saskatchewan by 15. They're probably very tenuous. Toronto by 10. Nobody bothered entering last week's music connection round. Edmonton by 14. Philistines.

posted by owlhouse at 09:18 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U?

AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester.

posted by owlhouse at 09:11 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Australian songs as CFL team theme songs? You got it. Winnipeg by 10. Prizes for guessing the links or associations. Edmonton by 12. Actually, there won't be any prizes. Calgary by 21. Except the satisfaction of winning a weird Commonwealth Competition. BC by 18.

posted by owlhouse at 10:39 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Man, you should have heard MY end of season speech to my daughter's Under 12 Girls team.

I had so many mothers hugging me afterwards that my partner came over to glare at them until they stopped. She has a black belt in karate. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 08:02 AM on August 20

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four

I did the same, so I'll have a go at answering that: No More David Moyes.

By which I mean he took a Premier League winning team, augmented by new signings, into the tactical wasteland that was Man U's last season. LVG will take a bit of time with a new side, but he's no David Moyes, and has a fair idea of how to turn players into better performers than you'd expect. There is enough quality in the squad, although they could do with a new centre back pairing.

Further evidence, you say? Look at Everton last year. Roberto Martinez essentially took David Moyes' squad and made them a different team, using their talents properly in a range of different tactical approaches.

Moyes only has a Plan A, and it's not a good Plan A.

posted by owlhouse at 04:48 AM on August 18

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

OK, late to the party, but it's a marathon, not a sprint...

Title: Chelsea. Money talks, but defence triumphs.

Top Four: Chelsea, City, Arsenal, Man Utd. Liverpool are too flaky and could do with replacing their entire back line and maybe buy a proper DM.

Relegated: Stoke, Burnley, QPR. Stoke is wishful thinking on my part. It will probably be Leicester.

Top Scorer: Aguero.

Assists: Hazard. About time he turned up.

Clean Sheets: Chelsea, but Everton has a shot.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on August 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I know he's Welsh, but are there are fewer more distressing sights than an Englishman in a baseball cap?

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on August 14