Recent Comments by owlhouse

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

England have now gone out of the football, cricket and rugby world cups at the group stage in the last 16 months.

Maybe they need to invent more sports. This time, ones they might be good at.

posted by owlhouse at 11:56 PM on October 04

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

Anyone have Aguero?

posted by owlhouse at 02:05 AM on October 04

Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately

The only thing they understand. Money.

posted by owlhouse at 02:04 AM on October 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Pittsburgh by 7
New York Jets by 14
Atlanta by 7
New York Giants by 14
Oakland by 7
Cincinnati by 14
Indianapolis by 7
Carolina by 14
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 14
Denver by 7
Arizona by 14
Green Bay by 14 (Hayne Plane iced up)
New Orleans by 7
Seattle by 14

posted by owlhouse at 09:40 PM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Off the bottom!

Montreal by 6
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 6
BC by 10

posted by owlhouse at 09:33 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Scotland have woken up at half time.

This might have had something to do with it. It woke me up, and I was 8,000 miles away sitting on a couch.

posted by owlhouse at 03:56 AM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Eagles are giving the Scots a run for their money at the moment. Tune in, folks.

posted by owlhouse at 09:59 AM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Iacchi dar!

posted by owlhouse at 08:37 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 21

Edmonton by 11

Toronto by 7

Montreal by 10

posted by owlhouse at 12:13 AM on September 24

Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra passes away

For what it's worth, he was a sportsman who transcended his own sport, as the obituaries appearing in Australian, British and other overseas newspapers can attest.

Of course he was famous for his malapropisms, but it seems he was pretty special as a player and human being, too.


posted by owlhouse at 11:48 PM on September 23

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 3: Indy's Bad Luck Edition

NYG by 7
CLE by 14
IND by 14
PIT by 7
MIN by 14
NE by 14
NYJ by 7
CAR by 14
BAL by 7
HOU by 14
ARI by 7 (Obligatory Jarryd Hayne reference)
MIA by 14
SEA by 21
DEN by 14
GB by 21

posted by owlhouse at 10:24 PM on September 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I was just about to post that, Joey. Amazing.

posted by owlhouse at 10:28 PM on September 22

Rugby (Union) World Cup Starts Tonight

I feel happy for Eddie Jones, Japan's coach. One of the game's nice guys.

And that was an ageing and very poor Tongan team, I'd have to say.

posted by owlhouse at 07:55 PM on September 20

Fantasy Premier League, Week Six

Anyone have Diego Costa?

You must really want to win. And have no ethics.

posted by owlhouse at 12:19 AM on September 20

Rugby (Union) World Cup Starts Tonight

No-one knows why penalties are awarded in rugby. Not even the referees.

posted by owlhouse at 09:08 PM on September 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 2: Teddy Bridgewater Fail Mary Edition

KC by 7
NE by 14
Arizona by 21
Cincy by 14
Tenn by 7
Minn by 7
New O by 14
NYG by 21
Pitt by 14 (Hayne Plane hits turbulence)
St L by 7
Carolina by 7
Baltimore by 14
Miami by 21
Philly by 14
Green Bay by 7
Indy by 7

posted by owlhouse at 12:50 AM on September 17

Jarryd Hayne's debut as seen in Australia

The Guardian's cricket, football and other sports play by play blogs are fantastic. Even better when they get feedback through readers' emails. The Guardian Australia is now my primary go to site for news and sport.

posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

We're racing? Cool.

Away the Lads!

BC by 10
Edmonton by 15 (I hate Hamilton for some inexplicable reason)
Ottawa by 12
Winnipeg by 17

posted by owlhouse at 09:45 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I reckon they might be watching in Milan.

posted by owlhouse at 10:14 PM on September 11

Cheating in Sports

Thanks Ufez.

posted by owlhouse at 10:27 PM on September 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Home team week!

Tronno by 12

Peg by 15

Eddie by 17

BC by 19

posted by owlhouse at 09:45 PM on September 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Making cricket commentary better through good storytelling. A guide.

For those unfamiliar with cricket, Richie Benaud held a status among announcers akin to that of Vin Scully in baseball.

posted by owlhouse at 02:30 AM on September 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 1: Win One for the Duke

I want that ball.

Pats by 28
Indy by 13
Packers by 14
Seahawks by 3 (in OT)
Jets by 7
Phins by 10
Panthers by 21
Houston by 10
Cards by 7
Broncos by 28
Bengals by 13
Bucs by 3
Cowboys by 10
Eagles by 17
Jarryd Hayne by 7

posted by owlhouse at 10:16 PM on September 08

Surprise military reunions at NFL games reach peak Bullsh*t

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

posted by owlhouse at 09:46 AM on September 06

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I always figured young Greg Inglis would be a better NFL prospect than Hayne, but good luck to him.

And Craig Biggio had it comin'.

posted by owlhouse at 04:58 AM on September 05

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Away teams! (or are they Road teams in Canada?)

BC by 7

Peg by 7

Toronto by 7

Edmonton by 7

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on September 02

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The only reason I know that fax machines still exist.

posted by owlhouse at 09:58 PM on August 31

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