Recent Comments by owlhouse

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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Actually NoMich, he would have been out second ball. Clean bowled.

posted by owlhouse at 07:43 PM on May 13

NFL Took Millions from U.S. Government to Salute the Troops

As a non-American, I have been struck by the number of times the armed forces appear during NFL broadcasts. This partly explains it.

By the way, has anyone else read "Billy Lynn's Long Half-time Walk"? A great novel.

posted by owlhouse at 05:21 AM on May 10

Yes, But Is It A Sport?

Just my opening bid:

It doesn't really matter what we call sports, pastimes or recreations. If the purpose of lottery funding is to support grass roots, community level activities, then it shouldn't just apply to sports. Bridge associations, gardening clubs, fishing clubs, chess players and so on should be able to apply and receive grants for the work they do for their activities, their communities and their members. Broaden the scope of funding, don't try and split legal hairs.

posted by owlhouse at 05:14 AM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bayern's left back. Goal side, inside. You should learn how to mark in the under 10s. You dumped Boateng in the poop.

posted by owlhouse at 09:10 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Is that a bottle of single malt in the cupboard?

Don't mind if I do.

/seeks oblivion.

posted by owlhouse at 09:40 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think his work in Failure to Launch is seminal.

posted by owlhouse at 07:24 AM on May 02

Chris Rock on baseball losing the Black market

Didn't work for me either.

Oh well, over to YouTube, where intellectual property goes to die.

posted by owlhouse at 07:22 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Super Saturday in the Championship today.

COYR. That is all.

posted by owlhouse at 07:21 AM on May 02

How Big Will Mayweather-Pacquiao Be Saturday?

Ten o'clock in the morning, so most foreigners in Phuket will be sound asleep.

posted by owlhouse at 10:34 PM on April 29

How Big Will Mayweather-Pacquiao Be Saturday?

It's free on Thai Channel 7. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 09:44 PM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yerfatma's link reminds me of the BBC program guide during the 1974-75 Ashes series:

10.30 pm: Cricket Lowlights.

posted by owlhouse at 09:21 PM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The New Statesman yesterday ran a quick summary of the life of Albert Moss, cricketer:

A different ball game

What I enjoy most in the Wisden cricket annual is the obituaries of the game's minor figures who were never quite good enough or whose promise, through misfortune, was never fulfilled. This year's (my review of which will appear in next week's New Statesman) contains a gem.

Albert Moss was born in Leicestershire but emigrated to New Zealand where in 1889 he became the only bowler in first-class cricket history to take all ten wickets in an innings on debut. He played only three more matches. His English fiance, Mary, followed him to New Zealand and married him in 1891. As a wedding present, he gave her the "ten-for" ball, mounted and inscribed. A month later, he attacked her with an axe and a razor. Certified insane, he was released from confinement in 1896 on condition that he sail to South America without contacting his wife.

The couple divorced in 1905. But ten years later, having learned that he was working for the Salvation Army in Pretoria, South Africa, Mary sent him the ball. They remarried in 1919 and later returned to England, living in Essex. Moss died there in 1945, although his death went unrecorded in Wisden at the time.

Apart from the cricket context, that story could be the outline for a Hollywood film, complete with swelling violins.

posted by owlhouse at 05:46 AM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Thanks Howard. I know that course well.

/When I was a bookie's runner, we used to field at Canterbury. At one stage I'd been to every Saturday and midweek meeting in Sydney for a year, and hadn't laid eyes on a horse. When the race was on, that was my break time to take a leak or grab a bite.

posted by owlhouse at 09:26 PM on April 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Clearly we need a decent Ice Hockey program in Australian schools.


posted by owlhouse at 01:24 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

You baseball parents know nothing of junior cricket.

Drive to oval 8.00 am Saturday morning. Finish at 1.30 pm. NB: The second innings of the same match continues the following week. Find some shade, set up the folding chair, bring a couple of novels and an esky.

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on April 20

Around the ballparks.

What's with the meat inside a sweet donut?

However, I like what they serve at the Rogers Centre. Fancy taking an Aussie to a game one day, Dr J?

posted by owlhouse at 01:05 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Hurley hurley hurley. One of the greats hangs up his ash.

posted by owlhouse at 12:02 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Back in the day (but not as far back as Howard), in Australia we played under the international basketball rules. They used to state the team could only have numbers between 4-15. I played at school and on weekends, and also managed to qualify as a referee.

The singlet number rules were absolutely to do with referee hand signals (one point/free throw, two points/free throws, three seconds in the key). No three pointers in those days. Double digit numbers were signaled with a closed fist (ten) plus the remaining numbers on the other hand.

When Australian TV finally showed NBA games sometime in the mid to late 70s, we were very confused. For a whole lot of reasons.

posted by owlhouse at 01:10 AM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Putting the Twit in Twitter.

posted by owlhouse at 09:02 PM on March 30

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

List of best sledges.

Sending off. Like a pitcher who has just struck out a batter in baseball, cricket has an unwritten rule that the fielding side doesn't mock a fellow who has just got out.

Unless they're Kiwis, then they deserve it.

posted by owlhouse at 08:57 PM on March 30

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

And a more sober assessment.

posted by owlhouse at 04:41 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's an interesting sport I still find a bit baffling

Wish I understood it better but it was a fun watch either way

Rugby referees' post-match interviews are becoming refreshingly honest.

posted by owlhouse at 09:07 PM on March 23

Can popularity ruin a sport?

I occasionally check the comments section on sport articles and like Rafa and most of you guys, get disillusioned with humanity. However, on The Guardian I am always cheerier when checking reports from matches in the Championship. In the second tier, fans tend to be far more polite and frequently praise the opposition on the day, even after a sound defeat. It may have something to do with being a fan for longer, and understanding that in the long run, today's rooster is tomorrow's feather duster.

/Yes, I've even seen Derby fans praise F****t, and vice-versa. It's a parallel universe.

posted by owlhouse at 11:09 PM on March 19

The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves on to the knock-out stage

Only 7 games left, so less than 6 bucks per game, I suppose.

posted by owlhouse at 11:12 PM on March 17

The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves on to the knock-out stage

I'm not advocating dodgy internet sites or anything, but...

Note that this site seems to chop and change sources from time to time to be ahead of the ICC.

posted by owlhouse at 09:15 PM on March 17

Formula E Racing Comes to U.S.

In China, you're allowed to ride electric scooters in the bike lane. In many cities, pedestrians share the bike lane, too.

They sneak up on you,don't they? Ouch.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"Footy as it was a long time ago". when I lived in the Top End, this was always the biggest sporting event on the calendar.

posted by owlhouse at 02:13 AM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Overuse of sabermetrics in cricket? An interesting debate and some good commenting from The Spin.

posted by owlhouse at 09:36 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Absolutely ludicrous game of cricket going on at Eden Park, Auckland right now.

posted by owlhouse at 01:35 AM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If any of you are watching the Cricket World Cup at the moment...

England are being humiliated.

posted by owlhouse at 11:14 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cricket World Cup live streaming.

Note: may not be totally legit.

posted by owlhouse at 11:17 PM on February 17

Belgian Soccer Fans Lose Their Heads

It got him sent off, though.


posted by owlhouse at 11:16 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This is simply brilliant.

Even if you're not a cricket follower, this article tears down everything wrong with modern sports broadcasting. It's angry, informed and truthful. We need more of these.

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Some analysis of kicking and tackling versus ball in hand rugby.

posted by owlhouse at 08:36 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Not sure I want to be seen opening that particular door...

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I didn't get far in my understanding of the rules

You and most referees, as well.

But seriously, the ruck and maul rules are not just hard to interpret, they keep changing, too. It's one of the features of rugby (union) that limits the game as a spectacle. I played it at school (it was compulsory) so managed to pick up most of the principles, but the whole approach and game strategy of top level rugby is based on gaining advantages at the ruck, and exploiting the rules (read: cheating without getting caught).

posted by owlhouse at 01:34 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If they don't pay or renegotiate the fine they could be refused entry to the league and become the first club to be relegated from the Premier League all the way down into the Conference.

"Schadenfreude" is a word in the South Derbyshire dialect, I believe.

posted by owlhouse at 09:01 PM on February 03

Former Portuguese footballer Luis Figo joins crowded field looking to unseat Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA.

Blatter is the tip of a very large iceberg of patronage and corruption. The issues in FIFA are systemic. I'd like to see the whole thing broken down and rebuilt, but unless one of these guys can get rid of a lot of existing FA reps, they don't stand a chance in any "election".

Having said that, if a few of the big FAs decide to boycott FIFA competitions, and we, as fans and spectators, start lobbying them, along with commercial pressure on sponsors that put money into FIFA, something could change. A few sponsors are starting to have second thoughts about Russia and Qatar already.

posted by owlhouse at 09:22 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What is this "snow" thing I keep hearing about?

posted by owlhouse at 09:20 PM on January 28

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