Recent Comments by owlhouse

Sorry celestial Sachin but Virat Kohli has taken command of the space fleet

As someone points out in the comments, Ricky Ponting previously achieved top ranking in all three formats. And Kohli has to hope Steve Smith has a bad run in the next three Ashes tests.

Kohli is a great batsman, no doubt. The current Indian team should be built around him, however the game's governors in India (the BCCI), some of the press ans some of the public appear not to appreciate him very much. He's not as spectacular as Tendulkar, but infinitely reliable.

posted by owlhouse at 12:06 AM on December 09

Are You Ready for Some Football?

I think the intercontinental playoffs showed that CONCACAF and CONMEBOL may not be as strong as the countries' individual rankings suggest.

It could have been worse for us, but we have a chance. Although finishing second would probably give us Argentina in the Round of 16.

posted by owlhouse at 09:51 PM on December 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I thought Everton were better than that.

Excellent, Premier League level trolling from the other side of Stanley Park. Take a bow, sir!

posted by owlhouse at 10:44 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


They're doing very well. In case you couldn't tell.

posted by owlhouse at 11:25 PM on November 18

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

You mean like this?

posted by owlhouse at 05:01 AM on November 16

Megan Rapinoe: 'Fifa Doesn't Care About Women's Football'

Sam Kerr is not surprised.

posted by owlhouse at 09:03 PM on October 25

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

At one stage I was looking forward to an intercontinental playoff against you guys. Now it's Honduras, with the first leg scheduled for the homicide capital of the world. Thanks.

If it's any consolation, we're not having the best time of it in qualification either. The width of a post away from elimination against Syria.

Thus by these tiny measures does the fate of nations hang.

posted by owlhouse at 10:38 PM on October 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Luckily it happens overnight here.

Still, I thought Everton did well for the money, as did Swansea for very little money.

posted by owlhouse at 12:51 AM on September 01

Harvey Impacts LSU/BYU Game in Houston on Saturday

If they scheduled a game for the Horn of Africa, it might help the drought situation there.

posted by owlhouse at 04:20 AM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Down in Oz, the public broadcaster (the ABC) has a charter that forbids advertising. So during sports coverage, they still refer to the stadia by the "proper" name.

It's a blessing.

posted by owlhouse at 01:18 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"Powerlessness is a supporter's lot". The final round of the AFL season goes down to the last second.

posted by owlhouse at 09:16 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Huddersfield sit proudly on top of the Premier League.

At least until Brighton thump City 4-0 a bit later today.

posted by owlhouse at 12:13 PM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh Arsenal.

How we missed you.

posted by owlhouse at 08:00 PM on August 11

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

"...sales figures and property prices have risen; people have smiled their way through the streets; old married couples have resumed honeymoon sex; teenage children have volunteered for household jobs; the sun has shone all day and rain has fallen only at night."

The indirect impacts of promotion to the Premier League.

posted by owlhouse at 11:41 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I also wonder if the eventual introduction of promotion and relegation to/from MLS is a factor in their thinking. It's a relatively cheap initial investment for larger long term returns.

posted by owlhouse at 08:31 PM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

European players buying into US football. Starting small.

posted by owlhouse at 08:03 AM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If you're looking for another English team, come down into the Championship instead. Things are much less stressful there. At Derby County, for instance.

/You are one of those billionaire Americans wanting to buy a team, aren't you?

posted by owlhouse at 09:04 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I will never understand American college sports. From an outsider's point of view, it looks like everyone (coaches, players, administrators) seems to be involved in some kind of sex scandal or a cover up.

It's almost as if it's Rugby League.

posted by owlhouse at 11:54 PM on July 20

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Kelly Slater was world surfing champion 11 times from age 20 to age 39. Both the youngest and oldest to win the title.

A long career in what is normally considered to be a young man's sport.

posted by owlhouse at 05:29 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Are we sharing our choices?


posted by owlhouse at 12:49 AM on July 16

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

There's already a yellow card for time wasting. The refs just need to get serious.

And don't get me started on shirt pulling and holding on corners. If I ever reffed in the Premier League, players like Skrtel and Huth wouldn't have lasted ten minutes.

posted by owlhouse at 03:50 PM on June 20

Under-20 World Cup: England beat Venezuela in final

None of the team were born at the time of "Football's Coming Home".

posted by owlhouse at 03:16 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I always figured a good business to open in the sub-continent would be an effigy factory.

posted by owlhouse at 11:31 PM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ah Cessnock. The jewel of the Hunter.

If you can ignore the open cut coal mines, the wineries are fantastic.

posted by owlhouse at 02:38 AM on June 07

Rock Climber Scales El Capitan with No Gear

Just came on here to post this. Probably the sporting event of the year, in terms of an individual achievement.

Man, that's a long way down.

posted by owlhouse at 07:37 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

After the Sergio Ramos red card incident, I have no trouble understanding why they remain, to me at least, Franco's team.

posted by owlhouse at 07:36 PM on June 04

The 35th America's Cup

As a former Hobie 16 skipper, when I watched the last America's Cup races I was astounded at how far the technology has come, and how mind bendingly fast those foiling cats go. What I wouldn't give for a sail on one in a stiff 15 knot breeze...

posted by owlhouse at 11:04 AM on June 03

Huddersfield Town have been promoted to the Premier League for the first time by beating Reading 4-3 on penalties at Wembley

In truth, the difference in quality between 1st and 18th in the Championship is not that great. There are many teams in that group that could quickly turn their situations around with sensible management, a little extra investment and a good season.

posted by owlhouse at 11:10 PM on May 30

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

His teeth are offside, his teeth are offside.

Luis Suarez.

His teeth are offside.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 AM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

What the A League can learn from MLS.

posted by owlhouse at 06:43 AM on May 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The most valuable single match in football will be between Huddersfield Town and Reading, at Wembley on May 29th.

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There's been some outrage ('rage!) about this advertisement in Australia.

I actually found it funny.

Warning: features Ben Johnson (the real one) plus a few other dopes.

posted by owlhouse at 11:17 PM on May 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This has been doing the rounds for a while. A few veterans from the extremely violent 1974-75 Ashes Series between Australia and England share a few stories. David Lloyd's description of being hit in a sensitive spot by a 95 mph ball from Jeff Thomson is the highlight. You don't have to understand cricket, but you might have trouble with the accents.

posted by owlhouse at 12:12 AM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The interwebs won't let me see the Sanchez throw-in, but speaking of football incompetence, over the course of the Premier League season...

posted by owlhouse at 01:10 AM on May 11

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Just went and checked our bottle of Bombay in the cupboard.

Unfortunately/fortunately not sourced from Canada.

/Delete where applicable.

posted by owlhouse at 12:01 AM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

My crazy idea for soccer is to count all shots on goal during the game and break ties after overtime with that stat. I get grumpy about matches where nobody seems capable of putting the ball on goal.

That might end up with teams taking random pot shots towards the end of a drawn game.

In junior knockout comps, we used to count corners.

That's probably a better way of estimating which team had more possession. However the risk is that a team ahead on corners (or shots) might become even more defensive, thus neutralising the objective of trying to get a winner on goals.

posted by owlhouse at 09:53 PM on May 03


Growing up in Sydney, the only times I played Rugby League was at school, where they had weight limits. As a skinny kid, I wouldn't have survived any other way.

Long live the Normanhurst Boys' High 7 stone 7 pounds RL Reds!

posted by owlhouse at 09:49 PM on May 03


There's a similar debate going on in Australia around both the rugby codes and Australian Rules. Sports governing bodies don't seem to get that this is the kind of thing that will eventually stop parents letting their kids play the game.

I love this line in the article:

"When the 2000s rolled around and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) emerged as a real correlation with the game of football, the NFL and others followed the noble example of tobacco companies by falsifying research, denying all charges, and focusing on selling the product to children."

posted by owlhouse at 03:32 AM on May 03

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Rather than fines, if the club is forced to play the next game behind closed doors, the effect might be that the fans start to police the racists themselves - e.g. pointing them out to security, or telling them to shut up. Especially if a whole block of fans react the same way.

After all, you're there to watch baseball, not to have to listen to all that shit. It might work.

posted by owlhouse at 03:24 AM on May 03

Golf's Army of TV Rules Tattletales Just Lost Some Power

Same logic. Different sport.

posted by owlhouse at 10:18 AM on May 01

Golf's Army of TV Rules Tattletales Just Lost Some Power

"I'd like to point out that in the United Swansea match last night, Rashford clearly dived. Please disallow the resultant penalty and award the win to Swansea 2-1."

- A. Viewer, South Wales

posted by owlhouse at 11:35 PM on April 30

Joey Barton in trouble - again

Yes, but even then why would he personally put the bets on, and in such low amounts? Other gamblers can't see what he's doing with his bets unless he tells them, so signalling can't be the reason.

Apropos my comment above. On the other hand, maybe Barton IS that stupid.

posted by owlhouse at 02:50 AM on April 28

Joey Barton in trouble - again

I'm no fan of mixing gambling and sports, but the view that this is excessive is understandable. Barton's bets were very small, spread across lots of games, and it looks like the betting pattern of your average punter. There doesn't appear to be any evidence of trying to rig results or even spot betting.

If a footballer was involved in match fixing, they wouldn't be stupid enough to put five quid on it themselves.

posted by owlhouse at 09:52 PM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

How to take a free throw. With Science! and stuff.

posted by owlhouse at 10:08 PM on April 25

Brighton and Hove Albion promote to EPL

Derby sent them up with an 88th minute equaliser against Huddersfield in the late game.

I own at least one Brighton replica shirt, and it's the best - the 2004 Skint Records one. Always guaranteed to start a conversation about football or music.

And have I mentioned that Sally the Seagull (or at least the person inside the costume) is my niece? She's still partying.

posted by owlhouse at 08:51 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It's Lao New Year here, so go out, get drunk, and get wet. Cheers!

posted by owlhouse at 10:49 PM on April 13

EFL Requires Clubs to Put Home-Grown Player on Squad

Whoever thought up this rule probably puts the "toke" in "token".

posted by owlhouse at 05:12 AM on April 07

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

OK, my Kiwi friends are now much happier.

You have to explain things slowly to them.

posted by owlhouse at 06:31 AM on March 31

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

Well that makes it a bit easier for Australia each time, but does take the edge off the tension in the qualifying rounds.

New Zealand will take Oceania's spot on a regular basis, but presumably they have to go through the 6 team playoff. This will be more difficult that the one-off home and away they have at the moment against one of the bigger confederations. They won't be that happy.

posted by owlhouse at 08:24 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Don Bradman's test average of 99.94 in cricket will never be broken by anyone who bats for more than two innings.

posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on March 23

AFC Wimbledon Still Not Over MK Dons Taking Club

We, the people...

posted by owlhouse at 07:39 PM on March 16

Happy 125th Birthday, Liverpool FC

I can't seem to find pictures of Yoko Ono in there at all.

posted by owlhouse at 06:07 AM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm at work.

posted by owlhouse at 12:01 AM on March 01

The Table Never Lies

Or late developers/rejects from PL clubs. I think that's the plan.

posted by owlhouse at 08:45 PM on February 23

Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup

Not to take too much shine of what is a great achievement for a small club, but around half the teams in the Conference have been in the Football League before, including Lincoln. The quality of the Conference is pretty good.

posted by owlhouse at 08:13 PM on February 20

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' against Bayern Munich

I reckon Wenger will go out on his own terms at the end of this season.

Piers Morgan is a good enough reason to start questioning your Arsenal fandom.

I'm glad that our celebrity fans are people you've never heard of.

posted by owlhouse at 08:11 PM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

He's Australian, so it refers to field hockey in any case.

posted by owlhouse at 07:00 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A weekend of FA Cup upsets in the fourth round.

Here's a wonderful photo essay on the third round clash between Accrington Stanley and Luton Town. Gives you an idea of what following a lower league club feels like.

posted by owlhouse at 08:46 PM on January 29

Roger Federer beats back father time to win his 18th major at age 35.

I had the Roger Federer pizza at my local joint last night. The owner is a big tennis fan and he had the match on the TV.

Contains Swiss cheese and ham, if you're asking!

posted by owlhouse at 08:18 PM on January 29

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

1) I now understand (and will watch) cricket.

I've always enjoyed your posts on sports stats, and have learned quite a bit at the same time, including a great deal about baseball. I even went to my first MLB game last summer (Mets v Pirates at Citifield), and tried to explain some finer points to my bemused spouse and son.

They tolerated me.

So, already knowing your interest in data, and now cricket, here's something that could have been written just for you.

posted by owlhouse at 08:18 PM on January 26