Recent Comments by owlhouse

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Everything I know about NFL, I learned from Don Lane.

posted by owlhouse at 10:35 AM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bill, try the nearest branch of Rebel Sports if you're looking for replica jerseys in Australia. They stock all types of football and cricket.

Do you see any team Australia test cricket jerseys for sale?

After the recent tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa, if you turn up for net practice, they might give you a genuine one of your own.

posted by owlhouse at 03:54 AM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Good news for owlie!

I, for one, am looking forward to the Second Coming.

Or third, if you count the time he was a coach before being recruited by Man Utd.

At least we might start playing football.

posted by owlhouse at 03:56 PM on October 13

Pakistanís National Baseball Team Just Wants You To Know They Exist

Hey, 5th in Asia isn't bad.

What's Wasim Akram doing in retirement? He might be able to sling a few curve balls still, while Shahid Afridi goes yard.

posted by owlhouse at 03:13 AM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So after David Bell, we come to a bell end?

posted by owlhouse at 11:26 PM on September 22

Mud and Glory

Welcome to the world of the late, great Barry Dickins. The poet laureate of Fitzroy.

posted by owlhouse at 07:40 PM on September 20

Lady Gaga Will Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show

Lady Gaga? Sure.

But where's Lord Gaga been all this time?

posted by owlhouse at 09:23 PM on September 19

Tha Art of Coarse Cricket

The best part of coarse cricket, Howard, is that the lower order batsmen get to umpire their own side. There not being enough umpires to go around the lower leagues.

So, you might be put in a position of judging whether one of your own team mates is out. But if you don't give anyone out, you don't get to bat yourself.

Our captain in the district B grade instructed all of us to never, ever give an LBW against our own side. He reckoned this was fair as the other clubs did the same. Not such good practice when your own specialty was medium pace in and out swing, searching for an LBW...

posted by owlhouse at 09:15 PM on September 05

Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL, Will Miss Season

That was exactly what happened to my knee.

('Healthy athlete" might be a stretch, though).

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on August 31

Hope Solo takes leave of absence

Now if only she could get together with Ryan Lochte...

posted by owlhouse at 10:45 AM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The last round we beat Carlisle on penalties 14-13. At home. Fortress Pride Park it is not.

posted by owlhouse at 07:36 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

"What has led us to suicide is an insane belief in money and in a society that has no history. When we die and go to heaven the only thing we will take with us is disgrace, because that's the new name for love, and Fitzroy Football Club. You think that I hate them? I feel deader than they are. Like I've wept a weir."

Twenty years on, what happens when the soul of a working class community is ripped away.

posted by owlhouse at 10:04 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

One day we will rise again.

To the level of Barnsley or QPR.

posted by owlhouse at 07:30 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Cool. Derby County matches shown live every week.

On every channel.

posted by owlhouse at 12:21 AM on August 24

The Great Sports Myth

Hmmm. A very American perspective.

I read this book a while back, and it basically says that the 19th century British upper classes organised and codified all the major sports (e.g. football, cricket, rugby) to stop young men masturbating.

So take that, sociologists.

posted by owlhouse at 09:06 PM on August 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's usually the latter.

A counter attack is a particular moment in the match. Against the run of play means a team scores while not dominating possession or the number of goal attempts.

posted by owlhouse at 11:21 PM on August 13

Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal

Iceland played like this in the Euros, and they were lauded as courageous and heroic. It's part of football.

posted by owlhouse at 12:34 AM on August 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

RIP Midget Farrelly. First World Surf Champion, great bloke, and one of our northern beaches locals.

Some days, being out the back must have felt like heaven.

posted by owlhouse at 11:55 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Bass fishing?

/I'll go now.

posted by owlhouse at 09:17 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Apparently you septics have college rodeo teams. And more interestingly, a bull rider from Iraq says it's still safer than going home.

Brought to you by our national broadcaster.

posted by owlhouse at 10:30 PM on August 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

A long read but an important one on sports governance, from the local amateur club all the way to professionals and TV deals. Author Gideon Haigh focuses on Australia, so you might not get some of the references, but I found this essay to reflect a lot of my feelings about sport and society, especially in relation to the times I've been involved in sports administration.

posted by owlhouse at 11:05 PM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I didn't think non-Australians knew about that. It drives me up the wall.

posted by owlhouse at 12:28 AM on July 28

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If you head out to the footy one night, you don't expect to come back with $100,000.

Nah? Yeah.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on July 27

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC

"The act also prohibits municipalities in North Carolina from enacting anti-discrimination policies,setting a local minimum wage, regulating child labor, or making certain regulations for city workers. The legislation also removes the statutory and common-law private right of action to enforce state anti-discrimination statutes in state courts."

First, they came for the bathrooms...

posted by owlhouse at 11:40 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That's a pretty bass act for a tenor.

posted by owlhouse at 08:39 PM on July 13

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Thanks rcade. Good fun, and congrats to bender.

My fortunes peaked in the early knockout rounds, then collapsed. So I must be either Iceland or Wales.

posted by owlhouse at 07:32 PM on July 12

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

That graphic looks like 32 total shots and 13 on goal/target. So we're agreed that the metric is on target shots?

That match is probably not a representative sample. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 12:14 AM on July 09

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

France 2 Portugal 0

Pogba to score

Cards to Evra, W. Carvalho and Giroud

Shots on goal: 23, Shots on target: 11 (just in case I misunderstood the metric).

posted by owlhouse at 07:51 PM on July 08

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

I am impressed by the love shown here for Cymru, my mother's homeland.

But business is business.

posted by owlhouse at 07:19 PM on July 06

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

I'm just about to hit the hay, but if anyone is doing the Euro 16 pick 'em, these are mine:

Portugal 2 Wales 1, Bale to score.

Germany 2 France 2, Germany to win on penalties. Griezmann to score.

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 AM on July 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That like a football do you spurn me thus?

posted by owlhouse at 10:44 AM on July 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"Aim for the mascot".

posted by owlhouse at 12:01 AM on July 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Isn't that what the Confederations Cup is supposed to be about?

(Australia -Champions of Asia!)

posted by owlhouse at 06:37 PM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Classless is my middle name.

Even more so when I posted it twice.

posted by owlhouse at 11:14 AM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

I think I had Graziano Pelle to score as well.

Poland 0 Portugal 0. Penalties, and Poland win when Ronaldo skies one into Row Z.
The Welsh dream ends with a 1-0 loss. Lukaku has to come good at some stage, doesn't he?
Germany have never beaten Italy in a competitive international. Until now. 2-0 and Muller gets one.
France edge out Iceland in a nervy encounter. 1-0 with Griezmann to the rescue once again.

posted by owlhouse at 12:41 AM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's on all of them. Rooney was appalling, too.

Can you imagine any of the England team participating in that fantastic Icelandic slow clap along with the fans?

The crowd sang "You're not fit to wear the shirt" for a reason. There was no effort, no motivation and lots of shirking responsibility.

posted by owlhouse at 10:35 PM on June 28

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