Recent Comments by owlhouse

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

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

^^ What these guys said. It's been a pleasure to hang out with you guys for the last decade or so.

And thanks rcade - if you're ever in this part of the world, the Beer Lao/Matilda Bay is on me.

posted by owlhouse at 08:48 PM on January 24

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

In junior tournaments in Australia, often held on one day with shortened matches, drawn matches were decided on corners, and if corners were equal, then by the number of goal kicks "won". I refereed a lot of these, too, and keeping my notebook up to date was always a challenge.

posted by owlhouse at 09:30 PM on January 12

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

The view from Down Under. And for countries like Thailand.

posted by owlhouse at 12:25 AM on January 11

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

It's possible for four team groups to end up all square, too. It looks like "drawing of lots" is your answer.

The rules from Brazil 2014:

The league format shall be used: each team playing one match against each of the other teams in the same group, with three points for a win, one point for a draw and none for a defeat.The ranking of each team in each group shall be determined as follows:

a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches;

b) goal difference in all group matches;

c) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches.

If two or more teams are equal on the basis of the above three criteria, their rankings shall be determined as follows:

d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the

teams concerned;

e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams


f) greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams


g) drawing of lots by the FIFA Organizing Committee.

posted by owlhouse at 08:51 PM on January 10

It's the end of the World Cup as we know it

I do not like the fact that this makes qualification a slam dunk for the US.

It already is. Three and a half places for CONCACAF. You should make it every time. Try being an African or Asian nation.

posted by owlhouse at 07:53 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'd rather be parkouring.

I'm sure that's a word.

posted by owlhouse at 07:52 PM on January 10

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

China's wealth and the football transfer market.

posted by owlhouse at 03:07 AM on January 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Why Darts is cool.

posted by owlhouse at 02:22 AM on January 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Chuckin' rocks at galahs. How the fastest woman bowler learned her craft.

posted by owlhouse at 11:38 PM on December 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The I-Kiribati Weightlifter. Trying to change the world from a place you've never heard of.

posted by owlhouse at 07:48 PM on December 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Anti-Sportsperson of the Year.

posted by owlhouse at 09:30 PM on December 15

NFL Adds Another Game in London

Sounds like Twickenham.

posted by owlhouse at 08:13 PM on December 12

Tampa Bay Rowdies Launch Campaign to Enter MLS

Ah Rodney Marsh.

No, not that one. The other one.

Occasionally confusing for young Australian football and cricket fans in the 1970s.

But it's the first name that comes to mind when I hear the words "Tampa Bay Rowdies".

posted by owlhouse at 09:43 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

My Dad's family are from Preston.

I understand this perfectly.

posted by owlhouse at 11:11 PM on December 03

Nico Rosberg goes out on top

He's achieved his life's ambition.

Beating Lewis Hamilton.

posted by owlhouse at 07:38 PM on December 02

Rudy, Interrupted: South Carolina State's 55 Year-Old Back

So if a 55 year old Australian with no US college sports experience came over to America to do his PhD...

posted by owlhouse at 08:07 PM on November 30

Brazilian Soccer Team Lost in Plane Crash


posted by owlhouse at 06:39 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

After virtually fellating Lewis Hamilton for most of his F1 career, has the British media finally woken up to the fact that he's basically a wanker?

posted by owlhouse at 02:22 AM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

owlie - is that: (1) a reference to the red card/touchline ban, (2) a statement of desire/aspiration, or (3) an inside-info statement about the firing of Mourinho (as I've not seen anything in the press to suggest he's been sacked)?

Just getting in first.

posted by owlhouse at 02:49 AM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Mourinho Out.

posted by owlhouse at 08:10 PM on November 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

While Spurs are busy reviving the pound coin joke - useless in Europe.

posted by owlhouse at 11:59 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Leicester are going to win the Champions League, aren't they?

posted by owlhouse at 06:24 PM on November 22

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