Recent Comments by owlhouse

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.

theguardian.com

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

THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL

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

THE FUTURE OF FOOTBALL

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

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

concerned;

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

concerned;

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

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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