Recent Locker Room Comments by owlhouse

Olympic protocol

From what I've seen on the replay, the Opening Ceremony looked OK.

/Takes it back.

posted by owlhouse at 03:29 AM on July 28

Olympic protocol

By the way:

* spoiler alert*

The Opening Ceremony was embarrassing rubbish. I haven't seen it, I just know it will be.

posted by owlhouse at 05:04 AM on July 27

Olympic protocol

Usually when events are on in Europe I used to think Australia was the worst time zone to be in. I'm now a further 3 hours behind Australian Eastern and I reckon that I won't be able watch any events live without compromising my sanity.

The opening ceremony starts at 2.30 am, so my local sports bar isn't an option. All the good stuff will be on in the London evenings, therefore I'll need to set the alarm and miss a good few hours of sleep.

I'm also watching them with a choice of Khmer, Thai or Vietnamese commentary.

/Rant

posted by owlhouse at 05:02 AM on July 27

SpoFite/LFC meetup?

If you meet any scousers at the game, remember to tell them that Kenny Dalglish will always be considered "One of Us". Even more so now that he's unemployed.

Then run.

posted by owlhouse at 12:18 AM on June 02

SpoFi Growth?

I've always taken a certain amount of pride upon that occurrence.

That, like running a marathon, can also bring on labour.

posted by owlhouse at 11:36 PM on October 12

Cricket Question

Batsmen having an easy time in cricket?

Sure, they are out in the middle for longer than baseballers, but bowlers are allowed to aim for the body and head (there are restrictions on how often). This is accepted as a legitimate tactic to get him out or at least upset him psychologically.

The state of the pitch/wicket can also be a factor. Wet pitches, or those with a good covering of grass, can favour the bowler and the game then becomes one of survival.

posted by owlhouse at 08:33 PM on March 31

Cricket Question

Hi nados. We have a locker room (see top right) for questions like this. Hopefully rcade or someone will move this conversation there.

Quick answers:

1. If the bowler delivers a ball that can't be reasonably reached from a batsman in his normal batting stance, the umpire will rule what's called a "wide". This means the batting team not only gets an extra run added to the total, but the bowler has to bowl the ball again. Wides are very strictly applied in limited over games.

2. There are 11 ways to get out, but most batsmen get out either caught, bowled or LBW (leg before wicket). I won't explain LBW here - as a rule, it's the equivalent of offside in soccer, icing in hockey or the infield fly in baseball.

3. Test cricket is limited by five days, and tow innings per side. The main limited over contests are 50 overs (One Day Internationals) or Twenty20 (20 overs).

An Indian friend once explained to me that the variations are like a maharajah with three wives. The Test cricket wife lives in the ceremonial bedroom, and is only visited when he has to. The 50 over wife is the one where he feels he has to visit a bit more regularly, especially on her birthday every 4 years (the World Cup). The Twenty20 wife, however, is the one who is always dressed provocatively and waving at you from the bedroom door.

/Apologies for the implied sexism

posted by owlhouse at 08:11 PM on March 30

NYTimes links?

You pay Rupert to watch the game on TV, and then you pay him again to read about it.

/Well, he is a Yank, now.

posted by owlhouse at 07:15 PM on March 29

Thanks to all

Seems to work now. Full speed ahead bluegrass!

posted by owlhouse at 11:35 AM on March 29

Thanks to all

Can't find your email on the profile, but mine is:

owlhouseATlinknetDOTcomDOTau

posted by owlhouse at 07:49 PM on March 28

Thanks to all

Glad you're back, FolkieJamie.

Hope you liked the latest Oz Muzik selection. My return mailing address has changed, so you'll need to email before you send out any more of that REALLY LOUD stuff I'm still enjoying.

posted by owlhouse at 05:11 AM on March 26

Turtles in the big bad city

Change it to Phnom Penh...

posted by owlhouse at 01:48 AM on October 18

FPP Yanked?

Or a spaceship for Dr Who.

posted by owlhouse at 10:03 PM on June 24

World Cup Talk

we're having a watch party at the Kearny Scots Club

One guess who the venue management will be supporting.

posted by owlhouse at 05:33 PM on June 08

World Cup Talk

Have you seen the time zone I'm in?

I'll be up for every minute of every game, but won't be able to sign in with you guys, sorry.

posted by owlhouse at 08:28 PM on June 03

Want to Close the Locker Room?

Maybe put something on the front page alerting people to the fantasy game in the Locker Room?

Can't we upgrade the sidelines?

posted by owlhouse at 09:38 AM on May 19

CD Swap 2010 Re-cap

Just got bender's CDs in the mail. Thanks, mate.

/getting the funk up.

posted by owlhouse at 03:07 AM on May 13

CD Swap 2010 Re-cap

Anyone hear from Jamie?

posted by owlhouse at 08:19 AM on April 28

CD Swap 2010 Part III - Track Lists

Thanks YYM, hope you enjoy it. If you like any of the songs in particular, I can make up another CD with more of that band, since I only sent one CD out this year. Let me know.

posted by owlhouse at 07:20 PM on March 25

CD Swap 2010

They also spin anti-clockwise in the southern hemisphere.

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on March 15

CD Swap 2010

I've just got YYM's discs - thanks mate.

Mine should be mailed out on Monday. For those interested, the tracks are:

1. Do The Pop Radio Birdman 2. Die Yuppie Die Painters and Dockers 3. Prisoner of Society The Living End 4. Come Saturday The Pains of Being Pure at Heart 5. Livin' in the Seventies Skyhooks 6. Broken Leg Bluejuice 7. The Love Song Died Pretty 8. How to Make Gravy Paul Kelly 9. Billericay Dickie Ian Dury and the Blockheads 10. Almost With You The Church 11. The Nosebleed Section Hilltop Hoods 12. London Bombs Eskimo Joe 13. Skulls and Flesh and More Fields 14. These Days Powderfinger 15. You Stole My Thunder Hunters and Collectors 16. Creaks The Panics 17. Into My Arms Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 18. (What's So Funny Bout) Peace Love and Understanding Brindsley Schwarz

There's 3 Poms and a Septic in there, for anyone counting.

posted by owlhouse at 07:40 PM on March 12

CD Swap 2010

All received in good order, Bo.

Thanks.

posted by owlhouse at 03:53 PM on February 27

SportsFilter Turns 8

I spent a day at the Australian Open last week, however the woman I was with wouldn't let me take my "Beat Her Like a Strumpet" sign.

Still have my SpoFi t-shirt, though.

posted by owlhouse at 10:54 PM on January 26

SportsFilter Turns 8

Happy Birthday to us.

Member since 2004. As you can see, my antipodean membership drive has worked wonders in that time.

posted by owlhouse at 06:13 PM on January 25

CD Swap 2010

I did one for Folky Boy last year, which I think he appreciated. I'm more than happy to do another one, too.

posted by owlhouse at 05:27 AM on January 23

CD Swap 2010

I managed to get hold of a CD with the classic 'Die Yuppie Die' by Painters and Dockers on it. So some of you might be getting that.

posted by owlhouse at 01:15 AM on January 18

CD Swap 2010

I'm interested, even though some people out there have failed to meet their reciprocal obligations in the past.

You know who you are.

posted by owlhouse at 06:14 PM on January 17

Greatest Teams Of All Time?

Football (Rest of the World):

International: Brazil -World Cup Winners in 1970.

Club: Real Madrid 1960 - the team that beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7-3 in the European Cup Final.

posted by owlhouse at 04:30 AM on January 09

Matt Haughey's Excellent Hospital Adventure

Get well soon, Matt.

In hindsight, it was pretty funny when they asked me what kind of music I liked best.

A friend of mine had the same choice when he received MRI treatment for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He picked the most depressing songs of Leonard Cohen, just to wind up the radiography staff.

posted by owlhouse at 06:52 PM on November 16

Should SportsFilter Think of the Children?

Apology accepted, kerrycindy. People have said worse things about me in this place*!

Internet threads aren't really good places to pick up on subleties of communication, so it must be hard for you. My own son enjoys his interactions on the net, although he prefers non-sports forums. He was diagnosed at 6, but with patience and help at 14 he is improving in dealing with reading, processing and responding to emotions, in all parts of his life. He has even developed a wicked sense of humour.

Good luck with raising your boy.

*Something about me and Fidel Castro springs to mind.

posted by owlhouse at 05:05 PM on November 06

Should SportsFilter Think of the Children?

Since it looks like I started this, just a couple of points:

I've posted over 2,000 times on SpoFi, and have probably used profanity on a dozen occasions. Almost all of these were trying for some kind of comedic effect. Like most things in life, humour is in the eye of the beholder, and subtlety is often lost in print.

I have children, too. In fact, as some people here know already, my 14 year old son also has Asperger's Syndrome. Like kerrycindy's boy, he used to have problems with the appropriate use of language, especially at school. However, through reading, observing and learning, he now knows the right context for words like 'fuck'. For him, this is mainly to exagerrate the punchline of a joke.

My philosophy (with both my kids) is that they are going to be exposed to all sorts of profanity anyway, so I don't hide anything from them and we discuss the 'right' way to use the range of words in the English language. My son's language therapist agrees with me.

In fact, my children have ended up very clever at English (their mother being a novelist also helps) and they love movies like The Big Lebowski, which we have watched together a number of times. Thanks for the link tahoemoj - the first thing I thought of when this issue came up was the scene where the Old Timer asks The Dude why he has to use so many "cuss words".

posted by owlhouse at 03:32 PM on November 05

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

Do relief efforts seem to be on point with this tragedy?

If not, is there an organization that needs help?

The Samoas seem to be coping well, with US support arriving in Pago Pago and Aust/NZ/French support in independent Samoa. There's a long standing disaster management plan in place. From what I hear, the immediate emergency is over, there are enough medical teams, and clearing/reconstruction will start soon. The situation in Sumatra is less clear, although help is streaming in.

In emergencies, the best immediate support is cash donations for organisations like the Red Cross.

I'm feeling a bit useless at the moment - just putting people in touch, sending documents and passing on messages mostly. I have a previously scheduled mission to Burma starting on Wednesday, so won't be involved in the immediate response. I work on another disaster response project in Indonesia, so we will probably get diverted to Padang later in the reconstruction phase.

posted by owlhouse at 05:35 PM on October 03

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

I thought it was the Underground Man. Old Fyodor has several moral ambiguities happening at once, so he's often hard to follow.

Forget I said anything. Thanks.

No worries - you can say what you like anytime, yerfatma. Working in aid doesn't give me any more right to get away with insulting anyone's religious beliefs. In fact, my American Samoan friends are finding refuge and comfort in their faith as we speak. It's part of their culture, and I respect that, even if I don't agree with it, and they've respected me by not trying to push their beliefs or rules on a palagi outsider.

@tselson - several of my colleagues have lost relatives (the Samoan islands are very small, and extended families are huge, so everyone knows everyone else).

posted by owlhouse at 05:49 AM on October 02

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

I'm just uncomfortable with the width of your brush. As it were.

Sorry about coming across a bit grumpy - I'm caught up with relief efforts for the Samoa tsunami and now the Padang earthquake, both places where I've worked and have friends. I tend to get very negative about the idea of a benevolent God at times like this.

posted by owlhouse at 04:46 PM on October 01

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

because of the true believers who sacrifice so much in poor places around the country and world

My point is that having a religious belief is not a necessary condition for doing good. Neither is it a sufficient condition, as your priest sex scandals will attest.

If this is indeed the case, then it is logical to ask just what is the purpose of religion? A means of social control? Some individual psychological benefit? Even then, you don't need religion.

We've had Camus, now I'll throw some Dostoevsky at you: Why do people want to be good in the first place? How much of it is because they want others to think they are a good person? And if so, isn't this rather selfish and therefore diminishes the whole reason for being good?

posted by owlhouse at 09:18 AM on October 01

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

Sounds like former international goalkeeper Albert Camus. It's too mature to be The Outsider and it's a monologue, or a one sided conversation, so without scanning my bookshelf copy - is it from The Fall?

posted by owlhouse at 01:11 AM on October 01

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

No problem, tselson. SpoFi isn't the place to reconcile our differences vis a vis faith, and nor should it be.

I realise many people in the US don't want to travel. But you guys are the most affluent, and one of the most educated societies on the planet. I just find it hard to resolve that fact with what comes out of your country sometimes. The strength of religion, and how it affects politics, sports and artistic life really is a cultural phenomenon peculiar to your shores.

I also meet some wonderful Americans overseas - I worked closely with the Peace Corps in East Timor and in Tonga, and still keep in touch with them in places like Rwanda, Liberia and elsewhere. They do your country proud.

Good joke, too. Regarding the homeless man - I agree that it is a good thing for the church to do - and maybe all churches should emphasise charity a bit more - but the point I was making is that you don't need religion in order to help out a fellow human being.

posted by owlhouse at 11:51 PM on September 30

Pushing an Agenda on SportsFilter

I suppose I should say something, since I contributed to the how the original thread went awry. Let me say at the beginning that I have no problems with people professing a personal religious belief. But I don't think it makes you a better human being, and I don't think you should have the arrogance to foist it on others.

My first foray into the thread was to make a joke about Baptists, sex and dancing, hoping that we could all have a laugh at the coach's expense. "Hey, check out this ignorant/stupid dude!". That was the wrong tack, obviously. I then noticed a disturbing number of posters who agreed that "He's actually done nothing wrong, kids should be exposed to the gospel, etc". That pushed a few buttons and brought out my pop-sociological analysis of small town USA. Apologies if that took the thread off the rails.

The point I was trying to make is that there is something different, or exceptional about America. This is a society that allows the coach to think it was a good thing to take the kids to be baptised in the first place, and then think that he could get away with it. Couple this with the lack of any objection from most of the players, their families, or the school system. This is a totally alien concept for the society I live in, and I thought it was worth asking why.

My work takes me to many places where religious fundamentalism abides. The deliberate isolation from the rest of the world, the paranoia generated by pretending to be an oppressed minority, as lbb points out, and the belief in the righteousness of your cause are disturbingly similar between a pesantren in the hills of Java and parts of middle America. In all honesty, however I have to disagree with lbb, in that depite the presence of a small number of faith-based aid groups*, in all the countries I've worked, I have never seen religion do any good for anybody.

One of the features of closed societies or cults is that when you take away critical thinking, people are prepared to believe anything. Unfortunately, that's not the road to heaven, that's the road to Waco.

*Interestingly, amongst all the aid workers I've met, I'd say around 90 per cent are atheists or agnostics. Religious belief is neither a sufficient nor a necessary condition for leading a moral life, obviously.

posted by owlhouse at 08:27 PM on September 30

On Kim Clijsters, Marriage and Childbirth

That's just your opinion, man.

posted by owlhouse at 05:07 PM on September 14

Banhammer Requested

My alma mater has a good reference: Australian Words

posted by owlhouse at 09:51 PM on September 05

Comments with Profanity

Stranger: Do you have to use so many cuss words?

The Dude: Fuck's that supposed to mean?

posted by owlhouse at 09:32 AM on September 04

Banhammer Requested

Obviously this is part of some sort of Australian movement to improve wildlife conditions by getting them into a more economic form of transport.

A strange but little known fact: In the nation's capital (Canberra), the single biggest cause of road accidents is running into kangaroos. They're dangerous enough as pedestrians, so putting them behind a wheel...

posted by owlhouse at 08:51 PM on September 02

Banhammer Requested

The spammer was Australian. Obviously you're related.

So Bruce down the road is selling his Corolla now? First I've heard of it.

posted by owlhouse at 04:10 PM on September 01

Banhammer Requested

That'd be "Fair Dinkum, what a drongo", thank you very much.

/Still doesn't get why I'm copping the blame.

posted by owlhouse at 04:52 AM on September 01

Banhammer Requested

I did what now?

posted by owlhouse at 04:04 PM on August 31

Sidelines

I think Bo might have been out celebrating with Freddy Flintoff and the gang.

posted by owlhouse at 09:11 AM on August 25

Should SportsFilter Have a Daily Catch-All Link?

What time of the day are you suggesting? I will need to adjust for my time zone.

NB: No matter much I love you guys, I'm still not getting up in the middle of the night. Unless I have to pee.

posted by owlhouse at 12:53 AM on August 24

Did anyone else get a ton of 'sportsfilter' spam last night?

Nothing made it down here, either.

posted by owlhouse at 06:59 PM on July 23

Ask SpoFi: Lesser known sports podcast recommendations?

Roy and HG from their classic radio period at the ABC on This Sporting Life.

You can also find some videos from the TV specials.

posted by owlhouse at 12:17 AM on July 09

New Comment Count When?

Thanks rcade!

posted by owlhouse at 12:58 AM on July 02

New Comment Count When?

Seconded.

(Meaning I agree with the feature request, because obviously you can't second a question.)

posted by owlhouse at 11:08 PM on June 30

Looking for Japanese baseball home jersey - Chiba Lotte

It cost nothing for sixteen.

posted by owlhouse at 01:27 AM on June 23

Looking for Japanese baseball home jersey - Chiba Lotte

I just popped down to the local factory seconds shop here in beautiful downtown Colombo. The garment industry here produces a lot of licensed merchandise, so you can get a lot of interesting items from time to time.

So I picked up a Detroit Lions sweater for about 8 bucks. I'm sure there's some defect somewhere (it is the Lions, after all).

If anyone's doing a book on it, there was lots of Bengals stuff. I'm assuming they're in for a bad season, too.

posted by owlhouse at 01:08 AM on June 21

I'm wanting to puchus a CrossBow

Glad to see you back, Folkways.

/and if you're gonna get drunk... you might as well have good taste.

posted by owlhouse at 06:48 PM on June 13

I'm wanting to puchus a CrossBow

Lets hope there's a cooling off period in Florida for crossbow purchases...

posted by owlhouse at 09:13 AM on June 06

This Jug's for You!

Here's someone who took phason's kicking skills class.

Paradigm. Shifted.

posted by owlhouse at 08:28 AM on March 15

Update on that yearly Sports Filter Social and Moral experement, also known as the CD Swap.

No problem, Folkways. I thought you might not get all the cricket references...

I'm in Indonesia at the moment, but looking forward to getting back and seeing what's in the mailbox.

posted by owlhouse at 09:56 PM on February 24

CD Swap 2009

YYM: I'm glad I'm not getting that assortment. My eardrums have only just recovered from Bo's collection last year.

13. Teenagers - My Chemical Romance

Ah, a nice bit of emo for the young folk.

/falls asleep in rocking chair.

posted by owlhouse at 06:55 AM on February 13

US vs Mexico

What were the flipped birds in response to?

I just assumed it was a polite way of reminding the Mexican fans of the score at the time.

posted by owlhouse at 06:32 PM on February 12

US vs Mexico

did anyone see the video of Frankie Hejduk getting slapped by a Mexico coach

For a proper tunnel fracas, you need to add pizza.

posted by owlhouse at 06:27 PM on February 12