Recent Comments by owlhouse

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hi Team. Bit of The Saints' Brisbane DNA in that one. Did you know that the Brisbane City Council have not only named a park after Ed Kuepper, but a bridge after the Go-Betweens?

But the best Brisbane band ever is Powderfinger.

posted by owlhouse at 11:07 PM on January 11, 2023

RIP Pelé

World Cup Final 1958. Still only 17 years old.

posted by owlhouse at 04:46 PM on December 29, 2022

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Well, that was a game and a half.


posted by owlhouse at 07:21 PM on December 18, 2022

US World Cup Covfefe

Hi there NoMich. The Go-Betweens were quite well known around the indie/alternative circuit, playing lots of live gigs, but never really made it on commercial FM radio. They were a bit too poppy for the hardcore alternative audience, and a bit too "Brisbane" for the larger cities of Sydney and Melbourne.

In recent years, and following Grant McLennan's death, they seem to have captured a bit of the nostalgia market for 80s music for people of my age. Lindy Morrison is currently advertising aged pensioners insurance, which makes me feel old.

To be honest, I'm not a big fan. I once called them the most over-rated under-rated band in Australia.

If that makes sense.

posted by owlhouse at 07:12 PM on December 06, 2022

US World Cup Covfefe

Fortunately, down here we have full, live and uninterrupted coverage on SBS, one of our national public broadcasters. And the classy Martin Tyler commentating on at least half the matches.

My only two issues are with the panel - Craig Foster's lack of socks and Mark Bosnich opening his mouth. Still, Fozzie and Bozzie sound far better than what you're getting.

I saw this article on The Grauniad and thought my American mates would get a kick out of it. So to speak.

posted by owlhouse at 07:59 PM on December 05, 2022

What is Bazball?

The only question I have is whether it will work on a cold Tuesday night in Hobart.

People forget that this happened earlier in 2022.

posted by owlhouse at 07:15 PM on December 05, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yeah, because I'm always at work between 2 am and 5 am.

Isn't the heat keeping you at home anyways? :-)

posted by owlhouse at 01:51 AM on July 01, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

Home team plays overly defensive, not away team

And minimise your home advantage? I really don't think this happens.

The away goals rule has led to some of the most exciting and scintillating finishes to two-legged ties that I've ever seen, and (I believe) actually reduces the prospects of extra time and penalties.

But without detailed statistical evidence, we're just guessing in any case.

posted by owlhouse at 10:30 PM on June 26, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

extra time > away goals > penalties

Not necessarily in this context. Playing the first leg away is already an advantage to one team over the other. Then having an extra thirty minutes at home in the event of a drawn two-legged tie is a further advantage.

I also disagree that away goals makes the away team on the first leg more defensive. In fact, looking for a quick away goal is usually part of the game plan.

posted by owlhouse at 06:34 PM on June 26, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

Away goals>Penalties.

That is all.

posted by owlhouse at 10:09 PM on June 25, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews

Media interviews are dangerous. Another leading player withdraws due to issues with a press conference.

posted by owlhouse at 01:02 AM on June 02, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How to create a fake sports tournament.

posted by owlhouse at 12:46 AM on May 13, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Man United v Liverpool postponed as fans protest.

"A pessimist might observe that it's probably a stretch to expect a few guys with songs and banners to change the world for the better. An optimist would counter that it's possibly the only thing that ever has."

posted by owlhouse at 09:50 PM on May 02, 2021

The story behind Barcelona's disastrous rejection of Luis Suárez

Does he know how to play American football?

Asking for a friend in Tampa Bay.

I'm sure he'd like the opportunity to chew that idea over.

posted by owlhouse at 10:04 PM on February 14, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

And Happy Jan. 2 to owlhouse

Thanks. And to what do I owe the pleasure?

/Straya Day is 26 Jan.

posted by owlhouse at 08:32 PM on January 03, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Face melting tenor solo.

posted by owlhouse at 05:10 PM on December 03, 2020

Trevor Ariza Becomes the NBA's Most Traded Player

Putting the journey into journeyman.

posted by owlhouse at 05:09 PM on December 03, 2020

Diego Maradona has died

The ever-eloquent Jorge Valdano on his World Cup-winning teammate.

posted by owlhouse at 10:04 PM on November 26, 2020

Diego Maradona has died

The best individual player, for sure. The best player? I think Pele might have just shaded him.

posted by owlhouse at 10:02 PM on November 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

a half year behind its normal time and in a different country

In 2009, the Indian Premier League was played entirely in South Africa following the terrorist attack on the touring Sri Lankan team in March of that year.

posted by owlhouse at 12:29 AM on September 16, 2020

Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Marseilles

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Neymar is a twat.

posted by owlhouse at 10:45 PM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I have only ever seen one MLB game. And the highlight was Big Bart Colon hitting a double.

posted by owlhouse at 12:03 AM on September 08, 2020

CFL's Edmonton Eskimos Will Change Their Name

I nominate the Edmonton Ones That Got Away.

As anyone who followed my CFL tipping career in the Locker Room can confirm.

posted by owlhouse at 12:44 AM on July 22, 2020

Op-Ed: 'The Texas Rangers Team Name Must Go'

Didn't something that happened around 1776 mean that you septics got rid of all your Royals?

Or is it just because of Wallis Simpson and Meghan Markle?

/I actually don't need to know.

posted by owlhouse at 02:18 AM on July 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's probably the hardest of the Nordic languages. It doesn't seem to have the semi-connectivity that Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian do.

Finnish is in an entirely different language group to the other Nordic/Germanic and even Indo-European languages. It sits in it's own family, Uralic, along with Estonian, Hungarian, the Sami languages and some indigenous languages of Siberia. And yes, it is hard!

posted by owlhouse at 01:33 AM on July 11, 2020

Women's World Cup 2023

Launceston is in Tasmania (the South Island). Looks like it will indeed host some group games.

But if you want to drive there from here in Sydney, it's about 9 hours to Melbourne, then an overnight ferry crossing of Bass Strait in the middle of winter, then a short drive from Devonport. Or you could fly direct in about 90 minutes.

The matches will also be held in the middle of AFL season, so you could catch some games of that, too.

posted by owlhouse at 11:11 PM on June 28, 2020

Women's World Cup 2023

About as far as New York is from Chicago. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 07:26 PM on June 26, 2020

Premier League Returns Today

Yet to see any evidence of teams "living" by the David Luiz.

The world's most expensive defender, but not in the way your team was hoping...

posted by owlhouse at 11:46 PM on June 18, 2020

When Will Sports Return? Not Anytime Soon

You'd think tennis might be an early returning sport also.

Only if you play from in front of the baseline.

/I'll see myself out.

posted by owlhouse at 11:01 PM on May 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm not sure Vanuatu has an ice hockey arena.

posted by owlhouse at 10:38 PM on April 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

They still needed someone who could shoot.

posted by owlhouse at 06:30 PM on April 10, 2020

Harlem Globetrotters' legend Curly Neal dies at age 77

RIP. Saw the Globetrotters at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney circa 1974. Great fun.

posted by owlhouse at 08:09 PM on March 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I watched The English Game ( on Netflix last weekend, very interesting short series from Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) about the turning point in football when payers started getting paid.

I just started watching this week. It's a bit plodding, and the characterisation is weak, but it does combine two of my favourite things: the beginning of the labour movement and football.

posted by owlhouse at 08:08 PM on March 29, 2020

U.S. Soccer President Resigns Over Sexist Legal Strategy

This is the kind of sports administrator that makes me want to Chuck all over my Blazer.

posted by owlhouse at 10:43 PM on March 12, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

From Korea with a twist.

posted by owlhouse at 09:11 PM on October 27, 2019

'The French Olympic logo tumbles out of bed on a Parisian morning.'

Tres chic.

posted by owlhouse at 09:08 PM on October 27, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Braves were Fried to the Max.

posted by owlhouse at 11:33 PM on October 09, 2019

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

You mean like this?

posted by owlhouse at 05:01 AM on November 16, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh Arsenal.

How we missed you.

posted by owlhouse at 08:00 PM on August 11, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

European players buying into US football. Starting small.

posted by owlhouse at 08:03 AM on August 01, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Are we sharing our choices?


posted by owlhouse at 12:49 AM on July 16, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017

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, 2017