owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: January 18, 2017

owlhouse has posted 161 links and 3159 comments to SportsFilter and 11 links and 756 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

I'm Australian, but a Pom by birth. So, watching Australia beat up England at sport is a bit like watching a family fight.

My main reason for being here is to eavesdrop on quality discussions on sport, society and culture. I like to think I've also added a bit to the mix.

I am learning about North American sports, mainly from this site. I think I like baseball, but I have this uncanny feeling that if I start to get involved, I'll end up being a Cubs fan. Ditto for the Lions in American football. It must be a self esteem problem. I am clearly not drawn to success, as my lifelong devotion to Derby County indicates.

Recent Links

From Computer Game to Professional Football Analyst: One young man's gaming obsession turns into a proper paid job.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 07:57 AM on September 29 - 1 comment

Mud and Glory: "Of a wet and thunderous sodden Saturday they couldn’t put on any lights fifty-two years ago, there weren’t any to put on. It grew much darker and blacker in vilest intensity with coagulated punch-ups going oddly unnoticed due to the annoying and most profound darkness that at least cost nothing. The dark has always been on the house I think you’ll find. Dark and mud sponsored the game of life back then before the new artificial grass authorities put the kybosh on free thinking."

posted by owlhouse to culture at 04:38 AM on September 20 - 3 comments

Tha Art of Coarse Cricket: For some of you, reading this might be akin to deciphering Linear B. But the article and the comments section are some of the funniest things I've ever read about sport.

posted by owlhouse to other at 04:38 AM on September 04 - 3 comments

How Football Transfers Work: Player amortisation, agents' fees and broken fax machines explained.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 04:17 AM on August 25 - 1 comment

FINA - as bad as FIFA? : The murky waters of international swimming.

posted by owlhouse to olympics at 06:05 AM on August 04 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

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