owlhouse's profile

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

owlhouse has posted 162 links and 3200 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

The Table Never Lies: Are Brentford one of the first Moneyball-era football clubs, and can they make it work?

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 09:50 PM on February 20 - 4 comments

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

Recent Comments

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.


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