owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: March 04, 2015

owlhouse has posted 140 links and 2896 comments to SportsFilter and 11 links and 754 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

Last Man (or Woman): A game for those not interested in NFL. Or at least the Superbowl result.

posted by owlhouse to football at 12:15 AM on February 18 - 5 comments

People Who Like Sport Remember Their Lives Better Than People Who Don't.: A long rambling look through 2005. Life, death, divorce. And cricket.

posted by owlhouse to culture at 08:52 PM on February 04 - 0 comments

Coming of Age: The long, hard luck story of Australian football may be coming to an end.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 09:57 PM on February 01 - 3 comments

Crowd Catch: The lengths some people will go to to catch a ball in the crowd. Also, in cricket, using a mitt is illegal.

posted by owlhouse to other at 04:53 AM on January 29 - 2 comments

Requiem for Phillip Hughes: "So rest in peace my little brother. I'll see you out in the middle."

posted by owlhouse to culture at 04:07 AM on December 04 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Overuse of sabermetrics in cricket? An interesting debate and some good commenting from The Spin.

posted by owlhouse at 09:36 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Absolutely ludicrous game of cricket going on at Eden Park, Auckland right now.

posted by owlhouse at 01:35 AM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If any of you are watching the Cricket World Cup at the moment...

England are being humiliated.

posted by owlhouse at 11:14 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cricket World Cup live streaming.


Note: may not be totally legit.

posted by owlhouse at 11:17 PM on February 17

Belgian Soccer Fans Lose Their Heads

It got him sent off, though.


posted by owlhouse at 11:16 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This is simply brilliant.

Even if you're not a cricket follower, this article tears down everything wrong with modern sports broadcasting. It's angry, informed and truthful. We need more of these.

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Some analysis of kicking and tackling versus ball in hand rugby.

posted by owlhouse at 08:36 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Not sure I want to be seen opening that particular door...

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I didn't get far in my understanding of the rules

You and most referees, as well.

But seriously, the ruck and maul rules are not just hard to interpret, they keep changing, too. It's one of the features of rugby (union) that limits the game as a spectacle. I played it at school (it was compulsory) so managed to pick up most of the principles, but the whole approach and game strategy of top level rugby is based on gaining advantages at the ruck, and exploiting the rules (read: cheating without getting caught).

posted by owlhouse at 01:34 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If they don't pay or renegotiate the fine they could be refused entry to the league and become the first club to be relegated from the Premier League all the way down into the Conference.

"Schadenfreude" is a word in the South Derbyshire dialect, I believe.

posted by owlhouse at 09:01 PM on February 03

Former Portuguese footballer Luis Figo joins crowded field looking to unseat Sepp Blatter as President of FIFA.

Blatter is the tip of a very large iceberg of patronage and corruption. The issues in FIFA are systemic. I'd like to see the whole thing broken down and rebuilt, but unless one of these guys can get rid of a lot of existing FA reps, they don't stand a chance in any "election".

Having said that, if a few of the big FAs decide to boycott FIFA competitions, and we, as fans and spectators, start lobbying them, along with commercial pressure on sponsors that put money into FIFA, something could change. A few sponsors are starting to have second thoughts about Russia and Qatar already.

posted by owlhouse at 09:22 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What is this "snow" thing I keep hearing about?

posted by owlhouse at 09:20 PM on January 28

11 of 12 Patriots' Balls Deflated, ESPN Reports

Goodell: Look Bill, I need to talk to you about this unfortunate situation.

Belichick: What's the problem?

Goodell: This is bad sportsmanship. You've let the NFL down, you've let the Patriots franchise down, you've let the fans down. But above all, you've let the balls down.

Belichick: *Punches Commissioner*

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 AM on January 22

Buckeyes Win College Football Playoff

Didn't watch the game, but:


posted by owlhouse at 08:13 PM on January 14

Served up on a platter for SportsFilter

Which one is more philosophical?

Today's Over by Over of Australia v India and the leisurely pace of a five day Test match allows for the inclusion of references to Dinosaurs Having Sex, Fish Having Sex, indie pop tunes, dating advice and the pitfalls of modern life.

posted by owlhouse at 11:02 PM on December 17