owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: April 24, 2015

owlhouse has posted 143 links and 2910 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

Arsene Wenger, The Martyr: The sacrifices involved in playing the beautiful game.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 02:38 AM on April 22 - 2 comments

Around the ballparks.: In celebration of opening day, the best food in the MLB.

posted by owlhouse to baseball at 01:04 AM on April 07 - 3 comments

Cyclones and Grass Roots Football: The Nerimbera Magpies. The soul of a town.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 05:40 AM on March 24 - 0 comments

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Clearly we need a decent Ice Hockey program in Australian schools.


posted by owlhouse at 01:24 AM on April 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

You baseball parents know nothing of junior cricket.

Drive to oval 8.00 am Saturday morning. Finish at 1.30 pm. NB: The second innings of the same match continues the following week. Find some shade, set up the folding chair, bring a couple of novels and an esky.

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on April 20

Around the ballparks.

What's with the meat inside a sweet donut?

However, I like what they serve at the Rogers Centre. Fancy taking an Aussie to a game one day, Dr J?

posted by owlhouse at 01:05 AM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Hurley hurley hurley. One of the greats hangs up his ash.

posted by owlhouse at 12:02 AM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Back in the day (but not as far back as Howard), in Australia we played under the international basketball rules. They used to state the team could only have numbers between 4-15. I played at school and on weekends, and also managed to qualify as a referee.

The singlet number rules were absolutely to do with referee hand signals (one point/free throw, two points/free throws, three seconds in the key). No three pointers in those days. Double digit numbers were signaled with a closed fist (ten) plus the remaining numbers on the other hand.

When Australian TV finally showed NBA games sometime in the mid to late 70s, we were very confused. For a whole lot of reasons.

posted by owlhouse at 01:10 AM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Putting the Twit in Twitter.

posted by owlhouse at 09:02 PM on March 30

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

List of best sledges.

Sending off. Like a pitcher who has just struck out a batter in baseball, cricket has an unwritten rule that the fielding side doesn't mock a fellow who has just got out.

Unless they're Kiwis, then they deserve it.

posted by owlhouse at 08:57 PM on March 30

Australia bowls out New Zealand on 183

And a more sober assessment.

posted by owlhouse at 04:41 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's an interesting sport I still find a bit baffling

Wish I understood it better but it was a fun watch either way

Rugby referees' post-match interviews are becoming refreshingly honest.

posted by owlhouse at 09:07 PM on March 23

Can popularity ruin a sport?

I occasionally check the comments section on sport articles and like Rafa and most of you guys, get disillusioned with humanity. However, on The Guardian I am always cheerier when checking reports from matches in the Championship. In the second tier, fans tend to be far more polite and frequently praise the opposition on the day, even after a sound defeat. It may have something to do with being a fan for longer, and understanding that in the long run, today's rooster is tomorrow's feather duster.

/Yes, I've even seen Derby fans praise F****t, and vice-versa. It's a parallel universe.

posted by owlhouse at 11:09 PM on March 19

The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves on to the knock-out stage

Only 7 games left, so less than 6 bucks per game, I suppose.

posted by owlhouse at 11:12 PM on March 17

The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves on to the knock-out stage

I'm not advocating dodgy internet sites or anything, but...


Note that this site seems to chop and change sources from time to time to be ahead of the ICC.

posted by owlhouse at 09:15 PM on March 17

Formula E Racing Comes to U.S.

In China, you're allowed to ride electric scooters in the bike lane. In many cities, pedestrians share the bike lane, too.

They sneak up on you,don't they? Ouch.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"Footy as it was a long time ago". when I lived in the Top End, this was always the biggest sporting event on the calendar.

posted by owlhouse at 02:13 AM on March 15

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