owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: July 05, 2015

owlhouse has posted 146 links and 2940 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

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.: “What the fuck are you staring at?” That’s the attitude Australia takes into the world, in sport as in much else."

posted by owlhouse to basketball at 12:20 AM on June 02 - 6 comments

Yes, But Is It A Sport?: A landmark court case in Britain to judge whether Bridge is a sport or not. Significant lottery funding is at stake.

posted by owlhouse to culture at 05:11 AM on May 07 - 4 comments

The Man Who Never Was, Or Who Was He?: The story of Clifford Grey and the gold medal winning 1928 and 1932 bobsled team.

posted by owlhouse to olympics at 05:07 AM on May 06 - 1 comment

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Lleyton Hewitt celebrates two decades as a national embarrassment. Or his supporters do at least.

posted by owlhouse at 02:08 AM on June 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Peg by 6

Calgary by 9

BC by 15

Sask by 7

posted by owlhouse at 02:06 AM on June 30

The 11th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

Alouettes by12.

Calgary by 8.

Edmonton by 18.

Saskatchewan by 11.

posted by owlhouse at 01:30 AM on June 23

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I had the Matildas at 6 points.

But I only did this in order not to hex them.

Post hoc rationalisation? Of course. That's how I live.

posted by owlhouse at 01:19 AM on June 22

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

The Kyrgystan striker used both hands last night to score against Australia in the men's WC qualifier in Bishkek. Fortunately it was a consolation effort. And in the match I was at, the linesman tried to deny the ref's call on Lebanon's first goal. Cue about 5 minutes of total confusion.

Maybe it's just been a bad week for officials and the universe will right itself before the weekend.

posted by owlhouse at 10:59 AM on June 17

U.S. Beats Nigeria, Wins World Cup's "Group of Death"

How can finishing second in that group still end up with a knockout game versus Brazil?

There should be a better reward for that effort.

posted by owlhouse at 03:43 AM on June 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The guy who lit the flame at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics passed away yesterday. RIP Ron Clarke. He led a great life post-athletics, too.

posted by owlhouse at 09:38 PM on June 16

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Went out to the WC Qualifiers last night to see the match against Myanmar. Fantastic game. All over Asia, the groups stages started, with some interesting results. Guam had a rare win over Turkmenistan, and the Philippines beat Bahrain. And East Timor got a 90th minute equaliser in Kuala Lumpur. Tuesday night is versus Lebanon, and Australia are away in Bishkek.

It is a wonderful family, the global football family. All the more reason to reform FIFA.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on June 11

U.S. Women Impress in World Cup Opening Win Over Australia

The Matildas are in a very similar position to our men's team at the last WC. Young, inexperienced but willing to give it a go in the toughest group. Eventually running out of steam, like the men did against Holland in Brazil. But that momentary 2-1 lead was glorious.

They're also under a new coach who came through the ranks and likes playing a high intensity 4-3-3, just like the men. We probably won't get out of the group this time around, but this will be the basis of the team and the tactics for 2019.

posted by owlhouse at 02:03 AM on June 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

and tell me that's not the fouliest foul you've ever seen

Richie McCaw sees nothing wrong with this.

posted by owlhouse at 09:47 PM on June 07

Enter the Women's World Cup Confidence Pool

In. Group of death. Again.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 PM on June 05

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.


Because Wolverine says so.

posted by owlhouse at 05:22 AM on June 03

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.

This is, of course, a wind-up.

We also produced John Landy.

And Hugh Jackman.

posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on June 02

Arsenal Dismantles Aston Villa in FA Cup Final

Fell asleep and missed Sanchez's goal. The rest was a procession. Wenger has now managed 6 FA Cup wining teams, a post war record.

posted by owlhouse at 09:04 AM on May 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I thought he retired years ago. For the last couple of seasons at Old Trafford, he should have forked over half his wages to Vidic.

posted by owlhouse at 09:02 AM on May 31