owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: March 23, 2017

owlhouse has posted 162 links and 3171 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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Don Bradman's test average of 99.94 in cricket will never be broken by anyone who bats for more than two innings.

posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on March 23

AFC Wimbledon Still Not Over MK Dons Taking Club

We, the people...

posted by owlhouse at 07:39 PM on March 16

Happy 125th Birthday, Liverpool FC

I can't seem to find pictures of Yoko Ono in there at all.

posted by owlhouse at 06:07 AM on March 16

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm at work.

posted by owlhouse at 12:01 AM on March 01

The Table Never Lies

Or late developers/rejects from PL clubs. I think that's the plan.

posted by owlhouse at 08:45 PM on February 23

Lincoln City bringing magic back to FA Cup

Not to take too much shine of what is a great achievement for a small club, but around half the teams in the Conference have been in the Football League before, including Lincoln. The quality of the Conference is pretty good.

posted by owlhouse at 08:13 PM on February 20

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal 'mentally collapsed' against Bayern Munich

I reckon Wenger will go out on his own terms at the end of this season.

Piers Morgan is a good enough reason to start questioning your Arsenal fandom.

I'm glad that our celebrity fans are people you've never heard of.

posted by owlhouse at 08:11 PM on February 16

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

He's Australian, so it refers to field hockey in any case.

posted by owlhouse at 07:00 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A weekend of FA Cup upsets in the fourth round.

Here's a wonderful photo essay on the third round clash between Accrington Stanley and Luton Town. Gives you an idea of what following a lower league club feels like.

posted by owlhouse at 08:46 PM on January 29

Roger Federer beats back father time to win his 18th major at age 35.

I had the Roger Federer pizza at my local joint last night. The owner is a big tennis fan and he had the match on the TV.

Contains Swiss cheese and ham, if you're asking!

posted by owlhouse at 08:18 PM on January 29

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

1) I now understand (and will watch) cricket.

I've always enjoyed your posts on sports stats, and have learned quite a bit at the same time, including a great deal about baseball. I even went to my first MLB game last summer (Mets v Pirates at Citifield), and tried to explain some finer points to my bemused spouse and son.

They tolerated me.

So, already knowing your interest in data, and now cricket, here's something that could have been written just for you.

posted by owlhouse at 08:18 PM on January 26

SportsFilter's 15th Anniversary

^^ What these guys said. It's been a pleasure to hang out with you guys for the last decade or so.

And thanks rcade - if you're ever in this part of the world, the Beer Lao/Matilda Bay is on me.

posted by owlhouse at 08:48 PM on January 24

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