owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: May 30, 2016

owlhouse has posted 155 links and 3091 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

Putting the Journey Into Journeyman: One man's path into professional football, from Manchester City to Tulsa.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 04:23 AM on May 26 - 0 comments

The Fall: It's ostensibly about diving, but that's like saying Moby Dick is about the whale. A great read about how football has changed and is still changing.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 05:06 AM on April 06 - 3 comments

Wenger's Arsenal : Jonathan Wilson goes totally postmodern, referencing Said, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Monet, Liszt, Rembrandt, Bach, Matisse, Foster Wallace, Becker and Freud. Actually, that wouldn't be a bad starting XI.

posted by owlhouse to football at 08:04 PM on February 11 - 9 comments

The Rugby World Cup Final is on Saturday: between Australia and New Zealand at Twickenham. After over a month of pool matches, quarter finals and semi finals, the best two teams in the world get to slug it out. The winner will be the first three-time holder of the Webb Ellis trophy. Trans-Tasman rivalry at it's finest.

posted by owlhouse to general at 11:50 PM on October 29 - 8 comments

Howard Kendall, the former Everton player and manager, died last week. : This isn't just about him, though. Some of these stories shared by Guardian readers have a way of getting in and warming your soul.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 05:40 AM on October 22 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Ben Cutting's last over with the bat seems to have won it.

posted by owlhouse at 10:28 PM on May 29

Premier League Fantasy 2015-16 final results

Euro 2016 Confidence Pool?

posted by owlhouse at 10:40 PM on May 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Good summary of the match by Barney Ronay.

if you're a Reds fan: "But then this isn't really a team yet, more a working model conjured out of the air by Klopp's whirling hands on the touchline."

If you like your football comparisons: "In terms of depth, game management, tactical versatility and basic quality of player, La Liga is miles ahead. This was the perfect test point: seventh in Spain versus eighth in England. Seventh absolutely strolled it."

posted by owlhouse at 09:32 PM on May 18

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It's not much of a superpower, but it's what I got.

I hate you.

posted by owlhouse at 08:55 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Feel very sorry for Brighton, who were easily in the top 3 sides over the course of the Championship season. My niece, who masquerades on match days as Sally the Seagull, won't be performing in the Premier League.

As for Derby, well if we keep shooting ourselves in the foot...

posted by owlhouse at 08:45 PM on May 16

Manchester United Match Cancelled by Bomb Scare

What really happened:

A private company left a prawn sandwich in the stadium and said that if it wasn't eaten within twenty four hours, it would go off.

posted by owlhouse at 08:49 PM on May 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

OK, so it's not the best thing they've ever done. But I'm half Welsh, so I can half like it.

And after 58 years, it means something.

posted by owlhouse at 10:11 PM on May 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Great review. Must be a terrible book.

posted by owlhouse at 04:33 AM on May 11

One Night in Leicester

I know Leicester pretty well. There was more insight in the Adrian Mole diaries. The ESPN piece might as well have said "Ooooooh look, ethnic people. Poor working class Brits. Housing estates." Which is so much bullshit.

There's a better perspective on what it's like to bea fan from Julian Barnes:


posted by owlhouse at 11:32 PM on May 06

One Night in Leicester

Leave no cliche unused.

posted by owlhouse at 05:40 AM on May 06

Leicester City One Step Closer to Immortality

I'm also delighted for Leicester for that reason and because it means we've still won the title more recently than Spurs.

Yeah, so have we. But my emotions are tempered with some latent East Midlands rivalry, which won't go away.

Still, I haven't seen a team work as hard as a unit since the Everton teams of the mid-80s. They aren't afraid to get their knees dirty, and aren't afraid of supposedly "better" teams.

posted by owlhouse at 11:00 PM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Robert Huth vs Martin Skrtel for the Corner Wrestling World Title - who ya got?

Shocking refereeing, and I don't say that often.

Still, Jamie Vardy is a dick.

That was the get square penalty decision.

Leicester should still win the race.

^^ Stream of consciousness through the second half.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on April 17

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Mrs Owl's sister's kids' elementary school in Milford?

posted by owlhouse at 07:49 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

They didn't include Balmain upsetting Souths in the 1969 Rugby League Grand Final?

I'm disappointed in you ESPN.

posted by owlhouse at 09:41 PM on April 05

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Sorry Bill - travelling the other way. When I have a longer holiday, Mrs Owl and I will do a proper road trip. I'm told SF is the closest American city to Sydney in terms of culture, food and climate!

posted by owlhouse at 09:40 PM on April 05