owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: September 25, 2016

owlhouse has posted 160 links and 3134 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

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

FINA - as bad as FIFA? : The murky waters of international swimming.

posted by owlhouse to olympics at 06:05 AM on August 04 - 1 comment

Sport and the Olympics: A Lament: Gideon Haigh, a terrific writer on sport and culture, examines why the Rio Olympics might be the most unappealing in a generation.

posted by owlhouse to general at 09:31 PM on July 19 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So after David Bell, we come to a bell end?

posted by owlhouse at 11:26 PM on September 22

Mud and Glory

Welcome to the world of the late, great Barry Dickins. The poet laureate of Fitzroy.

posted by owlhouse at 07:40 PM on September 20

Lady Gaga Will Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show

Lady Gaga? Sure.

But where's Lord Gaga been all this time?

posted by owlhouse at 09:23 PM on September 19

Tha Art of Coarse Cricket

The best part of coarse cricket, Howard, is that the lower order batsmen get to umpire their own side. There not being enough umpires to go around the lower leagues.

So, you might be put in a position of judging whether one of your own team mates is out. But if you don't give anyone out, you don't get to bat yourself.

Our captain in the district B grade instructed all of us to never, ever give an LBW against our own side. He reckoned this was fair as the other clubs did the same. Not such good practice when your own specialty was medium pace in and out swing, searching for an LBW...

posted by owlhouse at 09:15 PM on September 05

Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL, Will Miss Season

That was exactly what happened to my knee.

('Healthy athlete" might be a stretch, though).

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on August 31

Hope Solo takes leave of absence

Now if only she could get together with Ryan Lochte...

posted by owlhouse at 10:45 AM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The last round we beat Carlisle on penalties 14-13. At home. Fortress Pride Park it is not.

posted by owlhouse at 07:36 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

"What has led us to suicide is an insane belief in money and in a society that has no history. When we die and go to heaven the only thing we will take with us is disgrace, because that's the new name for love, and Fitzroy Football Club. You think that I hate them? I feel deader than they are. Like I've wept a weir."

Twenty years on, what happens when the soul of a working class community is ripped away.

posted by owlhouse at 10:04 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

One day we will rise again.

To the level of Barnsley or QPR.

posted by owlhouse at 07:30 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Cool. Derby County matches shown live every week.

On every channel.

posted by owlhouse at 12:21 AM on August 24

The Great Sports Myth

Hmmm. A very American perspective.

I read this book a while back, and it basically says that the 19th century British upper classes organised and codified all the major sports (e.g. football, cricket, rugby) to stop young men masturbating.

So take that, sociologists.

posted by owlhouse at 09:06 PM on August 22

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's usually the latter.

A counter attack is a particular moment in the match. Against the run of play means a team scores while not dominating possession or the number of goal attempts.

posted by owlhouse at 11:21 PM on August 13

Hope Solo Calls Sweden 'Cowards' After U.S. Loses Quarterfinal

Iceland played like this in the Euros, and they were lauded as courageous and heroic. It's part of football.

posted by owlhouse at 12:34 AM on August 13

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

RIP Midget Farrelly. First World Surf Champion, great bloke, and one of our northern beaches locals.

Some days, being out the back must have felt like heaven.

posted by owlhouse at 11:55 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Bass fishing?

/I'll go now.

posted by owlhouse at 09:17 PM on August 09