owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: April 11, 2014

owlhouse has posted 134 links and 2743 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

American recruit scores first goal for the Swans: Patrick Mitchell, a college basketball player from Iowa, signed for AFL's Sydney Swans last year.

posted by owlhouse to other at 02:43 AM on April 07 - 2 comments

Through Thick and Thin: Using Manchester United as an example, how happiness doesn't always relate to winning all the time. With real psychology stuff.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 03:10 AM on March 30 - 2 comments

The Best Football (Soccer) Writing 2013: It was a good year for the long form piece, judging by this list.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 01:39 AM on January 16 - 0 comments

This is Football: Normally the English FA can be relied upon to do something stupid. However, they commissioned poet and writer Musa Okwonga to pen an ode to celebrate their 150th anniversary. With a few special guests.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 12:06 AM on December 20 - 0 comments

Football as Religion?: Dennis Bergkamp on motivation, Arsene Wenger and the love of the game.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 09:44 PM on September 22 - 4 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It is rumored that if Atltico Madrid draw Chelsea in the Champions' League, they will have to forgo the services of their star keeper as his loan deal requires a payment of 3 million per game that he plays against Chelsea, which would mean 6 million if they draw each other in the semi-finals tomorrow.

When I read that earlier, I wondered who thinks up some of these weird/amazing clauses in playing contracts? Blackburn Rovers got relegated a couple of seasons ago and the manager wasn't allowed by the team owners to pick his best players because they were due expensive appearance fees.

But this one actually anticipated Chelsea playing Atletico at some stage. Normally, loan contracts would just prevent the club from playing the loanee, but the payment clause adds a whole new dimension to the manager's and owner's selection process.

posted by owlhouse at 10:55 PM on April 10

Abby Wambach: Players Didn't Get Coach Fired

Nah, the player revolt is happening down here. The conspiracy theorist in me suspects they want Tom back.

On edit: we won the second match against Brazil so maybe it's cooled down again.

posted by owlhouse at 10:48 PM on April 10

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Champion's Dinner at Augusta tonight, featuring Moreton Bay Bugs with Pavlova for dessert.

(Lobster and meringue pie, for the curious uninitiated like myself).

Rumours that Adam Scott would be serving kanga turned out to be just that.

It could have been worse. A whole lot worse.

In Alice Springs a while back, I was served a dish called "The Coat of Arms". Kangaroo on one side of the plate, Emu on the other.

/Kangaroo is a tasty, lean, gamey meat. Great for barbies but not much else. It also makes up a lot of our pet meat from the licensed shooting operations. Some species are in plague proportions and are culled regularly.

posted by owlhouse at 08:52 PM on April 08

American recruit scores first goal for the Swans

A big, athletic man with mobility. Then teach him how to kick.

posted by owlhouse at 10:08 PM on April 07

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

And none of my friends in Colombo will be waking up early this morning...

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

As much as I admire what Wenger's done at Arsenal and for the English game as a whole, it is probably time to step down.

He was out thought yesterday, and didn't try and change the side or tactics in response to what was happening on the field.

I know this season has been blighted by injuries, but the club also needs to clean out the playing staff. It still looks like he's been patching up the same team since 2004 (I know that's not true, but it feels true).

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on April 06

Four strikes and you're out

We haven't had grumbait on here for a very very long time.

*pours glass of red, pulls up chair*

posted by owlhouse at 10:16 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ian Darke calls a blind date.

For me, it would have to be Darrell Eastlake.

posted by owlhouse at 09:17 PM on April 01

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

North American sport comparison, please!

Maybe a AA minor league team beating the Yankees.

Change that - England at the moment are probably more like the Astros.

posted by owlhouse at 09:18 PM on March 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

On the upside for England, this makes Australia look bad, too.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 AM on March 31

Baseball Fan Hurt in 30-Foot Fall in Montreal

Not sure if you meant this when you wrote the link title, but appropriate.

posted by owlhouse at 09:10 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Well, they once played a State of Origin match in Long Beach.

posted by owlhouse at 09:08 PM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

That was a great side under Bobby Robson. Mick Mills, Paul Mariner and one of the best defenders I ever saw - Kevin Beattie, whose career was blighted by injury, but I always wished Derby had signed him to replace Todd or MacFarland.

posted by owlhouse at 10:33 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

"The other side of the Earth"?

Depends where you are standing, I suppose.

posted by owlhouse at 10:29 AM on March 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Meanwhile, a casual stroll through some weird cricket bowling figures.

posted by owlhouse at 09:52 PM on March 29