owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: April 24, 2014

owlhouse has posted 134 links and 2748 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

Jon Krakauer: Sherpas, Death and Anger on Everest

Thanks for the link. Krakauer is an annoying writer, frequently wrong and an astonishingly transparent self publicist, but in this article he does highlight some major problems with the Everest industry.

posted by owlhouse at 01:40 AM on April 23

Manchester United Fires David Moyes

Giggs Out.


posted by owlhouse at 09:48 PM on April 22

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

that means 3 claret-and-blue jerseys in the league

I'm hoping Port Vale finds a rich new owner with a nostalgia bent and makes it four, eventually.

posted by owlhouse at 09:12 PM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Also, why promotion and relegation is a good thing. This from the same newspaper's Football League clockwatch today, previewing the Championship games on offer:

Birmingham v Blackburn
Brighton v Blackpool
Burnley v Wigan
Derby v Barnsley
Ipswich v Bournemouth
Millwall v Doncaster
QPR v Watford
Sheff Wed v Charlton
Yeovil v Huddersfield
Leeds v Nottingham Forest (5.15pm)

Look out for: Burnley will go up if they win, or if Derby don't. Leicester, who aren't playing until tomorrow, will win the title if Burnley. QPR will seal their play-off place if they don't lose, or if either Reading or Ipswich don't win. Wigan will seal their play-off place if they win (a result which will also hand the league title to Leicester, who play tomorrow) and any two of Brighton, Reading and Ipswich slip up. Yeovil will go down if and it's a bit of a long shot, this one they lose, Charlton or Blackpool win and Millwall, Doncaster and Birmingham (the first two of whom are playing each other) all get at least a point.

There are similar scenarios for Leagues One and Two as well, though for the life of me I got lost half way through the League Two possibilities. And there are still three or four weeks to go.

posted by owlhouse at 10:23 AM on April 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Grauniad's running a story that the Man United board are ready to sack David Moyes.

posted by owlhouse at 10:03 AM on April 21

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