owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: April 24, 2017

owlhouse has posted 162 links and 3176 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

Brighton and Hove Albion promote to EPL

Derby sent them up with an 88th minute equaliser against Huddersfield in the late game.

I own at least one Brighton replica shirt, and it's the best - the 2004 Skint Records one. Always guaranteed to start a conversation about football or music.

And have I mentioned that Sally the Seagull (or at least the person inside the costume) is my niece? She's still partying.

posted by owlhouse at 08:51 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

It's Lao New Year here, so go out, get drunk, and get wet. Cheers!

posted by owlhouse at 10:49 PM on April 13

EFL Requires Clubs to Put Home-Grown Player on Squad

Whoever thought up this rule probably puts the "toke" in "token".

posted by owlhouse at 05:12 AM on April 07

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

OK, my Kiwi friends are now much happier.

You have to explain things slowly to them.

posted by owlhouse at 06:31 AM on March 31

World Cup 2026: Fifa reveals allocation for 48-team tournament

Well that makes it a bit easier for Australia each time, but does take the edge off the tension in the qualifying rounds.

New Zealand will take Oceania's spot on a regular basis, but presumably they have to go through the 6 team playoff. This will be more difficult that the one-off home and away they have at the moment against one of the bigger confederations. They won't be that happy.

posted by owlhouse at 08:24 PM on March 30

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