owlhouse's profile

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

owlhouse has posted 156 links and 3115 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

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

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

Recent Comments

The NBA officially pulls the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, NC

"The act also prohibits municipalities in North Carolina from enacting anti-discrimination policies,setting a local minimum wage, regulating child labor, or making certain regulations for city workers. The legislation also removes the statutory and common-law private right of action to enforce state anti-discrimination statutes in state courts."

First, they came for the bathrooms...

posted by owlhouse at 11:40 PM on July 21

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

That's a pretty bass act for a tenor.

posted by owlhouse at 08:39 PM on July 13

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em Champion: Bender

Thanks rcade. Good fun, and congrats to bender.

My fortunes peaked in the early knockout rounds, then collapsed. So I must be either Iceland or Wales.

posted by owlhouse at 07:32 PM on July 12

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

That graphic looks like 32 total shots and 13 on goal/target. So we're agreed that the metric is on target shots?

That match is probably not a representative sample. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 12:14 AM on July 09

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Final

France 2 Portugal 0

Pogba to score

Cards to Evra, W. Carvalho and Giroud

Shots on goal: 23, Shots on target: 11 (just in case I misunderstood the metric).

posted by owlhouse at 07:51 PM on July 08

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

I am impressed by the love shown here for Cymru, my mother's homeland.

But business is business.

posted by owlhouse at 07:19 PM on July 06

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Semifinals

I'm just about to hit the hay, but if anyone is doing the Euro 16 pick 'em, these are mine:

Portugal 2 Wales 1, Bale to score.

Germany 2 France 2, Germany to win on penalties. Griezmann to score.

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 AM on July 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

That like a football do you spurn me thus?

posted by owlhouse at 10:44 AM on July 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"Aim for the mascot".

posted by owlhouse at 12:01 AM on July 03

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Isn't that what the Confederations Cup is supposed to be about?

(Australia -Champions of Asia!)

posted by owlhouse at 06:37 PM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Classless is my middle name.

Even more so when I posted it twice.

posted by owlhouse at 11:14 AM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

I think I had Graziano Pelle to score as well.

Poland 0 Portugal 0. Penalties, and Poland win when Ronaldo skies one into Row Z.
The Welsh dream ends with a 1-0 loss. Lukaku has to come good at some stage, doesn't he?
Germany have never beaten Italy in a competitive international. Until now. 2-0 and Muller gets one.
France edge out Iceland in a nervy encounter. 1-0 with Griezmann to the rescue once again.

posted by owlhouse at 12:41 AM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's on all of them. Rooney was appalling, too.

Can you imagine any of the England team participating in that fantastic Icelandic slow clap along with the fans?

The crowd sang "You're not fit to wear the shirt" for a reason. There was no effort, no motivation and lots of shirking responsibility.

posted by owlhouse at 10:35 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ah. If only Harry Kane was half as good as he thinks he is.

posted by owlhouse at 04:11 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

From the Irish fans in 1994:

Que sera sera Whatever will be Will be At least we beat Italy Que sera sera

posted by owlhouse at 11:23 PM on June 23