owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: October 13, 2015

owlhouse has posted 150 links and 3015 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

Rugby (Union) World Cup Starts Tonight: As usual, the All Blacks will be favourites, but this time around it's a bit more open. England, Australia, France, South Africa and Ireland could all be in with a shout. Usually with Rugby World Cups, the pools are fairly predictable, and action won't get interesting until the knockout stages at the Quarter Finals. However, this year the Pool of Death (TM) means that one of England, Australia or Wales will be going or staying home early.

posted by owlhouse to general at 04:07 AM on September 18 - 10 comments

Cheating in Sports: With computers and downloadable apps.

posted by owlhouse to other at 03:25 AM on September 10 - 4 comments

Australian Rules Tactics: For a long time, they didn't seem to actually exist. A new book delves into the history of coaching, and tries to explain what's happening to the average punter.

posted by owlhouse to general at 10:28 AM on July 15 - 0 comments

The Ashes. Explained.: England and Australia resume their 148 year old cricket rivalry.

posted by owlhouse to other at 12:30 PM on July 09 - 6 comments

Matthew Dellavedova and the Australian Way.: “What the fuck are you staring at?” That’s the attitude Australia takes into the world, in sport as in much else."

posted by owlhouse to basketball at 12:20 AM on June 02 - 6 comments

Recent Comments

Chase Utley Safe at Second Without Touching Second

From rcade's linked article, it says that "The Dodgers stand behind Chase Utley."

Well, I would, too. It's a lot safer there.

posted by owlhouse at 02:20 AM on October 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 5: Batted Ball Edition

"The Lockless Owlhouse" is now my porn star name.

Indianapolis by 7
Atlanta by 14
Seattle by 7
Green Bay by 14
Tennessee by 7
Kansas City by 14
New Orleans by 3
Jacksonville by 3
Baltimore by 14
Arizona by 14
New England by 7
Denver by 14
New York Giants by 21 (Hayne Plane in the hangar)
San Diego by 7

posted by owlhouse at 10:39 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Add me to the list of dumbfounded SpoFites right now.

I'm not even American, but my kids can quote The Big Lebowski, and my step-daughter's dog is called The Dude.

posted by owlhouse at 10:34 PM on October 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The glory of Reading is a roundabout

The railway station canteen used to make a good cup of tea, too.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Championship.

posted by owlhouse at 10:22 PM on October 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 16

Ottawa by 10
Saskatchewan by 3
Edmonton by 10
BC by 10
Montreal by 3

posted by owlhouse at 09:37 PM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

England have now gone out of the football, cricket and rugby world cups at the group stage in the last 16 months.

Maybe they need to invent more sports. This time, ones they might be good at.

posted by owlhouse at 11:56 PM on October 04

Fantasy Premier League, Week Seven

Anyone have Aguero?

posted by owlhouse at 02:05 AM on October 04

Coke, Bud, McDonald's and Visa Demand Sepp Blatter Quit Immediately

The only thing they understand. Money.

posted by owlhouse at 02:04 AM on October 04

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 4: First-Place Jacksonville Edition

Pittsburgh by 7
New York Jets by 14
Atlanta by 7
New York Giants by 14
Oakland by 7
Cincinnati by 14
Indianapolis by 7
Carolina by 14
Philadelphia by 7
San Diego by 14
Denver by 7
Arizona by 14
Green Bay by 14 (Hayne Plane iced up)
New Orleans by 7
Seattle by 14

posted by owlhouse at 09:40 PM on September 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

Off the bottom!

Montreal by 6
Calgary by 10
Edmonton by 6
BC by 10

posted by owlhouse at 09:33 PM on September 30

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Scotland have woken up at half time.

This might have had something to do with it. It woke me up, and I was 8,000 miles away sitting on a couch.

posted by owlhouse at 03:56 AM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

The Eagles are giving the Scots a run for their money at the moment. Tune in, folks.

posted by owlhouse at 09:59 AM on September 27

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Iacchi dar!

posted by owlhouse at 08:37 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

Calgary by 21

Edmonton by 11

Toronto by 7

Montreal by 10

posted by owlhouse at 12:13 AM on September 24

Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra passes away

For what it's worth, he was a sportsman who transcended his own sport, as the obituaries appearing in Australian, British and other overseas newspapers can attest.

Of course he was famous for his malapropisms, but it seems he was pretty special as a player and human being, too.


posted by owlhouse at 11:48 PM on September 23