owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: December 10, 2016

owlhouse has posted 161 links and 3148 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

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 couldnít put on any lights fifty-two years ago, there werenít 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 youíll 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

FINA - as bad as FIFA? : The murky waters of international swimming.

posted by owlhouse to olympics at 06:05 AM on August 04 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

Tampa Bay Rowdies Launch Campaign to Enter MLS

Ah Rodney Marsh.

No, not that one. The other one.

Occasionally confusing for young Australian football and cricket fans in the 1970s.

But it's the first name that comes to mind when I hear the words "Tampa Bay Rowdies".

posted by owlhouse at 09:43 PM on December 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

My Dad's family are from Preston.

I understand this perfectly.

posted by owlhouse at 11:11 PM on December 03

Nico Rosberg goes out on top

He's achieved his life's ambition.

Beating Lewis Hamilton.

posted by owlhouse at 07:38 PM on December 02

Rudy, Interrupted: South Carolina State's 55 Year-Old Back

So if a 55 year old Australian with no US college sports experience came over to America to do his PhD...

posted by owlhouse at 08:07 PM on November 30

Brazilian Soccer Team Lost in Plane Crash


posted by owlhouse at 06:39 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

After virtually fellating Lewis Hamilton for most of his F1 career, has the British media finally woken up to the fact that he's basically a wanker?

posted by owlhouse at 02:22 AM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

owlie - is that: (1) a reference to the red card/touchline ban, (2) a statement of desire/aspiration, or (3) an inside-info statement about the firing of Mourinho (as I've not seen anything in the press to suggest he's been sacked)?

Just getting in first.

posted by owlhouse at 02:49 AM on November 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Mourinho Out.

posted by owlhouse at 08:10 PM on November 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

While Spurs are busy reviving the pound coin joke - useless in Europe.

posted by owlhouse at 11:59 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Leicester are going to win the Champions League, aren't they?

posted by owlhouse at 06:24 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Everything I know about NFL, I learned from Don Lane.

posted by owlhouse at 10:35 AM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bill, try the nearest branch of Rebel Sports if you're looking for replica jerseys in Australia. They stock all types of football and cricket.

Do you see any team Australia test cricket jerseys for sale?

After the recent tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa, if you turn up for net practice, they might give you a genuine one of your own.

posted by owlhouse at 03:54 AM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Good news for owlie!

I, for one, am looking forward to the Second Coming.

Or third, if you count the time he was a coach before being recruited by Man Utd.

At least we might start playing football.

posted by owlhouse at 03:56 PM on October 13

Pakistanís National Baseball Team Just Wants You To Know They Exist

Hey, 5th in Asia isn't bad.

What's Wasim Akram doing in retirement? He might be able to sling a few curve balls still, while Shahid Afridi goes yard.

posted by owlhouse at 03:13 AM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So after David Bell, we come to a bell end?

posted by owlhouse at 11:26 PM on September 22