owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: November 30, 2015

owlhouse has posted 152 links and 3041 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 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

Howard Kendall, the former Everton player and manager, died last week. : This isn't just about him, though. Some of these stories shared by Guardian readers have a way of getting in and warming your soul.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 05:40 AM on October 22 - 3 comments

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

Recent Comments

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Edmonton by 11

That Reilly chap


555 (What's a yard?)

posted by owlhouse at 08:10 PM on November 26

Big league baseball beneath Big Ben?

Here's the conversion of the SCG into an MLB ready field (time lapse).

In London, as cricket grounds, neither The Oval nor Lords would have enough spectator capacity as the football stadia. When I lived in Canberra, they used the football stadium at Bruce for baseball, but it was an exercise in weird orientation and very short fences in some areas.

posted by owlhouse at 08:06 PM on November 26

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 12: Inadvertent Whistle Edition

Detroit by 3
Carolina by 7
Green Bay by 14
Minnesota by 3
Cincinnati by 14
Tennessee by 3
Indianapolis by 7
Kansas City by 3
N.Y. Jets by 14
N.Y. Giants by 10
Jacksonville by 3
New Orleans by 14
Arizona by 21
Seattle by 7
New England by 7
Cleveland by 10

Happy Thanksgiving, septics!

posted by owlhouse at 08:15 PM on November 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

The solace of cricket. One Parisian resident's response to the horrors of the past week.

posted by owlhouse at 09:02 PM on November 19

Bill Belichick Refuses to Be NFL's Fashion Model

Deleted - wrong thread.

posted by owlhouse at 08:58 PM on November 19

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Ottawa by 12

Edmonton by 18



posted by owlhouse at 08:17 PM on November 19

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Club Lebowski.

The comments are great.

posted by owlhouse at 10:33 PM on November 18

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 11: Nobody Knows Anything Edition

Jacksonville by 3
Atlanta by 7
Chicago by 3
Oakland by 10
Dallas by 3
Philadelphia by 10
Carolina by 14
Baltimore by 10
N.Y. Jets by 3
Kansas City by 7
Green Bay by 10
Seattle by 21
Arizona by 7
New England by 14 (look, I'm gonna lock this, and anyway, I'm in the northern hemisphere at the moment, according to my toilet)

posted by owlhouse at 09:26 PM on November 18

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Toronto by 12

Calgary by 17

Kicker: Paredes (Look, I had to Google that, OK?)

Points: Over

posted by owlhouse at 02:16 AM on November 12

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 10: David Tyree Edition

N.Y. Jets by 3
Green Bay by 21
Carolina by 7
St. Louis by 7
Philadelphia by 3
Pittsburgh by 7
Tampa Bay by 3
New Orleans by 10
Baltimore by 7
Oakland by 7
Denver by 3
New England by 14
Seattle by 10
Cincinnati by 10

posted by owlhouse at 02:12 AM on November 12

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Hey tahoemoj, big congratulations from the other side of the world!

posted by owlhouse at 08:23 PM on November 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Thanks Dr J. Congrats Jaggy Boy and I look forward to all your good natured intra Commonwealth ribbing.

Until next season.

posted by owlhouse at 08:31 AM on November 10

NFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine: Blaine Gabbert Edition

Cincinnati by 14
Buffalo by 3
Minnesota by 7
New England by 21
New Orleans by 14
New York Jets by 3
Pittsburgh by 3
Green Bay by 3
Atlanta by 7 (Hayne dropped like hot lead)
New York Giants by 14
Indianapolis by 3
Philadelphia by 3
San Diego by 7

posted by owlhouse at 08:19 PM on November 04

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twenty

First up, and heading for the Costanza!

It's mine, I tell you, all mine...

Tronno by 12

Ottawa by 7

BC by 15

Montreal by 12

posted by owlhouse at 01:30 AM on November 04

Steve Williams: Tiger Woods Treated Me Like a Slave

He was also NZ's highest paid sportsman for all of those years.

(A bit like being the tallest dwarf, but you know what I mean)

posted by owlhouse at 08:16 PM on November 01