owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: May 01, 2016

owlhouse has posted 154 links and 3080 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 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

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Robert Huth vs Martin Skrtel for the Corner Wrestling World Title - who ya got?

Shocking refereeing, and I don't say that often.

Still, Jamie Vardy is a dick.

That was the get square penalty decision.

Leicester should still win the race.

^^ Stream of consciousness through the second half.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on April 17

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Mrs Owl's sister's kids' elementary school in Milford?

posted by owlhouse at 07:49 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

They didn't include Balmain upsetting Souths in the 1969 Rugby League Grand Final?

I'm disappointed in you ESPN.

posted by owlhouse at 09:41 PM on April 05

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Sorry Bill - travelling the other way. When I have a longer holiday, Mrs Owl and I will do a proper road trip. I'm told SF is the closest American city to Sydney in terms of culture, food and climate!

posted by owlhouse at 09:40 PM on April 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Stokes wanted to bowl the last over, apparently. Mike Selvey is a first class ECB sycophant, but he generally has access to the England dressing room, and wrote this piece.

posted by owlhouse at 10:02 PM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

The Sky Blue game might be ON. I'm sure the Matildas will be playing - we want them to be match fit for our gold medal match against the US in Rio. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 09:52 PM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Thanks everyone. Flights are booked and visa waivers are in. I'll keep you posted here or in another media.

posted by owlhouse at 07:49 PM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Bender - I am salivating already.

posted by owlhouse at 10:08 AM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Thanks Lion Man. I understand that tickets to Fenway are hard to come by. It might have to be the Yankees then.

Ms Goddam from Gotham might even be there!

posted by owlhouse at 10:06 AM on April 04

Opening Day for the Greatest Numerical Sport

Hi Folks. just to let you know the Owl, Mrs Owl and one of the owlets will be in the good old US of A from 11 - 29 June. We will be based in the beautiful surrounds of New Haven, Connecticut, but will be doing a bit of travelling as well.

Question for the Brains Trust - what is the best ball park experience in the vicinity? As this is my first trip to Septic land, I feel an urge to commune with the Great American Pastime, complete with a sunny afternoon, a hot dog and a beer.

Thanks in advance.

posted by owlhouse at 04:41 AM on April 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm English by birth, but I hate the ECB (and the RFU, but that's for another time), so I enjoyed that.

England's failure to win a world cricket title is now one of the great stories in sport. Long may it continue.

posted by owlhouse at 09:45 PM on April 03

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

T20 for tennis?

I think that's been around for a while, and still going.

posted by owlhouse at 11:18 PM on March 24

ESPN attempts to shame Cuba; backfires badly.

Man, it's like a Third World Country out there.

ESPN are wankers.

posted by owlhouse at 11:19 PM on March 23

Tennis Tourney Exec: Women Ride Men's Coattails, But They're Attractive

I am very liberal and absolutely feel women in the work force should be paid as equals.

It has to start somewhere.

posted by owlhouse at 12:49 AM on March 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The World Twenty20 Cup is on in India at the moment.

Here's a trip to one of the prettier venues, high in the Himalaya.

posted by owlhouse at 11:13 PM on March 22