owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: July 28, 2015

owlhouse has posted 148 links and 2953 comments to SportsFilter and 11 links and 754 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

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

Yes, But Is It A Sport?: A landmark court case in Britain to judge whether Bridge is a sport or not. Significant lottery funding is at stake.

posted by owlhouse to culture at 05:11 AM on May 07 - 4 comments

The Man Who Never Was, Or Who Was He?: The story of Clifford Grey and the gold medal winning 1928 and 1932 bobsled team.

posted by owlhouse to olympics at 05:07 AM on May 06 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah. Because when he retires he'll have more time for things like...playing golf.

posted by owlhouse at 12:10 AM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 10

BC by 7

Edmonton by 13

Sask by 11

posted by owlhouse at 12:08 AM on July 22

Pro Surfer Attacked by Shark During Competition

We breed them tough up on the Far North Coast.

posted by owlhouse at 09:58 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Or the pitch is so slow that was a delayed impact from when he was hit on Thursday.

posted by owlhouse at 10:24 AM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

First Aussie double century at Lord's since 1938, I'll think you'll find, Bill. My former neighbour Tubby Taylor scored one at Trent Bridge in 1989, and I think Captain Grumpy also had another at Leeds.

Still, Smudge played very well and put a few critics in their place. We haven't enforced a follow on since the debacle in Kolkata in 2001, so hopefully there will be enough time to set 450 or so and bowl the Poms out.

Could be a good series.

posted by owlhouse at 12:58 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Watching via The Guardian's OBO. Only one team batting second has won a Lord's Test in the last 15 attempts.

So, yeah, coin toss.

posted by owlhouse at 10:07 AM on July 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 11

Edmonton by 15

Sask by 7

Peg by 11

posted by owlhouse at 10:18 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

He has his defenders though.

posted by owlhouse at 04:37 AM on July 15

USA 1-1 Panama

Panama is still pretty pissed about that WC qualification match.

posted by owlhouse at 04:36 AM on July 15

Chennai Super Kings & Rajasthan Royals suspended from IPL for Two Years

The whole purpose of the IPL is to generate something for the sub-continent to bet on. Nothing inherently wrong with that, but even in countries with effective regulatory systems, conflicts of interest and match fixing are still going to occur. However, it's good to see some action being taken in India, where cricket has been suffering for years from maladministration as well as suspicions of fixing. More power to the courts and the investigators, and hopefully they will go after some of the others.

posted by owlhouse at 04:34 AM on July 15

The Ashes. Explained.

I've never understood the Watson thing. It may have had something to do with searching for an all rounder following Flintoff's performances in 2005. But he's past his use by date.

It's always good to win the toss on a pitch like that. Remember that it it is a five test series, and England were beaten in the first one in 2005!

posted by owlhouse at 01:21 AM on July 12

The Ashes. Explained.

Yeah, I think the odds are against any chase over 300 on that pitch. Let's hope it's a close series - the 2005 one in England stands out because of this, as well as being England's first win since 1986-87.

posted by owlhouse at 01:08 AM on July 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Not going well at all.

Edmonton by 11

Montreal by 15

BC by 7

Toronto by 20

posted by owlhouse at 03:15 AM on July 08

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Lleyton Hewitt celebrates two decades as a national embarrassment. Or his supporters do at least.

posted by owlhouse at 02:08 AM on June 30

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Peg by 6

Calgary by 9

BC by 15

Sask by 7

posted by owlhouse at 02:06 AM on June 30