owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: May 29, 2015

owlhouse has posted 145 links and 2925 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

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

Arsene Wenger, The Martyr: The sacrifices involved in playing the beautiful game.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 02:38 AM on April 22 - 2 comments

Around the ballparks.: In celebration of opening day, the best food in the MLB.

posted by owlhouse to baseball at 01:04 AM on April 07 - 3 comments

Cyclones and Grass Roots Football: The Nerimbera Magpies. The soul of a town.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 05:40 AM on March 24 - 0 comments

Recent Comments

Henchmen arrested, but the Joker is still at large

The arrests include CONMEBOL chiefs from various countries. If UEFA and CONMEBOL did actually want to change things, now is the time.

Threatening a possible World Cup without South America and Europe is pretty good leverage.

posted by owlhouse at 12:52 AM on May 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Frank was an old mate of my Dad's. despite the fall, reports today say he's fine.

posted by owlhouse at 11:16 PM on May 17

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Actually NoMich, he would have been out second ball. Clean bowled.

posted by owlhouse at 07:43 PM on May 13

NFL Took Millions from U.S. Government to Salute the Troops

As a non-American, I have been struck by the number of times the armed forces appear during NFL broadcasts. This partly explains it.

By the way, has anyone else read "Billy Lynn's Long Half-time Walk"? A great novel.

posted by owlhouse at 05:21 AM on May 10

Yes, But Is It A Sport?

Just my opening bid:

It doesn't really matter what we call sports, pastimes or recreations. If the purpose of lottery funding is to support grass roots, community level activities, then it shouldn't just apply to sports. Bridge associations, gardening clubs, fishing clubs, chess players and so on should be able to apply and receive grants for the work they do for their activities, their communities and their members. Broaden the scope of funding, don't try and split legal hairs.

posted by owlhouse at 05:14 AM on May 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bayern's left back. Goal side, inside. You should learn how to mark in the under 10s. You dumped Boateng in the poop.

posted by owlhouse at 09:10 PM on May 06

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Is that a bottle of single malt in the cupboard?

Don't mind if I do.

/seeks oblivion.

posted by owlhouse at 09:40 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I think his work in Failure to Launch is seminal.

posted by owlhouse at 07:24 AM on May 02

Chris Rock on baseball losing the Black market

Didn't work for me either.

Oh well, over to YouTube, where intellectual property goes to die.

posted by owlhouse at 07:22 AM on May 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Super Saturday in the Championship today.

COYR. That is all.

posted by owlhouse at 07:21 AM on May 02

How Big Will Mayweather-Pacquiao Be Saturday?

Ten o'clock in the morning, so most foreigners in Phuket will be sound asleep.

posted by owlhouse at 10:34 PM on April 29

How Big Will Mayweather-Pacquiao Be Saturday?

It's free on Thai Channel 7. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 09:44 PM on April 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Yerfatma's link reminds me of the BBC program guide during the 1974-75 Ashes series:

10.30 pm: Cricket Lowlights.

posted by owlhouse at 09:21 PM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The New Statesman yesterday ran a quick summary of the life of Albert Moss, cricketer:

A different ball game

What I enjoy most in the Wisden cricket annual is the obituaries of the game's minor figures who were never quite good enough or whose promise, through misfortune, was never fulfilled. This year's (my review of which will appear in next week's New Statesman) contains a gem.

Albert Moss was born in Leicestershire but emigrated to New Zealand where in 1889 he became the only bowler in first-class cricket history to take all ten wickets in an innings on debut. He played only three more matches. His English fiance, Mary, followed him to New Zealand and married him in 1891. As a wedding present, he gave her the "ten-for" ball, mounted and inscribed. A month later, he attacked her with an axe and a razor. Certified insane, he was released from confinement in 1896 on condition that he sail to South America without contacting his wife.

The couple divorced in 1905. But ten years later, having learned that he was working for the Salvation Army in Pretoria, South Africa, Mary sent him the ball. They remarried in 1919 and later returned to England, living in Essex. Moss died there in 1945, although his death went unrecorded in Wisden at the time.

Apart from the cricket context, that story could be the outline for a Hollywood film, complete with swelling violins.

posted by owlhouse at 05:46 AM on April 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Thanks Howard. I know that course well.

/When I was a bookie's runner, we used to field at Canterbury. At one stage I'd been to every Saturday and midweek meeting in Sydney for a year, and hadn't laid eyes on a horse. When the race was on, that was my break time to take a leak or grab a bite.

posted by owlhouse at 09:26 PM on April 26