owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: October 01, 2014

owlhouse has posted 135 links and 2841 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

Crossing Over:: Club Tijuana is also San Diego's team.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 04:33 AM on May 11 - 1 comment

American recruit scores first goal for the Swans: Patrick Mitchell, a college basketball player from Iowa, signed for AFL's Sydney Swans last year.

posted by owlhouse to other at 02:43 AM on April 07 - 2 comments

Through Thick and Thin: Using Manchester United as an example, how happiness doesn't always relate to winning all the time. With real psychology stuff.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 03:10 AM on March 30 - 2 comments

The Best Football (Soccer) Writing 2013: It was a good year for the long form piece, judging by this list.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 01:39 AM on January 16 - 0 comments

This is Football: Normally the English FA can be relied upon to do something stupid. However, they commissioned poet and writer Musa Okwonga to pen an ode to celebrate their 150th anniversary. With a few special guests.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 12:06 AM on December 20 - 0 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

CFL teams re-named with Australian native animals. The Montreal Mallee Fowls by 7. I hope they don't get the hump. The Edmonton Echidnas by 10. Well, they laid an egg last week. The Winnipeg Wombats by 12. The wombat - eats, roots and leaves. The Calgary Cassowaries by 9. Let's give BC a good kicking.

posted by owlhouse at 09:28 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's AFL Grand Final this Saturday Down Under. So rather than tell you about how awesome the Sydney Swans are, and knowing that lots of you septics only watch the Superbowl for the half time show, here's a summary of the worst game day entertainment at previous Grand Finals.

posted by owlhouse at 07:55 PM on September 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

Thanks holden, but the only rebels I trained in Cambodia were young women setting up their own businesses in rural villages. I'm now just up the road in Laos, where I still can't get the cricket on TV, let alone the CFL. But while there are no internet cafes anymore, even my local noodle shop has free wi-fi.

I'm feeling nostalgic about football and growing up in Sydney, so here's a song.

posted by owlhouse at 09:53 PM on September 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

CFL teams as Australian World Heritage sites. BC by 12. You work it out, you lazy Canadians. Edmonton by 15. Although you've probably figured I have a thing for prairie towns. Calgary by 12. There's three this week. Saskatchewan by 21. So I'm running out of Australian desert references.

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on September 17

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 12

Australian films this week. A young Mel Gibson and a bleak post apocalyptic landscape? That's Edmonton by 16. Horses, horses and horses, some of them stampeding? That's Calgary by 11. British Columbia is Canada's Tasmania, right? BC by 5. Luckily Australia's landscape offers lots of opportunities for wide open spaces and lots of weird shit, too. Saskatchewan by 9.

posted by owlhouse at 09:25 PM on September 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

FIFA 15 has it all:

I'm suing for copyright. That's how I've been celebrating all my goals for the last ten years.

posted by owlhouse at 09:31 PM on September 10

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Possibly a dumb question - but is that legal in NFL?

It's definitely illegal in rugby union and rugby league.

posted by owlhouse at 02:27 AM on September 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 11

This week, CFL teams as Australian novels. And I'll start giving you hints. West coast of a continent? That would be Tim Winton, then. BC by 15. In the middle of a prairie? Edmonton by 7. French speaking in the southern hemisphere? Montreal by 9. Blimey, another prairie town. Saskatchewan by 15.

And if you're still interested, the ex picked up another award for her latest novel this week.

posted by owlhouse at 09:49 PM on September 04

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em, 2014 Edition

I think I'm in. Weird site.

I hope to do one better than last year.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on September 03

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Two finals matches, two sporting codes and two different cities in one day? It can be done, even if you are a player in both.

posted by owlhouse at 05:15 AM on September 01

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 10

This week, CFL teams re-imagined as classic Australian paintings. Montreal by 9. See if you can guess the connections. Saskatchewan by 15. They're probably very tenuous. Toronto by 10. Nobody bothered entering last week's music connection round. Edmonton by 14. Philistines.

posted by owlhouse at 09:18 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

who does one root for between MK Dons and Man U?

AFC Wimbledon and FC United of Manchester.

posted by owlhouse at 09:11 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 9

Australian songs as CFL team theme songs? You got it. Winnipeg by 10. Prizes for guessing the links or associations. Edmonton by 12. Actually, there won't be any prizes. Calgary by 21. Except the satisfaction of winning a weird Commonwealth Competition. BC by 18.

posted by owlhouse at 10:39 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Man, you should have heard MY end of season speech to my daughter's Under 12 Girls team.

I had so many mothers hugging me afterwards that my partner came over to glare at them until they stopped. She has a black belt in karate. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 08:02 AM on August 20

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four

I did the same, so I'll have a go at answering that: No More David Moyes.

By which I mean he took a Premier League winning team, augmented by new signings, into the tactical wasteland that was Man U's last season. LVG will take a bit of time with a new side, but he's no David Moyes, and has a fair idea of how to turn players into better performers than you'd expect. There is enough quality in the squad, although they could do with a new centre back pairing.

Further evidence, you say? Look at Everton last year. Roberto Martinez essentially took David Moyes' squad and made them a different team, using their talents properly in a range of different tactical approaches.

Moyes only has a Plan A, and it's not a good Plan A.

posted by owlhouse at 04:48 AM on August 18