owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: September 01, 2015

owlhouse has posted 148 links and 2984 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 Monday Huddle

The only reason I know that fax machines still exist.

posted by owlhouse at 09:58 PM on August 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Virtual Reality Football.

It won't catch on, but it is very funny.

posted by owlhouse at 02:25 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Hi there Septics. What's this NFL thing all about anyway?

posted by owlhouse at 11:47 PM on August 27

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't think so, like the SCG, it has heritage listing.

posted by owlhouse at 09:32 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Montreal by 15

Edmonton by 12

Winnipeg by 7

Sask by 3. Hey, they're due.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on August 26

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Naming rights don't usually bother me but that looks so wrong. It's still Lords, Eden Gardens and the MCG, right?

I think so, and the SCG, Gabba, Adelaide Oval and WACA in Australia. Most of the football (all codes) grounds have sponsors names, but we are blessed with the ABC, a public broadcaster, which refuses to use the sponsors labels in the match calls and other reporting, and sticks by the traditional names.

posted by owlhouse at 09:17 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Some pictures from the Fifth Test at The Oval.

posted by owlhouse at 06:02 AM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

An American in the AFL this weekend.

posted by owlhouse at 11:25 PM on August 19

Welcome to Manchester United, Memphis Just Memphis

Three draws to start the season, so we're UNDEFEATED!

Unfortunately we've also lost one starting XI player per game, each of them out for months. If this keeps up...

posted by owlhouse at 10:24 PM on August 19

Welcome to Manchester United, Memphis Just Memphis

That second goal brought back some bad memories.

posted by owlhouse at 11:54 PM on August 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

BC by 12

Eddie by 12

Sask by 12

Toronto by 12

All the home teams this week. What could possibly go wrong?

posted by owlhouse at 02:10 AM on August 18

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

No Mich:

The Birdman. The Oxford Tavern. Sydney 1977.

I was THERE!

Further trivia. One of my mate's older sister was Deniz Tek's girlfriend. And yes, we were under age at a licensed premises.

posted by owlhouse at 11:42 PM on August 16

NFL Player Sends Back Young Sons' Participation Trophies

I can validate your experience, beaverboard. Coached my daughter in mixed gender then from U/10s in girls teams. So much better being away from the boys.

Although I'm still trying to figure out if it worked for Iggy Azalea. She was in my daughter's U/14 team that I coached.

posted by owlhouse at 09:54 PM on August 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Last Amateur.

When asked to name his price, he didn't have one.

posted by owlhouse at 01:03 AM on August 13

All 15 MLB Home Teams Won Last Night -- Setting a Record

Thanks Grum.

Asking you is easier than clearing the cobwebs from the part of my brain where Stats B01 chose to die.

posted by owlhouse at 12:30 AM on August 13