owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: February 10, 2016

owlhouse has posted 152 links and 3054 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 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

Cheating in Sports: With computers and downloadable apps.

posted by owlhouse to other at 03:25 AM on September 10 - 4 comments

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Rumble in Paradise: some good reading on boxing, Samoa and well, er, boxing and Samoa.

posted by owlhouse at 08:56 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Talking on TV while trying to bat apparently distracts you.

Who would have thought, eh?

posted by owlhouse at 08:15 PM on January 26

Lleyton Hewitt Ends Singles Career at Australian Open

From Tennis Brat to beloved Ambassador of the Game.

Only took 15 years.

posted by owlhouse at 01:36 AM on January 22

James Fallows Learns Something about British Soccer and Sarcasm

I guess people who aren't funny in the first place shouldn't try sarcasm either.

posted by owlhouse at 08:31 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Test cricket is vinyl

posted by owlhouse at 03:16 AM on January 14

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Australia Day in the NBA.

Australia Day in Australia.

posted by owlhouse at 02:33 AM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Rainieri is a genius. Why can't everyone else see that?

posted by owlhouse at 06:28 PM on December 19

Chelsea Sacks Jose Mourinho

If the nightmare happens and Chelsea gets relegated, is a "relegation opt-out" clause a common thing in the player contracts? Can players escape if the team gets relegated?

It's quite common in player contracts, although I can't imagine many Chelsea players (or their agents) really considered it a possibility when they signed. Also, despite "parachute payments" for relegated clubs, the reduction in Premier League TV revenue means that the relegated clubs have an incentive to sell off the highest waged players in the squad first.

/Derby County fan. We hold the unwanted record for being the worst team in 23 years of the Prem, on our last one year visit. I'm pretty sure the Board's strategy was to sign nobody for more than 12 months, and go for the parachute payments. Well, we had a stadium to pay off.

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on December 17

Chelsea Sacks Jose Mourinho

This might be his next gig.

posted by owlhouse at 08:11 PM on December 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 15: I Miss the Big Sombrero Edition

St. Louis by 3
Dallas by 3
Houston by 7
Minnesota by 14
New England by 21
Carolina by 14
Buffalo by 3
Jacksonville by 10
Kansas City by 10
Green Bay by 10
Seattle by 14
Pittsburgh by 14
San Diego by 3
Cincinnati by 3 (Hayne Plane needs to learn how to fly)
Arizona by 10
New Orleans by 10

posted by owlhouse at 09:05 PM on December 16

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

What, you mean that you guys DON'T use a coin toss to make your picks?

posted by owlhouse at 03:18 AM on December 14

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 14: Not So Hotlanta Edition

Arizona by 7
Chicago by 10
Pittsburgh by 10
Cleveland by 3
Kansas City by 14
Detroit by 7
N.Y. Jets by 3
Philadelphia by 10
Tampa Bay by 14
Carolina by 17
Jacksonville by 7
Seattle by 14
Denver by 7
Green Bay by 13
New England by 3
Miami by 7

posted by owlhouse at 08:41 PM on December 09

NFL Pick 'Em, Week 13: Brock and Roll Edition

Green Bay by 14
Buffalo by 3
Chicago by 21
Cincinnati by 14
Jacksonville by 10
Arizona by 14
Miami by 3
Minnesota by 7
N.Y. Giants by 3
Atlanta by 7
Kansas City by 10
Denver by 10
New England by 21
Carolina by 10
Pittsburgh by 7
Washington by 10

posted by owlhouse at 09:30 PM on December 03

CFL Playoffs Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Edmonton by 11

That Reilly chap


555 (What's a yard?)

posted by owlhouse at 08:10 PM on November 26

Big league baseball beneath Big Ben?

Here's the conversion of the SCG into an MLB ready field (time lapse).

In London, as cricket grounds, neither The Oval nor Lords would have enough spectator capacity as the football stadia. When I lived in Canberra, they used the football stadium at Bruce for baseball, but it was an exercise in weird orientation and very short fences in some areas.

posted by owlhouse at 08:06 PM on November 26