owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: October 23, 2016

owlhouse has posted 161 links and 3138 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

From Computer Game to Professional Football Analyst: One young man's gaming obsession turns into a proper paid job.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 07:57 AM on September 29 - 1 comment

Mud and Glory: "Of a wet and thunderous sodden Saturday they couldnít put on any lights fifty-two years ago, there werenít any to put on. It grew much darker and blacker in vilest intensity with coagulated punch-ups going oddly unnoticed due to the annoying and most profound darkness that at least cost nothing. The dark has always been on the house I think youíll find. Dark and mud sponsored the game of life back then before the new artificial grass authorities put the kybosh on free thinking."

posted by owlhouse to culture at 04:38 AM on September 20 - 3 comments

Tha Art of Coarse Cricket: For some of you, reading this might be akin to deciphering Linear B. But the article and the comments section are some of the funniest things I've ever read about sport.

posted by owlhouse to other at 04:38 AM on September 04 - 3 comments

How Football Transfers Work: Player amortisation, agents' fees and broken fax machines explained.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 04:17 AM on August 25 - 1 comment

FINA - as bad as FIFA? : The murky waters of international swimming.

posted by owlhouse to olympics at 06:05 AM on August 04 - 1 comment

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Everything I know about NFL, I learned from Don Lane.

posted by owlhouse at 10:35 AM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Bill, try the nearest branch of Rebel Sports if you're looking for replica jerseys in Australia. They stock all types of football and cricket.

Do you see any team Australia test cricket jerseys for sale?

After the recent tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa, if you turn up for net practice, they might give you a genuine one of your own.

posted by owlhouse at 03:54 AM on October 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Good news for owlie!

I, for one, am looking forward to the Second Coming.

Or third, if you count the time he was a coach before being recruited by Man Utd.

At least we might start playing football.

posted by owlhouse at 03:56 PM on October 13

Pakistanís National Baseball Team Just Wants You To Know They Exist

Hey, 5th in Asia isn't bad.

What's Wasim Akram doing in retirement? He might be able to sling a few curve balls still, while Shahid Afridi goes yard.

posted by owlhouse at 03:13 AM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So after David Bell, we come to a bell end?

posted by owlhouse at 11:26 PM on September 22

Mud and Glory

Welcome to the world of the late, great Barry Dickins. The poet laureate of Fitzroy.

posted by owlhouse at 07:40 PM on September 20

Lady Gaga Will Perform Super Bowl Halftime Show

Lady Gaga? Sure.

But where's Lord Gaga been all this time?

posted by owlhouse at 09:23 PM on September 19

Tha Art of Coarse Cricket

The best part of coarse cricket, Howard, is that the lower order batsmen get to umpire their own side. There not being enough umpires to go around the lower leagues.

So, you might be put in a position of judging whether one of your own team mates is out. But if you don't give anyone out, you don't get to bat yourself.

Our captain in the district B grade instructed all of us to never, ever give an LBW against our own side. He reckoned this was fair as the other clubs did the same. Not such good practice when your own specialty was medium pace in and out swing, searching for an LBW...

posted by owlhouse at 09:15 PM on September 05

Teddy Bridgewater Tears ACL, Will Miss Season

That was exactly what happened to my knee.

('Healthy athlete" might be a stretch, though).

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on August 31

Hope Solo takes leave of absence

Now if only she could get together with Ryan Lochte...

posted by owlhouse at 10:45 AM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The last round we beat Carlisle on penalties 14-13. At home. Fortress Pride Park it is not.

posted by owlhouse at 07:36 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

"What has led us to suicide is an insane belief in money and in a society that has no history. When we die and go to heaven the only thing we will take with us is disgrace, because that's the new name for love, and Fitzroy Football Club. You think that I hate them? I feel deader than they are. Like I've wept a weir."

Twenty years on, what happens when the soul of a working class community is ripped away.

posted by owlhouse at 10:04 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

One day we will rise again.

To the level of Barnsley or QPR.

posted by owlhouse at 07:30 PM on August 24

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Cool. Derby County matches shown live every week.

On every channel.

posted by owlhouse at 12:21 AM on August 24

The Great Sports Myth

Hmmm. A very American perspective.

I read this book a while back, and it basically says that the 19th century British upper classes organised and codified all the major sports (e.g. football, cricket, rugby) to stop young men masturbating.

So take that, sociologists.

posted by owlhouse at 09:06 PM on August 22