owlhouse's profile

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

owlhouse has posted 148 links and 2959 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 Friday Huddle

"Carrying on like a porkchop" = being a loud idiot for no discernible reason.

posted by owlhouse at 11:33 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Sorry - can't work out how to embed that link on my tablet.

posted by owlhouse at 09:33 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

43 Straightforward Reasons Adam Goodes Is A Bloody Legend

posted by owlhouse at 09:32 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I've written a lot this last week about Adam Goodes. One of the reasons I took my kids (who have Aboriginal descent via their mother) to Swans games was so they could see Goodsey play, and tell their own kids about it.

There has been a remarkable debate, and one we have to keep having, on the issue of the booing of Adam Goodes. You can search the Australian media and find some wonderful writing, and signs of hope. You can also find a pile of reactionary shit, especially from the Murdoch press and their pet columnists.

But we want Adam back on the field. So we can celebrate the athlete and the man.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Tell me that the fix is in, and we'll win the next Test, and it will be 2-2 going into the final one.

Winner takes all, and "greatest series ever".

posted by owlhouse at 02:01 AM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

BC by 11

Edmonton by 21

Montreal by 7

Toronto by 11

posted by owlhouse at 05:21 AM on July 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Yeah. Because when he retires he'll have more time for things like...playing golf.

posted by owlhouse at 12:10 AM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Calgary by 10

BC by 7

Edmonton by 13

Sask by 11

posted by owlhouse at 12:08 AM on July 22

Pro Surfer Attacked by Shark During Competition

We breed them tough up on the Far North Coast.

posted by owlhouse at 09:58 PM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Or the pitch is so slow that was a delayed impact from when he was hit on Thursday.

posted by owlhouse at 10:24 AM on July 19

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

First Aussie double century at Lord's since 1938, I'll think you'll find, Bill. My former neighbour Tubby Taylor scored one at Trent Bridge in 1989, and I think Captain Grumpy also had another at Leeds.

Still, Smudge played very well and put a few critics in their place. We haven't enforced a follow on since the debacle in Kolkata in 2001, so hopefully there will be enough time to set 450 or so and bowl the Poms out.

Could be a good series.

posted by owlhouse at 12:58 PM on July 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Watching via The Guardian's OBO. Only one team batting second has won a Lord's Test in the last 15 attempts.

So, yeah, coin toss.

posted by owlhouse at 10:07 AM on July 16

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Montreal by 11

Edmonton by 15

Sask by 7

Peg by 11

posted by owlhouse at 10:18 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

He has his defenders though.

posted by owlhouse at 04:37 AM on July 15

USA 1-1 Panama

Panama is still pretty pissed about that WC qualification match.

posted by owlhouse at 04:36 AM on July 15