owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: November 28, 2014

owlhouse has posted 135 links and 2871 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 Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Calgary by 21



555 (yardage or metres in Canada?)

posted by owlhouse at 08:11 PM on November 27

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Reports coming in that he didn't make it. RIP Phil Hughes. A great talent with plenty left to offer the world of cricket. Sad and tragic.

posted by owlhouse at 12:03 AM on November 27

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Old cricketer blames young cricketers for not learning how to get out of the way.

posted by owlhouse at 08:16 PM on November 26

Cricketer Fighting for Life After Ball to Head

Get well soon, Hughesy.

Helmets only came in to First Class and Test cricket in the late 1970s, and we never had them at all in junior and sub-district cricket. I've been hit in the head, but that was when fielding at short leg. My captain's only comment was "You should have caught it."

posted by owlhouse at 12:10 AM on November 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

NoMich: I'll be looking for my local cable provider (Lao Digital TV) to get me Star Cricket, but I don't hold out much hope. There are a couple of Indian guys who run a curry house here, so they might have something lined up for diners and guests.

Howard: The women's game is getting more popular in Australia and New Zealand, but doesn't get much media coverage. Ellyse Perry (mentioned in the article) is probably Australia's greatest living sportsperson - she also plays in the women's national football team, the Matildas. She'll be at the World Cup in Canada next year.

posted by owlhouse at 11:42 PM on November 20

Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jews


That is all.

posted by owlhouse at 08:52 PM on November 20

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Cricket, like baseball, seems to bring out the best in sportswriters. Although I think cricket does humour mixed with atmosphere better.

/Maybe I'm just missing Australia, with summer on the way and the thwack of leather on willow...

posted by owlhouse at 08:50 PM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Finals Edition

Montreal by 11

Edmonton by 15

The Montreal starting quarterback


posted by owlhouse at 03:49 AM on November 20

Penny-pinching, no more!

Surely that poem is more relevant to the Seattle-based baseball franchise?

posted by owlhouse at 03:02 AM on November 18

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

I know about Paul Mariner, Mr B. I once saw him turn out for the Gooners.

It's just that ex-Town boys never seem to do well once they leave Portman Road.

/Terry Butcher was in the movie, too. His tackling should have scared the shit out of Hollywood tough guys like Stallone.

posted by owlhouse at 06:34 AM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I'm surprised no-one in the media seems to have picked up on the Faroes result. They defeated the former European champions, away from home.

posted by owlhouse at 06:32 AM on November 16

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

Ah, the Paul Mariner route to oblivion, then.

posted by owlhouse at 12:32 AM on November 16

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Semi-Finals Edition

Montreal by 15

Edmonton by 12



posted by owlhouse at 08:09 PM on November 13

Joe Hart prevented a goal

An indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team, the kick to be taken from the place where the infringement occurred.

Yes, and no. If a free kick is awarded and taken from within the penalty area (this includes goal kicks, too), the ball has to leave the penalty area before it is considered in play. No-one (from either side) can touch the ball until it fully crosses the line of the penalty area.

So, Joe Hart's second touch occurs when the ball is not yet in play. In these circumstances, the kick is retaken.

posted by owlhouse at 08:02 PM on November 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Qatar may be up for it. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 08:08 PM on November 11