owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: June 30, 2016

owlhouse has posted 155 links and 3106 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

Putting the Journey Into Journeyman: One man's path into professional football, from Manchester City to Tulsa.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 04:23 AM on May 26 - 0 comments

The Fall: It's ostensibly about diving, but that's like saying Moby Dick is about the whale. A great read about how football has changed and is still changing.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 05:06 AM on April 06 - 3 comments

Wenger's Arsenal : Jonathan Wilson goes totally postmodern, referencing Said, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Monet, Liszt, Rembrandt, Bach, Matisse, Foster Wallace, Becker and Freud. Actually, that wouldn't be a bad starting XI.

posted by owlhouse to football at 08:04 PM on February 11 - 9 comments

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Isn't that what the Confederations Cup is supposed to be about?

(Australia -Champions of Asia!)

posted by owlhouse at 06:37 PM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

Classless is my middle name.

Even more so when I posted it twice.

posted by owlhouse at 11:14 AM on June 30

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Quarterfinals

I think I had Graziano Pelle to score as well.

Poland 0 Portugal 0. Penalties, and Poland win when Ronaldo skies one into Row Z.
The Welsh dream ends with a 1-0 loss. Lukaku has to come good at some stage, doesn't he?
Germany have never beaten Italy in a competitive international. Until now. 2-0 and Muller gets one.
France edge out Iceland in a nervy encounter. 1-0 with Griezmann to the rescue once again.

posted by owlhouse at 12:41 AM on June 30

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

It's on all of them. Rooney was appalling, too.

Can you imagine any of the England team participating in that fantastic Icelandic slow clap along with the fans?

The crowd sang "You're not fit to wear the shirt" for a reason. There was no effort, no motivation and lots of shirking responsibility.

posted by owlhouse at 10:35 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ah. If only Harry Kane was half as good as he thinks he is.

posted by owlhouse at 04:11 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

From the Irish fans in 1994:

Que sera sera Whatever will be Will be At least we beat Italy Que sera sera

posted by owlhouse at 11:23 PM on June 23

Euro 2016 Pick 'Em: Round of 16

In a game nobody can be bothered with, Poland edge Switzerland 2-1. Robbie Lewandowski gets one.

Wales beat Norn Iron with an Ashley Williams header in the 88th minute. 1-0.

Croatia and Portugal play out a spiteful 0-0 draw, with Portugal winning on penalties. Cristiano Ronaldo continues to endear himself to no-one.

France comfortably beat Ireland 2-0. Pogba gets one after coming on as a sub. There are calls for Didi Deschamps to start him in the quarters.

Germany beat Slovakia 4-0 and start looking the goods. Muller gets a brace.

Belgium beat Hungary 1-0 with an extra time winner from Rommy Lukaku, who does nothing else all game and was about to be subbed off.

Spain can't score, so Italy take them to extra time, when Graziano Pelle scuffs a shot in from 3 yards out, off his shin.

Oh for fuck's sake, England are outplayed for much of the game but Wayne Rooney scores from a free kick with 5 minutes left. This only happens so they can lose on penalties in the quarters. As fate demands.

posted by owlhouse at 11:21 PM on June 23

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There aren't many easy games in these kind of tournaments. The "minnows" made it through tough qualifying groups, qualifying that saw the likes of The Netherlands and Greece drop out.

So no, I'm not surprised.

posted by owlhouse at 02:32 PM on June 15

Euro 2016 Begins with 3 Days of Violence in France

British police, never apologists for English hooligans, have accused the Russians of "being organised and tooling up".

posted by owlhouse at 04:44 PM on June 12

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Insert Welsh inbreeding joke here.

posted by owlhouse at 12:58 PM on June 10

SportsFilter Euro 2016 Pick 'Em

Group A: France (winner), Switzerland (2nd), Xerdan Shaqiri
Group B:England (winner - and I must be an idiot), Wales (2nd - heart over head), Russia (qualifiers), Alexandr Kokorin
Group C: Germany (winner), Poland (2nd), Robert Lewandowski
Group D: Spain (winner), Croatia (2nd), Czech Republic (qualifiers), Nikola Kalinic
Group E: Belgium (winner), Italy (2nd), Sweden (qualifiers), the Immortal Zlatan
Group F: Portugal (winner), Austria (2nd), Hungary (qualifiers), Marc Janko

And I'll be drinking whatever you septics can recommend in and around Milford, Connecticut.

posted by owlhouse at 09:12 PM on June 09

Novak Djokovic Holds All 4 Grand Slam Trophies

Djokovic and Murray. Sigh. That's all we've got left now that Rafa and Roger are fading into the sunset?

posted by owlhouse at 02:28 AM on June 07

The Greatest is gone.


posted by owlhouse at 01:37 AM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle


posted by owlhouse at 09:35 PM on May 30

AFC Wimbledon Win Promotion to League One

The team from Milton Keynes should drop the "Dons" and call themselves after something local, like "The MK Roundabouts".

Wimbledon used to average 8,000 at home matches when they were in the top flight, so 20,000 looks ambitious, but good luck to them.

/I hate the playoffs. And I have my reasons.

posted by owlhouse at 09:34 PM on May 30