owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: March 27, 2015

owlhouse has posted 141 links and 2902 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

Cyclones and Grass Roots Football: The Nerimbera Magpies. The soul of a town.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 05:40 AM on March 24 - 0 comments

Last Man (or Woman): A game for those not interested in NFL. Or at least the Superbowl result.

posted by owlhouse to football at 12:15 AM on February 18 - 5 comments

People Who Like Sport Remember Their Lives Better Than People Who Don't.: A long rambling look through 2005. Life, death, divorce. And cricket.

posted by owlhouse to culture at 08:52 PM on February 04 - 0 comments

Coming of Age: The long, hard luck story of Australian football may be coming to an end.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 09:57 PM on February 01 - 3 comments

Crowd Catch: The lengths some people will go to to catch a ball in the crowd. Also, in cricket, using a mitt is illegal.

posted by owlhouse to other at 04:53 AM on January 29 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's an interesting sport I still find a bit baffling

Wish I understood it better but it was a fun watch either way

Rugby referees' post-match interviews are becoming refreshingly honest.

posted by owlhouse at 09:07 PM on March 23

Can popularity ruin a sport?

I occasionally check the comments section on sport articles and like Rafa and most of you guys, get disillusioned with humanity. However, on The Guardian I am always cheerier when checking reports from matches in the Championship. In the second tier, fans tend to be far more polite and frequently praise the opposition on the day, even after a sound defeat. It may have something to do with being a fan for longer, and understanding that in the long run, today's rooster is tomorrow's feather duster.

/Yes, I've even seen Derby fans praise F****t, and vice-versa. It's a parallel universe.

posted by owlhouse at 11:09 PM on March 19

The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves on to the knock-out stage

Only 7 games left, so less than 6 bucks per game, I suppose.

posted by owlhouse at 11:12 PM on March 17

The 2015 Cricket World Cup moves on to the knock-out stage

I'm not advocating dodgy internet sites or anything, but...


Note that this site seems to chop and change sources from time to time to be ahead of the ICC.

posted by owlhouse at 09:15 PM on March 17

Formula E Racing Comes to U.S.

In China, you're allowed to ride electric scooters in the bike lane. In many cities, pedestrians share the bike lane, too.

They sneak up on you,don't they? Ouch.

posted by owlhouse at 09:29 PM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

"Footy as it was a long time ago". when I lived in the Top End, this was always the biggest sporting event on the calendar.

posted by owlhouse at 02:13 AM on March 15

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Overuse of sabermetrics in cricket? An interesting debate and some good commenting from The Spin.

posted by owlhouse at 09:36 PM on March 03

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Absolutely ludicrous game of cricket going on at Eden Park, Auckland right now.

posted by owlhouse at 01:35 AM on February 28

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If any of you are watching the Cricket World Cup at the moment...

England are being humiliated.

posted by owlhouse at 11:14 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Cricket World Cup live streaming.


Note: may not be totally legit.

posted by owlhouse at 11:17 PM on February 17

Belgian Soccer Fans Lose Their Heads

It got him sent off, though.


posted by owlhouse at 11:16 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This is simply brilliant.

Even if you're not a cricket follower, this article tears down everything wrong with modern sports broadcasting. It's angry, informed and truthful. We need more of these.

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on February 12

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Some analysis of kicking and tackling versus ball in hand rugby.

posted by owlhouse at 08:36 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Not sure I want to be seen opening that particular door...

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 AM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I didn't get far in my understanding of the rules

You and most referees, as well.

But seriously, the ruck and maul rules are not just hard to interpret, they keep changing, too. It's one of the features of rugby (union) that limits the game as a spectacle. I played it at school (it was compulsory) so managed to pick up most of the principles, but the whole approach and game strategy of top level rugby is based on gaining advantages at the ruck, and exploiting the rules (read: cheating without getting caught).

posted by owlhouse at 01:34 AM on February 08