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owlhouse
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Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: August 21, 2014

owlhouse has posted 135 links and 2829 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 Pick 'Em, Week 9

Australian songs as CFL team theme songs? You got it. Winnipeg by 10. Prizes for guessing the links or associations. Edmonton by 12. Actually, there won't be any prizes. Calgary by 21. Except the satisfaction of winning a weird Commonwealth Competition. BC by 18.

posted by owlhouse at 10:39 PM on August 20

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Man, you should have heard MY end of season speech to my daughter's Under 12 Girls team.

I had so many mothers hugging me afterwards that my partner came over to glare at them until they stopped. She has a black belt in karate. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 08:02 AM on August 20

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

I'd love to hear the reasoning behind picking ManUtd in the top four

I did the same, so I'll have a go at answering that: No More David Moyes.

By which I mean he took a Premier League winning team, augmented by new signings, into the tactical wasteland that was Man U's last season. LVG will take a bit of time with a new side, but he's no David Moyes, and has a fair idea of how to turn players into better performers than you'd expect. There is enough quality in the squad, although they could do with a new centre back pairing.

Further evidence, you say? Look at Everton last year. Roberto Martinez essentially took David Moyes' squad and made them a different team, using their talents properly in a range of different tactical approaches.

Moyes only has a Plan A, and it's not a good Plan A.

posted by owlhouse at 04:48 AM on August 18

The Premier League Season Kicks Off Tomorrow

OK, late to the party, but it's a marathon, not a sprint...

Title: Chelsea. Money talks, but defence triumphs.

Top Four: Chelsea, City, Arsenal, Man Utd. Liverpool are too flaky and could do with replacing their entire back line and maybe buy a proper DM.

Relegated: Stoke, Burnley, QPR. Stoke is wishful thinking on my part. It will probably be Leicester.

Top Scorer: Aguero.

Assists: Hazard. About time he turned up.

Clean Sheets: Chelsea, but Everton has a shot.

posted by owlhouse at 09:42 PM on August 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I know he's Welsh, but are there are fewer more distressing sights than an Englishman in a baseball cap?

posted by owlhouse at 09:19 PM on August 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

I would like to note that after going 0 for 12 through the first 3 weeks with tails=home/heads=away, I switched heads/tails in week 4 and have subsequently hit 13/16 correct picks and with this week's spread points (also determined "randomly" through a system of coin flipping and mashing buttons on a calculator) have scored 17 in that time.

Damn. Someone's onto me.

posted by owlhouse at 09:51 PM on August 11

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 8

You've probably all seen this. Toronto by 12. The Molson Rant. Edmonton by 21. We're proud of our country, too. Calgary by 7. Only we have to warn you first. Montreal by 11. That you might accidentally get killed. Toronto by 10.

posted by owlhouse at 02:55 AM on August 11

Donovan to Retire at the end of this MLS season

Just to stir the pot, do Bayer Leverkusen fans consider him "professional" - where he was too lazy to work for a place in a Bundesliga side? And as far as the USMNT goes, is going AWOL during the WC qualifiers a sign of team commitment?

Just asking.

posted by owlhouse at 01:07 AM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Since we're posting women's football, this one is a bit old, but has Lisa de Vanna going all Pele.

posted by owlhouse at 03:37 AM on August 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 7

Ah, Mike Pyke, Swans premiership player. Saskatchewan by 7. And Sydney's favourite Canadian. Edmonton by 21. What can Australia possibly offer in return? BC by 15. How about swapping some Footy Cards? What? You mean Mark Harris isn't Montreal's favourite Australian? Calgary by 21.

posted by owlhouse at 10:57 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The most terrifying away trips in Australia.

/Not that terrifying really. My 85 year old mother takes the bus past Brookvale Oval most days. She hates Manly with the passion that only true North Sydney supporters can muster. They also left off the Sydney Cricket Ground in the 70s, formidable during an Ashes Test or the first few years of day/night games when the crowd on The Hill was very, very drunk and violent. Formative experiences for a young fella.

posted by owlhouse at 09:34 PM on August 04

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

"To lament the commercialisation of sport is to piss on an inferno devouring your house." The NRL in Australia goes Marvel.

posted by owlhouse at 01:39 AM on July 31

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 6

So, the Commonwealth Games, otherwise known as Empire School Sports Carnival. Winnipeg by 15. Is anyone in Canada watching? Toronto by 11. Calgary by 13. Because, as Usain Bolt so elegantly and accurately put it. Saskatchewan by 21. It's a bit shit.

posted by owlhouse at 01:13 AM on July 31

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Good counterpoint to the Super League: the qualifying rounds of the 2014-15 Europa League have already been running for a few weeks.

posted by owlhouse at 11:52 PM on July 23

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The 40th birthday of the Gray Nicholls Scoop, the cricket bat that spawned a revolution. This makes me feel old.

posted by owlhouse at 10:21 PM on July 22