owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: August 22, 2017

owlhouse has posted 163 links and 3209 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

Icarus: A new film exposes the level and scope of state sponsored cheating by Russia in the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympics. And the limited ability of anyone to do anything about it.

posted by owlhouse to olympics at 08:47 PM on July 23 - 1 comment

The Table Never Lies: Are Brentford one of the first Moneyball-era football clubs, and can they make it work?

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 09:50 PM on February 20 - 4 comments

From Computer Game to Professional Football Analyst: One young man's gaming obsession turns into a proper paid job.

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 07:57 AM on September 29 - 1 comment

Mud and Glory: "Of a wet and thunderous sodden Saturday they couldn’t put on any lights fifty-two years ago, there weren’t any to put on. It grew much darker and blacker in vilest intensity with coagulated punch-ups going oddly unnoticed due to the annoying and most profound darkness that at least cost nothing. The dark has always been on the house I think you’ll find. Dark and mud sponsored the game of life back then before the new artificial grass authorities put the kybosh on free thinking."

posted by owlhouse to culture at 04:38 AM on September 20 - 3 comments

Tha Art of Coarse Cricket: For some of you, reading this might be akin to deciphering Linear B. But the article and the comments section are some of the funniest things I've ever read about sport.

posted by owlhouse to other at 04:38 AM on September 04 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Huddersfield sit proudly on top of the Premier League.

At least until Brighton thump City 4-0 a bit later today.

posted by owlhouse at 12:13 PM on August 12

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Oh Arsenal.

How we missed you.

posted by owlhouse at 08:00 PM on August 11

Join SportsFilter's Fantasy Premier League

"...sales figures and property prices have risen; people have smiled their way through the streets; old married couples have resumed honeymoon sex; teenage children have volunteered for household jobs; the sun has shone all day and rain has fallen only at night."

The indirect impacts of promotion to the Premier League.

posted by owlhouse at 11:41 PM on August 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I also wonder if the eventual introduction of promotion and relegation to/from MLS is a factor in their thinking. It's a relatively cheap initial investment for larger long term returns.

posted by owlhouse at 08:31 PM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

European players buying into US football. Starting small.


posted by owlhouse at 08:03 AM on August 01

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

If you're looking for another English team, come down into the Championship instead. Things are much less stressful there. At Derby County, for instance.

/You are one of those billionaire Americans wanting to buy a team, aren't you?

posted by owlhouse at 09:04 PM on July 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I will never understand American college sports. From an outsider's point of view, it looks like everyone (coaches, players, administrators) seems to be involved in some kind of sex scandal or a cover up.

It's almost as if it's Rugby League.

posted by owlhouse at 11:54 PM on July 20

Roger Federer Wins 8th Wimbledon Championship

Kelly Slater was world surfing champion 11 times from age 20 to age 39. Both the youngest and oldest to win the title.

A long career in what is normally considered to be a young man's sport.

posted by owlhouse at 05:29 AM on July 17

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Are we sharing our choices?



posted by owlhouse at 12:49 AM on July 16

Soccer Rules Body Considers Timed 30-Minute Halves

There's already a yellow card for time wasting. The refs just need to get serious.

And don't get me started on shirt pulling and holding on corners. If I ever reffed in the Premier League, players like Skrtel and Huth wouldn't have lasted ten minutes.

posted by owlhouse at 03:50 PM on June 20

Under-20 World Cup: England beat Venezuela in final

None of the team were born at the time of "Football's Coming Home".

posted by owlhouse at 03:16 AM on June 12

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I always figured a good business to open in the sub-continent would be an effigy factory.

posted by owlhouse at 11:31 PM on June 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Ah Cessnock. The jewel of the Hunter.

If you can ignore the open cut coal mines, the wineries are fantastic.

posted by owlhouse at 02:38 AM on June 07

Rock Climber Scales El Capitan with No Gear

Just came on here to post this. Probably the sporting event of the year, in terms of an individual achievement.

Man, that's a long way down.

posted by owlhouse at 07:37 PM on June 04

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

After the Sergio Ramos red card incident, I have no trouble understanding why they remain, to me at least, Franco's team.

posted by owlhouse at 07:36 PM on June 04