owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: September 23, 2020

owlhouse has posted 164 links and 3,238 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

Women's World Cup 2023: You're all welcome to join us down under in three years' time. Note that I only have a couple of spare rooms so book early. :-)

posted by owlhouse to soccer at 11:04 PM on June 25, 2020 - 5 comments

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, 2017 - 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, 2017 - 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, 2016 - 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, 2016 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

a half year behind its normal time and in a different country

In 2009, the Indian Premier League was played entirely in South Africa following the terrorist attack on the touring Sri Lankan team in March of that year.

posted by owlhouse at 12:29 AM on September 16, 2020

Paris Saint-Germain 0-1 Marseilles

I've said it before, and I'll say it again.

Neymar is a twat.

posted by owlhouse at 10:45 PM on September 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I have only ever seen one MLB game. And the highlight was Big Bart Colon hitting a double.

posted by owlhouse at 12:03 AM on September 08, 2020

CFL's Edmonton Eskimos Will Change Their Name

I nominate the Edmonton Ones That Got Away.

As anyone who followed my CFL tipping career in the Locker Room can confirm.

posted by owlhouse at 12:44 AM on July 22, 2020

Op-Ed: 'The Texas Rangers Team Name Must Go'

Didn't something that happened around 1776 mean that you septics got rid of all your Royals?

Or is it just because of Wallis Simpson and Meghan Markle?

/I actually don't need to know.

posted by owlhouse at 02:18 AM on July 17, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

It's probably the hardest of the Nordic languages. It doesn't seem to have the semi-connectivity that Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian do.

Finnish is in an entirely different language group to the other Nordic/Germanic and even Indo-European languages. It sits in it's own family, Uralic, along with Estonian, Hungarian, the Sami languages and some indigenous languages of Siberia. And yes, it is hard!

posted by owlhouse at 01:33 AM on July 11, 2020

Women's World Cup 2023

Launceston is in Tasmania (the South Island). Looks like it will indeed host some group games.

But if you want to drive there from here in Sydney, it's about 9 hours to Melbourne, then an overnight ferry crossing of Bass Strait in the middle of winter, then a short drive from Devonport. Or you could fly direct in about 90 minutes.

The matches will also be held in the middle of AFL season, so you could catch some games of that, too.

posted by owlhouse at 11:11 PM on June 28, 2020

Women's World Cup 2023

About as far as New York is from Chicago. :-)

posted by owlhouse at 07:26 PM on June 26, 2020

Premier League Returns Today

Yet to see any evidence of teams "living" by the David Luiz.

The world's most expensive defender, but not in the way your team was hoping...

posted by owlhouse at 11:46 PM on June 18, 2020

When Will Sports Return? Not Anytime Soon

You'd think tennis might be an early returning sport also.

Only if you play from in front of the baseline.

/I'll see myself out.

posted by owlhouse at 11:01 PM on May 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I'm not sure Vanuatu has an ice hockey arena.

posted by owlhouse at 10:38 PM on April 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

They still needed someone who could shoot.

posted by owlhouse at 06:30 PM on April 10, 2020

Harlem Globetrotters' legend Curly Neal dies at age 77

RIP. Saw the Globetrotters at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney circa 1974. Great fun.

posted by owlhouse at 08:09 PM on March 29, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I watched The English Game (https://www.netflix.com/title/80244928) on Netflix last weekend, very interesting short series from Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) about the turning point in football when payers started getting paid.

I just started watching this week. It's a bit plodding, and the characterisation is weak, but it does combine two of my favourite things: the beginning of the labour movement and football.

posted by owlhouse at 08:08 PM on March 29, 2020

U.S. Soccer President Resigns Over Sexist Legal Strategy

This is the kind of sports administrator that makes me want to Chuck all over my Blazer.

posted by owlhouse at 10:43 PM on March 12, 2020