owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: April 07, 2020

owlhouse has posted 163 links and 3,226 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, 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

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, 2016 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

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

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

From Korea with a twist.

posted by owlhouse at 09:11 PM on October 27, 2019

'The French Olympic logo tumbles out of bed on a Parisian morning.'

Tres chic.

posted by owlhouse at 09:08 PM on October 27, 2019

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Braves were Fried to the Max.

posted by owlhouse at 11:33 PM on October 09, 2019

Sorry celestial Sachin but Virat Kohli has taken command of the space fleet

As someone points out in the comments, Ricky Ponting previously achieved top ranking in all three formats. And Kohli has to hope Steve Smith has a bad run in the next three Ashes tests.

Kohli is a great batsman, no doubt. The current Indian team should be built around him, however the game's governors in India (the BCCI), some of the press ans some of the public appear not to appreciate him very much. He's not as spectacular as Tendulkar, but infinitely reliable.

posted by owlhouse at 12:06 AM on December 09, 2017

Are You Ready for Some Football?

I think the intercontinental playoffs showed that CONCACAF and CONMEBOL may not be as strong as the countries' individual rankings suggest.

It could have been worse for us, but we have a chance. Although finishing second would probably give us Argentina in the Round of 16.

posted by owlhouse at 09:51 PM on December 01, 2017

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I thought Everton were better than that.

Excellent, Premier League level trolling from the other side of Stanley Park. Take a bow, sir!

posted by owlhouse at 10:44 PM on November 29, 2017

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle


They're doing very well. In case you couldn't tell.


posted by owlhouse at 11:25 PM on November 18, 2017

U.S. May Host New World Soccer Tournament

You mean like this?

posted by owlhouse at 05:01 AM on November 16, 2017

Megan Rapinoe: 'Fifa Doesn't Care About Women's Football'

Sam Kerr is not surprised.

posted by owlhouse at 09:03 PM on October 25, 2017

United States Eliminated from World Cup Qualification

At one stage I was looking forward to an intercontinental playoff against you guys. Now it's Honduras, with the first leg scheduled for the homicide capital of the world. Thanks.

If it's any consolation, we're not having the best time of it in qualification either. The width of a post away from elimination against Syria.

Thus by these tiny measures does the fate of nations hang.

posted by owlhouse at 10:38 PM on October 11, 2017

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Luckily it happens overnight here.

Still, I thought Everton did well for the money, as did Swansea for very little money.

posted by owlhouse at 12:51 AM on September 01, 2017

Harvey Impacts LSU/BYU Game in Houston on Saturday

If they scheduled a game for the Horn of Africa, it might help the drought situation there.

posted by owlhouse at 04:20 AM on August 29, 2017