owlhouse's profile

Name: bill pennington (no, not that one)
Location: Australia, but reasonably peripatetic
Member since: June 26, 2004
Last visit: October 20, 2022

owlhouse has posted 164 links and 3,251 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 Monday Huddle

Yeah, because I'm always at work between 2 am and 5 am.

Isn't the heat keeping you at home anyways? :-)

posted by owlhouse at 01:51 AM on July 01, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

Home team plays overly defensive, not away team

And minimise your home advantage? I really don't think this happens.

The away goals rule has led to some of the most exciting and scintillating finishes to two-legged ties that I've ever seen, and (I believe) actually reduces the prospects of extra time and penalties.

But without detailed statistical evidence, we're just guessing in any case.

posted by owlhouse at 10:30 PM on June 26, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

extra time > away goals > penalties

Not necessarily in this context. Playing the first leg away is already an advantage to one team over the other. Then having an extra thirty minutes at home in the event of a drawn two-legged tie is a further advantage.

I also disagree that away goals makes the away team on the first leg more defensive. In fact, looking for a quick away goal is usually part of the game plan.

posted by owlhouse at 06:34 PM on June 26, 2021

UEFA Drops Away Goals as Knockout Tiebreaker

Away goals>Penalties.

That is all.

posted by owlhouse at 10:09 PM on June 25, 2021

Majors May Disqualify Osaka for Refusing to Do Interviews

Media interviews are dangerous. Another leading player withdraws due to issues with a press conference.

posted by owlhouse at 01:02 AM on June 02, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How to create a fake sports tournament.

posted by owlhouse at 12:46 AM on May 13, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Man United v Liverpool postponed as fans protest.

"A pessimist might observe that it's probably a stretch to expect a few guys with songs and banners to change the world for the better. An optimist would counter that it's possibly the only thing that ever has."

posted by owlhouse at 09:50 PM on May 02, 2021

The story behind Barcelona's disastrous rejection of Luis Suárez

Does he know how to play American football?

Asking for a friend in Tampa Bay.

I'm sure he'd like the opportunity to chew that idea over.

posted by owlhouse at 10:04 PM on February 14, 2021

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

And Happy Jan. 2 to owlhouse

Thanks. And to what do I owe the pleasure?

/Straya Day is 26 Jan.

posted by owlhouse at 08:32 PM on January 03, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Face melting tenor solo.

posted by owlhouse at 05:10 PM on December 03, 2020

Trevor Ariza Becomes the NBA's Most Traded Player

Putting the journey into journeyman.

posted by owlhouse at 05:09 PM on December 03, 2020

Diego Maradona has died

The ever-eloquent Jorge Valdano on his World Cup-winning teammate.

posted by owlhouse at 10:04 PM on November 26, 2020

Diego Maradona has died

The best individual player, for sure. The best player? I think Pele might have just shaded him.

posted by owlhouse at 10:02 PM on November 25, 2020

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