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Name: Howard Titus
Location: Nashua, NH
ZIP: 03062
Gender: Old Alpha Male, hoping no young stud steals the herd.
Member since: April 08, 2006
Last visit: November 24, 2017

Howard_T has posted 40 links and 3437 comments to SportsFilter and 3 links and 265 comments to the Locker Room.

Sports Bio

Native Bostonian, with all attendant baggage still attached. Braves fan until they left for Milwaukee (yes, I'm that old), then it was the BoSox by default. Love all sports, but the favorites are baseball, hockey, football, and hoop, in that order. Used to umpire baseball at the Babe Ruth, Legion, and High School level. At my age, there are too many sports memories to really pick a favorite. Maybe it is Bill Russell's first game in Boston Garden. Another is the time when I was just back from Viet Nam and my dad took me to a Bruins game. This was in the glory days of Orr. Toronto was the opponent, they started 5 defensemen (really), and the fight started within the first minute or so.

Recent Links

...and Maybe the Dynamite Fizzles: Cleveland is having second thoughts about the Thomas-Irving trade after Isaiah Thomas took his physical. What's up here?

posted by Howard_T to basketball at 03:47 PM on August 26 - 10 comments

Boom goes the dynamite.: After promising off-season fireworks for the past few years, the Boston Celtics have delivered. A trade of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Anton Zizic, and the unprotected first round draft pick from Brooklyn in exchange for Cleveland's Kyrie Irving has been announced. Does this put Boston into the NBA finals? What is Cleveland thinking? 2017-18 will be an interesting season.

posted by Howard_T to basketball at 08:49 PM on August 22 - 7 comments

Aviation Loses a Legend: This might have only a tangential relation to sports, but Bob Hoover's long time promotion of the Reno Air Races and his former captaincy on the US Aerobatic Team should qualify. Bob Hoover died on October 25 at the age of 94. He was a former Naval aviator, aerobatic performer, and corporate test pilot for North American Aviation. One of his "signature" performances was his demonstration of the capabilities of the North American "Shrike" Commander, a variant of the twin turboprop corporate Aero Commander business aircraft. He would take the aircraft through a series of maneuvers, and for the climax he would kill both engines, feather the props, execute a full loop, and land the aircraft precisely "on the numbers" (that is, the numbers at the end of the runway). His skills were unmatched. My working life was spent for the most part being in, on, under, and generally around aircraft, and Mr. Hoover was one of the giants I respected greatly.

posted by Howard_T to other at 04:17 PM on October 26 - 3 comments

NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Pairings are Announced: The "Shivering (not Sweet) Sixteen" for 2016 have been selected. Quinnipiac (1), East Regional; St. Cloud State (2), West Regional; North Dakota (3), Midwest Regional; and Providence, Northeast Regional, are the top seeded teams. Northeastern has to be the "Cinderella" team, having overcome a 1-11-2 start to go 21-2-3 in its next 26 games to finish 22-13-5. The regionals start on March 26, and the Frozen 4 begins on April 7 in Tampa, FL.

posted by Howard_T to hockey at 10:12 PM on March 20 - 1 comment

Montreal Canadiens Jean Beliveau dead at 83: Montreal Canadiens have reported that Hockey Hall-of-Fame member and Montreal legend Jean Beliveau has passed away at age 83. Beliveau played 20 seasons for Canadiens, winning 10 Stanley Cup Championships, 5 of them coming when Beliveau wore the captain's C. He also served as a member of the team's management, earning 7 more cups along the way.

posted by Howard_T to hockey at 12:26 AM on December 03 - 2 comments

Recent Comments

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Turkey Leg Award Edition

Wow! The week was good, but I did not expect to jump the field. Just past the half way mark, and this thing is a tight one. Some good games this week, and we will all be trying to get them right.

Detroit by 6

Dallas by 13 LOCK

New York. (National Conference) by 8

Atlanta by 15 LOCK

Cincinnati by 12 LOCK

Tennessee by 19 LOCK

Kansas City by 16 LOCK

New England by 17 LOCK

Carolina by 10

Philadelphia by 16 LOCK

Seattle by 14 LOCK

Oakland by 9

Los Angeles (National Conference) by 7

Jacksonville by 4

Pittsburgh by 12 LOCK

Baltimore by 6

To all, a happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for many things, and one of those is being able to enjoy the camaraderie here on Sports Filter.

posted by Howard_T at 10:53 PM on November 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: 16 Games and Counting Edition

I had a very bad week, about as bad as Marcus Smart's shooting percentage. Of course, Smart does a number of things that make his lack of scoring inconsequential, but it might be nice to do better. I will be baking for Thanksgiving tomorrow, so it's on to the picks right now.

Two class teams on Wednesday night. Warriors have underachieved a bit, but never, ever underestimate them. On the other hand, Thunder have played well at times in the early going. Oklahoma City by 4

Sacramento is inept and Lakers are showing some signs of actually being not too bad. Los Angeles (Purple and Gold version) by 9

Watch out, Eastern Conference, Cavaliers are starting to take things seriously. Cleveland by 17 SLAM

Warriors are at home, Chicago plays more like the homeless. Golden State by 18 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 12:15 AM on November 22

Bills' move to Nathan Peterman is a disaster

It was a bold decision by...

George Pickett to lead a charge at Gettysburg.

George Armstrong Custer to split his forces at the Little Big Horn.

General Packenham to charge into a fortified line at New Orleans.

Titanic's captain to maintain speed through an ice field.

Well, two of them survived, but Sean McDermott's chances aren't too good.

posted by Howard_T at 12:54 PM on November 20

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

One pick made, 13 to go. Got the first one right, but I knew I should have locked it. No guts, no glory.

For the runner in of the state of Florida championship: Tampa Bay by 8

Arizona by 6

Kansas City by 16 LOCK

Jacksonville by 19 LOCK

Detroit by 13 LOCK

Los Angeles (National Conference) by 9

Baltimore by 12

New Orleans by 10 LOCK

Los Angeles (American Conference) by 15 LOCK

New England by 14 LOCK

Philadelphia by 10 LOCK

Atlanta by 4

posted by Howard_T at 06:22 PM on November 18

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

Wow!!! I actually got 1 point last week. How that happened is a mystery to me. Now let's see if I can do better. There's something in this about blind hogs and acorns, but I don't know how that fits.

Saskatchewan by 14

Calgary by 13



posted by Howard_T at 06:11 PM on November 18

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

I picked Warriors to win by 11, and in the 3rd quarter I thought it might be more. Never have I been so happy to miss on a pick. At the beginning of the game, every seat was filled; at the end of the game, none were. The crowd was on its feet, the noise was deafening, and the ending was special. If you stand outside the TD Garden after a game, you can tell the outcome just by listening to the fans. Tonight they were yelling, screaming, and chanting "Let's go Celtics". That's a sure sign of a big win over a very good team. Nights like this are the reason I have season tickets.

posted by Howard_T at 12:42 AM on November 17

NFL Pick 'Em Week 11: Jerry Jones is Detrimental Edition

Just a quick one for tonight.

Pittsburgh by 11.

Ta ta for now.

posted by Howard_T at 06:04 PM on November 16

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley has written this tribute to Bobby Doerr, former Red Sox 2nd baseman, who passed away Monday at age 99. Buckley points out how Doerr was the last of an era in baseball, and was involved in games with baseball greats who had actually been active in the 19th century. Another connection is Doerr's influence on a noted Boston sports figure from an entirely different sport. A bit of a long read, but if your interests include some baseball history, it is worth the several minutes.

posted by Howard_T at 11:07 PM on November 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition

The pick 'em race is close in the early going, but much like many NBA games, there will be runs made, errors committed, and leads gained and lost. It's a long season, boys; let's enjoy it.

Cavaliers look like they're gaining their balance after their early season stumbles. Hornets don't look like much, but they did give Celtics a game. Cleveland by 12.

76ers with #1 pick Fultz face the Lakers with #2 pick Ball. Will #2 try harder? Los Angeles (purple and gold) by 6.

Warriors vs Celtics. The local diehards say this is a preview of the finals. Long way to go before that, but I will be there to enjoy it. The Boston winning streak ends. Golden State by 11.

Houston is at or near the top of the power rankings; Suns are closer to the bottom and getting worse. Houston by 16. SLAM

Thunder vs Spurs looks like a great matchup. Tough one to predict, but Spurs are still banged up. Oklahoma City by 9.

Pelicans have surprised me a little bit this season, but Nuggets play tough at home. The twin towers will prevail. New Orleans by 8.

posted by Howard_T at 01:36 PM on November 15

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Semis Edition

The following picks are written in near total ignorance of the CFL playoff situation. Have I ever let sheer ignorance stop me? Of course not.

Ottawa by 6

Winnipeg by 16



posted by Howard_T at 08:10 AM on November 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I suggested once before, when the controversy first came up, a name that represents one of Edmonton's major attractions. Since the city is home to one of the world's largest shopping malls, might I suggest the "Edmonton Mall Rats".

posted by Howard_T at 12:59 PM on November 10

NFL Pick 'Em Week 10: Detroit Wins in Lambeau Edition

Time once again to channel my inner Curly Lambeau and predict the results of this week's NFL action. I had to type this twice thanks to my overly affectionate cat deciding to sit on the keyboard. Perhaps he's trying to tell me something...

Seattle by 9 LOCK
Tennessee by 6
Detroit by 14 LOCK
Jacksonville by 8
New York (American Conference) by 7
Chicago by 6
New Orleans by 11 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK
Minnesota by 13 LOCK
Los Angeles (National Conference) by 13 LOCK
Dallas by 9
San Francisco by 3
New England by 13 LOCK
Carolina by 6

Half of my picks this week are locks. Look for a triumph or a disaster.

posted by Howard_T at 04:29 PM on November 09

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

There was another play, I forget which game it was in, where after a completed pass, the receiver went to the ground, was barely missed by a defender, and then got to his feet. He stood there for a second, looking around, but not attempting to advance, while his teammates yelled and gestured for him to run. He did, gained a few more yards, and then had the ball stripped. The defense recovered, killing an important drive and subsequently scoring. In this case the receiver was better off staying down.

posted by Howard_T at 01:31 PM on November 08

CFL Pick 'Em, Final Standings

I didn't do too badly for someone who has very little knowledge of CFL football. Win or lose, it's a lot of fun. Congratulations to Reever, and many thanks to Dr. John for once again running it.

posted by Howard_T at 01:20 AM on November 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: It's Spelled 'Antetokounmpo' Edition

I will be at Celtics - Lakers tonight; a chance to get togethere with my son, have a few beers together, and hope for a Geno* sighting, Should be fun.

Lonzo Ball will be sitting out this one. Perhaps he doesn't want to be embarrassed by Jayson Tatum? Boston by 12 SLAM

T-Wolves might have enough to give Warriors a good fioght, but that's about all. Golden Sate by 11.

What to think of the enigma that is the Cavaliers? They look terrible, and then come out like the Cavs of old to edge the Bucks. Rockets on the other hand are a bit more consistent. Houston by 9.

I just watched Thunder get beaten by a Sacramento team that looked fully incompetent against Boston last week. What gives here? Oklahoma City by 10.

Bucks lost to Cavaliers on Tuesday, and their game plan looked a bit underwhelming. Spurs are hurting, so this could be interesting. Spurs by 4.

*In games at TD Garden, when Celtics have a big lead late in the game, a video is often played on the Jumbotron. It is a clip from a 1950s or '60s TV program called Dance Party. Featured in the clip is a male dancer wearing a shirt with the word GENO on it, thus the "Geno Sighting". It is the latter day equivalent of Red Auerbach's victory cigar.

posted by Howard_T at 01:15 AM on November 08