Howard_T's profile

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: April 19, 2018

Howard_T has posted 42 links and 3531 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

Rusty Staub Dead at 73: A sad note on opening day, Le Grand Orange has passed away. His career spanned 23 seasons, mainly with the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

posted by Howard_T to baseball at 09:28 PM on March 29 - 3 comments

Roger Bannister has Passed Away: Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes has died. The feat was accomplished in 1954. We had a small black and white TV, and film of it was shown on the sports news. I also remember seeing it in the newsreels at the movies. It was a really big deal then, but now even high school kids are running under 4 minutes

posted by Howard_T to other at 04:05 PM on March 04 - 4 comments

...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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Late news: Gregg Popovich's wife has passed away. Bleacher Report mentions an undisclosed illness, but the statement from the Spurs gives no information. It has been a very tough season for Coach Pop.

posted by Howard_T at 08:59 PM on April 18

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

A suggestion for the Chicago White Sox.

This is from a religious satire site. Being an Episcopalian who attends a church with a large average Sunday attendance, we don't have this problem, but there are a few in NH that are close.

posted by Howard_T at 07:44 PM on April 16

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle


Aw come on. I'm planning to enlist Leon to write some posts for me.

posted by Howard_T at 01:23 PM on April 16

College Football Modifies Kickoffs for Player Safety

Why not adopt a football version of the face off or jump ball? Line up the two teams at midfield, facing each other about 5 yards apart in straight lines. There need not be 11 in each line, one or more backs may be used. For an opening face off, have the winner of the coin toss roll the ball in a-la a rugby scrum. This would be done by a twelth player who could then not enter the field until the face off is complete and play is dead. For face off after a score, the team scored upon gets to roll the ball in. Once the ball is clearly possessed by either team, it is dead and may not be advanced. This will allow for some violent collisions, but will avoid the high-speed collisions that are frequently the cause of serious injury.

posted by Howard_T at 01:19 PM on April 16

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Saturday

The second season is upon us. This year could prove to be very interesting, but the real fun won't start until the 2nd round. In the meantime:

Houston in 4, Harden

Oklahoma City in 6, Westbrook

Portland in 7, Davis (The brow still lives)

Golden State in 5, Durant

Toronto in 5, Wall

Boston in 7, Antetokoumpo

Cleveland in 5, James

Philadelphia in 5, Simmons

posted by Howard_T at 01:30 AM on April 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I was watching the Champions League match between Manchester City and Liverpool - TV replay - this afternoon. Something odd happened. First, (Gabriel) Jesus scored for City. The next goal was scored by Mohammed (Salah). For much of the rest of the game I pondered the theological implications of Jesus and Mohammed scoring in the same game. Was there a battle to be fought at Armageddon? Perhaps this was the beginning of peaceful competition between Christian and Muslim. As I went deeper into the possibilities, some guy named Firmino scored and pulled me back to reality. Too bad there was nobody named Judah on either side.

posted by Howard_T at 01:14 AM on April 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Oh, Melissa, you are too late. I have already pledged my undying lust to Lana and her testogen on another thread. Well, maybe if it doesn't work out between Lana and me, then perhaps...

posted by Howard_T at 02:58 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Lana!!! Oh girl of my dreams, please deliver me a full semi-trailer load of your testogen. This 77-year-old lecherous male needs all the help he can get. You and I could make some beautiful highlight reels - just before my fatal coronary. Some Viagra will help, but if things last more than 4 hours, I'm not calling a doctor, I'm calling the Pope! It's a miracle!

posted by Howard_T at 02:54 PM on April 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

is perhaps best not conspicuously celebrated.

It's still not forgiven by my wife. She's a Towson grad, and she used to be a student manager at the Towson Club in the middle 1970s. A lot of the Colts players hung out there, and my wife got to know them. When they moved, she was broken-hearted, as were any number of Colts' fans.

posted by Howard_T at 08:34 PM on April 10

Humboldt gathers, and mourns, through a long and tragic night

I have been searching for words; none are adequate. I prayed for them and their families at church this morning. It feels empty.

posted by Howard_T at 09:30 AM on April 08

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

No evidence of a curse? Now even Gordon Hayward's dog will undergo ACL surgery. It's everywhere!!!

posted by Howard_T at 08:14 PM on April 06

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

98 years ago Boston traded Babe Ruth to the Yankees, and the 86-year-long "Curse of the Bambino" began. Today, upon hearing the news that Kyrie Irving will miss the playoffs, the thought came to me that a new curse might have been placed on a Boston team. Since the trade of Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics have lost the services of Gordon Hayward (5 minutes into the season) , have lost Irving for the remainder of the season, Marcus Smart will probably not be able to play until the 3rd round of the playoffs (if the Celtics get that far - very doubtful), and at various times throughout the season other starters and principal reserves have missed time. Do we have a new curse? Before he was traded, Thomas insisted that when he reached free agency any team that wanted him would have to "back up the Brinks truck" in order to pay him. Do we have the "curse of the Brinks truck" on our hands?

posted by Howard_T at 11:53 PM on April 05

It's finally happened! Emergency back-up goalie (Blackhawks' Scott Foster) plays in an NHL game.

I had to look this up, but I could remember it having happened. In January of 1956, Boston Bruins were scheduled to play in Montreal. Terry Sawchuck, the regular Boston goaltender was ill and couldn't play. The backup was Long John Henderson, but his size 13 skates did not make it to Montreal. The Montreal goaltender's coach, Claude Pronovost, younger brother of Marcel, was put into the Boston net, and he proceeded to pitch a 2-0 shutout for a Bruins win.

posted by Howard_T at 12:46 PM on March 31

Mookie Betts Interviewed During Play

Keep them all miked up, tape all, and play selected highlights along with video of the play. That would make watching baseball a lot more fun. Just don't overdo it.

posted by Howard_T at 08:12 PM on March 27

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Take the Shot Markelle Edition

Carnage is a word that is woefully inadequate to describe my results from last week. I'm almost afraid to continue with the picking. I'll continue while being ready to scream as I check the scores.

Tuesday, Mar 27:

Cleveland by 8
Los Angeles (San Diego transfer variety) by 12

Wednesday, Mar 28:

Utah by 9
(Picking against the Celtics has been hazardous to my standings.)

Thursday, Mar 29:

Oklahoma City by 3
Milwaukee by 6
(Because Golden State is on cruise control while nursing injuries)

Friday, Mar 30:

Cleveland by 12
Portland by 10

Sunday, Apr 1:

Houston by 14

posted by Howard_T at 05:23 PM on March 27