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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: July 19, 2017

Howard_T has posted 38 links and 3347 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

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

The Big Guys Get Their Way: The NCAA Board of Directors has given the 5 big conferences what amounts to near autonomy to set their own rules. It appears that football teams will now be ranked from Division 3 through FCS and FBS, with the largest 5 conferences in a new division called the Juggernaut Division.

posted by Howard_T to general at 11:26 PM on August 07 - 0 comments

Celtics Guard, Lakers Exec Bill Sharman Dies: Bill Sharman, high-scoring guard for the Boston Celtics, and later coach and executive with the Los Angeles Lakers has died at age 87. In the championship years with the Celtics, the mantra "Russell to Cousy to Sharman", describing the Boston fast break, was the equivalent of baseball's "Tinker to Evers to Chance".

posted by Howard_T to basketball at 03:15 PM on October 25 - 0 comments

Recent Comments

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Since I don't think that Montreal and Ottawa will be in a 4 or 5 hour delay for moose attack, zombie apocalypse, or snow, I guess I will not be able to pick that one. Wednesday night football makes no sense to me. Thursday is bad enough, but Wednesday?

Anyway, here are the rest of the picks.

Tigercats have played like tame kittens while Eskimos have had the sled dogs running in high gear. Edmonton by 6

Winnipeg are coming off a win in Toronto, but have to fly all the way west to face hungry Lions. BC by 13

The Stamps seem to be the consensus choice this week. Who am I to argue? Calgary by 10

Thanks to the vagaries of the CFL schedule we get a second crack at picking Ottawa. The problem is that nobody is picking them. I won't either. Toronto by 7

posted by Howard_T at 10:33 PM on July 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

Once again we find ourselves in a slow spiral toward the bottom of the standings. No matter, there is always hope. I feel a bit like the birds that come to my backyard feeders. They peck away and peck away until they find exactly the right seed or nut for their taste. So it is with my picks; pecking away until I actually get one right.

Argonauts showed they might have something in holding off Ottawa, or did Ottawa show that they lacked something in losing to Toronto. I don't know, but I will give Argos credit for a bit of momentum. Toronto by 6

Alouettes need to be careful about allowing a group of rampaging quadrupeds into their stadium. Birdies get hurt. Calgary by 12

The color-confused group from Ottawa will find a tall order to fill in the land of the Eskimos. They will fall short. Edmonton by 9

Cat fights tend to be noisy, lots of yowling before the engagement, hissing and screaming during the very brief battle, and some muttering and licking of wounds afterward. The cat fight in Hamilton might be similar, although not as brief. Look for the striped cats to be licking their wounds while the tawny cats walk away with tails held high. BC by 3

posted by Howard_T at 06:08 PM on July 13

Peter Karmanos close to selling Hurricanes for $500 million

I was never a Whalers' fan, but I loved the fact that the Bruins had a rival within the New England area and required a drive of less than 2 hours (from southern NH) to see. I still see the occasional set of flukes on a Whaler t-shirt at various events around Boston.

posted by Howard_T at 05:49 PM on July 13

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

This ESPN headline is just terrible.

...but very understandable. ESPN is a television (well, cable TV anyway), and as such lives on its ratings. I seem to remember something about the New York metropolitan area being the largest TV market in the USA. (or maybe 2nd, I don't know for sure) On the other hand, Seattle, while a really nice place to live, even when it rains, is not a terribly large market. Thus, the headline "Mariners' Star's Walk-Off Wins All Star Game" would not excite a very lareg fan base. One must also understand that the next Sunday Night Baseball game on ESPN happens to be Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees. No matter where these 2 teams are in the standings, ESPN will hype the rivalry every time.

By the way, Judge is worth the price of admission until opposing pitchers and scouts find the holes in his swing.

posted by Howard_T at 06:39 PM on July 12

What football will look like in the future

Started, got through about 8 or 10 iterations, and gave up. There's an answer in there somewhere, but I think it's 42, and like Douglas Adams, nobody knows the question.

Back in my pre-teens and teenage years I used to read a lot of science fiction. Some of it was written like this, as a long and somewhat disjointed narrative, but this has the advantage of having graphics and a bit of interactivity. The odd thing is that the sci-fi I used to read might have had a computing or writing device such as the one that produced this story as one of it's main characters.

posted by Howard_T at 02:27 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Well how about that? News has just come that the Celtics have traded Avery Bradley and a 2nd round pick to Detroit for Marquis Morris. The salary differential saves Boston about 3.5 million, more than enough to put Hayward on the roster. Morris is a 6'9" forward who can score (averaged about 14 per game last season) and can rebound a bit. Considering what went on in the summer league last night, the plan might be to move Jaylen to the 2 position. It still looks like Jae Crowder is going too, but the sign-and-trade is no longer necessary.

posted by Howard_T at 12:09 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

First of all, there's no possibility of Utah keeping Hayward. He is a free agent who has agreed to a deal with Boston. The deal cannot be consummated until Boston is able to do it without exceeding the salary cap. Reports say that the difference right now is something like 300K. So the question is why do you have to get rid of a 4 - 7 Million contract. Simply enough, Ainge needs another piece for this year in order to have a chance at beating Cleveland in the playoffs. Marc Gasol is supposedly available for the right price, and one that is not exorbitant.

A couple of things are coming into play here. First of all, a trade of Crowder, Smart, or Bradley will not bring enough of a return. The biggest reason for this is that the other GMs around the league think they have Ainge over a barrel, and they will take every advantage. Another thing is that Boston wants something else from Utah for Crowder. It would not be a major piece, more like a draft pick, but it would be something useful in making another deal down the road for a Gasol or his ilk.

posted by Howard_T at 08:31 AM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The latest product of the rumor mills is a possible sign-and-trade deal between Utah and Boston. On the face of it, this is not necessary, since Hayward has already agreed to the deal with the Celtics. The idea is for Utah to sign Hayward and then receive Jay Crowder in trade. This gives Boston the ability to move Crowder's $7 million (with 3 years remaining) in order to fit Hayward under the salary cap. A trade with Utah eliminates the need to balance salaries as would be required when executing a trade in ordinary circumstances.

If a deal of Crowder to Utah cannot be done, then one of the trio of Crowder, Avery Bradley, or Marcus Smart must be traded. While any of those 3 would help any team in the NBA, the return to Boston (in draft picks preferably) would be less than market value. The sign-and-trade makes a lot of sense.

posted by Howard_T at 02:03 PM on July 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

My wife and I are "up north" this week in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. we enjoy it up here, and we spend the time relaxing, going to some of our favorite restaurants and activities, and just relaxing. Today we got high, but not like you think. We rode the cog railway to the top of Mount Washington, the highest peak in New England and 3rd highest east of the Mississippi River. The cog railway has been around since 1866, and is quite a different way to climb a mountain. It was a fun day, but now it is time to get to serious business.

Lions make the long trek eastward to face the Alouettes. It is said that travel is broadening, but I think that is in regard to certain parts of the anatomy due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise rather than expanding one's outlook. In this case, Lions will be doing the educating. BC by 11

Blue Bombers need to take wing against the Stampeders. You are clear for takeoff. Winnipeg by 6

The old saying is "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Toronto fooled me last week when I actually took the seriously. Ottawa by 16

Tiger Cats have to sharpen their claws in order to handle the Rough Riders. Instead they will do what all embarrassed cats do; sit there licking themselves. Saskatchewan by 5

posted by Howard_T at 10:40 PM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Gene Conley, right-hand pitcher, Milwaukee Braves and Boston Red Sox has passed away at age 86. With the Braves he won a World Series championship.

Gene Conley, back-up center, Boston Celtics, has passed away at age 86. As a Celtic, Conley won 3 NBA championships as the back-up center behind Bill Russell.

The obit is obviously for the same guy, but he is among the very few who has won a championship in two different major league sports. Now for the disclaimer: In my youth Gene Conley was always one of my favorite players on the Celtics, mostly because of his versatility as both a baseball player and a basketball player.

posted by Howard_T at 06:58 PM on July 05

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hayward at the Players' Tribune

Some were downplaying the relationship between Hayward and Coach Brad Stevens, Boston's head coach and Hayward's former college coach at Butler. It was said that their relationship was not all that important in Hayward's choice. In his Players' Tribune post, Hayward made it clear that one of the main factors in his choice was the trust he placed in Brad Stevens to "do the right thing" (not a direct quote) and support him in whatever decision he made.

posted by Howard_T at 10:25 PM on July 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

On the subject of NBA free agent signings, ESPN has done it again. Earlier today they posted a report that Gordon Hayward would sign with the Boston Celtics. "Nay, not so", say all concerned. Hayward's agent says there has been no decision as yet, and Celtics management and Jazz management have not heard anything from Hayward. There was no mention of whether or not Miami has heard anything, but one must assume not.

posted by Howard_T at 05:09 PM on July 04

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

If Hernandez were to win his lawsuit, the largest part of the settlement should be an accurate and consistent strike zone. His biggest problem is that he just is not very good behind the plate.

posted by Howard_T at 01:47 PM on July 04

University Rochester football player kidnapped and tortured for 40 hours

don't know how one can come back from that.

The article said that he has continued with his piano playing. That will be the key to moving past the horror. He will be able to bury himself in the music, and as time passes the emotional pain will lessen.

posted by Howard_T at 12:47 PM on July 02

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Happy Canada Day to all.

I was watching the Red Sox vs Blue Jays game this afternoon, and the pre-game ceremonies were broadcast. They were really nice, the teams were wearing special uniforms (Canada Day for the Jays, July 4 for Boston - their socks were cool, red & white stripes on one leg and solid blue on the other), pipes and drums for the music, a salute to veterans and active duty Canadian Forces, and a good rendition of both anthems.

As the giant flag was being carried to the outfield and unfurled, the pipes were playing "The Maple Leaf Forever". My Nova Scotian dad used to sing this all the time, and he insisted that it should have been the Canadian National Anthem instead of "Oh Canada".

Chris Sale pitched for Boston. Watching him pitch is what it might have been like listening to Beethoven compose one of his piano sonatas.

The game was a 7 - 1 Boston blowout win. This caused my warped mind to think of a the many advertising circulars that come in the mail telling of "Blowout Sales". I wonder why the tire companies never advertise a blowout sale.

That's enough nonsense for now. Once again, happy sesquicentennial, Canada.

posted by Howard_T at 05:14 PM on July 01