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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: August 29, 2016

Howard_T has posted 37 links and 3133 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

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

The Bridgetown Senators?: This from Christopher Stuart Taylor of the Huffington Post tries to explain a possible bit of Canadian tax evasion on the part of Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. The dodge involves setting up business relationships between Canada and Barbados. The businesses will then be taxed at the 2.5% Barbadian rate rather than the 30% Canadian rate. While the author leads with a Senators' connection, the actual investigation conducted by the CBC has nothing to do with the team. I'm sure Melnyk is clever enough to keep purely Canadian businesses out of the "Bajun" connection. Note: No matter which side (Canadian or Barbadian) is puling a fast one here, I'm on the bad side. My dad was from Nova Scotia, my mom from Barbados, and I still have family in both places.

posted by Howard_T to hockey at 01:32 PM on October 11 - 0 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Why do balls hit in Rogers Centre sound so different

The answer is obvious. Everything in Canada has to be in two languages, French and English. In order to comply with this regulation the sound system must be modified. Thus, what you hear is a combination of "coup sur baton" and "crack of the bat". This is not easy, so the sound is quite different in Canada. The sound system for the Montreal Expos had the same problem, except it tended more to the French language, while the system in Toronto tends toward the English.

posted by Howard_T at 04:28 PM on August 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

Now, where were we when we last checked in? Oh yes, I had just finished with dinner, it was trash night, the dishes needed to be done, and I had to clean and cover the grill. No time for football pick 'ems. So to continue the saga:

Winnipeg at Montreal: Little Larks will fly higher than the Bombers, and Winnipeg will indeed be Blue. Montreal by 8

Saskatchewan at Edmonton: Rough Riders are indeed in for a rough ride. Eskimos run them over with the dog sled. Remember, only the lead dog gets to see a change in scenery. Edmonton by 17

Hamilton at Calgary: It is not possible to make cats stampede, or make any other fast moves, unless they are in the mood. Tiger Cats are no exception. They will not be stampeded, but they will move quickly on the field. Hamilton by 11

posted by Howard_T at 05:22 PM on August 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Ten

OK, have to do this quickly. Game's about to start.

BC at Ottawa: Lions don't look good in red or black, but Ottawa won't make them wear anything. BC by 12.

posted by Howard_T at 07:38 PM on August 25

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The first wave of American water sports enthusiasts...

My wife and I returned Monday from 3 weeks in Canada. When I heard the initial report on TV of a border incident, I thought they were talking about us. They weren't, we managed to escape without incident. I found it disturbing that the Canadians set up a camp to hold the rafters. Concentration camps at the border? Terrible! If I decide to emigrate to Canada, I will have no problem finding a sponsor. I found that I have dozens of relatives scattered throughout Digby Neck and the Islands, Nova Scotia, all descendants of the United Empire Loyalists that fled the US in 1783 after the Revolution.

posted by Howard_T at 02:17 PM on August 24

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Nine

I'm sitting in the public library in Westport, NS, because it is the only place on the Island that has decent WiFi. Internet service is spotty at best, and one of the best spots is in the cemetery where my ancestors are buried. Too scary for me. Speaking of ghosts, I haven't the ghost of a chance of winning this thing, but I will continue to haunt the contest.

I'm helping my wife trace genealogy, so I have not much time for banter. Here are my shots for the week:

Montreal at Ottawa: I've seen more Redblack logos than Allouette logos in my travels in Nova Scotia. Ottawa by 8

Calgary at BC: There seem to be more British Columbia residents than Alberta residents touring Nova Scotia this year, but we had a nice talk with a honeymooning couple from Alberta while attending a Celtic Fiddle concert on Cape Breton Island. Calgary by 5

Edmonton at Toronto: No entrails to divine on this one, although the B&B we are staying at is a working farm. Lots of chickens, rabbits, some sheep and alpacas, and a miniature horse. The lady that runs the farm is a well-known hooker*. I'll go with the Eskimos just because nothing gives me any hints. Edmonton by 11

Saskatchewan at Hamilton: Since one of my uncles was at one time the Superintendent of Schools for the Province of Sasketchewan, I have to lean in that direction. Saskatchewan by 2

*Get your minds out of the gutter, boys and girls. Our hostess is well-known for her hooking of rugs and tapestries.

posted by Howard_T at 03:44 PM on August 19

WGN Anchor Goes on Epic Rant About Rules for Covering Olympics

I'm sitting in Canada now, reading the sports news on the Boston Globe website, and I tried to view a video clip that had been linked in one article. Up comes a video clip from NBC, and before anything will play the screen goes to black with white lettering that says, "This content is not available in your country". Now I suppose I could go looking through Canadian sources, but the likelihood of finding video clips of Ali Raisman in gymnastics or Nate Ebner in rugby 7s is not great. Come on, guys, I'm from Boston. Give me a break!

posted by Howard_T at 09:43 PM on August 11

Longtime ESPN Broadcaster John Saunders Dies

He was one of the few on ESPN who could be called fully professional in his work. R. I. P. John Saunders.

posted by Howard_T at 08:41 PM on August 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eight

Greetings from Halifax, NS. Wife and I are here after driving from NH through Maine and New Brunswick, along the Northumberland Coast of Nova Scotia, and spending 4 wonderful days on Cape Breton Island. If you've never been to Cape Breton Island, make it a point to go. The place is beautiful and it has a unique culture. The road signs are in 2 languages. No, not the English ad French you might expect in Canada, but in English and Gaelic. I have now acquired a taste for Celtic fiddle music. The place we stayed did not offer TV in its rooms, and the TV in the lounge was not working. My only news of any type has come via the internet, and when mobile 'phone service is as spotty as it is in the less traveled parts of Nova Scotia, it is easy to lose track of what is going on.

Speaking of travels, which of the visiting teams might have a chance this week? It's time to pick the winners.

Montreal at Edmonton: The little larks fly to meet the Eskimos. They are not worn out by the long trip. Montreal by 7

Winnipeg at Toronto: I think the Blue Bombers surprised even themselves after the downpour last week. Their trip east will provide a reality check. Toronto by 9

Calgary at Saskatchewan: The Riders will not get run down by the Stampede. Another visitor is able to do well on the road. Calgary by 16

Hamilton at BC: My 3 cats rarely fight, especially the 2 males. Once in a while the female - much smaller than either of the other 2 - will decide that the boys need to be taught some manners. This usually results in a good slap or 2, some yowling, and then it's time for them to make up. The cat fight in BC will not be as friendly. Tigercats will claw and scratch, but the Lions will rule the litter box. BC by 10

posted by Howard_T at 08:50 PM on August 09

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seven

My wife and I sit this evening in the Land of 110-Yard Football. Our pilgrimage to my father's native land started yesterday, and tonight we are in St. John, NB. I doubt that being on Canadian soil will improve my predictive abilities, but we shall see.

Hamilton at Winnipeg: This one says that the Blue Bombers should be left with flesh shredded by the claws of the Tiger Cats, and clumps of used kitty litter in their mouth. I agree with that. Hamilton by 17.

BC at Montreal: The little birds managed to get their hackles up against Roughriders last week, but can they do the same against some big cats? It is too much to expect. BC by 11.

Saskatchewan at Calgary: Speaking of those who ride unevenly, they now travel to face a group of runaway quadrupeds. Calgary should win easily, but will more likely have to hang on by their fingernails. Calgary by 4.

Edmonton at Ottawa: The stereotypical image of the Eskimo, at least among those of us who watch too many old travelogues about the Arctic, is a man in some sort of heavy parka with a fur-trimmed hood. It is not an image of someone wearing a red and black checked shirt. Eskimos will not be comfortable in checked shirt territory. Ottawa by 8.

posted by Howard_T at 10:04 PM on August 02

NBA Players Assocation votes unanimously to fund health insurance for retired players

The article does not say whether or not the NBA is providing any funding to support the plan. If they are not, then it is strictly an NBPA function. This is similar to what many, if not most, unions provide for their members. My wife's health insurance is through the Teachers' Union, for example. If the league itself has no responsibility for the plan, then comparing the NBA players action to whatever the NFL as a league does is not valid. I would suggest the NFLPA set up its own retiree health insurance plan and hold the owners up for as large a contribution to the plan as they can get.

posted by Howard_T at 03:31 PM on July 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

To whom it may concern:

I am not now, nor have I ever been, ic23b or bender. I do not aspire to be either. If ic23b and bender wish to be me (and I'm sure it is among their most deeply held desires), they must ask me nicely. I will probably refuse, but I will definitely feel more favorably disposed to them. In the meantime, Dr. John, I ask that you immediately cease and desist from the identity theft which you apparently are promoting. My legal counsel, the firm Garron, Brom, and Cree, tells me that you could be in serious trouble. Of course I pay them off in kitty treats and catnip, so all they usually tell me is "meow".

Enough of a nonsensical rant. On with the picks.

Winnipeg at Edmonton: This one is for bragging rights between Alberta and Manitoba. This New Englander does not know if there is anything worth bragging about in either province. Well, there is oil in the tar sands of Alberta, that's not bad. Reason enough to pick Edmonton by 11

Saskatchewan at Montreal: The Rough Riders (were they really named after Teddy Roosevelt's cavalry regiment?) come to the big city. There they will be attacked by a flock of little birds. Sometimes the least of creatures will overcome the greater. Montreal by 6

British Columbia at Calgary: BC is in Canada because the US decided that "54-40 or Fight" was really a lousy slogan for a war. Canada (actually, still an English colony at the time), in the meantime, wanted to slide the border down to the Columbia River. The 49th parallel was the compromise, mainly because it is easier to score 49 than 54. BC Lions go to the city whose name either means "Cold Garden", "Clear Running Water", or "Bay Farm". If you can't figure that out, how do you expect to win a football game? Somehow they do, and the invading Lions are tamed. Calgary by 9

Toronto at Ottawa: The sailors of myth look for a golden fleece in the National Capitol. They might find it, but it will be a piece of red and black checked wool. Ottawa by 17

posted by Howard_T at 05:16 PM on July 28

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Oh well, another Thursday goes by without my remembering to make my picks. My excuse this time was that I spent most of the day writing my feedback on the performance of our church and its clergy during the past year. We do this every year and use the results at our annual Vestry Retreat to address things that might not be going quite right or need some improvement. It keeps us on the right track. There's a lot more to running a fairly large Episcopal parish than most realize.

Now for the picks:

The Rouge et Noir take on the Roughriders in their own corral. I cannot see the horse abusers doing much to the checkered shirt guys. Ottawa by 12

Tigercats take on Eskimos this week. All I can say is that they aren't the Hamilton Snow Leopards. Edmonton by 8

The two big cities of the east clash beside the lake. Little Larks and the mythical sailors both have suffered adversity, but Montreal looks like the poorer team. Toronto by 14

posted by Howard_T at 06:05 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67

I wonder if, upon his admission through the Pearly Gates, Dennis Green turned to St. Peter and said, "It is what I thought it was."

Saw a bit of the ESPN item on Sports Center, and his impact upon increasing the number of black coaches in the NFL was significant. It is one of the things I did not know about Green. It is something that ought to be more widely known.

posted by Howard_T at 05:49 PM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

There are lessons to be learned here. The first one is to pay attention to the schedule and not wait until Friday morning to make your picks for Wednesday and Thursday. The second is that I know about as much about Canadian Football as I know about how to build an array using ADA. In other words, I know it exists, I know its uses, but anything beyond that is total mystery. So here goes:

Tiger Cats claw their way to a win, although the little lark tries to escape. Hamilton by 6

Cats rule this week. Around my house they rule every day, but that's another story. Lions' ride is not rough. BC by 13

posted by Howard_T at 01:51 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There should be a very, very small number of times when "committing a foul" or "drawing a penalty" is in any way advantageous to the team/player that's doing it

When the players your opponent has on the floor each is able to hit a good percentage of their free throws (let's throw 70% as a benchmark), any advantage the fouling team gains is slight. The team being fouled yields the advantage by playing those whose free throw shooting is below par. Playing the game well, at least well enough in one area to deny an advantage, makes rule changes unnecessary.

posted by Howard_T at 06:35 PM on July 14