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: September 23, 2017

Howard_T has posted 40 links and 3384 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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fourteen

another new name in first place. Is it you?

It's me, it's me. Oh my goodness it really is me. How long can this euphoria last? Let me down easy, CFL.

The wild, wild west for the rougenoir. Will their late surge be enough to ground the Bombers? Ottawa by 11

Another scrap for litter box rights. Never bet against the larger cat. (I watch my 2 boy cats go at each other, and although they are of near equal size, the slightly larger one prevails about 3 out of 4 times.) BC by 26

Little birds against the mythical sailors. The only time a bird did anything bad to a sailor it was an albatross. Of course, the sailor had to do in the albatross first, so there is that. Toronto by 8

Roughriders against Stampeders. My spell checker doesn't like either one. Roughriders will have to hold their horses lest they get trampled. Calgary by 14

posted by Howard_T at 05:33 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Rushing Leader Kareem Hunt Edition

Well now, a 4th best for the week has pulled me out of contention for the Costanza and into a competitive position for the upper levels. Not that this Easter egg hunter has a realistic chance, but...

Los Angeles (National Conference) by 12
Baltimore by 6
Denver by 17 LOCK
Indianapolis by 9
Tampa Bay by 10
Miami by 18 LOCK
Atlanta by 16 LOCK
Philadelphia by 7
Carolina by 10
Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK
New England by 14
Tennessee by 7
Green Bay by 21 LOCK
Kansas City by 27 LOCK
Oakland by 3
Arizona by 6

posted by Howard_T at 05:17 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

inside the ring(s)

Well said, sir.

Trevor Bauer has managed to end two such 22-game winning streaks. The first as a member of UCLA's team in 2010.

posted by Howard_T at 06:03 PM on September 16

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Jaguars Edition

Hmmm... not bad for the first week, just 3 points out of the Costanza position. I will have to work on this. There were some interesting results in Week 1, possibly due to a lack of preparation during the preseason. OK, laser focus, I will do my job!

Houston by 6
Tampa Bay by 7
Carolina by 14 LOCK
Baltimore by 9 LOCK
Indianapolis by 4 LOCK
Kansas City by 6
New England by 10
Tennessee by 8
Pittsburgh by 9
Miami by 3
Oakland by 17 LOCK
Seattle by 14 LOCK
Denver by 3
Los Angeles (National Conference) by 6
Atlanta by 10
Detroit by 13

posted by Howard_T at 03:44 PM on September 14

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

It would appear that mathematics has become a challenge for some in administrative positions. I am certain that a brief course in differential equations or perhaps spherical trigonometry will bring all back into regular order. In the meantime I will soldier on, counting with my fingers to figure the spreads, trying to advance in the standings.

Roughriders visit the litter box, where the kitties are feeling their catnip. Too bad the big horsemen are all set to put the kitties up a tree. Saskatchewan by 6

The candidates for a change of team name come to the lakeside to play the Argos. 4 Ls don't make a very nice word, but maybe adding a W will help. Edmonton by 8

The Lions will face the Stampeders, and it won't be just a bunch of wildebeests coming at them. This will be some heavyweight critters, and the Lions will not be able to duck. Calgary by 14

After falling against the previously hapless kitties, Ottawa had red faces and black thoughts. Alouettes meanwhile were swallowed whole by some hungry Lions. This is not a good time for a little birdie to face an angry Redblack. Ottawa by 11

posted by Howard_T at 11:10 PM on September 13

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I lived in Jacksonville briefly some years ago. I'm willing to bet the apartment complex where I lived is underwater. I hope that rcade and family are staying feet dry and all is well. Prayers for all.

posted by Howard_T at 02:24 PM on September 11

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

and is trying to cheat his ass off.

Fatty, as a fellow resident of the Granite State, you should recognize it as "Yankee ingenuity".

posted by Howard_T at 09:54 PM on September 07

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

Since Dr. J. seems to be among the missing (hope nothing is amiss), I will join the parade. Picks, picks, picks. I feel like a 5-year-old with finger to nose. At least I don't have to eat the results, just a lot of crow as I fail.

Alouettes face the Lions, but cats just love to eat little birdies. BC by 16

Roughriders try to trample the Bombers. The automobile replaced the horse, and the automobile has been superseded largely by the airplane. So it will be here. Winnipeg by 8

Tigercats at Redblacks needs no comment. Poor kitties. Ottawa by 19

Stamps at (Team Name TBD) has one team trying to continue its excellence and the other trying to get back to winning ways. Momentum counts. Calgary by 14

posted by Howard_T at 06:36 PM on September 07

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Looking forward to another great season of political statements, gratuitous violence, brain damage, and - oh yeah - football. Will New England go undefeated? Will Buffalo and the New York Jets sink to new lows as they try to lose their games with each other? The question of the year is whether or not Howard_T can win the pick 'em. OK, everyone, DO YOUR JOB. Leeeettttsss Goooooooo!!!

New England by 6
Buffalo by 10
Washington by 3
Tennessee by 7
Houston by 11 LOCK
Detroit by 13
Pittsburgh by 20 LOCK
Atlanta by 16 LOCK
Cincinnati by 4
Los Angeles (National Conference) by 3
Carolina by 7
Seattle by 6
New York (National Conference) by 8
New Orleans by 4
Denver by 13 LOCK

posted by Howard_T at 01:51 PM on September 07

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

embracing him as he dealt with the loss of his sister

You would understand had you been in TD Garden for the game after the tragedy happened. By the way, since when is any of us "reasonable"?

posted by Howard_T at 08:19 PM on September 06

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eleven

Picks for the week before we head up north for the weekend.

Redblacks visit the Larks, but the only red and black birds that I know of are Cardinals. Sorry, Alouettes, your own nest will be uncomfortable. Ottawa by 14

If Saskatchewan were in the East, forget about the national psyche; the entire geography of Canada would have to be reordered. Blue Bombers would be very confused about their travel plans. Saskatchewan by 9

Edmonton (team name tbd) will vie for the championship of Alberta at Calgary. Has the controversy over Edmonton's team name had anything to do with their recent slide? Maybe, but the slide will continue. Calgary by 6

Toothless, clawless Tigercats host the unsteady Argonauts. Even powerless pussycats can get what they want by purring and starring in YouTube videos. Not enough, Hamilton. Toronto by by 22

posted by Howard_T at 11:44 AM on August 31

Turner Field is Now Georgia State's Football Stadium

I've been to games both in Fulton County Stadium (vs Pittsburgh in ' 96) and in Turner Field (US vs Japan in the'96 Olympics). I doubt I will get to a game at the new park, but I lived less than a mile from where they built it. If anyone wants to remember Fulton County Stadium, the seats are now in use in Nashua, NH's Holman Stadium. They were bought cheaply and used as part of upgrades to Holman.

posted by Howard_T at 09:41 PM on August 29

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The play came at a critical point in the game with Jays holding a small lead. Subsequent at bats in the inning showed that Boston likely would have put up some runs. As it occurred Boston managed to take advantage of a tired bullpen and get the win. The look on the pitcher's face was priceless.

posted by Howard_T at 11:07 AM on August 29

...and Maybe the Dynamite Fizzles

I read some further information on the trade this morning. Supposedly, Danny Ainge gave Cleveland all of the available information he had about Isaiah's hip before the deal was agreed upon. The Brooklyn pick was included in order to sweeten the deal because Isaiah might have to miss part of the season. Otherwise, the deal would have been for the protected pick from the Lakers via Philadelphia. Ainge is upset because he feels that Cleveland knew Thomas was injured and is now complaining because they found out he was injured.

There is precedence for Cleveland getting an additional 2nd round pick. When the Celtics traded with Oklahoma City for Jeff Green, they found out that he had a heart condition that resulted in his missing a full season. The Celtics appealed to the Commissioner, who awarded Boston a second round pick from Oklahoma City.

posted by Howard_T at 11:08 AM on August 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Somehow Fenway Park has escaped this trend, but I am still waiting for something like "Dunkin Donuts Field at the Fenway". Of course, it's not at the Fenway, just nearby.

For those unfamiliar with the City of Boston, the Fenway is part of a series of parks that extend around the city to form what is called"The Green Necklace". Fenway Park is a few short blocks from the park named The Fenway.

posted by Howard_T at 10:50 AM on August 28