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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: October 21, 2016

Howard_T has posted 37 links and 3167 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

NFL Pick 'Em Week 7: Hoodie 1, Surface 0 Edition

Too late to pick the Thursday game. I would have picked Green Bay too. Alas.

Los Angeles by 9
Miami by 7
Cincinnati by 17 LOCK
Indianapolis by 3
Oakland by 7
Baltimore by 14 LOCK
Detroit by 6
Kansas City by 12
Philadelphia by 3
Tampa Bay by 6
Atlanta by 9
New England by 7
Arizona by 7
Denver by 9 LOCK

posted by Howard_T at 10:57 PM on October 20

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Eighteen

I'm too late to pick the Thursday game in the NFL, so I will spend my time here. I note with some satisfaction that the "blind hog and the acorn" theory has been proven once again with my picks of last week. Really, I have no clue about the CFL, but trying to get a result is still fun.

Hamilton at Ottawa: The checkerboards squeaked by the kitties last week. Does that mean the TiCats will return the favor? Nope. Ottawa by 6

Toronto at Calgary: The way Toronto has gone this year, I think they would lose in a football game against the Calgary Flames, let alone the Stampeders. Calgary by 24

Montreal at Saskatchewan: The East is least this year. Alouettes will not change that perception in the slightest. Saskatchewan by 10

Edmonton at BC: A trip to the Pacific Coast is always a pleasure for anyone. It will be especially so for the Eskimos. Edmonton by 6

posted by Howard_T at 10:47 PM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

hire a good engineer to resolve the issue

The impression I get from the several articles I have seen on this is that the League is responsible for the setup, and that the laptops and ancillary equipment are put in place only a matter of hours before the game. I find this a bit hard to believe, but nothing the NFL does would surprise me. What needs to happen is that the NFL hire a really good network engineering firm to put a fiber system in place in each stadium. The basic architecture of each system should be identical, that is the equipment (switches, routers, cable) should be identical models from the same manufacturer in each stadium. Things like cable runs, equipment positioning and so on would, of course, be dependent on the stadium layout. The weakest link, if things are done right, would be from the end of the fiber at the sidelines to each laptop. The only sure way to prevent any RF interference would be to use some Ethernet Cat-5 cable, but then mobility would be restricted. I guess now that Belichick is a grandfather, he has the right to distrust all things "techie".

posted by Howard_T at 05:13 PM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

One never knows what a fan might come up with. With the price they charge for seats in the vicinity of this fan, one would think that a bit more "couth" might be involved. Perhaps this was not his first beer of the evening.

I was at the game last night (please note that today is Thursday, but no Huddle has been posted yet) and while I did not see the incident in the gif, there was a better one that was captured on the Jumbotron. During the T-short toss, one fan was standing, holding a nearly full beer. A tossed T-shirt struck the head of a fan in front of him and bounced up and landed edge on in the beer. It couldn't have been placed any more accurately. I really wish I had been videoing the Jumbotron.

posted by Howard_T at 04:59 PM on October 20

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Bill Belichick hates Microsoft, Microsoft says everybody else loves it, and the NFL stands by Microsoft. For $80 Million did you expect anything else? Of course, Belichick is not alone in his feelings for Microsoft, which I'm sure a few in our community might share.

In Microsoft's defense, the problem most likely lies in the stadium infrastructure. In my working days I had the same problems when setting up the data networks needed to pull the data from the systems under test to the remote control location. Once the test sites upgraded their infrastructure to dedicated fiber-optic cables and decent switches/routers, life became a lot easier. Using wireless is touchy and requires some very careful frequency management. The NFL needs to hire some good network people to set something up that runs on fiber, has plenty of redundancy, and keeps Norwood (MA) Airport's tower from calling plays at Gillette.

posted by Howard_T at 03:28 PM on October 19

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

The only way to fix it was to wipe the server and start over.

This sounds like you might have a job in a Hillary Clinton administration. Good career move?

posted by Howard_T at 03:06 PM on October 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Seventeen

Time for some more picking madness. If I continue at my present rate, I will be in the Costanza position before Hallowe'en.

Ottawa at Hamilton: I am red-green colorblind, so I have to be careful picking this. It is a case of RedBlack checks against black and yellow stripes. Stripes look better than checks. Hamilton by 10.

Winnipeg vs BC: The Bombers fly west. Many years ago, "Going West" was a euphemism for dying. It might be the same for Winnipeg. BC by 6.

Saskatchewan at Toronto: With the Blue Jays still going in the ALCS, will anyone notice the Argonauts? They might disappear from the public eye for the moment, but will be very noticeable on the field. Toronto by 10.

Montreal at Calgary: Alouettes fly to the prairies to face the Stampede. They will be trampled when they land. Calgary by 17.

posted by Howard_T at 10:20 PM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

Ok, where was I. Oh yeah, after a culinary masterpiece (would you believe leftovers?) we are back to finish the picks. Denver vs San Diego is repeated for your convenience.

Denver by 10 (Just looked at the score -- oops)
Buffalo by 6
New England by 12
Tennessee by 14
Philadelphia by 3
Jacksonville by 3
New Orleans by 7
Los Angeles by 6
Baltimore by 11
Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK
Green Bay by 10
Atlanta by 6
Houston by 9
Arizona by 15 LOCK

Glad to hear your feet stayed dry, rcade, and I pray your neighbors who have suffered damage will have a good outcome.

posted by Howard_T at 10:05 PM on October 13

NFL Pick 'Em Week 6: Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick Edition

I'm late fixing dinner and my wife is growling at me. Here's the pick for tonight, and I'll be back later for the rest.

Denver by 10

posted by Howard_T at 06:55 PM on October 13

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Sixteen

Late again. Do I have to stay after school to make it up? Only missed one game, so the damage is limited. Let's see what sort of catastrophe we can concoct from the rest of the picks.

BC at Winnipeg: Lions would seem to have a bit of an edge here, but the game is at the Bombers' airport. Looks like the Lions will have to travel with the rest of the pets -- in a crate in the cargo bay. Winnipeg by 6

Edmonton at Montreal: Eskimos in the big city go hunting for birds. They will feast. Edmonton by 16

Calgary at Toronto: The Stampeders head to another of the big cities looking to run roughshod over a hapless group of sailors. The only fleece these Argonauts will see is on the blankets covering their remains. Calgary by 14

Dr. John, a screwdriver, duct tape, 5-minute epoxy, and a can of gasoline can fix anything. Get to work on that computer.

posted by Howard_T at 02:18 PM on October 08

NFL Pick 'Em Week 5: Touchdown John Kuhn Edition

I am much later than I wanted to be to get these picks in, but I was helping out as a Lay Eucharistic Minister (does readings, Psalms, serves the Chalice) at the funeral of a long-time and very much beloved lady of our parish. It was the first time I have ever seen one of our priests lose emotional control at one of these things. That will tell you just how much the deceased was loved.

Anyway, off to the picks. I can see that most seem to see my Patriots as a heavy favorite. I agree about the favorite part, but it will not be the blowout that some expect. We will see.

Arizona by 6
New England by 10 LOCK
Philadelphia by 3
Indianapolis by 12
Miami by 14 LOCK
Washington by 6
Minnesota by 15 LOCK
Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK
Denver by 10
Cincinnati by 3
Los Angeles by 9
Oakland by 16 LOCK
Green Bay by 21 LOCK
Carolina by 7

posted by Howard_T at 05:41 PM on October 06

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

This is an interesting tale of how Vin Scully's career got its start. I had no idea that this had happened, and I just might have heard the game since I was a Boston University fan back in the late 1940's and early 1950's and used to listen to the games whenever I could. Of course, I would not have known I was listening to Vin Scully or the Man in the Moon.

posted by Howard_T at 10:33 PM on October 03

NFL Pick 'Em Week 4: Throw the Ball Jameis Edition

I tried to get in on some of the media conferences via telephone this week, but nobody would buy the idea that I was Walt Patalski from Buffalo, so I couldn't get any inside information. Inside or outside, it does me little good, as I slowly slide toward the bottom of the table. Ah well, try again.

Cincinnati by 6
Indianapolis by 3
New England by 7
Washington by 17 LOCK
Detroit by 9
Atlanta by 9
Baltimore by 6
New York (American Conference) by 10
Houston by 14
Denver by 14
Dallas by 6
Arizona by 19 LOCK
New Orleans by 3
Pittsburgh by 12
Minnesota by 6

posted by Howard_T at 04:29 PM on September 29

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Fifteen

I missed last week because of our annual vestry retreat where we plan the direction of the parish for the coming year. Thus, I was in beautiful Byfield, Massachusetts, while all ofyou were busily piling up the points. Perhaps the week off will sharpen my picking skills, and I will be able to have a better result this week.

Edmonton at Winnipeg: If this is the "Leg Up Bowl", then I will have to consider the lower limbs in my prediction. I have never seen a photograph of an Eskimo that shows off the legs. Bombers during WW II had Nose art that often featured scantily clad ladies with very shapely legs. I will go with the good looking ones. Winnipeg by 10

Calgary at Hamilton: Tiger Cats are just like my 3 felines; they are usually sleeping whenever you want them for something else. Stampeders are doing just that on their 11-game run. Cats better wake up or get trampled by the rampaging quadrupeds. Calgary by 12

Ottawa at BC: Red and black is not the "in" color scheme this year in fashionable Vancouver. Lions don't particularly care what color are the clothes they shred. BC by 9

Toronto at Montreal: Les Alouettes say "bienvenue au Montreal", but the Argonauts growl "stick it in your poutine, pal". Rather rude of the fellows from Toronto, and you can expect the game to go the same way. Toronto by 6

posted by Howard_T at 09:49 PM on September 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Correction to the above: Because the game went into extra innings, 21 strikeouts is not a record. Once the extra innings are started, a 9-inning record is meaningless. It is a franchise record for Boston, and the number of strikeouts by the staff in a single season for the franchise was broken today. The final count of Rays put down on strikes was 22, final score was 3-2 Boston - their 11th win in a row - and the winning run scored on the strangest play at the plate I have seen, major league, minor league, high school, middle school, or even Cal Ripken League baseball. I cannot describe it adequately, but on a 2-base hit by Ortiz, Pedroia attempted to score from 1st base. The throw to the plate was accurate and in plenty of time. Pedroia tried to evade the tag with a series of contortions, was actually tagged, but the ball came out of the catcher's mitt and rolled away. Strange.

posted by Howard_T at 05:27 PM on September 25