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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: February 27, 2015

Howard_T has posted 36 links and 2827 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

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

Johnny Pesky, 1920-2012: Boston Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky died today at 92 years of age. He had been associated with the team in one capacity or another nearly continuously since 1942. Pesky, nee Paveskovich, is most remembered for the right-field foul pole that bears his name in Fenway Park.

posted by Howard_T to baseball at 05:12 PM on August 13 - 6 comments

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

to mix and match a bit, Harold "Betty" Stark

Stark received his nickname as a plebe at Annapolis in 1899. There was an entertainer named Betty Stark who was quite popular at the time.

As long as you're talking about admirals, why not include William F. "Bull" Halsey. He disliked the nickname, was usually known as "Bill" in Navy circles, but the press and public forced it upon him. There is an apocryphal story that "Bull" might have started as a simple typo when a right middle finger or index finger missed by one key.

posted by Howard_T at 03:54 PM on February 23

Igor Larionov reflects on playing for Red Army, and what is wrong with North American hockey

"Throw it in deep and forecheck. Set up the trap when the other team gains control in its own end." This seems to be the mantra for today's game. The only real creativity you see now is on turnovers in the neutral zone or the offensive zone, and avoiding these keeps players from trying to do something other than the throw and go game. The skating skills in today's game are as good or better than they ever were. Perhaps that's part of the problem, defensemen are more mobile than "back in the day", so forwards cannot maneuver as freely as they once did. One theme keeps coming back to me: "Widen the rinks to the international standard". Of course, this means that owners will have to give up a few rows of high-priced seats. So much for that idea.

posted by Howard_T at 03:32 PM on February 23

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

disgruntled point guard Benedict Cumberbatch

So now he can play imitation games?

The Imitation Game is worth the price. A bit of WWII and cold war history, a bit about Asberger's Syndrome, and a bit about attitudes toward homosexuality. Good stuff.

posted by Howard_T at 09:15 PM on February 21

Chargers, Raiders Pursue Shared Stadium in Los Angeles

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is a good example. Having Camden Yards and the Ravens stadium in the area instead of somewhere in the 'burbs has made a huge difference there.

The Inner Harbor had been "renewed" before Camden Yards and the Ravens' Stadium were built. It has been a continuing effort in Baltimore to build on what had been started with the Pratt Street and Light Street Pavilions and the Aquarium. The pavilions offered some good restaurants and shops, and the Aquarium attracted a lot of people to the area. Over the years historic ships and other things have been added. The point is that Camden Yards replaced a chunk of underutilized land with a baseball park, thereby bringing a lot more people to the Inner Harbor shops and restaurants on game days. I'm sure the Ravens do the same. The point is that the Inner Harbor development was well underway before either stadium was built. It moght be that the stadia were located as they are because of the Inner Harbor's success.

posted by Howard_T at 12:09 AM on February 21

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Yup, they fired a ref right after the game to cover up a scandal that didn't yet exist.

Now the referees union is demanding an apology from ESPN for its shoddy reporting. There was no on-field official fired, but supposedly an NFL employee was. What a mess the NFL has made of this whole thing.

posted by Howard_T at 11:27 PM on February 19

Revealed: the ghost game bet on around the world ... that never actually took place.

At Boston Celtics home games there is usually a halftime game between 2 youth teams. Believe it or not during one of these the 2 guys sitting next to us had a not unsubstantial bet on it. Some will bet on anything.

posted by Howard_T at 11:22 PM on February 19

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Nice bit of writing, dfleming. Hope it works out well for you, and I'll be looking for more.

posted by Howard_T at 09:40 PM on February 12

NFL Pick 'Em Contest, Final Scoreboard

Looks like I have lived down to my reputation as a prognosticator once again. I really enjoy participating in these. Many thanks, rcade, for doing it. I know it can be a lot of work.

posted by Howard_T at 09:30 PM on February 12

Semi-regular update: Julio Franco is still playing baseball.

Damn. And he's 5 months younger than me.

Hey, he's only 18 years younger than I. Why shouldn't he be on the field? I can still work as an umpire, although it's at a level considerably below what Franco does. It's still baseball, still a sport that can be played/officiated by people of all ages, and still a lot of fun.

posted by Howard_T at 03:42 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Somehow the idea of Gordie Howe being a mere mortal is repugnant to me. This story of a recent tribute to him had me alternately smiling and nearly in tears of sadness. My brother-in-law, Bob, who worked at one time for the Michigan League of Credit Unions, told a story about his encounter with Howe at some sort of business get together. Bob told of bumping into something as he got up from the banquet table without looking to see what was around him. He says that the contact nearly knocked him down, and at first he thought he had bumped into a post or something else really solid. It turned out to be Gordie Howe, and yes, it was a solid object. Bob apologized, and he says that Howe sort of chuckled, said something about not worrying about it, but Bob was convinced that Howe was secretly thinking that he had taken and dished out a few thousand harder hits than that.

posted by Howard_T at 01:20 PM on February 08

DeflateGate Accusations Mean It's Time For Coach and Owner To Be Banned From NFL

the resolve of Belichick and Brady to stick around

It might add to their resolve just a bit, but football is Belichick's life, and has been since his childhood as the son of a coach. Brady, on the other hand, enjoys the game far too much to give it up anytime soon. I fear it will take serious, possibly career-ending, injury for him to sit down. How many more years? Who knows? You can bet it's not money motivating him. When he retires he will do the same thing I do, that is keep his wife working, live off his investments, and write snarky comments on SpoFi.

posted by Howard_T at 03:41 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It's always a good idea to wear a cup, but it seems this guy needs to wear his inside the shorts.

posted by Howard_T at 03:35 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

My wife and I had quite a day yesterday, and believe it or not it was at her urging that it happened. I guess she must think I have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel, because she talked me into going to the Patriots' Super Bowl parade with the argument that I might not ever see another one. She even took a day off to go with me. Somehow, I've managed to turn a Virginia native and long-time Baltimore resident into a New England fan of all sports. Maybe she has another motive, I might need to hire a food taster, but since I do most of the cooking, I'm probably OK.

Getting to the parade was not the easiest thing we've done. Rather than drive to a T station, we took the commuter rail. Train was 45 minutes late, it was standing room only after the 2nd stop, but it got us there with time to spare. The T from North Station was another mob scene. All that was lacking to compare it to rush hour in Tokyo was the guys pushing you into the train. We got to a good spot on Park Street, up the hill a ways so we could see over the heads of most of the crowd. The weather was not bad for Boston in February, ao the wait of over an hour was not too unpleasant. Lot's of kindred spirits to talk to, the police were handling things with smiles and getting cooperation from most (only 2 arrests in our area as we waited), and the time went by quickly.

The scene was wall-to-wall people. From our vantage point a few yards up Park Street from the corner of Tremont you could see down to the corner of Boylston and Tremont. Both sides of the street were about 4 to 6 people deep and shoulder to shoulder. I have not seen any official estimates of how many turned out, but my guess is the high 6 figures or even into the 7 figures. As the parade passed the fans erupted into cheers and the players were into it. Gronkowski was his usual howling, dancing self. Brady was quiet, and his 5-year-old son was sleeping on his shoulder. Edelman was on the roof of his duck boat. The traffic light at the corner of Park and Tremont nearly gained a place in sports infamy as Edelman ducked out of the way jut in time to avoid what would have been the best hit of the season on him. It was a really fun time.

The day wasn't nearly over for us. After lunch and a movie (The Imitation Game was right in our sweet spot -- autism for my wife and military history for me) and an early dinner at The 4s it was on to the Celtics game. This turned out to be a reprise of the parade, as Robert Kraft and 5 of the players, including Malcolm Butler, were brought onto the court at the end of the 3rd quarter to take a bow. A standing O ensued that extended much longer than the usual couple of minutes between quarters. The Patriot influence seemed to jave an effect on the game, as a couple of good defensive plays, including a Jae Crowder interception of an inbounds pass intended for Galinari, gave Boston the win.

So thanks, wife, for encouraging me to do this and for sharing it with me. Some of us are really lucky to live in this area and to be able to have some great people to share it with.

posted by Howard_T at 06:04 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

There's no way an old man could use the bathroom in only 98 seconds.

Not true, rcade. I fully qualify as old, have the usual urinary tract difficulties associated with men of my age, and yet, as long as I haven't been trying to hold it for 5 or 6 hours, I am in and out in a bit over 60. And as for you, yerfatma, the position you describe is useful only for those times after extensive alcohol consumption when unaided standing is borderline impossible. You younger guys can go ahead and make fun of us old farts, but we're still hanging around and using the urinals with the best of them.

posted by Howard_T at 10:56 PM on February 03

Patriots Win Super Bowl 0x31 After Epic Last-Second Interception

The real secret to the Patriots' victory is revealed.

posted by Howard_T at 06:09 PM on February 02