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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 11, 2016

Howard_T has posted 36 links and 3053 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

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

Put me in accord with the additional wild-card lock. It makes sense.

posted by Howard_T at 05:18 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

throwing their warm ups on the local sideline reporter

It's mostly Jared Sullinger who does this, and yes, Chris Mannix does get along well with the players. He's part of the local broadcast team (Comcast Sports Network, New England), that also includes Mike Gorman, play-by-play announcer for the Celtics for the past 35 years, Tommy Heinsohn (home games only) and former Celtic Brian Scalabrini. Since they are the "home" broadcast team, the relationship with players and coaches is on non-controversial terms. In other words, no hostile questions, support for the team, and more a promotional viewpoint than a strict reporting viewpoint.

posted by Howard_T at 05:12 PM on February 11

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

I would limit the locks in some manner. Perhaps allowing locks only on Thursday night, Sunday night, and Monday Night, would enjance the "special" nature of those games.

posted by Howard_T at 02:59 PM on February 10

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 15

I'm surprised that I was able to open the lead a bit this week. I really thought the Pelicans might be able to beat Lakers and Clippers would do better against a vulnerable Minnesota team. So tonight, wearing my penitential ashes, I will be able to vent my wrath against Doc Rivers and his charges. My son and I will meet at the Paulaner Beer Garden in North Station for a quick Hacker-Pschorr Gold, grab a couple of slices of pizza (and another beer) across the street, then proceed to the TD Garden for a visit to the microbrewery draft beer garden in the balcony, whence we will weave our way to our seats. With that sort of strengthening, the game will be enjoyable. Now to the picks.

10 February

Cleveland by 8 Kevin Love is out, the offense will have to be reworked some.
Houston by 4

11 February

Oklahoma City by 14 with a Sooner State SLAM

12 February

USA by 8 The team rosters for those who want to use logic vs flipping a coin.

14 February

West by 14 The NBA delivers a big, wet Valentine's kiss in a game with zero defense.

19 February

Oklahoma City by 15
Boston by 4

20 February

Golden State by 6

21 February

Oklahoma City by 12
Chicago by 7 Butler is not badly injured, Dunleavy is back, and Rose is playing well.

I consider the games Tuesday to be a bit of time on the bench to get a few extra minutes of rest around the halftime break. While I might have used the games to pad the lead, the reverse might have been true.

posted by Howard_T at 02:50 PM on February 10

Senators acquire Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in nine-player deal

I agree somewhat with cixelsyd that Toronto has executed a very favorable salary dump, one that was necessary if the Leafs are to do anything about turning around their fortunes. From the Ottawa point of view it looks like a decent deal. Ottawa is looking at this season, making the playoffs, and getting a bit further than a one-and-done series. Phaneuf is a top 4 defenseman, a pretty solid player, and just might be the piece that gets Senators at least as far as the East finals.

posted by Howard_T at 05:33 PM on February 09

Peyton Manning Turns Super Bowl Moment into Beer Promotion

By the time the 3rd quarter was halfway through, I was desperately running through the channel guide to see if there was anything -- anything at all -- on one of the off-the-wall cable channels that would be more attractive than this game. I have to agree with NoMich that the timing of some of the calls, and especially the non-calls, was a bit suspect. This game was not one the NFL should hold up as an example of a well-played exhibition of football. It was a disappointment to me, not for the outcome but for the execution of play.

First full workout for Red Sox pitchers and catchers is in 11 days. I can't wait.

posted by Howard_T at 04:52 PM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em Contest Winner: Tron7

How did tron7 do it?

Simple answer: The game, indeed the entire season, was planned by the NFL as the "Peyton Manning Retirement Tour" as a celebration of the greatness of the NFL's "Fair-Haired Boy". Obviously, tron7 was privy to the highest councils of the planning of the events. He was smart enough to have quietly lurked in the background until the moment (Super Bowl) when the conventional wisdom would be turned on its head. Thus, tron 7 jumps from 6th to the top step of the podium and rules the SpoFite prognostication kingdom.

Ok, ok, the above from a disgruntled Patriots fan. I will go to my re-gruntling seminars to become a responsible fan, and I will learn to marvel at the grace of Roger the All-Powerful of the NFL. I will also learn how exceptional an achievement is tron7's win, and I will congratulate him. (See, the re-gruntling is working already)

In all seriousness, good job tron7. Yours truly lost all semblance of hope when the playoffs started, but that didn't mean it stopped being fun. I really think the big winner in the contest was a guy who finished in 13th place. Thanks much, rcade, for running this.

posted by Howard_T at 04:41 PM on February 08

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x32 Edition

Lots and lots of things to pick. I don't think I can keep track. The probability of my winning this thing is somewhere between the bottom of the Marianas Trench and a descending piece of whale poop. Nonetheless, we go on.

Carolina by 26 LOCK up the Bay Area.

Total score: 52

1st field goal: Gano

1st TD: Olsen

Passing yards: Newton

Rushing yards: Stewart

Receiving yards: Olsen

Sack: Kuechly

Interception: McClain

Turnover: Manning

MVP: Olsen

Sports Filter Prognosticator of the Year: goyoucolts

SpoFite most likely to run a fun and lively contest (US citizen only, sorry Dr. John): rcade

posted by Howard_T at 10:26 PM on February 05

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

I realized about halfway through the Detroit-Boston game last night, while scoreboard watching for the pick'em, that I had not picked a slam. Of course Golden State was up 15 over Washington at the time, which is what triggered the realization, and it was way too late to do anything about it. Oh well... Anyway, please revise my picks to reflect the following:

05 February

Atlanta by 8 and the Hawks stoop* to SLAM the Pacers.

*stoop? Look up the word in relation to hawks and falcons.

posted by Howard_T at 05:00 PM on February 04

Toronto Maple Leafs Adopt New Logo

The 1939-1962 version was the logo I first saw when I began to watch the NHL, but the 1967-1970 is the one I prefer. It really looks like a maple leaf, is uncluttered, and it was on the sweaters during some great years for Boston Bruins. Why Bruins? There was a pretty solid dislike between the 2 clubs in the "Big Bad Bruins" years, and that was the Toronto logo those of us who were fans in those years grew to hate. I am neutral on the new one, but if it helps the Leafs earn some Loonies, more power to them.

posted by Howard_T at 04:51 PM on February 04

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

Howard, the Celtics look like the most likely team to do something major at the trade deadline. Anybody you are hoping to land? Please stay away from Gallinari, I've grown quite fond of the rooster.

Because of all the draft picks and decent role players Boston has, everyone expects them to do something. It's more likely that Danny Ainge will put a bunch of smaller moves together and come up with a move nobody expected. Witness the tie up with Cleveland in their salary dump to afford to sign LeBron. The pieces the Celtics got in that wound up in Isaiah Thomas coming from Phoenix. The major pieces, big men, top scorers, and such, are likely to be overpriced and not guarantees of a championship for Boston. Look for the quieter moves unless someone is ready to have a fire sale. To give a more specific answer, the Al Horford or Dwight Howard rumors persist, but they might be expensive. I would love to have Gallinari, but he's not the one to help Boston to a championship run. Kenneth Faried would be another nice piece, but also not the key. Anything could happen.

posted by Howard_T at 04:32 PM on February 03

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em: Week 14

And it sucks that the Pistons game is not ESPN. I could at least watch it by the ESPN app.

I will be there watching it for you, NoMich. I can't help you by rooting for the Pistons, however. It's Green all the way for me.

Chicago really disappointed me last week. They had shown flashes of finally getting it together as Rose began to play well, but the flash was very dim against Clippers. On the other hand, Clippers seem to be playing better, at last as more of a team, without Blake Griffin. Perhaps Doc Rivers convinced everyone else to step it up a bit. It makes for a good discussion at least.

Tim Duncan, where were you when we needed you?

On to the prognostications:

03 February

Golden State by 14
LA Clippers by 12

04 February

Detroit by 4
New Orleans by 6

05 February

Atlanta by 8
San Antonio by 10

06 February

Golden State by 3

07 February

LA Clippers by 8

posted by Howard_T at 03:08 PM on February 03

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

I still see a number of two-handed set shots in my son's Chicago Catholic Youth League

The spirit of Fat Freddie Scolari still lives. I remember watching him at the end of his career when he spent a season with Boston. His shooting style, a 2-handed set shot that he released quite low, was most unusual, and he overcame a significant obstacle to make it into the NBA.

posted by Howard_T at 04:50 PM on January 31

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Ken Sailors, the man credited with the first use of the jump shot in basketball, has died at 95. Sailors was a star for the University of Wyoming Cowboys in the early 1940s, leading the team to an NCAA championship in 1943. He also played in the NBA for several seasons. One of his teammates at Wyoming was the Hall of Fame broadcaster Curt Gowdy.

posted by Howard_T at 07:00 PM on January 30

Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Week 13

I missed the San Antonio result by 51 points.

I'll give you a pass on this one 'cade. You just got mixed up on your Texas geography.

posted by Howard_T at 04:40 PM on January 28