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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: January 22, 2017

Howard_T has posted 38 links and 3234 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

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

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

Recent Comments

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

The Blue Jays are wearing red home uniforms on Sundays this year.

Orioles are black, with some orange for glow
Cardinals are red, well the male's shade is so
But Jays are blue, the red unis must go.
White flannels at home is the old school show.

posted by Howard_T at 11:40 PM on January 20

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Edition

So it is time for the conference championships. Here in New England it's time to ask, "Where's Roger?" I'm sure Mr. Goodell would love to hand the Lamar Hunt Trophy over to the Patriots. Of course, that assumes that New England will beat the Steelers, but the Patriots are favored. Roger will be in Atlanta. It's warmer there, and certainly friendlier. Good luck, Mr. Commissioner.

Brady vs an inexperienced secondary. Steelers will try to get to Brady. It won't work. New England by 7 LOCK

Two QBs who are both playing lights out. Which way to go? I'll take the one with the double vowels in his first name. Green Bay by 4.

Prolific Passer: Brady (NEP)
Rampaging Runner: Ty Montgomery (GBP)
Rambunctious Receiver: Edelman (NEP)
Interrupting Interceptor: McCourty (NEP)

posted by Howard_T at 11:29 PM on January 20

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: No Rivals Edition

Last week turned out well enough, although I missed on the Chicago vs Memphis game. I really did not think the Grizzlies would blow a lead. Oh well. Fun stuff locally; watching Isaiah Thomas take over the 4th quarter is really fun. We sit there in the balcony seats and over and over again say, "How does he do that?" He's amazing.

On to the picks:

Bucks' can be good, but then there's Harden. Houston by 16. SLAM
Golden State seemed to round into form vs Cleveland. Golden State by 18. SLAM
NY on the 2nd night of a back-to-back, but Washington struggles sometimes. New York by 5.
T-Wolves could be going after the lame horse. Minnesota by 6.
Here comes Golden State, Warriors on the warpath. Ambush ahead? Nah. Golden State by 9.
Indiana has trouble putting away a game they lead in. Lakers just have trouble. Indiana by 5.
Spurs are just good enough to take this one with Cavs missing J. R. Smith. San Antonio by 4.
First home game after a 3-game road trip. Can mean trouble, but it's the Knicks. Indiana by 8.

posted by Howard_T at 11:11 PM on January 17

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round Edition

It's pick 'em time for football once again. Just think, counting this week there are only 3 more to go. I fear there will be SpoFites suffering from pick 'em withdrawal soon.

Ryan can cement his reputation in this one. Atlanta by 6
Vince Wilfork's farewell game? Sad to see him go. New England by 18 LOCK
Can Pittsburgh score enough to overcome their porous defense? Kansas City by 8
This one could be a classic. Rookie vs grizzled veteran. Youth is served. Dallas by 3.

Golden Arm: Rogers (GBP)
Golden Legs: Bell (PIT)
Golden Hands: Jones (ATL)
Golden Defender: Hightower (NEP)

posted by Howard_T at 11:57 PM on January 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Bill Simmons gets some unusual recognition from a barista.

posted by Howard_T at 10:51 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I'm watching Pacers vs Nuggets from London right now. What a difference between the rather reserved British crowd and the usually raucous NBA experience. It almost sounds like they are playing in a high school gym. Players often say that they are energized by the crowd. I wonder if the lack of fan reaction will have any effect on the quality of play. So far it doesn't appear so.

posted by Howard_T at 03:36 PM on January 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Unexcused Absence Edition

Now to continue where I left off. Last night's game featured the 4th quarter Isaiah Thomas show, when Thomas went off for 20 of his 38. He is somehow able to keep his legs late in the game, even on the 2nd night of a back-to-back. In the meantime, Washington seemed to suffer from a case of "4th quarter legs". That is, as the legs get tired, the mid-range and 3-point shots quit falling. It was obvious last night, as Celtics exploded and Wizards fell flat. One final note, the referees were calling very little of the incidental contact last night, including more than a few occasions when players from both teams were hit pretty hard on shot attempts in the paint. It led to some confrontation, and at the end of the game Jay Crowder and John Wall were "engaging in a little trash talk", according to Wall. At one point Crowder had his finger on Wall's nose, thereby disregarding the wisdom that you can pick your nose and you can pick your friends, but you can't pick your friend's nose.

On with the picks:

Which locker room will Derek Rose show up in? New York by 6
Engine don't run good when the Pistons got no rings. Golden State by 14 SLAM
Return of the Native (apology to Thomas Hardy for stealing his title) Horford leads Boston by 9
The trip will not be too great for Pistons. Back-to-back trying to keep up with Jazz. Utah by 10.
Sounds like Wall Street with the Bulls vs the Bears (Grizzlies). Market is down. Memphis by 8.
Neither of these two is playing to full potential. I'll go with the homers. Golden State by 7.
Inclement weather vs the fast sailing ships. They will survive the thunder. LA Clippers by 5.

posted by Howard_T at 03:27 PM on January 12

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Vicodin, beaverboard, but I fear running afoul of NH and their crackdown on opiate abuse. Actually, I took only 1 from this bottle, but my wife is down with a broken leg, and she has been popping one every now and then to take care of her pain.

posted by Howard_T at 05:16 PM on January 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Unexcused Absence Edition

I will pick tonight's games for now. Have to get dinner going and head out to the game at TD Garden.

Celtics will be sharper after blowing a lead last night. Boston by 12 SLAM
Watch out for this bunch from the Northwest. Portland by 3

Off to watch the back court duel of John Wall vs Isaiah Thomas. Should be fun.

posted by Howard_T at 05:12 PM on January 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I had 3 teeth pulled Monday and the technician who helped in the process is a stout Alabama fan. (Well, she's not "fat" stout, rather she's stout in her strong like for Alabama.) She called me today to make sure that I was doing well after the surgery. I was doing a lot better than she was, I'm sure.

posted by Howard_T at 11:48 PM on January 10

NFL Pick 'Em Champion Crowned

Congratulation, Ufez, that was a great job with the picking. Many thanks, rcade, for running this. It's always a lot of fun, and it's one of the things that keeps Sports Filter and its denizens as my favorite sports-related web sit.

posted by Howard_T at 11:43 PM on January 10

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Wild-Card Edition

I'm sure my regular season mediocrity will continue as we journey through the playoffs. Here goes nothing:

Terrible QB with some experience vs rookie QB with none. Houston by 10.
Lions brought this upon themselves by gagging during the regular season. Seattle by 9.
'Fins took out Steelers once. They won't do it again. Pittsburgh by 14.
Giants like to swagger and boast, but Green Bay just likes to win. Green Bay by 14.

Mr. Golden Arm (most passing yards): Roethlisberger (PIT)
Mr. Golden Legs (most rushing yards): Leveon Bell (PIT)
Mr. Golden Hands (most receiving yards): Jordy Nelson (GBP)
Mr. Golden Theft (Interceptor): Al-Hajj Shabazz (PIT)

posted by Howard_T at 11:47 PM on January 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Nick Young Dance Party Edition

A little bit of progress last week. We've crawled out of the cellar and have put a couple of competitors behind us. Now we have to keep grinding and perhaps emulate the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas in the 4th quarter. Saw him against Utah last night, and he is truly incredible.

James Harden vs Russell Westbrook. I'd love to see this one. Oklahoma City by 9.
Popovich takes his gang to Denver. Nuggets do not prosper. San Antonio by 18 SLAM
Porzingis shows some flaws. Can the man with the strange name stop him? New York by 6
Grinders vs relentless offense. Golden State by 10 SLAM
A pair of defensive juggernauts here. Look for a total score less than 190. Memphis by 4
Nothing to comment on here. Los Angeles (Purple & Gold) by 14 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 10:52 PM on January 04

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The Rose Bowl broadcast had a cameo appearance by Keith Jackson. It would have been better had they not put him anywhere near a camera or microphone. He does not look good, his speech is halting and occasionally a bit slurred, and in general he shows signs of aging. I would much have preferred to remember him in his prime when the "Whoa, Nellies" came fast and furiously.

The game itself, by the way, is a beauty. 84 total points so far, and they're only 4 1/2 minutes into the 4th quarter.

posted by Howard_T at 08:43 PM on January 02

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

It is well that things like this are not included as prizes in our several pick 'em contests.

posted by Howard_T at 08:58 PM on December 30