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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: September 27, 2016

Howard_T has posted 37 links and 3153 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

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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Update to the above, 2 more Rays went down on strikes in the 9th to bring the total to a major league record 21. The game is tied 2-2 after 9 innings.

posted by Howard_T at 04:41 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle


Boston pitchers have struck out 11 consecutive Tampa Bay batters from the 4th through 7th innings today. The total for the game is so far 19, and Rays are batting with one out in the 8th. The 11 straight is a major league record. The announcers have been saying all day that plate umpire Sam Holbrook's strike zone is extremely wide today, and the bit of the game I have seen confirms this analysis.

posted by Howard_T at 04:19 PM on September 25

Marlins Pitcher Jose Fernandez Dies in Boating Accident

When I heard of this today I immediately thought of the accident that took the lives of Tim Crews and Steve Olin several years ago. Bobbie Ojeda was also seriously injured in that one. The Crews/Olin/Ojeda accident happened when their boat ran under a low pier on a lake. That was a tragedy as is today's news.

David Ortiz asked the Tampa Bay Rays to cancel their planned pre-game tribute to the Boston hitter. They had a moment of silence for Fernandez, during which Ortiz was visibly affected. Fernandez had seen Ortiz hit a home run during an exhibition game in Cuba, and when Fernandez was finally able to come to the USA, the first jersey he bought bore Ortiz's number. Ortiz later befriended Fernandez. Today Ortiz had Fernandez's initials and number written on his cap below the Red Sox logo.

posted by Howard_T at 04:10 PM on September 25

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I watched the ESPN game last night during which they simulcast an inning of Vin Scully's broadcast. The thought occurred to me that while all other broadcasters use a color commentator, Scully works alone. Thus, he has the time and space to give us the musings of his most fertile mind. Perhaps he is the only play-by-play broadcaster who is good enough to pull this off. As an example, he was speaking of a player who frequently slid head first, and he told of how the belt buckle scoops dirt off of the infield and usually deposits it down the pants. He then mentioned that this player, should he ever hit an inside the park home run, might be said to have hit an "under the park" home run. We mortals can only wish we had such a command of language.

posted by Howard_T at 09:52 PM on September 22

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

Enough of the frivolity and banter, it's time to get on with business. We must leave the question of the reduction of excessive testicularity for another time.

New England by 3
Arizona by 12
Oakland by 10
New York (National Conference) by 3
Miami by 14 LOCK
Jacksonville by 9
Green Bay by 10
Cincinnati by 6
Carolina by 10 LOCK
Tampa Bay by 10
Seattle by 7
New York (American Conference) by 3
Pittsburgh by 16 LOCK
Dallas by 7
New Orleans by 7

posted by Howard_T at 08:17 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

so I'll thank you from threatening my reproductive organs...

I might also suggest then you avoid trying this.

The link is alleged to be untrue.

posted by Howard_T at 08:02 PM on September 21

NFL Pick 'Em Week 3: Bud Grant on the Gjallarhorn Edition

If grum wins, that would give him two balls, and some of us still have none.

Is there a plan to rectify that?

I have consulted the veterinarian who takes care of our cats, and he says he can do the job quickly and painlessly. The procedure is also quite inexpensive.

posted by Howard_T at 03:23 PM on September 21

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I think sometimes announcers good enough to last get too comfortable in a gig and start letting their facade fall away.

That's certainly one possibility. Another one is that they are never comfortable with what they are and what they can do. They start trying to come up with something new or better, and when it falls flat, they begin to look vulnerable. It snowballs from there.

Somehow I've never been tempted to take a healthy bite out of some lady's back. It might be because I do not prefer the position required to execute the maneuver. Of course lately I have no opportunity to use any position. It's hell to get old.

posted by Howard_T at 10:20 PM on September 20

Mud and Glory

Very nice stuff, owlhouse. Thanks for sharing.

posted by Howard_T at 10:10 PM on September 20

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Pardon the ramblings of an old man, but I felt like throwing this into the discussion to see what happens. One of the benefits of retirement is having entire afternoons with nothing really constructive to do. Today I killed the afternoon by watching the NBA Channel's broadcast of the 1976 Finals between Boston and Phoenix. Game 5 was the triple overtime thriller. It's not the first time I had seen this, and a study of this game is required in order to pass Celtics Fandom 101. (Trick question on the midterm: Identify Glenn McDonald and write a short essay on his contribution to the season.) Game 5 was one of the standout games in Celtics' history, and game 6, the series clincher in Phoenix, had its moments as well, so watching the games 40 years later was still a lot of fun.

As good as the games were, what piqued my interest today was the play-by-play work of one Brent Mussberger. As I said, this was 40 years ago, and at that time, Mussberger was actually pretty good. If fact, his work during the triple-overtime game could be called outstanding. He yelled loudly when he should have, delivered a calm commentary when needed, and was pretty close to spot on with his calls.

My point in this whole thing is that Mussberger has become something of a joke as a play-by-play announcer. This is really sad because he once was right at the top of the game. So it is with the ravages of time, and the moral (if there is one) to the story is that we should never run a guy down when his abilities begin to slip. This is also true of those who still perform as well as they ever did, but whose style is considered out of date. When you are tempted to do this, take a look back at what these guys once did and marvel at it.

posted by Howard_T at 10:04 PM on September 19

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Thirteen

I feel as if I have fallen to the bottom of the basket of deplorables. Am I irredeemable? Of course. What is the use of being deplorable if one has to try to be redeemed. Here are my picks, and if they are accurate, I will try not to trump my success.

Montreal at Hamilton: Have Les Allouettes decided to emulate their forebears at Louisbourg in 1758? It will not take a siege of 6 weeks this time. Hamilton by 12

Toronto at Winnipeg: Argonauts sailed to victory on Lake Ontario last week, but unless they have a prairie schooner, they face an ill wind in Winnipeg. Blue Bombers, on the other hand, might try out a new pilot. Will he be able to land safely? Winnipeg by 10

Ottawa at Calgary: Redblacks will feel blue after encountering the Stampede. Calgary by 9

Edmonton at Saskatchewan: This is a rough year for the Rough Riders. Can they find some smooth sledding against Eskimos? I doubt it. Edmonton by 16

posted by Howard_T at 08:11 PM on September 15

NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Jeff Fisher Update Your Resume Edition

After a relatively undistinguished start, we will try this again.

Buffalo by 6
Carolina by 10
Pittsburgh by 3
Houston by 4
Washington by 10
New England by 6
Baltimore by 9
New Orleans by 9
Detroit by 6
Arizona by 7
Seattle by 14 LOCK
Denver by 3
Oakland by 7
San Diego by 4
Minnesota by 3
Philadelphia by 6

posted by Howard_T at 07:50 PM on September 15

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Twelve

The 4-down version of the football pick 'em started this week, but the 3-down version continues. If I somehow get confused and pick Cleveland over Montreal, will I get extra points if Cleveland wins and Montreal loses? I thought not. Here goes another week.

Montreal at BC: Two teams that are about as far apart, and still be in Canada, will play. They are pretty far apart in results this season as well. The gap will widen (no, Vancouver is not drifting out to sea, I mean in the standings). BC by 12

Saskatchewan at Winnipeg: Blue Bombers let the Roughriders use the air strip. The landing fees here are steep. Roughriders might wind up stuck on the taxiway. Winnipeg by 7

Calgary at Edmonton: The second half of the battle for Alberta moves to Edmonton. Will that help the Eskimos avenge the Labor Day weekend defeat? It might make the result a bit more respectable, but the outcome will be the same. Calgary by 10

Hamilton at Toronto: Another second half of a home-and-home, this one is for the championship of Lake Ontario. There was a championship of Lake Erie once, and some guy named Perry quarterbacked his side to the win. That was a long time ago, so it doesn't count. I don't know about Father Time catching anyone. Last I checked I'm older than he is. Cats don't care much about time as long as the food is available. Hamilton by 10

posted by Howard_T at 10:28 PM on September 08

Enter SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

(But what am I going to do with TWO footballs?)

I suggest buying a good pressure gauge and keeping it calibrated. Do not store the footballs in a freezer or in a hot place. I understand that rcade has hired an investigator to periodically visit you and check the pressure.

posted by Howard_T at 01:47 PM on September 08