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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 18, 2018

Howard_T has posted 40 links and 3496 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

...and Maybe the Dynamite Fizzles: Cleveland is having second thoughts about the Thomas-Irving trade after Isaiah Thomas took his physical. What's up here?

posted by Howard_T to basketball at 03:47 PM on August 26 - 10 comments

Boom goes the dynamite.: After promising off-season fireworks for the past few years, the Boston Celtics have delivered. A trade of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Anton Zizic, and the unprotected first round draft pick from Brooklyn in exchange for Cleveland's Kyrie Irving has been announced. Does this put Boston into the NBA finals? What is Cleveland thinking? 2017-18 will be an interesting season.

posted by Howard_T to basketball at 08:49 PM on August 22 - 7 comments

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

Recent Comments

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Break Up Cleveland Edition

I was doing great until Sunday afternoon. What looked like a tired Celtics team just couldn't keep up with the revamped Cavaliers. It didn't kill me in the standings, but it sure would have been great had it turned out the other way. For the record, I made the pick before the Cleveland Clearance, so there's that bit of consolation. The post-game ceremonies for Paul Pierce more than made up for a bad loss.

Tuesday, Feb 13:

Cavaliers are not as good as they looked on Sunday, but Thunder have not played well lately. Cleveland by 8.

Spurs by 6.

Wednesday, Feb 14:

Celtics need to hold Williams from going nuts and get a few shots to fall late in the game. Boston by 9.

It doesn't matter who holds the clipboard. Golden State by 14 SLAM

Thursday, Feb 15:

Minnesota by 11

posted by Howard_T at 01:57 PM on February 13

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

beaverboard, I would be very careful if your wife starts collecting rocks from the garden.

posted by Howard_T at 05:23 PM on February 11

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Beaverboard, I have been thinking much the same thing about the possibility of the Patriots luring Garoppolo back from the 49ers. I look for Belichick and Brady to be gone not later than the end of the 2019 season. Belichick will use the time to work with Brian Flores, current Linebackers Coach and heir apparent to Matt Patricia's job as Defensive Coordinator, to bring him up to a higher level of excellence. There was some discussion about Greg Schiano being hired as a sort of consultant/assistant head coach, ultimately taking over for Belichick, but I think that the Kraft's might have scotched that idea.

Goyoucolts, I am unable to feel any sympathy for the Colts. It goes back to 1984 when my wife and I lived in Baltimore. I was a Patriots fan, but I rather liked the Colts for their history, involvement with the city, and the things like the marching band. If I had to root for another team, Baltimore was the one. When the Irsay family packed up the team in the middle of the night and moved them to Indianapolis, I lost all respect for them. I know it's not right to wish ill fortune on anyone, but somehow doing it to the Colts is payback for 1984. I do agree that there is a lack of integrity on McDaniels's part, and he has likely eliminated himself from any consideration for a head coaching position in the future. He has made his bed and now must lie in it.

posted by Howard_T at 10:44 PM on February 07

The search for Jackie Wallace

I finally took the few minutes to read this, and I came away with a great sense of sadness. Jackie Wallace's story is too familiar to me; not that I had ever heard of him, but I have known a few others who fought the same demons. A number of them have been able to hang on to their lives, but a few were not. It took a totaled pick up truck and serious internal injuries to wake up my nephew, but he has been sober for nearly 40 years. I thank God for his success, as I do for the success of my wife's cousin. He overcame a lifestyle that exists only in the dregs of society, and he has been sober for over 30 years. Not too long ago I lost a friend and co-worker. He was one of our "gang" of hard workers and hard partiers. The partying took over, and he ended it with a gun to his head. Don't ever think it's easy to get past an addiction. It is always lurking there waiting for the smallest opportunity. Pray for the Jackie Wallace's of this world.

posted by Howard_T at 10:06 PM on February 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Take Cleveland Off TV Edition

This thing is getting tighter than the shorts on the Celtics Dancers. If Oklahoma City had kept to form, I would be in first place. It doesn't take much to move the standings.

Wednesday, Feb 7:

Cavaliers are sick of being embarrassed. Cleveland by 9.

San Antonio by 13. SLAM

Thursday, Feb 8:

Celtics were badly outplayed on Tuesday in Toronto. Wizards are another tough matchup. Boston by 6.

Thunder should beat Lakers, but they failed me twice last week. This time for sure, Rocky. Oklahoma City by 8.

Friday, Feb 9:

Bradley and Griffin vs their old mates. Detroit by 11.

Minnesota by 7.

Saturday, Feb 10:

Golden State by 14 SLAM

Sunday, Feb 11:

The game will be a good one, but it's after the game that will be a special day. Paul Pierce's number 34 goes to the rafters, and my wife and I will be there for it. Boston by 12. SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 01:47 PM on February 07

SportsFilter 2017-2018 Playoff Pick 'Em Champion: tahoemoj

I'm sitting here grumbling about the cruelty of fate. Mostly I'm grumbling about the idiot talking heads who obviously know so much more about football than Bill Belichick. Congratulations to the Eagles on their Super Bowl win. They earned it. More congratulations to tahoemoj on his impressive run to the pick' em title. Photographic evidence must be shown that you actually wore those pants. Most importantly, thanks to you, rcade, for running another great and fun pick 'em.

posted by Howard_T at 08:30 PM on February 05

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

There's a game tomorrow? I thought this football thing was done for the year. Hockey is getting interesting, basketball is getting into the meaningful part of the season, and pitchers and catchers report in just a couple of weeks. Who needs football? Well, ok, I'll play along for one more time in hope of collecting the lovely parting gifts.

New England by 17 LOCK -10

First field goal: Gostkowski, NEP

First touchdown: White, NEP

Most yards, passing: Brady, NEP +5

Most yards, rushing: Ajayi, PHI

Most yards, receiving: Hogan, NEP

Player with a sack: Trey Flowers, NEP

Player with an interception: Harmon, NEP +5

Player with a turnover: Foles, PHI +5

Game MVP: Brady, NEP

SpoFites prognostication champion: tahoemoj (Don't let me down, boy. I need all the points I can get.) +5

posted by Howard_T at 01:57 PM on February 03

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Devin Booker Might Be Good Edition

My stinking fat fingers have caused me to have to type this twice. Good week last week, so I would like to keep it going. Good games to pick this week. Here goes.

Wednesday, Jan 31

Boston by 9
Phoenix by 6

Thursday, Feb 1

Houston by 8
Oklahoma City by 8

Friday, Feb 2

Miami by 3
Golden State by 16 SLAM

Saturday, Feb 3

Houston by 5

Sunday, Feb 4

Oklahoma City by 17 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 06:47 PM on January 31

Boston Sports Host Insults Brady's 5-Year-Old Kid

Brady says he hopes the guy won't be fired. This is a very charitable attitude. Meanwhile, has anyone asked Giselle her opinion? If she is a typical mom, she probably would like the suspension served in some sort of medieval torture chamber.

posted by Howard_T at 07:43 PM on January 30

Cleveland Indians Will Drop Chief Wahoo in 2019

Not sure why the Chief can't be done away with right now.

It is all about the size of his Social Security check. Late retirement means a larger monthly check. Of course, if he makes too much money on merchandise sales, the amount of tax liability will be greater. Retirement makes one face some tough decisions.

posted by Howard_T at 09:16 PM on January 29

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

good fences make good neighbors

That was the retort from the narrator's neighbor as they did the annual walking of their property line and mended the stone wall. Frost wasn't buying that idea.

My fence problem is that the guy who disposes of my questionably obtained merchandise has increased the percentage he wants for the service. Definitely not a good fence, but useful nonetheless.

posted by Howard_T at 06:54 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Something there is that doesn't love a wall, That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it, And spills the upper boulders in the sun; And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.

Robert Frost, "Mending Walls"

posted by Howard_T at 02:00 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Comment deleted and moved to the correct conversation. Please pardon the error. Meantime, I will be busy writing an essay on why Sports Filter is suddenly a magnet for sneaky advertising.

posted by Howard_T at 01:55 PM on January 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The Patriots have wisely chosen to wear their road white uniforms

The whites have been referred to as the"Bird Killers". In them the Patriots have won the Lombardi Trophy over the Falcons, Eagles, and Seahawks. Now they get another chance at the Eagles. Philadelphia looks terrible in green, but at least in SB XXXIX the green helped to partly hide Donovan McNabb puking on the field.

posted by Howard_T at 04:12 PM on January 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: 40/20/10 Edition

Much like my beloved Celtics, I have had a very bad week. It's a long season, so there's still time. Here we go.

Tuesday, Jan 23:
San Antonio by 7

Boston by 11

Wednesday, Jan 24:
Houston by 14 SLAM

Boston by 3

Thursday, Jan 25:
Oklahoma City by 9

Golden State by 13 SLAM

Friday, Jan 26:
New Orleans by 17 SLAM

Saturday, Jan 27:
Golden State by 8 SLAM

Sunday, Jan 28
Oklahoma City by 9

posted by Howard_T at 04:59 PM on January 23