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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 30, 2014

Howard_T has posted 35 links and 2702 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

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

Big deals at the deadline; help or hurt?: Here is a team-by-team sampling of the in-season trades that had an effect on that year's pennant race. This year's deadline was about 15 minutes ago. Who did well, who did poorly, and who did nothing? I disagree with at least one of the author's selections, but I'll add that as a comment later.

posted by Howard_T to baseball at 04:14 PM on July 31 - 18 comments

Recent Comments

33 Short Stories about 33

Thanks for that, yerfatma. Celtics open practice for season ticket holders is one week from today. My blood is starting to run green. Rondo's out until mid-November with a broken hand, the team will be run by Paul Pressey and Marcus Smart, Sullinger and Olynyik are the only notables left over from last season, and another lottery finish looks probable. It doesn't matter. When you have been following the Celtics for as long as I have, there's always enthusiasm and pride.

posted by Howard_T at 09:18 PM on September 26

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 14

Holy crap. It's Friday, I haven't even started supper, and I have to get these picks done. Talk about poor planning. Well, here goes:

Montreal at Ottawa: Then there was the man who invented the corduroy pillow. The pillow wasn't much to look at, but it sure made a lot of headlines. The RedBlacks will not have their heads on any pillows but will make the headlines. Perhaps they will use the feathers from the Larks to stuff the pillows. Ottawa by 6.

Saskatchewan at Edmonton: Rough Riders head for Eskimo country with a sniff of first place in the air. Rough riding on the ice can result in some notable tumbles, and so it will be in Edmonton. Edmonton by 4.

Hamilton at Winnipeg: Blue Bombers seem to be down for maintenance while the kitty cats look to be learning how to hunt like tigers. Can the repairs to the bombers be done in time? Can the Tiger Cats avoid being distracted by catnip? Since the Cats are at the airfield, look for the Bombers to fly again. Winnipeg by 6.

BC at Calgary: On the African plain the presence of a lion can cause the zebra to stampede. The only zebras present at this contest will also carry whistles, and they aren't running from anything. So do the Stampeders live up to their name and run amok? The Lions are fearsome and could be mighty hungry. Once the herd starts moving, there will be no stopping the rout. BC by 14.

posted by Howard_T at 06:30 PM on September 26

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

A statistical case for keeping Mookie Betts.

Statistics or not, he passes the eyeball test. Looks like he hustles. He has some tools, he's working on his batting approach, and he's got some pop. He could well be a keeper. They'll put him in the outfield (if there's room), but if Pedroia's injuries prove sufficiently debilitating, he's your 2nd baseman.

posted by Howard_T at 11:22 PM on September 24

Grand Jury Does Not Indict Tony Stewart in Accident

Thought it was a bit low to talk about the weed use by Ward. Hey, the guy's dead, Stewart is absolved of any crime, so leave it at that. I realize that the grand jury record is public, but why include the marijuana use in the DA's statement? De mortuis nil nisi bonum.

posted by Howard_T at 11:19 PM on September 24

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I cannot find a direct answer to this question, but what I have found seems to hint that the answer is yes. Consider that the team that scores actually retains possession of the ball in order to try for the extra point and then to execute a kickoff, it would seem that scoring a touchdown, or indeed scoring a field goal on 4th down are conversions.

posted by Howard_T at 08:47 PM on September 21

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

half his life on a submarine

Not on a submarine, although early in my career I put some equipment aboard them. I put the same equipment aboard USS Pueblo, but we don't talk about that one. I was mostly working with Navy and Marine Corps aviation. Really, though, up until a few years before I retired, half my adult life was spent outside the US. I think owlhouse would agree when I say travel is the best classroom.

posted by Howard_T at 05:50 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Sitting here banging away on the computer with the TV on the NBA Channel. They're showing replays of various playoff games. Right now it's LA vs Indiana in 2000. The original broadcast was NBC, and the announcer is Bob Costas. I did not realize just how good this guy was when doing play-by-play, and it's quite a revelation to someone who thinks Bob Costas is an insufferable dickhead when he pontificates on one issue or another. You live and learn, I guess.

posted by Howard_T at 05:44 PM on September 18

CFL Pick 'Em, Week 13

I have the odd feeling that owlhouse has somehow tapped into my router and is reading my picks. If that means he has to read everything I write, he will be stricken with terminal boredom, and I will win. Actually, I think our picking ability has a high negative correlation to our knowledge of what we are doing. On to Week (Lucky) 13.

Toronto at BC: Jason's fleece seekers travel west to one of the better harbors on the Pacific Coast of North America. They might think they are in a safe port, but something is waiting. The Eagles knew all along "You Can't Hide Your Lyin' Eyes", and the Argos are about to be jumped. BC by 9.

Edmonton at Hamilton: Two men were ice fishing. Suddenly the ice cracked and there was open water between them and the shore. As they began to drift further from land one said, "What do we do now?" The other calmly answered, "I guess we just go with the floe." Eskimos are good at managing ice floes, and while tiger cats don't mind water, they are ill equipped to handle Eskimos. Edmonton by 4.

Calgary at Montreal: One little rouge separates the Stampeders from unbeaten status. Larks are passerines that lose all their feathers in their first moult. This season is moulting time for Les Alouettes, and without feathers the birds could get sunburned and turn quite rouge. Uncontrollable Rampaging Quadrupeds will scatter the birds. Calgary by 17.

Ottawa at Saskatchewan: The color-confused group from the capitol heads to the land of the Theodore Roosevelt emulators. Rough Riders would like to walk softly and carry a big stick. Using a stick is not a good thing to do if you are a football player and get anywhere near children. They won't need a stick to render Ottawa RedBlack and blue. Saskatchewan by 10.

posted by Howard_T at 03:26 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Peyton Manning bought 21 pizza restaurants in Denver weeks before Colorado legalized pot.

Those who say there are no ill effects from marijuana use are dead wrong! Obesity will shortly become a major problem.

I'm getting the munchies just writing this'

posted by Howard_T at 03:00 PM on September 18

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Oh gee, Jameis Winston said some bad words, so we have to sit him for a half. Oh the humanity. Jameis Winston is such a sterling character. He is implicated in what might or might not be a rape, has shoplifted from a grocery store, and now he does an obscene performance. I guess a half on the bench is far too draconian a punishment for such an upstanding citizen. Oh well, Winston will soon go on to the NFL, where he will be free to abuse his girlfriend or spouse, take whatever he needs without paying for it, and be generally obnoxious in his conduct. Does anyone wonder where the Ray Rices and Adrian Petersons on the league come from?

posted by Howard_T at 05:39 PM on September 17

Giancarlo Stanton Hit in Face with 88-Mph Pitch


posted by Howard_T at 04:30 PM on September 16

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

Earlier today I saw Peterson's explanation/apology for the situation. I was willing to accept that. It sounded like a man who was unaware of the seriousness of his actions and did not realize his mistake. Once it had been brought to his attention, he seemed contrite and willing to learn from the experience.

Fast forward an hour or two, and all of a sudden comes an allegation that Peterson had also whipped (or switched, or whatever) another of his sons. Now I'm not so sure of the honesty of his earlier statement. His lawyer denies that there is any truth to the story of previous corporal punishment of his other son. The lawyer's name is Rusty Hardin. Doesn't that name sound familiar? I don't know about you, but when you get a heavy hitter like Roger Clemens' old mouthpiece, you are loading up for something.

posted by Howard_T at 11:58 PM on September 15

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I have not seen the video of Johnson's HBP, so I cannot judge. If the pitch hit his hand first, the it should have been called a foul ball. If it hit any other part of his body, including his wrist or arm, before hitting his hand on the bat, then it is a swinging strike.

posted by Howard_T at 09:10 PM on September 13

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

One other thing on a hit batsman. If the batter is hit on the hand while the hand grips the bat, and he is not swinging, he is deemed to have been hit by the pitch. As long as the batter tried to get out of the way and the pitch is not in the strike zone, he is awarded first base. If the batter is determined to have swung, the result of the pitch (fair or foul, out or reaching base) will stand, and the hand is considered a part of the bat.

posted by Howard_T at 09:14 PM on September 12

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Indicted for Child Injury

Adrian Peterson Indicted on Child Injury Charge

From the pictures of the injuries, the admission that Peterson used a "switch", the age of the child (4), and that some of the injuries were to the face, it would appear this has all the makings of a child abuse charge. So if hitting our wife/girlfriend, presumably an adult but maybe not always, gets you some indeterminate suspension from a couple of games to a full season how long should this sort of thing merit? At least the team had the decency to disqualify him for Sunday's game.

...and the New England run defense just got a lot better.

posted by Howard_T at 09:03 PM on September 12