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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 21, 2017

Howard_T has posted 38 links and 3260 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

Carter Capps' pitching delivery is illegal and MLB doesn't care.

Give a crap what MLB says, if some kid in a game where I had the plate delivered something like this, I would call time, explain that the pitch is illegal (and why), and warn him and his coach that each tie the pitch was delivered in this manner it would be called illegal and would be a ball. I wonder why MLB would allow this.

If Capps were due to pitch in a road game, all the home club has to do is loosen up the surface of the mound in his landing spot. This would not be likely to affect your own pitcher, since his landing spot would not be as far down the mound. Since Capps has some forward motion as his left foot lands, he would slide on the loosened surface, thus losing any semblance of control and possible injuring himself. That would be drastic, but it would send a message.

posted by Howard_T at 11:32 PM on February 17

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I don't know if this sort of divisional bunching is typical or not.

It would make sense that teams from a given division would all (or mostly) end up bunched in opponents' strength of schedule. It is the result of all teams in a division playing all of the teams in 2 other divisions, one NFC and one AFC. If your division draws a division with more than one good team, your division's strength of schedule rises accordingly. The AFC West played all of the NFC South teams this past season, thus running into Tampa Bay, New Orleans, Carolina, and Atlanta. All 4 were decent with the exception of Carolina. Of course Atlanta was not too bad. The teams from the AFC East played AFC North and NFC West. AFC North had 1 very good team, Pittsburgh, and 2 decent teams, Baltimore and Cincinnati. NFC West had Arizona and Seattle to balance Los Angeles and San Francisco. So why is New England;s strength of schedule lower than the other 3 teams in the AFC East? It's pretty simple; New England doesn't have to play the Patriots, while the other 3 teams get to play them twice.

posted by Howard_T at 01:00 AM on February 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Charles Oakley Will Smash Edition

Turned my tickets for Celtics vs 76ers back for credit. Snow coming tonight, and it's a long ride home from the T stop. Here's the picks.

Cavaliers have struggled a bit lately, but Pacers won't have enough to take advantage. Cleveland by 12 SLAM

Knicks beat a San Antonio team that was in the middle of a long road trip and played poorly. They will hear some loud Thunder. Oklahoma City by 11.

Celtics have been hot of late, but Bulls have played well too. Chicago by 4.

posted by Howard_T at 07:32 PM on February 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Go Mavericks Edition

Continuing with the business that was interrupted by dinner preparation:

Cavaliers having trouble controlling their mounts. Oklahoma city by 7

West Coast games are terrible for my sleeping pattern. Not so good for Boston either. Portland by 10.

Pacers trot to DC but there's no yellow brick road to these Wizards. Washington by 12. SLAM

Bulls will try to roam the desert. Suns do not shine brightly. Chicago by 8.

Kevin Durant will not be welcomed as the Prodigal Son, but he wins anyway. Golden State by 10.

Popovich has his team give basketball lessons to the big city. San Antonio by 9.

For their efforts on Sunday, the Spurs are rewarded with a trip to the Midwest. San Antonio by 14.

The team from a city in disbelief to play in the Northwest. The Hawks don't do any better than those other birds. Portland by 5.

posted by Howard_T at 11:05 PM on February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Go Mavericks Edition

Tonight for openers, the rest later:

Los Angeles (fast sailing ship variety) by 11 SLAM Golden State by 16 SLAM

posted by Howard_T at 06:00 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss, Rogers. You and your family are in my prayers.

posted by Howard_T at 08:21 PM on February 07

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Too bad they won't fire the organization. Bruce Cassidy is inheriting a mess that has no near term possibility of getting better. If there's any place to assign the blame, it is with the scouting department. For a few years, perhaps the last 5, the only decent forward they have drafted was European. The North American players have generally disappointed. I've been a Bruins fan for a long time, but it is at the point now that I have no desire to attend a game, nor will I even watch them on TV unless there is nothing else to watch. This situation reminds me of the early 1960s, when they annually were 4th or 5th in the 6-team league.

posted by Howard_T at 01:45 PM on February 07

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

One final bit of snarkiness from the Dartmouth (MA) Police Department as reported in The Boston Globe

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, February 6, 2017


HOUSTON, TX Upon the completion of Super Bowl LI, an independent investigation, now coined "Deflategate Two," was launched.

The investigation stems from the unexpected deflation of Roger GOODELL's ego at the completion of the game.

Though the investigation is still in its early stages, it was reported that a very happy and smiling Tom BRADY was in close proximity to GOODELL when the incident took place.

No further information is available at this time.

posted by Howard_T at 10:29 PM on February 06

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

tron, it's typical of Belichick to make a decision like that. Do you remember a game in Denver when Patriots were trailing late, were backed up against their own goal line, and were facing 4th down? They could have tried to go for it, but instead opted to take a deliberate safety. Belichick trusted his defense to hold. They held, got the ball back, and Brady took over against a tiring defense.

posted by Howard_T at 01:02 PM on February 06

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

My wife started to jump off the couch, forgetting she is in a walking boot. Kicked the coffee table with the boot, took a chunk out of the leg of the table, but who the hell cares. That's as crazy a game as I have ever seen.

posted by Howard_T at 10:35 PM on February 05

The Greatest Comeback in NFL History

I don't quite believe the 4th quarter. I think I might just have seen everything.

posted by Howard_T at 10:18 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

So Rivers puts him in with just a few seconds left. Nobody is on him on defense, he goes to the spot from which he has hit so many big shots, and promptly drains a 3. Fitting ending for a great career.

posted by Howard_T at 04:38 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The crowd keeps chanting for Paul Pierce to come back into the game. The only Paul that Doc Rivers wants to put in is Chris Paul.

posted by Howard_T at 03:54 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

With about 7 minutes left in the 1st quarter, the video tribute to Pierce played. My son and I are directly behind the Clippers bench, about 12 rows back. We could easily see the emotion on Pierce's face. I'm having trouble keeping the tears out of my eyes too.

posted by Howard_T at 02:25 PM on February 05

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

At TD Garden for Paul Pierce's last game in Boston. Something I've never heard before, a massive, prolonged standing O as the Clippers come out for the layup line. Never before for a visiting player. You are loved, Paul Pierce.

posted by Howard_T at 01:52 PM on February 05