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Howard_T
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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: July 27, 2016

Howard_T has posted 37 links and 3122 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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Oh well, another Thursday goes by without my remembering to make my picks. My excuse this time was that I spent most of the day writing my feedback on the performance of our church and its clergy during the past year. We do this every year and use the results at our annual Vestry Retreat to address things that might not be going quite right or need some improvement. It keeps us on the right track. There's a lot more to running a fairly large Episcopal parish than most realize.

Now for the picks:

The Rouge et Noir take on the Roughriders in their own corral. I cannot see the horse abusers doing much to the checkered shirt guys. Ottawa by 12

Tigercats take on Eskimos this week. All I can say is that they aren't the Hamilton Snow Leopards. Edmonton by 8

The two big cities of the east clash beside the lake. Little Larks and the mythical sailors both have suffered adversity, but Montreal looks like the poorer team. Toronto by 14

posted by Howard_T at 06:05 PM on July 22

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67

I wonder if, upon his admission through the Pearly Gates, Dennis Green turned to St. Peter and said, "It is what I thought it was."

Saw a bit of the ESPN item on Sports Center, and his impact upon increasing the number of black coaches in the NFL was significant. It is one of the things I did not know about Green. It is something that ought to be more widely known.

posted by Howard_T at 05:49 PM on July 22

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four

There are lessons to be learned here. The first one is to pay attention to the schedule and not wait until Friday morning to make your picks for Wednesday and Thursday. The second is that I know about as much about Canadian Football as I know about how to build an array using ADA. In other words, I know it exists, I know its uses, but anything beyond that is total mystery. So here goes:

Tiger Cats claw their way to a win, although the little lark tries to escape. Hamilton by 6

Cats rule this week. Around my house they rule every day, but that's another story. Lions' ride is not rough. BC by 13

posted by Howard_T at 01:51 PM on July 15

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

There should be a very, very small number of times when "committing a foul" or "drawing a penalty" is in any way advantageous to the team/player that's doing it

When the players your opponent has on the floor each is able to hit a good percentage of their free throws (let's throw 70% as a benchmark), any advantage the fouling team gains is slight. The team being fouled yields the advantage by playing those whose free throw shooting is below par. Playing the game well, at least well enough in one area to deny an advantage, makes rule changes unnecessary.

posted by Howard_T at 06:35 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

"The League of Extraordinary Bartolo's" Against any common sense, I read this thing from end to end. Amazing! I can somehow in my mind shrink myself into an atom-sized being and creep inside the processor of amazinavenue's computer. I can see the bits, bytes, and words struggling to align themselves into a result for each game. I can see the processor beginning to glow red just before it explodes, spewing images of Bartolo Colon all over the keyboard. Disaster! But oh what fun.

posted by Howard_T at 06:27 PM on July 14

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

The NBA's ineffectual anti-hacking rule

I was watching the Las Vegas Summer League (Dallas vs Milwaukee), and Mark Cuban was being interviewed by the play-by-play and analyst. One of the topics was the rule. Cuban's take was for teams not to play someone who can't hit free throws, or for players learn to make free throws. My humble (well, maybe a little humble) opinion is that free throw shooting is an NBA skill. If you don't have it, your team should suffer the consequences.

posted by Howard_T at 12:11 AM on July 14

Tim Duncan announces retirement

It somehow fits the Tim Duncan image that he chose to walk away quietly rather than become the centerpiece of a gaudy farewell tour. Having said that, I would make it a point to be at his final appearance in Boston so I could show my appreciation for what he has done in his career. Oh what might have been -- stinkin' ping pong balls anyway.

posted by Howard_T at 03:15 PM on July 11

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

My 1/8 Portuguese ancestry leaves me very satisfied with the outcome. I cannot help but believe the extra day of rest might have had a bearing on the outcome in extra time, but then France had more than a few chances to win it in regulation. Many will argue that Portugal did not deserve to make it out of the group stage, let alone into the final, but you play to your strength. Soccer is perhaps the only game in which the saying 'you play to win the game' is not completely valid. Much more accurate is to say'you play to give your team the best chance of improving its position in the standings, and ultimately its best chance to win the game in the knock out stage'. Don't fault Portugal for doing exactly what was necessary.

posted by Howard_T at 05:44 PM on July 10

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Realized I hadn't done the pick 'em until I checked the TV schedule and saw it was on ESPN. Oh well, I would have taken Hamilton anyway. Here are the quickies for the rest of the schedule.

BC by 6. They are home, after all.

Ottawa by 11. No reason,just policy.

Edmonton by 4. It's easier to spell than Saskatchewan.

posted by Howard_T at 10:11 PM on July 07

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Nice write-up, grum. My wife, myself, and our (then) 11-year-old son sat through 19 innings in Seattle vs Boston in 2000. After about the 11th inning or so, we decided that we were going to stay no matter how long it went. I won't say it was fun (Boston lost) but it was memorable.

He throws his first warm up pitch over the catcher and to the back stop.

Yankees many years ago had a reliever named Ryne Duren who wore rather thick glasses. He had an excellent fast ball (this in the days before the Juggs gun, so nobody really knew how hard he threw) and a reputation for being a bit wild. Often upon being summoned from the bullpen, he would start his warmups from the mound by throwing a heater over the catcher's mitt to the backstop. More than a few hitters were looking to the dugout to see who could pinch hit. He did it on purpose, and few batters would dig in after he threw one a bit inside.

posted by Howard_T at 09:01 PM on July 02

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

We're here in the White Mountains of NH on my wife's annual "decompression" trip, something she badly needs after a year of working with special needs kids in a public school kindergarten class. Any time I feel like I have it bad I just listen to her go on about a day in her classroom. It's no fun at all. Time for some predictions.

Once again last week I found myself undone by picking against Ottawa. Why do I do this? OK, I will change it up. Don't make me regret this, RedBlacks. Ottawa by 3.

Argonauts got schooled by Hamilton last week. I doubt Saskatchewan can do this, but are they all that bad? Maybe they are, and maybe Toronto needed another week to get going. Toronto by 6.

It's a cat fight in Hamilton, but the Tiger Cats are in their own litter box. The Lions might be big and strong, but Tiger cats know how to fight too. Hamilton by 17.

Stampeders were close against BC last week, and only a late TD kept Bombers in the game against Montreal (and kept me from hitting the spread exactly). Thus, I do not look favorably upon Winnipeg. Calgary by 9.

posted by Howard_T at 02:01 PM on June 29

Legendary University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Pat Summitt passes away at age 64.

Hers was a life to be emulated. Rest in peace, MS Summitt.

posted by Howard_T at 10:20 PM on June 28

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The "Mouse that Roared" did a bit more than that. Mouse Iceland has just taken a major bite out of the English Lion 2-1 in the Euros. I saw only the last 15 minutes or so, and the commentators were all over the English side for the ineptitude they were demonstrating. One comment was made during the tennis from Wimbledon that should England lose, they should not even bother to come home. For the "little guy" to knock off one of the giants is significant. Now if they can do the same to France, it will probably cause the earth to tilt on its axis.

posted by Howard_T at 05:00 PM on June 27

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I was at TD Garden last night for the Celtics' Draft Party. Fan reaction to the picks was anything but pleasant. One of the high-paid keyboard operators who pass themselves off as reporters opined this morning that the reason for preferring someone other than Jaylen Brown with pick #3 was familiarity rather than likelihood of NBA success. Actually, not a bad analysis. After the selections of Yabusele from France and Zizic from Croatia, I heard one unhappy soul remark that at least they could have tried to draft someone whose name he could pronounce. After the 3rd Celtics' selection of the first round, the place emptied faster than the free beer cooler at the office picnic. Celtics' owner Wyk Grousbeck said that the fans' negative reaction showed that they cared. Well, we do, and I think those fans who understand the game and reject the hype from the talking heads are willing to wait the year or 2 or 3 that it will take to see the results.

The party itself wasn't bad, but there weren't enough concession stands open, and the only beer available was Coors Light, Miller Light or Bud Light. Almost enough to gag a maggot. Still, it was nice to see some of the people who have seats near your own and to chat with those to whom the Celtics mean a lot.

posted by Howard_T at 06:03 PM on June 24

The 12th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

With all of the things going on in sports - Copa America, the Euros, NBA, NHL, MLS, and MLB - the CFL season sort of snuck up on all of us on the south side of the border. I am really happy that the Chico Bangs has served to remind me that it is time once again to test my profound lack of knowledge about all things football - Canadian style that is. I will spend the tail end of July and most of August touring Nova Scotia with my wife, learning about my dad's birthplace of Westport, meeting some cousins that might still be around the area, and making sure there were no ancestors that were hanged as horse thieves. Added benefit will be the ability to watch a few of the games on TSN whenever we are not sampling the wines of the Annapolis Valley or some of the microbrews that are available. Bring it on, guys, game on!

Hamilton at Toronto: Tiger Cats' secondary is dealing with some injuries, but Ricky Ray might still be chipping off some rust after his injury last year. Rust will not be an issue. Toronto by 10.

Montreal at Winnipeg: Alouettes bring what they believe to be a stout defense to oppose the Blue Bombers. The Bombers' Andrew Harris might not play due to injury. This brings to mind the RAF's WW2 leader Bomber Harris who believed that Germany cold be bombed into submission. It still took a lot of infantry, armor, and artillery to do the job. Bombers won't fly. Montreal by 16.

Ottawa at Edmonton: I spent most of last season underrating Ottawa, and it cost me in the standings. Now they travel to the Grey Cup winners who have had to replace their coaching staff. Last I looked, a coach has yet to take a snap during a game. It's all up to the players. Edmonton by 17.

Calgary at BC: Stampeders had a fine season last year, while BC sort of "got along". Stampeders might have lost some of their offensive prowess while BC has tried to make improvements. Both of these teams could challenge for the top. This one is an early season coin flip. BC by 5.

posted by Howard_T at 12:44 AM on June 23