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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: December 04, 2016

Howard_T has posted 38 links and 3199 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

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

I didn't know we had a Chili Bordello either.

You might have to search the newspaper morgues to find anything about it. Don't forget, this was 30 years ago. I do remember they had to fire one of the waitresses; she was 15-years-old and serving alcohol. It was that kind of place.

posted by Howard_T at 04:26 PM on December 03

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Doc Rivers Will Smash Edition

Just checked the scores. WTF?

Here are the rest of my picks:

Cleveland by 6
Houston by 8

posted by Howard_T at 11:07 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

As I watch the 4th quarter of Dallas vs Minnesota, here come the rest of the picks.

Dallas by 17 LOCK as above.
Chicago by 6
Denver by 7
Atlanta by 10
Baltimore by 7
Cincinnati by 3
New Orleans by 9
New England by 12 LOCK
Green Bay by 15
Oakland by 10 LOCK
San Diego by 6
New York (National Conference) by 3
Arizona by 10
Seattle by 6
Indianapolis by 17 LOCK

posted by Howard_T at 11:03 PM on December 01

All-Star Game No Longer Decides World Series Home Field

The beautiful people hated Jacksonville's Super Bowl.

I lived in Jacksonville for about 6 months in 1986. I remember it as a great place to get oneself into trouble. Every few weeks my running mate and I had to drive from Cecil Field (extreme western edge of the city) to Mayport (on the ocean) to do some work aboard whatever aircraft carrier was in port. The drive took exactly 2 beers each from Cecil Field to Mayport, which left us with one more beer each to finish on our way to lunch. Lunch was a pitcher at Joanne's Chili Bordello (good looking waitresses in bustiers), and then it was time to hit the strip club. Please note this was in my "younger, drunker, stupider" days, and I was in between wives.

I have no idea why the "beautiful people" could hate a city with entertainment options like this.

posted by Howard_T at 10:55 PM on December 01

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Final Standings

Congratulations, bender, that was quite a finishing kick you put on. Many thanks to Dr. J for running this show each year. It's always fun.

posted by Howard_T at 10:43 PM on December 01

NFL Pick 'Em Week 13: No Tie for Gary Kubiak Edition

For tonight. More later.

Dallas by 17. LOCK

posted by Howard_T at 06:42 PM on December 01

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Doc Rivers Will Smash Edition

Tonight's picks first. The rest later.

Cleveland by 12 SLAM
Golden State by 10

posted by Howard_T at 06:38 PM on December 01

Brazilian Soccer Team Lost in Plane Crash

This afternoon Fox News had some coverage of the accident. Their South American sports affiliate had some people travelling aboard the flight to cover the team. Fox showed some video taken just before takeoff that shows the team members. Seeing their excitement and joy at being involved in a championship game is heart wrenching.

Fox also reported that the Medellin, Colombia, team has asked that the championship be awarded to Chapocoense.

The aircraft involved was a BAE-146 short-range regional jet. It is also known as the Avro RJ-85. The type was first placed in service in 1983, which makes it nearly geriatric in terms of commercial aviation. The type did have a good safety record. Fox says that the flight crew reported "an electrical problem" prior to the crash. There have also been reports of insufficient fuel on board.

Nothing more needs to be said other than


posted by Howard_T at 03:31 PM on November 29

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

What the camera doesn't show is the Jets would-be tacklers doubling over with laughter at Brady trying to emulate a pulling guard. They didn't have the energy to hit him.

posted by Howard_T at 02:16 PM on November 29

NHL's Newest Team: The Vegas Golden Knights

There's a report that one of the minority owners is a certain NFL tight end of some notoriety. It will be rather interesting to see what happens when Rob Gronkowski shows up to watch his team.

posted by Howard_T at 11:01 PM on November 23

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Grey Cup Edition

Where did that come from? I actually picked up 5 points and drew even with someone who actually knows what he is doing? Amazing! Buoyed by recent success, we venture on with trying to pull another good result out of my backside.

The Game: Stampeders try to avoid becoming enshrouded in the red and black haze that seems to hang like a pall over Ottawa (or is that just smog?). Ottawa tries to keep the hoof prints from staining their nice checked shirts. The thundering herd will overwhelm the bi-colors. Calgary by 15.

The MVP: Quarterbacks get all the glory. Just once I would like to see some lowly offensive lineman get an MVP award. It is they who make all possible for the show off QB anyway. Alas, it will never happen. Mitchell

The Total Score: 54.5 is the line, and that doesn't seem like much, especially with a high-scoring team like Calgary. My logic last week failed, but not by much. This week I perhaps have learned my lesson. UNDER

The Tiebreaker: Total yards thrown by QB's is the metric this week. I sense that it will not be as great a number as many would think, although I see Bender has low-balled it a bit. For me, I will go with 463, and hope nobody throws a halfback pass to mess up the numbers.

posted by Howard_T at 10:54 PM on November 23

NFL Pick 'Em Week 12: Friggin' Lasers Edition

You could say that Brock Osweiler was green with envy at the result of the game. Actually he was green with a fair probability of suffering damage to his eyes. Any idiot who shines a laser into someone's eyes, particularly a green laser that has a greater than legal output, could be found guilty of assault with intent to injure. At least that is the law in a nmber of states. In Mexico? Who knows.

Enough of a tirade. I'm off to my wife's stepsister's place in CT, a 3 1/2 hour drive under normal conditions. I do not look forward to it, but at least I don't have to cook.

Detroit by 12
Dallas by 10
Pittsburgh by 6
Tennessee by 9
Buffalo by 11
Baltimore by 6
Atlanta by 15 LOCK
New York (National Conference) by 18 LOCK
New Orleans by 7
Miami by 10
Houston by 6
Seattle by 8 LOCK
New England by 16 LOCK
Oakland by 12
Denver by 3
Philadelphia by 14 LOCK

posted by Howard_T at 10:28 PM on November 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: Michael Jordan of Greatness Edition

I thought I might have been starting to move a bit, but last week proved to be really bad. It's a long season, so they say.

San Antonio by 14 SLAM
New Orleans by 6

The latter pick has me worried, as Minnesota has some real talent. They just don't know how to put it together and play for 48 minutes yet. Blowing a 15-point lead (from the end of the 3rd quarter to mid-4th) to a 19-0 Boston run was not pretty.

posted by Howard_T at 11:16 PM on November 22

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The usual strange things happening at the Harvard-Yale game this year. I don't believe anyone called for a measurement.

posted by Howard_T at 03:09 PM on November 20

CFL Playoff Pick 'Em, Division Finals Edition

The conference finals are upon us. This is becoming almost as intimidating as my final in Differential Equations, but it is a lot more fun. When I opted to major in Electrical Engineering, nobody told me I would in effect be minoring in math. Ugh. Let's see if I can get 2 + 2 to come out where it should.

Edmonton at Ottawa: The winner of this one gets to keep the traditional (not the uniform jersey) shirts of the loser. Will the Eskimos end up dressed in red and black checks, or will it be Ottawa arrayed in nice warm fur lined parkas? Red and black is not the "look" in Canada this year. Ottawa by 11

BC at Calgary: No matter how big the cat, it cannot stand in the way of a group of rampaging, runaway quadrupeds. Stampeders will not let the big kitties slow them down in the least. Calgary by 15

Now for the selection of the best realtor of the weekend. That is, who can pile up the most yardage. All 4 QBs are among the league's top 5, so this is not easy. I will go with #2; he will try harder. Avis er Mitchell

I can claim some expertise on the subject of sacks. I worked in a supermarket for a few months when I was in high school. It was in the days before the "paper or plastic" routine had even been heard of. You got paper or nothing. Football sacks are another matter. Calgary and BC are the league leaders in this category, they play each other, so who do you pick? Somehow the image of a guy in a cowboy hat bagging the groceries sticks in my head. Calgary

posted by Howard_T at 03:56 PM on November 17