Howard_T's profile

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 21, 2018

Howard_T has posted 42 links and 3,579 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

Rusty Staub Dead at 73: A sad note on opening day, Le Grand Orange has passed away. His career spanned 23 seasons, mainly with the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

posted by Howard_T to baseball at 09:28 PM on March 29, 2018 - 3 comments

Roger Bannister has Passed Away: Roger Bannister, the first man to run a mile in less than 4 minutes has died. The feat was accomplished in 1954. We had a small black and white TV, and film of it was shown on the sports news. I also remember seeing it in the newsreels at the movies. It was a really big deal then, but now even high school kids are running under 4 minutes

posted by Howard_T to other at 04:05 PM on March 04, 2018 - 4 comments

...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, 2017 - 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, 2017 - 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, 2016 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

The Single Worst Recorded Umpire Call in Organized Baseball History

Been there, done that. About 2 years ago, fast ball in the middle of the plate, called it a ball. There was no swing to compound the problem. After the 3rd out I turned around to the guys on the hill behind the backstop, shrugged my shoulders, and said something to the effect of just wanted to give them something to get on me about. It got a laugh, and we went on from there. This was in one of the smaller towns in southern NH that has a good baseball tradition,, and the coach there is one of the real gentlemen I see from year to year.

posted by Howard_T at 10:39 PM on July 19, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Six

Crap!!! Late again. Enjoying a good dinner (NY strip sirloins on the grill, Brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar and garlic, salad, and a decent bottle of Chianti), and I completely forgot the pick 'em. I will put in a pick for Saskatchewan vs Hamilton, and if I am too late, so be it. Here are the picks.

Tigercats will defend the litter box. Hamilton by 8

Lions extended their claws last week, but traveling east could wear them down. The checkered shirts should prevail. Ottawa by 12

When the Golden Fleece is moored in the lake near Toronto, the Argonauts are happy at home. Toronto by 13

Little birds can't get out of the way of the uncontrollable quadrupeds. Calgary by 9

posted by Howard_T at 08:32 PM on July 19, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Saved from a ill-advised deal he would soon regret.

Agree with all of the above, beaverboard, with the addition of the possibility of Isaiah Thomas ending up back in Boston after Kyrie bolts to the Knicks. Unbelievable? In the words of the ever sagacious Kevin Garnett, "Anything is possible."

posted by Howard_T at 01:10 PM on July 18, 2018

Toronto Raptors trade DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard

It's a business, DeMar. As long as your signature is on that contract, you are not your own person.

I do know that Spurs can use backcourt help, but will DeRozan be the guy? The interesting part is what Kawhi Leonard will do to keep Toronto as one of the top teams in the East. He will make Raptors a better defensive team, but I really don't see them ahead of a healthy Boston team.

While the summer of 2018 has been interesting as far as player movement goes, 2019 will be even more fun. There are lots of names who will be ready to move, lots of clubs that want them, and lots of money to throw around. Stay tuned.

posted by Howard_T at 01:01 PM on July 18, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Five

Crap, I missed getting the pick on the Calgary vs Ottawa game in on time. Had to mow the lawn this afternoon, then had to cook dinner. Probably would have gotten it wrong anyway.

For the other two:

The moonlighting Penn State coach comes through in Edmonton. Toronto by 8

I thought the Geneva Convention prohibited the use of bombers against innocent people. Maybe this doesn't apply to Blue Bombers. Winnipeg by 23

posted by Howard_T at 09:21 PM on July 12, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Gotta put Ray Bourque's name into the discussion. He was a quiet, unassuming gentleman at all times off the ice. He was signing souvenir pucks for a local fund raiser some years ago. I took my son to meet him, and Bourque was very gracious to sign my son's tee shirt in addition to the pucks.

posted by Howard_T at 09:12 PM on July 12, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This shared on Facebook by my cousin in Trinidad.

posted by Howard_T at 11:16 AM on July 12, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm saddened today to hear of the death of Frank Ramsey, NBA Hall of Famer and the original 6th man during his Boston Celtics career. He was a member of the University of Kentucky team, along with Cliff Hagen and Lou Tsioropolous, that was forced to forfeit all of its wins because of a point shaving scandal in which none of the three were implicated. After graduation, all three were drafted by the Celtics in the 1953 draft. They chose to return as graduate students to UK, turning the team into a powerhouse, but since the NCAA rules at the time did not allow graduate students to participate in the post season, UK chose not to play in the tournament.

All three spent some time in the Air Force before continuing in the NBA. This brings me to the first time I saw Ramsey play. In those days of yore NBA teams often scheduled double headers where 2 other NBA teams would play each other before the home team would play its scheduled opponent. Sometimes the first game was between two good college teams, and once in a while it was an exhibition game between two military teams. My dad and I had gone to the Celtics game, and the first game was between two Air Force teams. Ramsey and Tsioropolous were on one side, and Hagen was on the other. At the time I was thinking, "who are these guys", and it was not until a couple of years later that I realized what I had watched.

posted by Howard_T at 09:25 PM on July 08, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Four's always a lot tougher to score in Saskatchewan

Speaking for myself, I find it tough to score in Saskatchewan, or any of the other provinces, with a fistful of 20 dollar bills. But that sort of scoring is another game entirely. Tigercats will not need 20s; they are nicely equipped to handle Rough Riders. Hamilton by 13

Can the Checkerboard AC make a successful trip to the birdcage? Better put some fresh newspapers in the cage. Ottawa by 6

Have the Argonauts stolen Penn State's successful head football coach to play quarterback? Oh, different James Franklin. Eskimos don't care which James Franklin it is. Edmonton by 18

Lions roam the prairies of Manitoba, but are hunted from the air by Blue Bombers. Winnipeg by 11

posted by Howard_T at 01:04 PM on July 05, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Go get me one or two head cases."

Maybe this wish has been granted. They have signed Rondo. Lakers' practice will be really fun at the point guard spot. Will Lavar Ball put out a hit on Rajon?

posted by Howard_T at 11:12 AM on July 03, 2018

LeBron Joins Los Angeles Lakers

Some think that this move is more for LeBron's career beyond basketball than it is for more championships. This coming season will see the Lakers in the playoffs, but making a first or second round exit. The important time comes next year, when the Lakers will put on a major push for free agents. If they succeed, it will be one more title for LeBron. My humble opinion is that it will be the last one. LeBron is not all that old, but there's a lot of NBA wear and tear on that body. After the next 2 seasons you will see LeBron and Magic Johnson teaming up in the entertainment industry in one manner or the other.

posted by Howard_T at 12:46 PM on July 02, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Happy Canada Day to all. I know I am a day late. I wanted to post this in Sunday's Huddle, but the Huddle took the day off (well-deserved day off, I might add).

posted by Howard_T at 12:36 PM on July 02, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

If you were a made man in South Boston, you'd have close friends in both the mob and the FBI.

...and some very unpleasant things might start happening to you.

posted by Howard_T at 08:04 PM on June 29, 2018

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Three

Regret the woes of Ricky Ray
For he is hurt and cannot play.
Thus there's no quarterback in Toronto
They had best find a good one pronto.

I really don't want to be the Poet Laureate for Sports Filter, but it's one of those dirty jobs someone has to do.

Now the picks:

Calgary is in their own corral. People with checkered shirts beware. Calgary by 16

Cats do not allow strangers to use their litter box. Hamilton by 8

Cats of a larger variety go on the road. This is never a good thing. Edmonton by 11

Rough Riders trample little birds that don't get off the ground. Look out, Alouettes. Saskatchewan by 19

posted by Howard_T at 01:08 PM on June 28, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

One random thought as I watched the beginning of Portugal vs Iran: FIFA needs to institute a rule requiring singing lessons for all teams. A basic proficiency test would be given, and if failed, the team would be disqualified. It's almost painful to listen to these guys trying to sing their national anthem.

posted by Howard_T at 02:55 PM on June 25, 2018