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: June 22, 2018

Howard_T has posted 42 links and 3,564 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

CFL Pick 'Em, Week Two

Wow!!! I'm off to a really good start this season. As an old friend used to say, "Things are always darkest just before they turn completely black." So I remain optimistic.

Speaking of black, the RedBlacks go into action tonight. Things will not be black, the red will prevail, and it will be Ottawa by 6

Les petite oiseaux let me down last week. I will give them another chance. Montreal by 12

Will there be tons of fun for kitty cats in Alberta? Nope. Edmonton by 14

Toronto team name could be shortened from Argonauts to the Nots. Calgary by 7

posted by Howard_T at 12:45 PM on June 21, 2018

In its typical invocation, chemistry is a cop-out

I have watched a lot of baseball from on the field over the past years. In that time I have seen perhaps 3 or 4 games each season that are decided by a fluke event or series of events, and which the weaker team won. I have seen line drives down the lines that had they stayed in play would easily have been home runs turn into a 2-base award because they rolled out of play. I have taken hits away from batters and called them out because they made contact with their foot completely outside the batter's box. The worst one was a perfect throw to the plate that would have been a sure out on the potential winning run struck a bat that had been dropped by the batter in front of the plate. The ball could not be handled by the catcher, the play would have been the final out of the game, and the team that should have won did not. Beisbol she is a funny game.

posted by Howard_T at 04:12 PM on June 20, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

I don't know why this is, but I have something of a real dislike for Harry Kane. It might be that he has been ceaselessly promoted as the next great star for England, or maybe it's because he plays for Tottenham, but I don't much care for him. While he has shown to have real skills, I don't think he quite lives up to his star status. Because of this I cannot bring myself to root for England. No doubt my United Empire Loyalist ancestors who were run out of New York in 1783 are rolling in their graves because of this. My mother's ancestors were Portuguese, so even though they fled Portugal during the Inquisition (they were Jewish), it's still our original European country. The other rooting interest is Egypt. We lived there for about 3 1/2 years, made some good friends, and have some good memories. Mo Salah is fun to watch too.

posted by Howard_T at 10:10 PM on June 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

There are not enough accolades in the English, Portuguese, or Spanish languages to describe what Ronaldo has done in this match. His equalizer in the 88' was something out of a video game.

Match just finished at 3 - 3. Non-stop action, incredible goals, and some fascinating tactical soccer. This should have been a final.

posted by Howard_T at 03:52 PM on June 15, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

David Degea just let in what looked like a mistake. Don't be too hard on him; replay showed the ball came in with no spin and took a slight deflection to Degea's right before he tried to stop it. He appeared to be a baseball catcher trying to block a knuckleball in the dirt. It ain't so easy.

posted by Howard_T at 02:53 PM on June 15, 2018

The 14th Annual chicobangs Memorial SpoFi CFL Pick 'Em

I submit the following as I ponder the possibility of Dr. John imposing a 20% tariff on points earned by those of us from the USA.

He who has one clock always knows the time. He who has 2 clocks is never sure. So it is with quarterbacks. Nonetheless, Edmonton by 8 .

It is a really interesting year in sports for the big town on the lake. Toronto by 17

Tigercats look to be ready to pounce on some people. Hamilton by 6

Does "BC" stand for British Columbia or Being Confused? Montreal by 12

posted by Howard_T at 01:55 PM on June 14, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

This past week saw the death of John "Pie" McKenzie at age 80. McKenzie was a member of the Boston Bruins on the Stanley Cup winning teams in 1970 and 1972. Not noted as a scorer, he was placed on a line with John Bucyk and Fred Stanfield, and he began scoring in bunches. He was fearless on the ice and a colorful character both on and off the ice. I cannot find a reference for this, but after one of the Stanley Cup parades, McKenzie was on the platform set up in Government Center along with the rest of the team and the usual gaggle of politicians. The beer had been flowing freely, and McKenzie decided that one of the politicians needed some suds. He then proceeded to dump beer all over the head of a politician. I think it was Louise Day Hicks, a controversial member of the Boston School Committee, but I may be mistaken.

On another subject, I heard today that Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, former player and current, broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, was planning to retire at the end of this season. If this is true, and The Hawk is old enough to retire, then I am pushing Methuselah for the world's oldest man title.

posted by Howard_T at 08:49 PM on June 10, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I'm old, but not that old!

I could throw the name Ken Coleman at you too, but I don't consider him one of the really good ones. If I crank up the Way Back Machine, I could talk about Jim Britt, who did both the Braves and Red Sox games on radio in the 1940s and early 50s. I remember putting the radio in the window of my parents' bedroom, turning it to the game, and listening while I cut the grass. No power mower in those days, so I could hear every pitch.

I also remember the days of the "telegraphic re-creation". The announcer would sit in a studio, you could hear what was supposedly a telegraph key rattling in the background, and the announcer would read the play-by-play from the copy typed by the telegrapher. Man have things come a long way.

posted by Howard_T at 09:32 PM on June 01, 2018

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Man I miss Don Orsillo. And maybe Sean McDonough. Definitely Ned Martin.

Agree with all of the above, but I would add Curt Gowdy. All were good baseball announcers and excelled at calling other events as well. Ned Martin once described his style of broadcasting when working with a partner as two guys sitting together watching a ball game and talking with each other.

posted by Howard_T at 06:59 PM on June 01, 2018

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals

The 'experts' for are picking Golden State, most in 5, one in 4. On paper they are correct, but I have this nagging feeling that a way will be found somehow to extend the series. The amount of money available for the players' salaries within the salary cap depends upon the amount of money from the TV contracts. Last year there were too many series that were short, 4 or 5 games, and that caused the cap to be lower than had been expected. Thus I expect a longer than anticipated series. Conspiracy theories aside, I will still go with the chalk.

Golden State in 5

Leading scorer LeBron James

MVP S. Curry

Rebounds D Green GSW

Fewest points. Osman CLE

Most points per game LeBron James

Highest single game margin. 18

Highest single game score (1 team) 118

posted by Howard_T at 10:14 AM on May 31, 2018

LeBron James Lifts Cavs to NBA Finals Over Celtics

LeBron James, Bucky Dent, and Aaron Boone now share the same middle initial, F, as in Fu&$#ing. It's a Boston thing, but I believe some of you understand it. Back in the 1940s and early 50s, when for many seasons the Red Sox and Yankees were the best teams in the American League, but New York always seemed to win. The mantra for Boston always was, "Wait until next year." For this year's Celtics, the saying truly applies. With no Gordon Hayward, no Kyrie Irving, and only Al Horford as their only remaining star, they still took Cleveland to a 7th game. Wait 'til next year.

posted by Howard_T at 12:43 AM on May 28, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I asked my wife what she thought about this idea. She asked me if I had anyone particular in mind. Before I could answer, she was pulling a French chef's knife out of the drawer. Not a good idea for me.

posted by Howard_T at 09:37 PM on May 24, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

bad basketball?

It's not so much bad basketball as it is one team playing good defense while missing easy and open shots when with the ball. Cleveland has a reputation of being soft on defense, but they played some fairly solid D tonight One of the advantages of watching the game live is to be able to concentrate on the defensive battle between two players There were some very tough wars tonight.

posted by Howard_T at 12:53 AM on May 24, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Don't you need to be a billionaire to afford all those ding dang ol' NBA games

I confess. I am not a billionaire, but after I retired from my job as an engineer, I partnered with a fellow in a business that gives people large sums of money for helping us move funds that are tied up in all sorts of red tape. Perhaps some of you have received one of our emails from my Nigerian partner. I can assure you that these are not scams. The business has gone well enough to pay for the Celtics tickets and a smaller version of the aforementioned yacht.

Ok, to be serious, Celtics season tickets in the center 6 sections of the balcony are not all that expensive, and are even cheaper on the ends and corners and in the back rows. I haven't been to a Bruins game for several years, although my wife is bugging me to take her to one. Maybe next season. As far as a yacht goes, I don't own one. Half of the lobster boats on Brier Island, Nova Scotia, are owned by people named Titus, so maybe that counts. My wife and I recently had a chat with our financial consultant, and the analysis is that we have a 97% chance of making it to age 91 without running out of money. I guess we'll keep going to Celtics games.

posted by Howard_T at 10:22 PM on May 22, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

naive billionaires

I am not naive. I will leave it to the rest of you to determine whether or not I fit the second qualification.

posted by Howard_T at 11:25 AM on May 21, 2018