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: September 18, 2018

Howard_T has posted 42 links and 3,603 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

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Gordon won't do it. The taxes on his business in Massachusetts will kill his profits.

posted by Howard_T at 01:11 PM on September 18, 2018

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

all is good at home

Good news indeed, NoMich. Now we New Englanders wait for the soaking. I'm flying to Denver on Tuesday morning, so I'm keeping an eye on things.

Had not Florence been working her madness, the gas explosions might have been the big news story of the day. Even Nashua was called and provided an engine and a ladder truck. To have 60 to 80 buildings burn down and only one fatality is nearly unbelievable.

posted by Howard_T at 07:47 PM on September 15, 2018

So...About that Serena Cartoon

I have waited for a while before commenting. I finally took a look at the cartoon this afternoon. Without a doubt that the cartoonist, while possibly not an avowed racist, certainly shows a clear racial bias. Serena's tirade was inexcusable, but with her not having played well in the first set, the pressure was immense. One expects better of one who has played at the top level for as long as she has, but even the best are not perfect.

Now for some reasons it never should have gotten that far. The umpire was absolutely technically correct, but failed badly in understanding the situation and handling it. Serena threw her racket. This is a clear violation, and it was correctly called. Now comes the failure. The umpire claimed that Serena's box was sending coaching signals. This is something that I understand happens occasionally, but it is rarely called. Rather than immediately call a second code violation, he should have spoken calmly to Serena, told her what he thought he saw, and said that any more of it would be called. This might have prevented the explosion, kept Serena in the match, and given the paying fans their money's worth.

People do not pay good money to watch the officials take over a game. Let the players determine the outcome. Of course the calls you make have a major effect, but it is part of the game. Missing a call because you couldn't see the play well enough or for another physical reason is bad but not terrible. When I was leaning to be a baseball umpire, I was taught to be sure of my calls, get help from my fellow umpire, and above all do not eject anyone, coach or player, unless he was clearly beyond the line. If it's a tight call, and a coach comes out to question it, listen, explain, keep your sense of humor, and keep everyone in the game, even if they're not happy. It was called "preventive umpiring", and when practiced it can be a good but unnoticed thing.

posted by Howard_T at 10:10 PM on September 13, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Browns Edition

Wait, wait, wait.

This happened over 50 years ago, the lady in question would be over 75 (if she indeed is still alive, I lost contact with her when my job began to take me to strange and distant places), and her identity will be kept secret. Suffice it to say that she was a kindergarten teacher who had a lot of kids books and somehow saw me as a father figure. It was a complicated relationship to say the least.

posted by Howard_T at 09:27 PM on September 13, 2018

SportsFilter NFL Pick 'Em Week 2: Undefeated Browns Edition

Ooh, ooh, maybe he won't notice how I snuck by without deduction for busted locks. If I put in my picks very quietly, I can get by. OH RATS! It didn't work. I guess I will have to do better.

Bye bye blackbirds? Some are saying that the Cincinnati pack will get them. Baltimore by 6
Last week was a mirage for both teams. New Orleans by 22 LOCK
Chargers had a voltage drop, but will put up a hefty electric bill Los Angeles (American Conference) by 23 LOCK
The tribal leaders fooled me once. Not again. Kansas City by 6
Native Americans ride horses. Washington by 14
Sam Darnold in the Hall of Fame? Not yet, but... New York (American Conference) by 10
Pirates have parrots, and a larger bird could hurt them. Philadelphia by 17 LOCK
Another cat vs bird thing. Atlanta by 9
Brought to you by the letter T, with a subplot of former player vs his former offensive and defensive coordinators. Houston by 6
Game of the week? Minnesota by 3
Billy Goats Gruff (Kids' book; one of my old girlfriends used to make me read it to her before "intimacy")Los Angeles (National Conference) by 12
Second chance for Jimmy G, but against a coach who knows him well. San Francisco by 10
Jaguars want revenge for last year's AFC championship game. Jacksonville by 6
Angry murmurs coming from the Black Hole will persist. Denver by 10
The ground game for both sides could be featured. New York (National Conference) by 9
Ursine creatures in their natural habitat will prevail. Chicago by 15 LOCK

posted by Howard_T at 04:50 PM on September 13, 2018

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I dated a girl named Florence once. She had a bad temper, blew her top, and knocked over a large vase of flowers, spilling water everywhere. I think you are about to meet her daughter. Keep your head up, NoMich, get to somewhere safe, remember to pack your life vests in the car when you evacuate, and let us know how you are when it's done. Praying for you.

posted by Howard_T at 02:30 PM on September 11, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

stripped of their right to decide what's fair compensation.

He has the same right that anyone else who is bound by an NFL contract has. He can fulfill the terms of the contract, he can ask for renegotiation, or he can refuse to report. My opinion is that if his employer will not renegotiate, he is left with 3 choices, play, hold out, or retire. I was worried enough about my marriage and my son's well being that it was worth it to go looking for another job. If Bell is that concerned with his health, he should stop playing. More money won't make the symptoms of CTE any more bearable. All this appears to be nothing more than a negotiating ploy, and it is one that damages the player more than the team. If one were thinking of hiring someone from another employer, one would certainly consider his or her performance in the previous job. Having gone on a personal strike is not a good thing to have on the resume.

posted by Howard_T at 06:05 PM on September 07, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

During my career as an engineer I changed employers 3 times, all at my own choice. Since I was always employed "at free will" I could do whatever I wanted, with no restriction other than the market for systems engineers. There was one time when I found myself in a position where I told my employer either to give me another assignment or to look for someone to replace me. At the time I had a son who was entering his teens, and who needed a full-time father who was not 2,800 miles away. Understand that because of my security clearances and the fact that the program I was on was very important, replacing me would not be easy. I took a chance that my employer would deem me to be valuable enough to keep. All turned out well, but I easily could have found myself looking for a job at the age of 59.

In my case it was not money, but I can fully understand Bell's situation. Still, I have little sympathy for him. He already has made himself a lot of money, and even if he holds out, his prospects of future employment are much better than were mine. Does Pittsburgh management value him high enough to accede to his demand? Are they willing to let him go with no return on their investment in him? If Bell feels that he is risking his health, then demanding more money is not his best choice. If you really want to preserve your health, Mr. Bell, retire and find another job. You are far younger than I was when I faced my choice; you have a lot more resources to fall back upon than I had. If you find your situation intolerable, quit. If you're not going to quit, stop fooling around and get your ass back to work.

posted by Howard_T at 01:51 PM on September 06, 2018

Play SportsFilter's NFL Pick 'Em Contest

Is it time already? The NFL no longer has my passionate interest as it once did. I'm at the point of interest, but not really caring all that much. My rooting interest in the Patriots continues, but I am not hanging on every play in every game. I continue with my ineffectual attempts at picking the results, mostly so the rest of you won't look so bad.

Battle of the Birds: Larger raptor wins. Philadelphia by 9
Time for Jimmy G. to prove himself. San Francisco by 6
One reason for my diminished fandom is this one. Cincinnati by 10
And another reason. Baltimore by 8
Without comment New Orleans by 4
Wishing Saquan Barclay all the best, but...Jacksonville by 11
There's really a choice here? Pittsburgh by 17 LOCK
Ah, one to care about. New England by 6
Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly (Gershwin, Porgy and Bess). Miami by 12
An old school AFC battle. Los Angeles (American Conference) by 13
Last time Native Americans fought in the desert they didn't do well. Arizona by 15 LOCK
Two teams facing mediocrity that should be better. Denver by 12
Do they have a bear hunting season in Wisconsin? Green Bay by 17 LOCK
Aerospace engineer takes apart Jets. Detroit by 9
Brought to you by the letter 'R'. Los Angeles (National Conference) by 16 LOCK

posted by Howard_T at 01:06 PM on September 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Not going to happen

You are correct, sir. Too hot to cook last night, so wife and I ate at one of our standby spots that happens to be in the same strip mall as a beer store. The clerk hit his laptop, and we found out that Genesee had discontinued the brew some years ago. Alas. I did come away with a couple of pints of an English pale ale that the clerk recommended as similar to what 12 Horse was, while my wife came away with a sour cherry ale by Smuttynose. We are well prepared for the weekend of football watching.

posted by Howard_T at 12:11 PM on September 06, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I think 12 Horse is still somewhat available

Cream Ale is available in the grocery stores here in beautiful downtown Nashua, but no 12 Horse. I will have a look at one of the local beer stores that specialize in hard to find microbrews and other things.

posted by Howard_T at 06:10 PM on September 05, 2018

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

another cheating scandal

Good old mathematics will get you every time.

Genesee Cream Ale

Genesee used to brew one called "12 Horse". We weren't sure whether that referred to something about transportation or the number of horses needed to provide enough fluid for a 6-pack. Actually, I preferred 12 Horse to the cream ale.

posted by Howard_T at 02:28 PM on September 05, 2018

Baseball players are famous for cliches. Here are their most popular ones.

Man, you guys really brought your A game to this one.

posted by Howard_T at 04:22 PM on August 30, 2018

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Just heard about the shooting at a Madden gaming event at Jacksonville Landing. rcade, was anyone you know involved?

posted by Howard_T at 03:33 PM on August 26, 2018

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

She wants to help tahoemoj with his briefs.

What about the rest of his wardrobe?

posted by Howard_T at 11:03 AM on August 21, 2018