Recent Comments by Howard_T

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Boston Red Sox Mitch Moreland contemplates a new career in dental surgery.

posted by Howard_T at 02:16 PM on July 07, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Happy Canada Day to all. Since I'm half Canadian from my Nova Scotian dad, I feel qualified to offer a half (assed) opinion on the term "Canuck". Here in New England it was only an ethnic pejorative when used with an adjective (dumb, stupid, crazy, etc.), and referring to a francophonic person. This was true back in my younger, drunker, stupider high school days when one of my buddies was of French Canadian descent, and he never seemed upset by it. He was also big enough to beat the crap out of most of us, so it was probably ok with him. Of late I have not heard the term used, so there's no reaction to it.

posted by Howard_T at 01:26 PM on July 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I must be the last Patriots fan to have heard this. I said something to my wife as I read the post, and she said she had heard about it a while ago. Thanks for the information, Gail. It should become apparent fairly soon between camp and preseason just how much Newton has left. What they will do with the offense with him in there will be interesting too. It could well be that there is a good degree of similarity between Newton and Stidham. Now that Newton is not as fast as he once was, he and Stidham could be interchangeable in an offense that features tight ends, fullbacks as receivers, and a power running game built around sets with 1 or 2 wide receivers. Look for Stidham to be starting by week 8 or 9, after Newton is carried off the field.

posted by Howard_T at 12:03 AM on June 29, 2020

What the Hell, Bill Simmons?

The Celtics recently did a webinar for season ticket members with Bill Simmons and his Dad. They mostly did recollections of their time as season ticket holders, but Simmons is a very funny guy. Because of the webinar I began re-reading his The Book of Basketball, paperback edition, which has some material that's not in the earlier hardcover. The TV business is his thing. He was a writer for Jimmy Kimmel after his ESPN gig. I know that he is a sarcastic sob from his comments in the book, but I didn't know about the "Decision" thing. It sounds like something he would do, more from self-promotion than from a standpoint of producing entertainment.

posted by Howard_T at 05:17 PM on June 28, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Seattle "Gooeyducks" for the geoduck clams in Puget Sound.

posted by Howard_T at 08:03 PM on June 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Rain water for ice? Well, at least there's plenty of that in Seattle. I'm not sure that having fans bring in water is a good idea. It might go something like,

USHER: Sir, do you have some water for us tonight.

FAN: Let me finish 3 or 4 beers and I'll get right on it.

Something about natural gas in arenas is familiar. TD Garden on a Saturday night after everyone has had the traditional supper of beans and frankfurters is a great example.

How about calling the team the Chiefs. After all, Seattle is named after Chief Seattle, so that works. Problem is they will be accused of cultural appropriation, so that's out. Maybe Olympics, for the peninsula of that name, or the Cascades after the mountains. (Colorado used this idea for a baseball team, so maybe not.)

posted by Howard_T at 05:27 PM on June 26, 2020

Liverpool win Premier League: Reds' 30-year wait for top-flight title ends

will some star players now do "load management"

With no playoffs ahead, there's really no reason to rest anyone. The latter half of summer is the time for training camp and friendlies. Teams often travel to play in front of their overseas fans, but the top stars will see limited minutes in these. Perhaps there might be some restriction of minutes for some, but it's more likely for injury avoidance than for rest.

posted by Howard_T at 05:20 PM on June 26, 2020

Liverpool win Premier League: Reds' 30-year wait for top-flight title ends

Well done, Reds. I watched the interview with Klopp after the game, and it was interesting to see what really matters to him. It was all about the players and the fans. I can understand why the players buy into his system and play so hard for him. I'm not sure of this, but wouldn't this be the latest that a championship has been clinched as well as the earliest. I speak of the calendar, not the number of games remaining. By this time of year the pre-season friendlies are only a few weeks away.

posted by Howard_T at 08:25 PM on June 25, 2020

Vince Carter officially announces his retirement

Saw his last in Boston in February. Although he had not announced his retirement at the time, most of us sensed that it was close to the end. The basketball fans (as opposed to Celtics fans) in the stands gave him a nice round of applause. One cannot consider him one of the greats, but he certainly deserves credit for being one of the 'very good' and for giving the game his best for a long, long time.

posted by Howard_T at 03:58 PM on June 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I am registered to attend a webinar with Bill Simmons on Monday, June 22. It is a program that the Celtics have been running during the lockdown for their season ticket members. As you all know, Simmons is the founder of The Ringer. His father, Dr. William Simmons, a long time Celtics season ticket member, will be with him on the webinar. We can submit questions, so if any of you have anything, let me know and I will try to get them in.

posted by Howard_T at 03:56 PM on June 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

MLB Channel has given me a real treat this weekend with the broadcast of games 6 and 7 of the 1952 World Series. This is when I was 11 years old and really starting to pay attention to sports, and more importantly to understand them. Red Barber and Mel Allen shared the play- by-play duties, which in itself was worth listening to. Watching the likes of Mantle, Berra, Gil Mcdougald, Johnny Mize (I used a Johnny Mize model bat when I played in those days), and Allie Reynolds for the Yankees and Dodgers Gil Hodges, Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella (an alumnus of the Nashua, NH, Dodgers), and Carl Furillo, as well as many others on both sides, brought me back a long, long way. Thank you, MLB Channel for the broadcast, and thanks to Gillette for preserving the kinescope recordings.

posted by Howard_T at 01:48 PM on June 14, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

How's your mustache game

Since the virus has kept me from actually going to church (Zoom meeting on Sunday), I have no reason to shave. Thus, I am sporting a full, very curly, white beard. Maybe I will keep it so I might find work as Santa Claus.

The T is indeed for Titus. My direct ancestors lived in New York, and they were evacuated as Loyalists to Nova Scotia in 1783. Silent Titus's ancestors were also in New York before the American Revolution, but chose to stay in the US. The common ancestor would probably be my 4th or 5th great grandfather.

posted by Howard_T at 02:57 PM on June 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

NASCAR Truck Series driver Ray Ciccarelli has announced that he will stop racing after the 2020 season, citing concerns over the direction that NASCAR is taking, as well as expressing disagreement with the removal of Confederate flags from NASCAR venues. Perhaps the fact that Ciccarelli has raced 18 times over the past 3 years without a win might have something to do with his decision.

posted by Howard_T at 02:45 PM on June 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In the course of some genealogical research of the Loyalist Titus family in New York, we came across the name John "Silent" Titus. It turns out he was a pretty good baseball player in his time. He would have been a very distant cousin of mine, but maybe there's something in the genes that explains my love for the game.

posted by Howard_T at 02:12 PM on June 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

How did I miss the jollity concerning the hirsute MS Arakawa? Oh, I know, I didn't join this happy band until April of 2006, and the fun had happened in February of that year. Maybe it's a good thing; with my perverse sense of humor rcade would likely have wielded the lifetime banhammer upon me. OK, I'll clam up for now.

posted by Howard_T at 11:32 AM on May 30, 2020

Baseball Struggles to Reach a Deal to Return

Found the link to the John Tomase article previously mentioned.

posted by Howard_T at 08:23 PM on May 27, 2020

Baseball Struggles to Reach a Deal to Return

unless pro athletes are also coming up with cures for cancer, they're all overpaid.

The NBC Sports Boston app "My Teams" has an article by John Tomase in which he says that "he hates all of them". I don't know how to link to the article, but the app is available in the usual places. You could also try NBC Sports Boston's web site.

Life, as we all know, is never about "fair"

One of my former supervisors once told me during our annual salary negotiations that you are not paid what you deserve, not paid what you earn, nor paid what you are worth. You are paid what you negotiate. It rings true. By the way, I received a mid-level increase that year despite the fact that I had not had a terribly productive year. Anything is possible, I now live across the street from him, and we are still on speaking terms.

posted by Howard_T at 06:37 PM on May 27, 2020

NBA May Play Rest of Season at Disney World

it's just that I'm so sick and tired of Shaughnessy's shtick.

Shaughnessy is representative of a breed of writers, sports writers political commentators, theater critics, and the like, who know that they have none of the skills of those whom they cover, and seem to resent that they are inferior. They take out their resentment by writing extensively about perceived flaws in those whom they dislike. Truth doesn't matter, excellence of performance is ignored, all that matters is that the writer achieves some measure of superiority over his subject. It's not uncommon, but it's no less annoying for its prevalence. Perhaps the best example of this in sports is the constant effort by the Boston press to run Ted Williams out of town in the 1950s. Notice also that negative reporting about Tom Brady in the Boston media began to increase a few years ago, and with his move to Tampa has become much more frequent. Must all idols have feet of clay?

posted by Howard_T at 06:59 PM on May 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

the winner loses all

Looks like the F-series truck is the big loser. It's going to take some work to get the white paint off.

posted by Howard_T at 08:31 PM on May 21, 2020

Monday Night Football Waives Tessitore, McFarland

I wonder who Tessitore pissed off. I thought he and McFarland did a good job, and most of the time did not bury the game in a pile of analysis. Levy has done well on various things, as has Orlovsky, but if whoever is the analyst won't shut up, any broadcast is doomed.

posted by Howard_T at 09:52 AM on May 10, 2020

When Will Sports Return? Not Anytime Soon

I can't see team sports safely playing out unless we find a way to set up testing and tracing.

Testing and tracing would have to extend to the spectators as well if there are to be fans in the seats. I am in the "most vulnerable" population group, and I would be very careful about exposing myself to the disease. Once a vaccine, reliable prophylaxis method, or treatment has been developed, I will be more willing to get out. Some have predicted a vaccine being developed by September, but that seems very optimistic, and it will be a few months after that before mass administration could be in effect. Prophylaxis (hydroxychloroquine) is cheap, but long term use has some problems (I was on it for malaria prophylaxis, and it gave me a weeks-long case of diarrhea), and the drug is a necessary treatment for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. General use could cause a shortage. Remdesevir shows promise as a treatment, but more research is needed. So far, it appears that it helps if applied early. Anyway, I won't be at TD Garden for a long time yet.

posted by Howard_T at 03:59 PM on May 02, 2020

49ers Get Trent Williams, Lose Joe Staley to Retirement

This Pats draft is cracking me up

Me too, but I think Belichick works to his own agenda. The back-to-back TEs look rather odd, but they are really 2 different types. Asiasi is more a traditional TE, good enough receiver, very good blocker, hard to tackle. The kid from VaTech, Keene, is more of a so-called HBack type, and might wind up playing fullback more than tight end.

As for the selection of a kicker at 159, my initial reaction was WTF, it's too early. It appears there aren't too many good ones in the pool, and the guy that NE took is accurate with decent range. The next one taken has incredible range, but is quite likely to land the ball somewhere in the next county. The rest of what's going on in the late rounds, offensive line, defensive line, and linebacker make sense.

posted by Howard_T at 05:07 PM on April 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

With the one hundred fifty ninth pick the New England Patriots select A BLEEPING KICKER???

Yeah, I know they need one, but with all of the other needs, isn't round 5 a bit early?

posted by Howard_T at 03:05 PM on April 25, 2020

2020 NFL Draft

Who really made pick #37 for New England?

Dugger? Wait, I distinctly said dog grrrr!

posted by Howard_T at 09:57 PM on April 24, 2020

2020 NFL Draft

Clorox Old Fashioned

Mix 1 1/2 oz.. Clorox with 1 1/2 oz. vinegar. Dial 911. Mix liquids thoroughly. Inhale vapors deeply. It will effectively prevent Covid-19 from harming you, but your lungs might never heal from the chlorine gas. A friend of my father had served in a submarine in WW 1. A battery accident released chlorine gas, and he was never the same.

posted by Howard_T at 07:55 PM on April 24, 2020

2020 NFL Draft

schoolboys chanting on the playground

Someone has waaaaay too much time on his hands. lol anyway.

posted by Howard_T at 03:53 PM on April 24, 2020

2020 NFL Draft

Too bad New England traded out of the first round. I really wanted to see Belichick, frustrated with technology not behaving well, slamming a laptop against the wall. Maybe tonight.

posted by Howard_T at 07:18 AM on April 24, 2020

2020 NFL Draft

My condolences to Joe Burrow on his selection by Cincinnati.

posted by Howard_T at 08:27 PM on April 23, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

ExxonMobil would have to pay me around $35.00 to do so.

My F-150 is beginning to look like a money making machine. Now all I have to do is find somewhere that those in authority will let me go.

posted by Howard_T at 11:42 AM on April 21, 2020

The PGA Plans a June 11 Return

I think it will work. Maintain the social distancing standards, don't touch the pin,the trap rake or the other golfer's balls. (You can't do that last on TV anyway.)

posted by Howard_T at 08:34 PM on April 16, 2020

Roy Halladay performed stunts and was on drugs before fatal plane crash

The old saying is, "There are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old bold pilots". I don't know what demons Roy Halladay was fighting, but he lost the battle. We shouldn't judge, just shake our heads in regret.

posted by Howard_T at 03:14 PM on April 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

He became vice chairman of the New England Patriots, owned by friend Steve Kalafer

This is an error; it's not the football team. Rather, it is the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, located in Bridgwater Township, NJ. The Atlantic League is an unaffiliated league. Nashua, NH, had a team in the league, the Nashua Pride, but as the league matured and some money came in to locate in larger and more profitable locations, the Pride couldn't keep up.

posted by Howard_T at 11:49 PM on April 15, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

It seems to be a really bad week in the obituary department. Jim Frey, former Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs manager, has passed away at age 88. Another baseball figure, Hank Steinbrenner, co-owner of the New York Yankees, has passed away after an undisclosed illness. He was the son of the late George Steinbrenner.

posted by Howard_T at 02:19 PM on April 14, 2020

Recent Sports Necrology

Since this deals with the passing of some sports notables, I have chosen to post it here rather than appear to be peeing in rcade's birthday punch bowl.

Stirling Moss was one of the greats during what some have called the golden age of motor racing. Mercedes, Maserati, and Ferrari dominated Formula 1, and Moss teamed with Juan Manuel Fangio in Mercedes. He was winning when I was in high school and college, and one of my dreams was to drive one of these incredible machines. I ultimately settled for a Mercedes 280SL, and I wish I still had it. Moss was nearly indestructible, having broken both legs and suffering spinal injuries in 1960; suffered career-ending injuries in 1962; then falling 3 floors down an elevator shaft. He somehow managed to live to 90.

Tavaris Jackson, former Minnesota Vikings quarterback, was killed in an automobile accident. He was 36.

Finally, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, mother of Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl Anthony Towns, has passed away from the effects of Covid-19. She was 58. Our condolences to the Towns family.

posted by Howard_T at 10:55 PM on April 13, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Happy birthday, Rogers. May it be a good one, if somewhat subdued because of the current situation, and may you have many more, all happy ones.

posted by Howard_T at 01:22 PM on April 13, 2020

Wimbledon Bought Pandemic Insurance

senior citizen edition of Porky's.

lol

Sounds like they got the ideas from my house.

posted by Howard_T at 04:06 PM on April 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

It's sad indeed when one so young and with what might be a promising future passes away. His wife posted this on her Instagram account. It expresses the emotion far more eloquently than words.

posted by Howard_T at 04:01 PM on April 11, 2020

61% of Sports Fans Won't Attend Games Without a Vaccine

This is a more difficult choice than one might think. First off, let's eliminate a couple of options. The idea of playing games in empty arenas has little appeal to players, owners, those who run the concessions, and those of us who are season ticket members. The logistics of it are difficult: bad if you put all the teams into a limited geographic area, worse if you try to play in the scheduled venue for each game. Travel and lodging under social distancing conditions and limited quarantine could be a nightmare. Add to this the operating costs to use even an empty arena would discourage many team owners.

Allowing fans into the arena, but limiting the numbers in order to maintain distance is not likely to happen. How do you work this? Do you assign every 3rd seat in every 3rd row? What if I want to sit next to my wife or son? If you have ever been to a game at TD Garden, you can understand how crowded the entry lobby is. Requiring fans to maintain 6 feet distance while queuing up for the metal detectors would make necessary a small army of ushers to regulate the spacing and limit the number of fans admitted to the lobby at any one time. Further, where and how would those who are waiting to enter the lobby be held? How do you empty the arena after the game? Do you allow one or two sections, row by row, to exit at a time? Add transportation, pre- or post-game meals or drinks, and the problems to overcome multiply.

Now for the answer to the question at hand. Would I attend a game if restrictions are lifted but there's no vaccine available? Under the condition that at least one or two of the promising treatment methods is approved and available (Remdesivir, hydroxychloroquine, or such), the answer is definitely yes. Under such conditions the risk of serious harm is lessened, and the disease is reduced to one that causes discomfort and a period of isolation. That's a risk I'm willing to take, and with potential treatments now undergoing clinical trials, they could be available long before a vaccine could finish the research and clinical trials needed for approval. So my final answer becomes a "definite maybe". Under the right circumstances, of course I will go, but when will we get there?

posted by Howard_T at 03:33 PM on April 11, 2020

Wimbledon Bought Pandemic Insurance

Victoria Azarenka

Whenever I watch women's tennis, particularly MS Azarenka, I am reminded of a scene in the movie Porky's (I think) when the female gym teacher has an affair with her male counterpart. I remember that the man was advised to bring a pair of socks with him. I should try to find the film on Netflix or someplace.

posted by Howard_T at 03:02 PM on April 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

I miss baseball.

So do I. Wearing a mask when you leave your house is strongly recommended, but the only mask I want to wear is the one I use when I'm working behind the plate.

Thanks for the Good Friday wishes, NoMich. The most common greeting I have heard is "have a blessed Good Friday", so that's offered for what it's worth.

The word "tampion" is defined as a wooden plug inserted into the muzzle of a gun. If you can find a picture of a WWII battleship in port, you can see the guns plugged to avoid salt spray from corroding the barrels. Tampion is derived from the French word Tampon. Both are intended to plug an opening.

posted by Howard_T at 02:39 PM on April 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

*Centers Of Vitale Induced Delirium.

lol while seeing visions of diaper dandies.

posted by Howard_T at 05:45 PM on April 08, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I think most of the experts agree that the banning of large events and the lockdown policies have blunted the effect of the virus. Still, we have a long way to go yet.

Speaking of the virus, Chris Sale thinks he might have been an early victim.

posted by Howard_T at 03:15 PM on April 08, 2020

Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85

I saw him play just once in Detroit in about 1956 or '57. We were visiting my sister and her husband. Bob, my brother-in-law was a huge Tigers fan, and my sister had adopted them in favor of her long-time favorite Braves. We were in the old Tigers Stadium sitting in the second deck right behind 1st base, really great seats to watch a game from. I remember that whenever Kaline came to bat, the crowd was really loud. I saw Kaline on televised games against Boston and on the old game of the week broadcasts, and he never disappointed his fans. Kaline has left us with many memories.

posted by Howard_T at 07:32 PM on April 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A few miles east of Goldfield. It's called Tonopah Test Range. You go east on US6 from Tonopah, turn south at the rocket on a stick, go another 20 miles to the gate, and it's another 5 or 6 miles to the quarters. The 20 miles from US6 to the gate was the scary part. Over several years of testing, usually a few weeks at a time once or twice per year, we managed to take out 3 wild horses and 2 range cows. In each case the automobile was totaled. I was with one of my colleagues when she took out a horse. It was not fun.

posted by Howard_T at 01:55 PM on April 06, 2020

Record-Breaking NFL Kicker Tom Dempsey Dies

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posted by Howard_T at 01:22 PM on April 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

we haven't even gotten to Holy Week.

Actually we have. Our Zoom service of Morning Prayer finished up about 30 minutes ago. We did the Blessing of the Palms, but the palms are in quarantine for another 12 days, so we can't get them yet. I will be very glad when we can gather again and celebrate the Eucharist together.

I have ordered a Corona only once in my life. That was in Tonopah, Nevada, and the only alternatives were Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light. Would have had some whiskey, but I had about 30 miles to drive, and the last 20 of it was on a road that was only travelled at shift changes on weekdays. There were lots of open range cattle and wild horses on the road, and you wouldn't believe how invisible a brown cow can be at night with no ambient light.

posted by Howard_T at 01:20 PM on April 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One more thing I need to add to my random thoughts: On this date one year ago, Greg Popovic set an NBA record by being ejected just 63 seconds into a game . This record may never be broken.

posted by Howard_T at 08:09 PM on April 03, 2020

Everything to know about the Korea Baseball Organization, which hopes to start season by early May

I will have to root for the team from Busan, since I have some fond memories of liberty during USS Midway port calls in Busan. Great times window shopping on Green Street and closing the bars on Texas Street. If any of you have ever pulled liberty there, you will understand.

posted by Howard_T at 05:34 PM on April 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Some random sports thoughts while my wife goes out to pick up our free doughnuts from DDs.

On beaverboard's quiz, the answer has to be "none of the above". Joe Buck is willing to add play-by-play to the tapes, but Tim Mccarver has refused to do the analysis.

Today is the anniversary of Bobby Orr's 100th assist in the 1971 NHL season. He finished the season with 102, and the record still stands. Will any defenseman ever break it?

Trivia quiz: Who made the first 3-point goal in the NBA. Some hints: He was a reserve who averaged 10.3 ppg during his team's title run. He later coached the team he played for, as well as 2 other NBA teams and a college team.

You could look it up, but give it a try first.

posted by Howard_T at 05:22 PM on April 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

expects to opt out after an All Pro season and make even more

That's it exactly. The example that comes to mind is Adrian Beltre with the Red Sox in 2010. He had been buried in Seattle with the Mariners, and he and his agent came up with the idea of a "let me show you" year in a more visible market. I think he played on a 1-year deal for $10 million. It proved to be a huge bargain for Boston and a good move for Beltre and Houston.
There was a recent article about the decision by Boston to let him go. Some in the Red Sox organization are still kicking themselves for it.

posted by Howard_T at 03:57 PM on April 02, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) has announced new opening dates for athletics. May 4 is the first practice date, and May 13 the first game day. This is all contingent upon the situation with Covid-19 in New Hampshire. Maybe some of my umpiring season can be saved. While I wouldn't put anything past them, I don't think NHIAA would pull an April Fools joke like this.

posted by Howard_T at 04:39 PM on April 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

beaverboard, please tell us that today's date has nothing to do with the accuracy of this post. (Not bad anyway)

posted by Howard_T at 03:36 PM on April 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I might add one thing about odors in various sports arenas in Boston. My college graduation in 1964 was held in the old Boston Garden. The previous attraction had moved out just the night before. Friends, you have no idea what delightful smells the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus left behind. Don't ever accept a job as an assistant elephant trainer.

posted by Howard_T at 04:02 PM on March 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't have Bruins tickets; mine are for the Celtics. Having heard of Rask's flatulence problem, I think I might wait until after his retirement before I attend a game. I might have to try the bar he frequents in Newton. My son doesn't live far from there, so after the lockdowns are history, maybe we can get together for a few. Of course I will make sure the Bruins are on the road.

posted by Howard_T at 02:19 PM on March 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This is where Howard meant to send us

Thanks for the correction, NoMich. I'm not always at my best at 1:30AM. The narrative account does not appear in the papers I have, and I don't remember seeing it in the hnsa site before. I will say that Frank Scanland, Hawkbill's CO, understated the history; there were some memorable moments that were alluded to but not detailed. Some day I will relate a great anecdote about Capt. Scanland.

posted by Howard_T at 03:46 PM on March 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I love almost any film about Navy matters, but I too often find myself picking them apart for historic accuracy. After my father-in-law died, I went through his papers, and among them were copies of the 5 war patrols of USS Hawkbill in WWII. Fred (my father-in-law) was her Executive Officer. Even in the dry language of an official US Navy document, they could curl your hair. Fred never said much about it, but it got rather scary down there at times. You can find the patrol reports of Hawkbill and nearly every WWII boat at Historic Naval Ships Association.

posted by Howard_T at 01:35 AM on March 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So where are we getting our sports fix these days? Yours truly is currently watching game 3 of the NHL East quarterfinals (Montreal vs Boston) from 2011. The hockey was good, but Jack Edwards was at his manic best. Before that it was ALCS game 2 (Detroit vs Boston) from 2013. This is the game where David Ortiz hit an 8th inning grand slam to tie the game at 5. It is best remembered for Torii Hunter going head first over the bullpen wall as he leaped to try to make the catch. The memorable picture is the police officer in the bullpen with his arms raised in celebration completely ignoring the injured Hunter. Fun stuff to awaken some old memories.

This afternoon, with nothing else to watch, I spent time watching black and white episodes of western TV series from 50 or 60 years ago. Jack Kelly as Bret Maverick and Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie brought me back to the days of the family gathered in front of the 19 inch black and white.

posted by Howard_T at 10:14 PM on March 26, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

How do you say "silly mid off" in French?

posted by Howard_T at 02:45 PM on March 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

working on his 3-point shots.

You have it confused. I am working on my 3-point landings after falling off the bar stool as a result of too many shots. I don't do free throws. If I throw anything, I expect to get paid for it.

posted by Howard_T at 02:41 PM on March 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

TD Garden in Boston hosts both the Bruins and the Celtics, so that's 86 nights per year of preseason and regular season games. Add the postseason (both teams were playoff teams last season and were headed there this year) and many concerts, and the usage climbs to somewhere around 100 nights per year. Staples center exceeds this I'm sure. For an outdoor venue, Gillette Stadium is used by the Patriots and the Revolution (MLS), there is also an occasional UMass game there and a few concerts. Gillette was built with private money, but received some highway improvements from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and I think some local tax relief from the town of Foxborough.

Both TD Garden and Patriot place are also entertainment and shopping venues. There are many bars and restaurants next to the stadium in Foxborough, the obligatory pro shop and museum are there as well. Away from the stadium itself but within walking distance is a collection of mostly upscale retail stores and restaurants. When TD Garden was built, it's south wall was actually touching the north wall of the old Boston Garden. Once the old building was torn down and the site cleaned up (asbestos), Jeremy Jacobs, head of Delaware North Corp. which owns the Bruins as well as the building, began building a shopping and entertainment complex which forms the lower floors of a high-rise luxury condo complex. It's almost finished, but the main effect it has had is to make entry to the games a real mess.

posted by Howard_T at 02:20 PM on March 25, 2020