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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: November 23, 2022

Howard_T has posted 43 links and 4,359 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

Recent Sports Necrology: Over the past day or two the sports world has lost some notable people. Stirling Moss, passed away at the age of 90. He was one of the legendary racing drivers in what some might call the golden age of racing. Moss competed against the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio (a teammate) when Ferrari, Maserati, and Mercedes ruled.

posted by Howard_T to general at 10:28 PM on April 13, 2020 - 2 comments

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

Recent Comments

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

My picks:

Bills by 11
Cowboys by 9 (lock)
Patriots by 3
Buccaneers by 7
Titans by 12 (lock)
Dolphins by 16 (lock)
Jets by 6
Commanders by 7
Panthers by 6
Jaguars by 7
Chargers by 9
Seahawks by 10 (lock)
Chiefs by 13 (lock)
49ers by 10 (lock)
Eagles by 6
Steelers by 9

Pies are made, stuffing is ready, cooking the bird tomorrow. Big flat screen in the kitchen, so we are good to go. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

posted by Howard_T at 10:25 PM on November 23, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 11: Jeff Sunday Edition

My picks:

Packers by 7
Falcons by 3 (lock)
Bills by 13 (lock)
Eagles by 17 (lock)
Patriots by 3
Saints by 6
Giants by 9
Ravens by 12 (lock)
Commanders by 8 (lock)
Broncos by 9
Vikings by 4
Chiefs by 10 (lock)
Steelers by 3
Cardinals by 6

posted by Howard_T at 10:41 PM on November 15, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

hard to like this league

The Vikings vs Bills game featured a pair of officiating errors that fortunately did not affect the outcome of the game. First was a catch in the last 2 minutes of regulation time that probably should have been reviewed, but couldn't be challenged because of the remaining time. Later Buffalo had 12 defenders on the field when they stopped a run at the goal line. I don't know whether it is the greater number and location of cameras or just bad officiating, but mistakes seem to be increasing.

posted by Howard_T at 03:40 PM on November 15, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Boston Celtics have a new interim head coach (but he only lasts about 3 minutes).

posted by Howard_T at 03:29 PM on November 15, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 3: Round Mound of Rebound Edition

My picks:

Grizzlies by 4
Nets by 6
Celtics by 9 (slam dunk)
Suns by 3
Bucks by 11 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 8

posted by Howard_T at 10:21 PM on November 14, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 10: J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets Edition

My picks:

Buccaneers by 10 (lock)
Vikings by 6
Bears by 9
Titans by 8 (lock)
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Dolphins by 10 (lock)
Giants by 17 (lock)
Steelers by 6
Raiders by 9 (lock)
Cowboys by 6
Cardinals by 3
49ers by 10 (lock)
Eagles by 16 (lock)

My therapist (actually one of my cats) has told me to repeat the following when making picks: "Football on Thursday night does not exist". If I say it often enough, it will be so.

posted by Howard_T at 03:09 PM on November 12, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 2: Lottery Lakers Edition

My picks:

Knicks by 11 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 10 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 6
Grizzlies by 8

I'll be at Friday's Celtics vs Nuggets game looking for a win by the Green. It won't be easy to hold Jokic down with the Celtics' lack of depth at the "big" position. Perhaps Grant 'Batman' Williams can defeat the Joker once again.

posted by Howard_T at 03:00 PM on November 09, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 9: Lost Vegas Edition

Revised picks:

Falcons by 10

posted by Howard_T at 12:50 PM on November 06, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 9: Lost Vegas Edition

My picks:

Falcons by
Dolphins by 3
Bengals by 10
Packers by 14 (lock)
Patriots by 9 (lock)
Bills by 13 (lock)
Commanders by 3
Jaguars by 6
Cardinals by 12
Buccaneers by 8
Chiefs by 9
Saints by 6

Now that the Thursday night game is streamed and not broadcast, I forget that there is even a game on Thursday.

posted by Howard_T at 10:10 PM on November 05, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Pickem

My picks:

Bulls by 9
Suns by 11
Celtics by 4
Grizzlies by 8
Celtics by 7
Bucks by 13

Glad all's well with you, rcade. Contact with a bat is the reason I was never very good at baseball or softball. I couldn't make contact with the bat.

posted by Howard_T at 09:04 PM on October 31, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 8: Retirement Looking Pretty Good Edition

My picks:

Jaguars by 14
Falcons by 7 (lock)
Cowboys by 9 (lock)
Dolphins by 6
Cardinals by 6
Saints by 3
Jets by 7
Eagles by 16 (lock)
Titans by 9
Colts by 3
49ers by 13
Giants by 8
Bills by 10 (lock)
Browns by 3

posted by Howard_T at 01:53 PM on October 29, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 7: Drag Russell Wilson Edition

Revised picks:

Bengals by 9 (lock)
Cowboys by 10 (lock)
Titans by 3
Packers by 6
Buccaneers by 14 (lock)
Jaguars by 7 (lock)
Ravens by 3
Jets by 1
Raiders by 10 (lock)
Chargers by 3
Chiefs by 7
Dolphins by 8 (lock)
Patriots by 20 (lock)

posted by Howard_T at 11:50 AM on October 23, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 7: Drag Russell Wilson Edition

My picks:

Saints by 9 (lock)

posted by Howard_T at 08:06 PM on October 20, 2022

NFL Pickem Week 6: Roughing the Passer Edition

My picks:

Bears by 6
49ers by 14 (lock)
Patriots by 9
Packers by 12
Colts by 3
Vikings by 10
Bengals by 7
Giants by 3
Buccaneers by 13 (lock)
Rams by 15 (lock)
Seahawks by 16 (lock)
Bills by 6
Eagles by 7
Chargers by 9

posted by Howard_T at 03:00 PM on October 13, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Roughing the Brady

The call on the Brady hit looked pretty weak, but there were at least 2 similar calls this week. Both happened late in the game, favored the team that was trailing in the game, and were questionable at best. Both of those that did not involve Brady were justified by the TV officiating experts as involving contact with the defender's head on the quarterback's jaw area. One was in the NE vs Detroit game when Goff was "hugged" by a Patriot defender. If there was any such contact, it was not forceful, appearing to be incidental because of the physical closeness between the players. The other was in another game I was 'sort of' watching ,and I can't remember which one it was. It might have been Ravens vs Bengals, but I am not sure. In any case, the call was questionable but justified by the officiating analyst. Such calls might be a result of the Tagovailoa concussion situation. On the other hand, there appeared to be an attempt to keep the game close in order to retain the TV audience.

posted by Howard_T at 02:42 PM on October 10, 2022