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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: March 22, 2023

Howard_T has posted 43 links and 4,405 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

NBA Pickem Week 17: March Marches On Edition

My picks:

Mavericks by 11
Suns by 6
Knicks by 13 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 9
Celtics by 10 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 8

RIP Willis Reed. Anyone who saw it could never forget your entrance to the court in game 7 of the 1970 finals.

posted by Howard_T at 03:02 PM on March 22, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 16: All Quiet on the NBA Front Edition

My picks:

76ers by 6
Clippers by 11 (slam dunk)
Suns by 16 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 5
Lakers by 9
Warriors by 11 (slam dunk)

posted by Howard_T at 06:56 PM on March 15, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 15: Can't Stop the Knicks Edition

My picks:

76ers by 9
Lakers by 12
Mavericks by 8
Clippers by 11 (slam dunk)
Grizzlies by 7
Knicks by 13 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 4
Lakers by 12

Celtics, you're killing me! Both in the Pick 'em and emotionally you causing me much pain. Please stop losing games to teams you should have easily beaten (and had a double-digit lead in the game as well). Judging from the reaction in TD Garden in the last 2 home games, Celtics fans are growing restless.

posted by Howard_T at 03:11 PM on March 07, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 14: Here a Game There a Game Everywhere a Game Game Edition

My picks:

Grizzlies by 4
Clippers by 8
Celtics by 11 (slam dunk)
Trail Blazers by 9
Mavericks by 12 (slam dunk)
Warriors by 5
Celtics by 10 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 11 (slam dunk)
Bucks by 8
Mavericks by 9
Lakers by 5
Celtics by 11
Clippers by 12

posted by Howard_T at 04:50 PM on February 28, 2023

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Excellent question posed over at MetaFilter:

I can think of 2 reasons not to do this. To have a part of the base elevated could lead to more of a tripping hazard than having the whole base raised. Since the raised part and the flat part would be the same color (white by tradition), the contrast between flat section and raised part is reduced, and the probability of a misplaced foot is increased.

What about an entirely flat first base? Having seen close up as a plate umpire perhaps 6 or 8 twisted ankles or knees caused by the foot of a runner slipping on the hard surface of home plate, and stopping suddenly with the leg at an awkward angle as the spikes hit the dirt, I believe that a flat, hard base would present a greater hazard than the 18-inch square pizza box.

posted by Howard_T at 04:40 PM on February 28, 2023

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hilarious. I'm relieved that at least one person in MLB has retained a sense of humor. Cincinnati has historically been an important and interesting place. Being just across the river from Covington, Kentucky, (an even more interesting history there), pro-slavery sentiment was strong, but the pro-unionists prevailed, due in large part to the German origin of much of the population. The city was something of a boom town in the middle of the 19th century, largely due to its location on the Ohio River and the amount of traffic moving along the river due to the Civil War. On my many trips through the Cincinnati airport, usually on my way elsewhere, I noticed a marked sense of humor among those who worked at the airport.

posted by Howard_T at 04:25 PM on February 28, 2023

College football officials considering these rule changes to shorten games, limit 'exposures' for athletes

I see a potential spot for some shady "game management" if there is no timeout after a 1st down. Home team leading in the 4th quarter -- not late in the quarter, but after halfway -- and the chain gang gets very clumsy in handling the chains. Get an extra 5 or 10 seconds on 3 1st downs, and you have taken away 2 or more offensive plays from the visitors. Think a coach or 2 hasn't thought of this?

posted by Howard_T at 09:22 PM on February 23, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 13: Mac McClung Edition

My picks:

Lakers by 9
Heat by 6
Suns by 16 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 4
Bucks by 8
Mavericks by 5
Warriors by 18 (slam dunk)
Nuggets by 7 (slam dunk)

posted by Howard_T at 09:11 PM on February 23, 2023

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Not so good for BU. They tied it at 2 early in the 3rd, but the BU goaltender let in a softy just a few seconds later. Empty net goal with 5 seconds left made the final score 4 - 2.

posted by Howard_T at 06:51 PM on February 13, 2023

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

For the first time in way too many years I'm at a Boston sports tradition. It's the finals day of the Beanpot Tournament. If you are not into college hockey, this is a unique tournament played by the 4 major hockey universities in Boston (well, 1 of them is in Cambridge). Right now the consolation game between Boston University and Boston College is in the second period. Later tonight will follow the championship between Harvard and my alma mater Northeastern. The tournament has been going on for 70 years, and this is the first time for a Harvard vs Northeastern final. The tournament means nothing in league standings, but it means everything to the teams. Beanpot bragging rights are sacred.

posted by Howard_T at 05:35 PM on February 13, 2023

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Jazz have something like 9 1st round picks in the next 4 years. Ainge must have several USB drives with an amazing collection of compromising photos. I really think that after he hired Brad Stevens to coach and saw Stevens's potential, he was comfortable with leaving the Celtics and taking on a new challenge. I'm looking forward to watching it develop.

Back in my college days some of us would help ourselves to a cup of hot water (free), a package of crackers (also free), and 2 or 3 packets of ketchup. Behold, my friends, the magic of a free lunch of tomato soup and crackers.

posted by Howard_T at 11:25 PM on February 09, 2023

Kevin Durant traded to Phoenix Suns in blockbuster move

I had a no-trade clause in my contract that allowed me to refuse a trade to anywhere that did not receive at least 4 inches of snow per year. Celtics were to continue paying my full salary, but since it was peanuts the Orlando squirrels were not happy. My side gig of Social Security, a small pension, and a 401K that I have been drawing on for 15 years and still has more in it than when I started keeps me upright.

My son and I finally got to last night's game vs 76ers. No Al Horford, no Robert Williams, Jalen Brown gone in the 2nd quarter, and they still win by 7. Blake Griffin starts and nails 3s all night (15 points), Derek White and Malcom Brogdon have 19 each, and White makes a terrific run-down block. Jayson Tatum is double teamed all night, gets only 12 points, but he has 9 assists and 8 boards. One great game for my first one in 3 weeks. Covid sucks.

posted by Howard_T at 11:09 PM on February 09, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 12: Kyrie and Luka Edition

My picks:

Suns by 11
Lakers by 10 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 8
Clippers by 9
Bulls by 11
Bucks by 6
Celtics by 14 (slam dunk)
Pelicans by 6
Warriors by 5
Celtics by 10

posted by Howard_T at 05:02 PM on February 07, 2023

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Ja Morant has some friends who have questionable ethics. Their plot failed when the cats they had counted on to attack the red dot failed to cooperate.

posted by Howard_T at 04:30 PM on February 06, 2023

Kyrie Irving Traded to Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks defensive rating is 115.4 points per 100 possessions. Brooklyn Nets defensive rating with Kyrie Irving on the court is 115.1 points per 100 possessions. Please tell me how Irving helps Dallas? Yes, I understand that Doncic was not pleased with having to carry the offensive load by himself, but adding another shooter who is also a defensive liability is not a good way to go. Dinwiddie and Finney-Smith are solid players who will thrive away from Dallas. Doncic seems to be tasked with running the offense by himself, but Kyrie is not the best alternative. Help and depth up front would be better.

posted by Howard_T at 10:45 PM on February 05, 2023