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: November 28, 2020

Howard_T has posted 43 links and 4,115 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

Matt Patricia is gone, and so is the GM who ran Jim Caldwell out of town to give Patricia the job.

Crap! Can't get the link to work. I think most of you understand.

posted by Howard_T at 04:06 PM on November 28, 2020

Matt Patricia is gone, and so is the GM who ran Jim Caldwell out of town to give Patricia the job.

He was fired because he wouldn't promise not to wear his favorite Roger Goodell t-shirt

posted by Howard_T at 04:04 PM on November 28, 2020

Matt Patricia is gone, and so is the GM who ran Jim Caldwell out of town to give Patricia the job.

posted by Howard_T at 03:58 PM on November 28, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

Something is messed up, but it's not my scores. It's more likely my ability to pick winners and losers.

posted by Howard_T at 05:26 PM on November 25, 2020

Diego Maradona has died

The hand of God has reached out and taken Diego Maradona. Descanse en paz.

posted by Howard_T at 03:07 PM on November 25, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 12: Turducken Edition

My picks:

Lions by 9
Cowboys by 12 (lock)
Steelers by 10 (lock)
Falcons by 7
Bills by 6
Bengals by 3
Colts by 9
Vikings by 4
Patriots by 3
Dolphins by 16 (lock)
Browns by 8
Saints by 10 (lock)
Rams by 9 (lock)
Chiefs by 12 (lock)
Packers by 11 (lock)
Seahawks by 6

posted by Howard_T at 02:50 PM on November 25, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Another thought to the above. The signing of Jeff Teague might be just as important for Celtics as Thompson. Kemba Walker now has a backup with much NBA experience. He will be able to take minutes that will limit the wear and tear on Kemba.

posted by Howard_T at 05:07 PM on November 23, 2020

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Thompson will add a new dimension to Celtics games. Now I can sit in my seats high above courtside playing "spot the Kardashian". If he can set picks and seal off a lane for the wings to drive to the basket, all will be well.

posted by Howard_T at 02:20 PM on November 23, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 11: Hail Murray Edition

My picks:

Cardinals by 6
Browns by 9 (lock)
Falcons by 7
Bengals by 10
Lions by 3
Steelers by 12 (lock)
Titans by 5
Patriots by 3
Dolphins by 9
Chargers by 10 (lock)
Packers by 11
Vikings by 6
Chiefs by 14 (lock)
Buccaneers by 8 (lock)

posted by Howard_T at 01:39 AM on November 19, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I just completed a quick Google search for pizza restaurants in Nashua, NH. There are 44 locations, only 2 or 3 of which are national chains. Interestingly enough, I checked on the number of Dunkin' Donuts locations, and found only 18. Nashua is a city of about 85,000 population, so that ought to say something about ethnicity and food preferences here. The pizza places are owned by members of many ethnic groups. One of our favorite places, although for his Middle Eastern food and not for his pizza, is owned by a man from Egypt. Most are a mix of Greek, Italian, and Lebanese. Yes, Lebanese, since there is a sizeable Lebanese community in the region. (The author Jack Kerouac is from nearby Lowell, MA, and lived in Nashua for a while.) The variety and quality of pizza offered here vary widely, crust too thin or too chewy, too oily, too much or too little tomato sauce, not enough cheese, and so on. The closest one can come to "real" Italian pizza around here is bruschetta, but that's not really pizza either. If beaverboard and yerfatma want to make a pilgrimage to Nashua to go on a pizza sampling binge, I would be happy to host and play tour guide.

posted by Howard_T at 04:07 PM on November 18, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

We're off to attend the Tennessee Titans special teams tryouts.

Can't make it this time, beaverboard. I'm on IR for a couple of weeks. Had 2 basal cell sarcomae removed from my face in the past week, and the surgeon says no heavy exercise for 2 weeks. The procedures went well, and all of the bad stuff was removed. The best part is that I look like I survived a knife fight, so I can have some fun with that. Mike Vrabel, being a Belichick disciple, must be tearing his hair out over his special teams failures. He and Gostkowski were teammates, so it really must hurt him to see the loss of ability.

posted by Howard_T at 12:20 PM on November 13, 2020

NFL Pickem Week 10: What Happened to the Bucs Edition

My picks:

Titans by 9 (lock)
Browns by 7 (lock)
Buccaneers by 6
Giants by 7
Packers by 14 (lock)
Lions by 6 (lock)
Raiders by 3
Dolphins by 8 (lock)
Cardinals by 9
Rams by 3
Steelers by 12 (lock)
Saints by 13 (lock)
Ravens by 9
Vikings by 15 (lock)

posted by Howard_T at 10:36 PM on November 11, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

My wife just saw the news of Tommy Heinsohn's passing, and I was opening Sports Filter to post it. This has not been a good year. Most of you know that Heinsohn is in the Basketball HoF both as a player and as a coach. I have always been of the opinion that he should be in as a broadcaster as well. For many years he was the analyst on the national broadcasts of the NBA and of course there's the long relationship with the Boston Celtics. His voice will be missed by Celtics fans.

posted by Howard_T at 02:56 PM on November 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

you need to get started early

Betty White would have been 32 when that commercial was made, and I would have been 13. I was just then coming to the realization that there were many more things about girls than I had originally considered. A 32-year-old Betty White would have been a bit too old for my tastes, but perhaps a few shots of Geritol might have been enough to make things interesting for both of us.

posted by Howard_T at 01:43 PM on November 10, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

As she was growing older, my mom used to take Geritol. She swore that it did her a lot of good. I read the label on the bottle one day; the stuff was about 60 proof. No wonder mom had a little hop in her step.

posted by Howard_T at 10:35 AM on November 10, 2020