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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: June 21, 2022

Howard_T has posted 43 links and 4,326 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

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

I'm very glad to hear that New Hampshire ingenuity has found a use for the invasive green crab. At first I thought this had something to do with a much smaller species of crabs. Once those things become established, they are very difficult to get rid of. One recommended cure was to rub sand and alcohol on the affected area. The crabs would drink the alcohol, get drunk, and stone each other to death with the sand. The Navy-recommended cure was a quick trip to sick bay for a bit of the delousing salve.

posted by Howard_T at 12:49 AM on June 21, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

we're carbon dating ourselves with the Hollywood Squares.

Remind me to tell you sometime about my pet dinosaur.

What will be the penalty for wine-ing to the officials?

This will give the NFL a chance to appoint a new commissioner: Ron Burgundy. Can't be any worse.

posted by Howard_T at 01:48 PM on June 10, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

In a noteworthy development the NFL has named "official wines". One would think it might be the vintages of former QB Drew Bledsoe's Doubleback Winery, but it is not. Some of you might remember the TV comedy/game show "Hollywood Squares" which featured as one of its regulars Cliff Arquette in his character of Charley Weaver. In one episode, Charley was asked, "What two brothers enabled mankind to fly?" His answer, "Ernest and Julio Gallo", and that is now the official wine brand of the NFL.

posted by Howard_T at 11:38 PM on June 09, 2022

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Just in case you haven't had enough basketball, Jackie McMullan has written a piece for The Ringer telling of Ime Udoka's very arduous journey to head coach in the NBA Finals. It's a long read, but very much worth the time.

posted by Howard_T at 10:48 AM on June 02, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round

My picks:

Celtics in 6
Top point scorer: Curry
Top rebounder: Horford
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Celtics
Series MVP: Jaylen Brown
Top fouler: Grant Williams
Three-point shooter: Curry
Winning team points last game: 109

Celtics in 6, but only because I want to be there to watch them hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy. Celtics are bigger and longer than Warriors, and just as quick. If the referees let 'em play (inconsistent, at least in the East), Celtics will have an advantage. Warriors had their most trouble in the playoffs with Memphis, and the Grizzlies are a physical team like Boston. The biggest advantage for Warriors is their head coach, but so far Udoka has made most of the right moves at the right time. I BLEED GREEN.

posted by Howard_T at 06:52 PM on June 01, 2022

What if the Warriors Had to Beat the Celtics in the Finals?

Tomase usually has a pretty good take on the Celtics, although he's a bit of a homer. This promises to be what Tomase predicts, a highly competitive and interesting series. Most like Warriors chances, but Celtics are a bit bigger and play a physical game that could bother Golden State. I will be there to watch.

posted by Howard_T at 07:09 PM on May 30, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Much discussion among the TV talking heads in Boston about the Celtics and their stunning turnaround from a sub-.500 team to Conference Champions. It reminded me of another Boston team that accomplished a similar feat. The 1914 Boston Braves were in last place in the National League in July before catching fire and winning the pennant by 10 1/2 games. To top off the season, they swept the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series. I am not quite old enough to remember this, but the story is told here.

posted by Howard_T at 06:59 PM on May 30, 2022

SportsFilter: The Saturday Huddle

Looking in at the IIHF championships this morning. USA vs Sweden went to overtime before Gaudette won it with 11 seconds left. I thought for a moment it was a Bruins intersquad; goaltenders were Ullmark for Sweden and Swayman for USA. I wonder if that happens often in international play.

posted by Howard_T at 07:57 AM on May 21, 2022

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Enjoy the game, nomich. I will be at tomorrow's Celtics game where temperatures are forecast for the 90s with high humidity. It will bring back the old days of the original not air conditioned Boston Garden when the Celtics melted down the Lakers. If Pat Riley is present, he will have flashbacks to game 2 in the 1984 finals when the Celtics beat his Lakers on a day when it hit 97 in Boston.

posted by Howard_T at 06:05 PM on May 20, 2022

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

You have overlooked the warlike reputation of that group of people known as Celts (pronounced Kelts), beaverboard. The Gauls, a Celtic tribe, gave the Roman warriors fits when the Roman Empire expanded. In more modern times, the Gaels, both Scottish and Irish variety, have been worthy nemeses to warriors from England. A Mavericks vs Celtics series would be no problem for the Green. A Maverick is an unbranded or yearling calf. No Irishman worthy of his heritage would hesitate for a moment at the prospect of having some freshly slaughtered beef.

posted by Howard_T at 04:39 PM on May 17, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition

My picks:

Celtics in 6
Warriors in 7
Top point scorer: Doncic
Top rebounder: Horford
Top scoring team: Warriors
Team scoring 130: Warriors

Total eclipse of the Suns in round 2 has left me in the cellar. TD Garden is a crazy place to be when the Celtics are in the playoffs, especially in a game 7.

posted by Howard_T at 06:03 PM on May 16, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Sad to hear of the death of Pistons great Bob Lanier on Tuesday. He is remembered for being a gentleman and generous to a fault. On a lighter note he is remembered for his size 22 shoes. This commercial with Dave Cowens highlights that.

posted by Howard_T at 02:13 PM on May 11, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

I'll get one after Howard gets one

"Tattoo, tattoo! Lights out in 5 minutes. Now tattoo." OK, that's from my sea duty time, every evening 5 minutes before 4 bells of the 1st watch (2155 if you don't understand the watch system aboard ship). Turns out my sea duty was as a civilian tech rep, but it was the most fun job I ever worked. Home ported in Yokosuka, Japan, and USS Midway was known as Hotel 41. Plenty of opportunity for tattoos in such places as Hong Kong; Subic Bay, PI; and Pattaya Beach, Thailand, but I always found other delights to occupy my time. Our son was conceived in Japan, and my wife and I seriously considered having him tattooed with "Made in Japan" somewhere around his butt. We never did, and now he says he wishes we had. Cool about Len Bias. There are Celtics fans who still grieve.

Don't hold your breath waiting for a tattoo. My fair body has remained unsullied for all of its 81 years, and shall remain so for whatever I have left.

posted by Howard_T at 04:37 PM on May 04, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition

My picks:

Heat in 5
Suns in 6
Celtics in 7
Grizzlies in 7
Top point scorer: Booker
Top rebounder: Antetekoumpo
Top scoring team: Suns
Team scoring 130: Suns

Celtics looked bad today, and couldn't hit the ocean from the dock. Defense was good, though.

posted by Howard_T at 04:36 PM on May 01, 2022

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Don't blame me, beaverboard. I've never played Indian Pond.

Disclaimer: Anything that I do on a golf course that resembles the game of golf is usually an accident.

posted by Howard_T at 10:51 AM on April 28, 2022