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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: February 24, 2021

Howard_T has posted 43 links and 4,172 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

Jeff Bezos Looking at Buying Washington Football Team

according to Smith himself.

I didn't know that Smith had suffered from necrotizing fasciitis. About 15 years ago I had an insect bite become infected, and it turned into necrotizing fasciitis. At one point the doctor told my wife that if they didn't get it under control within 2 days, they would amputate my left arm, and if that didn't get it, start the funeral arrangements. My left wrist is now noticeably smaller than my right, and I have limited range of motion there.

posted by Howard_T at 02:10 PM on February 24, 2021

Jeff Bezos Looking at Buying Washington Football Team

If Jeff Bezos were to acquire the WFT, it would not take long before some sports talking head made the connection to Bezos's major line of business, Amazon. There might be a movement toward renaming the team "Amazons". In the Greek mythology , Amazon's were fierce and courageous warriors; this is not a bad image for a football team. The little detail that works against the idea is that Amazons were all female. I'm pretty sure that the average NFL player would not want to be identified as a fierce and courageous female.

Perhaps Jeff Bezos's "competitor" for the wealthiest man in the US, Elon Musk, would be interested in buying the team. He might immediately start lobbying for the replacement of human players with robots. Could be interesting...

posted by Howard_T at 01:53 PM on February 24, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Boston Red Sox reportedly have signed Japanese pitcher Sawamura Hirokazu (surname first as is the Japanese convention). He's projected as a 'bridge reliever, 7th or 8th inning specialist. This ordinarily is no big deal, and certainly not post-worthy, but the surname is interesting. The Nippon Professional Baseball annual award for the best starting pitcher is the Sawamura Award. The equivalent of the Cy Young Award, it is named for Sawamura Eiji, a superstar in the pre World War 2 years for the Yomiuri Giants. I did some digging, but I cannot come up with any family connection between the two. I'm almost sure there's no direct ancestry because Sawamura Eiji was a wartime casualty at age 27 when a ship in which he was a passenger was torpedoed.

posted by Howard_T at 01:30 PM on February 16, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem Champion: Rumple

puppy named Ruby


posted by Howard_T at 01:05 PM on February 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

She must have had triplets the year that Gronk put a dent in the Lombardi

It's a good thing for this lady's mental health that she has no relationship to the Stanley Cup.

posted by Howard_T at 09:57 PM on February 15, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem Champion: Rumple

Congratulations, Rumple. I had a chance to win this one at the wire, but it you held me off. Great job on your part. Once again, rcade, our thanks for running this. It's always a good time no matter where one finishes.

posted by Howard_T at 07:20 PM on February 15, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 9: Rebuild the Pistons Edition

My picks:

Pelicans by 9
Suns by 8
76ers by 12
Warriors by 11
Bucks by 10
Nets by 6
76ers by 13 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 3
Lakers by 9 (slam dunk)
Celtics by 7
Clippers by 6

posted by Howard_T at 04:36 PM on February 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

Hope all your major appliance and mattress dreams come true.

Time was when the now extinct Washington's Birthday holiday was the excuse for automobile sales campaigns. Now there's a car commercial every 30 seconds during whatever sporting event you are watching on TV. This does not include insurance commercials, which are ubiquitous.

"Trophy daughter"? Stretching a pun just a bit aren't we? I'm sure you would echo Edith Piaf's thought in that too frequent commercial, "rien, je ne regret rien".

posted by Howard_T at 11:50 AM on February 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Actually, beaverboard, I got it wrong. I looked it up and found that the correct phrase is "de mortuis nil nisi bonum". I got a D in 9th grade Latin, mostly because the teacher had us doing art projects instead of declining verbs, and since my artistic talents were nil, I wouldn't do the projects.

posted by Howard_T at 01:42 PM on February 11, 2021

Rescue Dog Charity Begun by WTA Tennis Player

Good on ya, truthhurts. Anything that helps rescue animals is okay in my book. The Biblical quote goes something like "If you have done it to the least of my creatures, you have done it to me.".

posted by Howard_T at 06:43 PM on February 09, 2021

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

Long time NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer has passed away at age 77. The ever gracious Washington Post has displayed all the class of an unflushed toilet by headlining his obituary "Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach whose teams wilted in the postseason, dies at 77." De mortibus nisi nil bonum, WaPo.

posted by Howard_T at 05:32 PM on February 09, 2021

Edmonton's Ex-Eskimos Have 7 Possible Replacements

There are valid reasons for not selecting any of the names on the final list.

Evergreens: This is unfair to all of the deciduous tree species in Canada. Such divisiveness cannot be allowed.

Evergolds: This also is divisive, promoting gold over the other precious metals. It also promotes a risky financial trading strategy to invest in precious metals rather than a broader market approach.

Eclipse: The question is solar or lunar. Both are infrequent, as might be the team's successful seasons.

Eagles: While eagles, both bald and golden, are fairly common in Canada choosing a bald eagle as a symbol could be taken as anti-Canadian. The bald eagle is the national bird of the USA, and to choose it might offend some anti-american Canadians.

Elements: This could be a brilliant choice. Think of the promotional possibilities available by having an "element of game" for each game. Start week 1 with Hydrogen, and 10 years later close with element 126, Ubihexium. Alternatively, the players would wear the name of the element represented by their jersey number instead of their own name. Think of a couple of big linemen wearing "Platinum" (78) and "Gold" (79), or the speedy wide receiver wearing 80, "Mercury".

Elk: Once again we have some unfairness. Why not the more familiar large antlered quadruped, the moose. The moose is so closely related to things Canadian that it begs to be the mascot of a major league team. Already there is Moosehead Beer and the Halifax Mooseheads hockey team. Carry it one more step.

Elkhounds: A great breed of dog is the Elkhound. It's known for strength and courage. A friend of mine had one, and for all its size and strength it was the most well behaved of dogs. I would be proud to be on a team named The Elkhounds save for one little detail. The breed is the Norwegian Elkhound, so unless the franchise is moved to Oslo, Elkhounds is disqualified.

posted by Howard_T at 11:06 AM on February 09, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 8: Bucks Are Back Edition

My picks:

Pelicans by 12 (slam dunk)
Jazz by 5
Mavericks by 6
Bucks by 14
Heat by 4
76ers by 9
Mavericks by 10
Lakers by 17 (slam dunk)
Nets by 11
Mavericks by 9
Nuggets by 12

posted by Howard_T at 10:25 AM on February 09, 2021

NFL Playoff Pickem: Super Bowl 0x37 Edition

My picks:

Chiefs by 4 (lock)
Passer: Patrick Mahomes
Rusher: Fournette
Receiver: Hill
Player with interception: Breeland
Player with sack: Su
Player with first turnover: Brady
Super Bowl MVP: Mahomes
Tiebreaker: 72

posted by Howard_T at 12:11 AM on February 06, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 7: Fan Interaction Edition

My picks:

Clippers by 6
Warriors by 9
Bucks by 11 (slam dunk)
Suns by 10
Warriors by 14 (slam dunk)
Lakers by 4
Nets by 10 (slam dunk)
Clippers by 8
Warriors by 13 (slam dunk)

posted by Howard_T at 11:47 AM on February 02, 2021