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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: July 23, 2021

Howard_T has posted 43 links and 4,228 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

Cleveland Ex-Indians Unveil New Name

The name's not bad, but naming your team after statues might bring memories of teams like the 1899 Cleveland Spiders (20 - 134) to life. Having players like these guys (list is from 2011) on your roster would truly represent the statue image.

Beaverboard's link is probably similar, but it won't open on my 'phone.

posted by Howard_T at 03:18 PM on July 23, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

Do any of you recall the 3-year-old bat boy who was nearly involved in a collision at home plate during the 2001 World Series? His career in baseball continues. This year's all star game featured sons of former major leaguers, and it's nice to see the trend continuing.

posted by Howard_T at 03:08 PM on July 15, 2021

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

First time for me too. Classic.

posted by Howard_T at 11:33 AM on July 14, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

NHL has its first female play-by-play announcer. Leah Hextall will do games on ESPN. If the name sounds familiar, her grandfather is Hall of Famer Brian Hextall, and her cousin is Flyers' GM Ron Hextall.

posted by Howard_T at 03:30 PM on July 01, 2021

Canadiens Advance to Stanley Cup Final

Bruins win, you get fish and chips from Margaretsville on the north coast.

I will hold out for Mussels from Prince Edward Island or scallops from Digby. Not so sure anyone in the Maritimes would want fish and chips from Al's. Maybe some fish tacos from one of the many Latino restaurants around here, or perhaps some pho from one of the Southeast Asian places in Lowell.

Actually, many of my cousins are Boston fans. One of them is a fellow named Jim Prime, a 2nd cousin, who has authored many books about the Red Sox and a few other sports subjects. He coauthored "Ted Williams Hit List" with Ted Williams, with whom he used to fish.

posted by Howard_T at 12:17 PM on June 26, 2021

Canadiens Advance to Stanley Cup Final

I haven't checked Facebook to see what my cousins in Les Maritimes think of this, but I'm sure there's plenty of shade being thrown. Yours truly, Bruins fan that I am, have been secretly pulling for Canadiens. I guess one Cup final in 28 years is allowable, and perhaps this will rekindle the rivalry between Boston and Montreal. I'm looking forward to the finals.

posted by Howard_T at 02:28 PM on June 25, 2021

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle

The NCAA is not greeted with good news on a Monday morning. The Supreme Court has ruled that the rules on education related compensation are too restrictive. Athletes still cannot be paid, the colleges cannot use expensive "gifts" to attract athletes, but much seems to remain the same. Justice Kavanaugh's separate opinion seems to be in favor of completely tearing up the existing system. I would like to hear what our resident legal counsel, tahoemoj, has to say.

posted by Howard_T at 02:17 PM on June 21, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

There is a town in Alabama named Arab, but it is pronounced with a long A and the emphasis on the first syllable, A' rab. The story is that the town's founder wanted to name it Ahab, after one of the kings of Israel, but a county clerk with poor handwriting made the inadvertent change.

posted by Howard_T at 10:20 PM on June 20, 2021

‘The Silicon Valley of Turf’

George Toma is famous for the work he did in Kansas City, as well as other places. When Nashua, NH, fielded an entry in an independent baseball league, the local stadium field was in rough shape. The city parks department hired Toma to help bring the field up to shape and to teach the city employees how to keep it up. It was about 15 years ago that Toma did his work, and he taught his pupils well. The field is still pristine, and there is not a bad hop in the infield.

posted by Howard_T at 09:56 PM on June 15, 2021

NBA Pickem Champion: Goyoucolts

Well done, Goyoucolts. You made a late game run and put it away.

posted by Howard_T at 11:46 AM on May 28, 2021

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I guess the calliope reference is to the play looking like a bunch of clowns at a circus. This video is appropriately viewed with the music from the old Bennie Hill Show. I think it was called "Yakkity Sax" or something like that.

To add to this, the plate umpire correctly called the runner safe; he had legally touched the plate without being put out. Whether or not the run would count is dependent upon the batter runner reaching 1st base.

posted by Howard_T at 11:37 AM on May 28, 2021

Enter the NBA Playoff Pickem

My picks:

Mavericks in 6
76ers in 5
Hawks in 6
Jazz in 6
Bucks in 5
Nuggets in 7
Top point scorer: Doncic
Top rebounder: Antetekoumpo
Top scoring team: Nets
Team scoring 130: Bucks

posted by Howard_T at 08:20 PM on May 25, 2021

Leicester City Wins FA Cup Over Chelsea

Let the record show that about 5 minutes after I posted, I left for church. I take great comfort in the saving of sinners part of most Christian faiths. I hope that I am not imposing too great a workload on the Heavenly Powers. I have led what can be called an interesting life. My outlook and vocabulary have been much expanded by many years of working with the United States Marine Corps and with several Navy Bos'ns.

posted by Howard_T at 12:35 PM on May 16, 2021

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

.erroneous post. Please disregard.

posted by Howard_T at 12:25 PM on May 16, 2021

Leicester City Wins FA Cup Over Chelsea

OK, beaverboard, here it is:

At an evening affair in Manchester
I met a young lady from Leicester
Her clothing was scanty
With much visible panty
But I never did try to molest her.

posted by Howard_T at 09:55 AM on May 16, 2021