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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: April 07, 2020

Howard_T has posted 42 links and 3,967 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

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

Aviation Loses a Legend: This might have only a tangential relation to sports, but Bob Hoover's long time promotion of the Reno Air Races and his former captaincy on the US Aerobatic Team should qualify. Bob Hoover died on October 25 at the age of 94. He was a former Naval aviator, aerobatic performer, and corporate test pilot for North American Aviation. One of his "signature" performances was his demonstration of the capabilities of the North American "Shrike" Commander, a variant of the twin turboprop corporate Aero Commander business aircraft. He would take the aircraft through a series of maneuvers, and for the climax he would kill both engines, feather the props, execute a full loop, and land the aircraft precisely "on the numbers" (that is, the numbers at the end of the runway). His skills were unmatched. My working life was spent for the most part being in, on, under, and generally around aircraft, and Mr. Hoover was one of the giants I respected greatly.

posted by Howard_T to other at 04:17 PM on October 26, 2016 - 3 comments

Recent Comments

Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers legend, dies at age 85

I saw him play just once in Detroit in about 1956 or '57. We were visiting my sister and her husband. Bob, my brother-in-law was a huge Tigers fan, and my sister had adopted them in favor of her long-time favorite Braves. We were in the old Tigers Stadium sitting in the second deck right behind 1st base, really great seats to watch a game from. I remember that whenever Kaline came to bat, the crowd was really loud. I saw Kaline on televised games against Boston and on the old game of the week broadcasts, and he never disappointed his fans. Kaline has left us with many memories.

posted by Howard_T at 07:32 PM on April 06, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

A few miles east of Goldfield. It's called Tonopah Test Range. You go east on US6 from Tonopah, turn south at the rocket on a stick, go another 20 miles to the gate, and it's another 5 or 6 miles to the quarters. The 20 miles from US6 to the gate was the scary part. Over several years of testing, usually a few weeks at a time once or twice per year, we managed to take out 3 wild horses and 2 range cows. In each case the automobile was totaled. I was with one of my colleagues when she took out a horse. It was not fun.

posted by Howard_T at 01:55 PM on April 06, 2020

Record-Breaking NFL Kicker Tom Dempsey Dies


posted by Howard_T at 01:22 PM on April 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

we haven't even gotten to Holy Week.

Actually we have. Our Zoom service of Morning Prayer finished up about 30 minutes ago. We did the Blessing of the Palms, but the palms are in quarantine for another 12 days, so we can't get them yet. I will be very glad when we can gather again and celebrate the Eucharist together.

I have ordered a Corona only once in my life. That was in Tonopah, Nevada, and the only alternatives were Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Light. Would have had some whiskey, but I had about 30 miles to drive, and the last 20 of it was on a road that was only travelled at shift changes on weekdays. There were lots of open range cattle and wild horses on the road, and you wouldn't believe how invisible a brown cow can be at night with no ambient light.

posted by Howard_T at 01:20 PM on April 05, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

One more thing I need to add to my random thoughts: On this date one year ago, Greg Popovic set an NBA record by being ejected just 63 seconds into a game . This record may never be broken.

posted by Howard_T at 08:09 PM on April 03, 2020

Everything to know about the Korea Baseball Organization, which hopes to start season by early May

I will have to root for the team from Busan, since I have some fond memories of liberty during USS Midway port calls in Busan. Great times window shopping on Green Street and closing the bars on Texas Street. If any of you have ever pulled liberty there, you will understand.

posted by Howard_T at 05:34 PM on April 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Friday Huddle

Some random sports thoughts while my wife goes out to pick up our free doughnuts from DDs.

On beaverboard's quiz, the answer has to be "none of the above". Joe Buck is willing to add play-by-play to the tapes, but Tim Mccarver has refused to do the analysis.

Today is the anniversary of Bobby Orr's 100th assist in the 1971 NHL season. He finished the season with 102, and the record still stands. Will any defenseman ever break it?

Trivia quiz: Who made the first 3-point goal in the NBA. Some hints: He was a reserve who averaged 10.3 ppg during his team's title run. He later coached the team he played for, as well as 2 other NBA teams and a college team.

You could look it up, but give it a try first.

posted by Howard_T at 05:22 PM on April 03, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

expects to opt out after an All Pro season and make even more

That's it exactly. The example that comes to mind is Adrian Beltre with the Red Sox in 2010. He had been buried in Seattle with the Mariners, and he and his agent came up with the idea of a "let me show you" year in a more visible market. I think he played on a 1-year deal for $10 million. It proved to be a huge bargain for Boston and a good move for Beltre and Houston.
There was a recent article about the decision by Boston to let him go. Some in the Red Sox organization are still kicking themselves for it.

posted by Howard_T at 03:57 PM on April 02, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) has announced new opening dates for athletics. May 4 is the first practice date, and May 13 the first game day. This is all contingent upon the situation with Covid-19 in New Hampshire. Maybe some of my umpiring season can be saved. While I wouldn't put anything past them, I don't think NHIAA would pull an April Fools joke like this.

posted by Howard_T at 04:39 PM on April 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

beaverboard, please tell us that today's date has nothing to do with the accuracy of this post. (Not bad anyway)

posted by Howard_T at 03:36 PM on April 01, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I might add one thing about odors in various sports arenas in Boston. My college graduation in 1964 was held in the old Boston Garden. The previous attraction had moved out just the night before. Friends, you have no idea what delightful smells the Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus left behind. Don't ever accept a job as an assistant elephant trainer.

posted by Howard_T at 04:02 PM on March 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Tuesday Huddle

I don't have Bruins tickets; mine are for the Celtics. Having heard of Rask's flatulence problem, I think I might wait until after his retirement before I attend a game. I might have to try the bar he frequents in Newton. My son doesn't live far from there, so after the lockdowns are history, maybe we can get together for a few. Of course I will make sure the Bruins are on the road.

posted by Howard_T at 02:19 PM on March 31, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

This is where Howard meant to send us

Thanks for the correction, NoMich. I'm not always at my best at 1:30AM. The narrative account does not appear in the papers I have, and I don't remember seeing it in the hnsa site before. I will say that Frank Scanland, Hawkbill's CO, understated the history; there were some memorable moments that were alluded to but not detailed. Some day I will relate a great anecdote about Capt. Scanland.

posted by Howard_T at 03:46 PM on March 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

I love almost any film about Navy matters, but I too often find myself picking them apart for historic accuracy. After my father-in-law died, I went through his papers, and among them were copies of the 5 war patrols of USS Hawkbill in WWII. Fred (my father-in-law) was her Executive Officer. Even in the dry language of an official US Navy document, they could curl your hair. Fred never said much about it, but it got rather scary down there at times. You can find the patrol reports of Hawkbill and nearly every WWII boat at Historic Naval Ships Association.

posted by Howard_T at 01:35 AM on March 27, 2020

SportsFilter: The Thursday Huddle

So where are we getting our sports fix these days? Yours truly is currently watching game 3 of the NHL East quarterfinals (Montreal vs Boston) from 2011. The hockey was good, but Jack Edwards was at his manic best. Before that it was ALCS game 2 (Detroit vs Boston) from 2013. This is the game where David Ortiz hit an 8th inning grand slam to tie the game at 5. It is best remembered for Torii Hunter going head first over the bullpen wall as he leaped to try to make the catch. The memorable picture is the police officer in the bullpen with his arms raised in celebration completely ignoring the injured Hunter. Fun stuff to awaken some old memories.

This afternoon, with nothing else to watch, I spent time watching black and white episodes of western TV series from 50 or 60 years ago. Jack Kelly as Bret Maverick and Clint Walker as Cheyenne Bodie brought me back to the days of the family gathered in front of the 19 inch black and white.

posted by Howard_T at 10:14 PM on March 26, 2020