By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation
We have officially reached our favorite day of the week: Friday!
As usual, we hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and thinking optimistically. I know I may sound like a broken record, but we will get through this and come back stronger than ever – I believe it!
Let’s cap another crazy week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – again, be well, stay safe, and have a nice weekend, everyone.
Noontime’s Headlines for Friday, March 27th, 2020
- Yesterday was supposed to be the first day of the Major League Baseball season But due to no games being played by the coronavirus (COVID-19), NBC Sports did a simulation of the 2020 season on “MLB The Show 20” video game, which saw the Boston Red Sox finish their campaign with just 79 wins.
- If there is no baseball this season due to the coronavirus, then Mookie Betts will be a free agent, not a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Additionally, the Sox would lose a few members of this year’s team, including Jackie Bradley Jr., Kevin Pillar, and Collin McHugh to free agency.
- In honor of Opening Day – again, yesterday! – ESPN posted its power rankings, which found the Red Sox ranked 19th out of 30 teams. That is not good!
- Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge seems to be staying busy during this unusual time, but also admitted in an interview with the Boston Herald that he doesn’t “feel really scared” about the coronavirus.
- Besides answering who will play quarterback this season for the New England Patriots, the team seems to have additional question marks surrounding multiple positions on both sides of the ball.
On This Date in History
- 1942: Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon and wins the heavyweight boxing title.
- 1962: Jacques Plante ties the record for winning his sixth NHL Vezina trophy.
- 1977: Chris Evert won her fourth and final WTA Tour Championship by a score of 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, against England’s Sue Baker. The tennis match was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
- 1995: Forrest Gump was named the Best Picture at the 67th Academy Awards.
- 1998: The Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks competed in front of 62,046 fans at the Georgia Dome, which was the largest crowd in NBA history. The Bulls won the game, by the way.