By Matt Noonan
Welcome to Wednesday, everyone.
Today is Veteran’s Day so please take a moment to thank those that have and continue to serve our great nation.
Let’s get to some news, beginning with yesterday biggest headline as Tommy Heinsohn, who played and coached for the Boston Celtics, passed away at his home in Newton, Massachusetts. Heinsohn was 86.
Heinsohn is also being remembered for his passionate and insightful color commentary – fans will certainly miss his insight this upcoming season as a broadcaster. The New Jersey native, who guided the Celtics to 10 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player (1986) and coach (2015), is someone his former colleague Mike Gorman believes will never be replaced.
Prior to coaching and playing for the Celtics, Heinsohn competed locally at at Holy Cross where he led the Crusaders to the 1954 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship. He earned a pair of first-team All-American honors with the Purple and White, and was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1962.
Switching gears to football, the National Football League (NFL) could welcome two more teams to the postseason this winter, pending upcoming contests get canceled due to the coronavirus.
Speaking with owners during a Tuesday video conference, Roger Goodell, who is the league’s commissioner, said the NFL is “committed” to completing the league’s current schedule. The NFL was not impacted by the virus until the third week of the season concluded.
As of now, seven teams from each conference will compete in the upcoming NFL postseason, which is scheduled to kick-off next January, with the top seed securing a first-round bye.
Here are a few more stories to read either later this morning or afternoon:
- Alex Cora was introduced yesterday as the Boston Red Sox manager yesterday. He spoke bluntly about his recent suspension.
- The New York Post is reporting the Red Sox are welcoming back “another cheater” by the name of J.T. Watkins, who was suspended in 2018 for helping “players steal opposing teams’ signs during games.”
- The college football world is on fire this morning following some marquee cancelations for the upcoming weekend. Uh oh!
- The South Carolina women’s basketball team received 29 of 30 first place votes in The Associated Press preseason women’s Top 25, which was released yesterday.
That will do it for now, but as always, make sure to smile and think happy thoughts – have a great day, everyone!