Daily Noontime: Friday, July 24, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday – yay, we made it!

Welcome to a brand new weekend, which is going to be HOT here in New England, so make sure to drink plenty of water and wear some sunscreen, too.

Let’s kickoff National Drive-Thru Day with a brand new Daily Noontime – let’s go!


Noontime’s Headlines for Friday, July 24, 2020 

  • Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees began their 60-game sprint with a 4-1 win last night over the Washington Nationals.

    Judge recorded a pair of hits in the “rain-shortened” game last night – once again, he will be a player to watch over the next few weeks and months.

  • Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers commenced their 60-game season last night with a convincing 8-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. Remember when Mookie played for the Boston Red Sox?
  • In case you missed it, the Independent School League (ISL) announced yesterday that they will not be playing many games this fall due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    According to Danny Ventura of the Boston Herald, the ISL will not have championships this fall nor dish out awards. The league does, however, hope to provide some competition this fall, pending it is safe to do so.

  • Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker will toss the ceremonial first pitch this evening before the Boston Red Soxplay their initial game of the 2020 season against the Baltimore Orioles.
  • Speaking of the Red Sox, here are a few storylines to follow this season – well, more these next few weeks and months.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, July 23, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Opening Day, everyone!

Doesn’t it seem strange that we’re starting a new baseball season in late July? Well, that is what happens when you’re living through a pandemic, but we are excited to cheer on our hometown Boston Red Sox.

Let’s kick off a brand new day with the Daily Noontime for Thursday, July 23, 2020 – have a great day, everyone!


Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, July 23, 2020

Daily Noontime: Monday, July 20, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

Happy Monday, everyone!

We’re back from a short, mini-vacation – we are excited to get back to work and start producing some new content. And we hope you are excited for this new content, too.

Let’s kick off a brand new week with today’s Daily Noontime – as usual, be well, stay safe, and drink plenty of water today!


Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, July 20, 2020 

  • The Boston Red Sox are scheduled to commence their 60-game season this week when they host the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, July 24 at Fenway Park.Are you excited for baseball to get started? Do you think the Red Sox could win the World Series later this year? Here is what one Boston Globe reporter thinks of the Sox playing baseball later this week.
  • As we continue to inch closer to September, thoughts of no football are slowly becoming a reality, including the possibility of no NFL games.Yesterday, a slew of NFL players went on Twitter to share their concerns regarding the league’s plans to keep them safe.
  • The 2020 NFL preseason could be shrunk to just one game, according to a recent report.Initially, the NFL had hoped to play two preseason contests this summer, but most likely we will only see our favorite team compete once before the season begins. And as of now, it appears as if it is business as usual for the NFL.
  • Will there be a high school football season this year in Massachusetts?That question (above!) seems to be a burning topic these days following a slew of colleges and conferences punting on fall sports, including football. But we should know a bit more about plans for the fall tomorrow as noted by Matt Feld of the Boston Herald.
  • Finally, the Massachusetts Independent Baseball League (MIBL) has enjoyed a successful few weeks of games – here is the latest on how the league and its players are doing.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, June 25, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

It’s Thursday, which means a brand new weekend is upon us – yay!

As usual, we hope EVERYONE is doing well while continuing to stay safe and healthy. And now, let’s dish out some news and links.


Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, June 25, 2020

  • The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has some within the sports – and yes, news world – thinking the following question: is it worth the risk to play games while numbers continue to trend upward?Tim Dahlberg of the Associated Press penned an interesting column that may make you think it might be wise to punt on sports for the rest of the year. But again, what do we know?
  • Similar to Tim Dalhberg’s piece about possibly saying goodbye to sports in 2020, the Boston Globe‘s Dan Shaughnessy expressed similar feelings in a recent column earlier this week.
  • Following this week’s news of Mystic Valley Regional Charter School canceling its upcoming football season, various high school teams the program was scheduled to play are starting to worry about a potential “domino effect.”
  • With baseball returning to Fenway Park next week – that is Spring Training 2.0, to be exact – Boston Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy hopes he and the organization can welcome fans to upcoming games either later this summer or in the fall.While it is uncertain if and when fans would be able to attend an upcoming Red Sox game, various outlets reported yesterday that one of Boston’s players tested positive for the coronavirus. The unnamed player is asymptomatic and is doing well it seems, according to various reports.
  • We learned yesterday that the University of Connecticut will cut four sports – men’s cross country, women’s rowing, men’s swimming, and diving and men’s tennis – at the end of the upcoming school year.The reason behind these cuts is due to an “overall budget reduction effort,” as reported by Sam Cooper of Yahoo! Sports.

     

  • And finally, student-athletes of teams (and programs) that are expected to be cut by Brown University, have accused the institution of “fraud for working secretly on a plan” that would eliminate their respective sport.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Doesn’t Think Its Safe To Welcome Back Sports

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh doesn’t believe it is safe to welcome back pro sports to the city. (PHOTO COURTESY: Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

By Matt Noonan

There’s no doubt that Boston Mayor Marty Walsh would like to welcome back sports – he even said he would be willing to reopen Fenway Park and the TD Garden earlier this month with no fans. But as of this afternoon, Walsh believes its best to keep teams on the sidelines as the state and city slowly begin to reopen.

“As much as I would love to watch our pro teams play right now, we really have to put the health and safety of (the) Boston residents first,” Walsh said during his daily press briefing. “As I have said before, if pro teams (and) sports come back, it will be very different than what we’re used to.

“I don’t think right now we’re where in a place where we’ll have fans watching and cheering from the stands, (but) we also have to think about the health of the players and the players traveling from other places. Teams could look into things like temperature checks and testing to limit the spread amongst players and staff. Any proposals of teams will have to be matched with the proper health and safety protocol to make both staff and players feel comfortable with their plans.”

While Walsh’s announcement shouldn’t impact the Boston Celtics – if basketball were to resume, games would be held in Orlando, Florida at the ESPN Wide World of Sports – it could be an issue for the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox.

The NHL is planning to provide its fans with an update this afternoon about restarting games while the MLB is trying to get a deal done between its players and owners. And if a deal is reached, it’s likely the Red Sox would play home games in Fort Myers, not Boston.

“We’ll keep fans posted as soon as decisions are made,” said Walsh.

The Bruins and Celtics last played in Boston in early March while the Red Sox’s last home game occurred against the Baltimore Orioles on September 29, 2019.