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On This Date In History: Monday, April 6th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe, of course. We are excited to produce a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ – are you ready for a trip back in time?

Just a QUICK program note: We will be pressing the pause button on the ‘Daily Noontime’ and focusing on producing ‘On This Date in History.’ The ‘Daily Noontime’ will return – do not worry – but for now, we will be focusing on producing a daily sports history post, which has been a LOT of fun! 

As always, be well, stay safe, and have a wonderful Monday, everyone!


On This Date in History: April 6th, 2020

  • 1896: The first modern Olympic Games are held in Athens, Greece. They were called the Games of the I Olympiad, which were held in front of 60,000 spectators. James Connolly (USA) placed first in the triple jump.
  • 1958: Arnold Palmer wins his first of four Masters by finishing with a score of 284 (70-73-68-73).
  • 1973: Ron Blomberg becomes the first major leaguer to play a game as a designated hitter. Blomberg, who played for the New York Yankees, drew a walk in his first at-bat as the DH against Boston Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant.
  • 1973: The Pittsburgh Pirates retired Roberto Clemente‘s uniform number (No. 21).
  • 1992: The Baltimore Orioles won their first game at Camden Yards (now Oriole Park at Camden Yards) by defeating the Cleveland Indians, 2-0.
  • 1993: The Florida Marlins sustained their initial setback in franchise history with a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The setback occurred one day after the team won their first-ever game in franchise history on Monday, April 5th, 1993.
  • 2004: Diana Taurasi earned her second consecutive Most Outstanding Player honor after guiding Connecticut to the 23rd NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with a 70-61 win over Tennessee.
  • 2019: The Tampa Bay Lightning becomes the fourth team in NHL history to record 62 wins in a single-season. The Lightning match the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings squad, which finished their regular season campaign with 62 wins and 128 points.

Sunday Column: Why We Should All Root For Cleveland In The N.B.A. Finals

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are two wins away from winning the franchise's first N.B.A. Finals. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are two wins away from winning the franchise’s first N.B.A. Finals. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

By Matt Noonan 

The 2015 N.B.A. Finals have been a real treat.

Unlike past years that have pitted squads with championship resumes, this year’s finals features two teams representing cities desperate for hardware.

Cleveland hasn’t celebrated a championship since 1964, the year the Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts in the N.F.L. Championship.

Golden State – winners of the 1975 N.B.A. Finals – have come close to winning its fourth championship in franchise history, but have only appeared in the final round twice since defeating the Washington Bullets in four straight games.

Unlike Cleveland, Golden State, which plays its games in Oakland, has seen neighboring professional squads win titles. The Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers have won Super Bowls since the 1970’s, while the Oakland A’s captured the 1988 World Series, sweeping the San Francisco Giants in four game. The Giants have won a trio of championships since 2010, including their franchise’s eighth World Series crown last fall.

The San Jose Sharks, however, are the lone Bay Area team without a championship. San Jose has appeared in the Western Conference Finals three times since the turn of the century, but suffered setbacks to the Calgary Flames (2004), Chicago Blackhawks (2010) and Vancouver Canucks (2011).

So, who needs this title more? The answer would be both Cleveland, right?

If Cleveland wins the title then it will probably call-off school, work and everything else the following day. Yet, if the series does go the distance, I guess school would be cancelled the following Monday, right?

The Bay Area has celebrated multiple championships. So, while Oakland and San Francisco would rejoice in the Warriors’ fourth franchise crown, it may not feel as special as Cleveland finally getting over the hump and winning a title.

Cleveland has seen its baseball team come close to winning a World Series title since capturing the 1948 World Series.

In 2013, the Indians attempted to extend its campaign to the round of eight, but lost to Tampa Bay in a play-in-game, 4-0. Cleveland concluded the game with nine hits – one more than the Rays – but could not muster a single run.

In 2007, the Indians fell to the Boston Red Sox – remember when they were good? – in the American League Championship Series and dropped a pair of American League Division Series in 2001 and 1999.

Cleveland did, however, appear in 1995 and 1997 World Series, but did not win.

The Indians saw its best chance to end the city’s championship drought in 1997 when they prolonged their championship series with Florida to seven games following a 4-1 victory in the sixth game. Yet, despite an early two-run lead in the final game of the Series, the Marlins rallied to even the game at 2-2 before plating the final run in the bottom of the 11th to win their first-ever crown.

As for the Cleveland Browns, they haven’t earned a postseason victory since 1989 after defeating Buffalo, 34-30. The Browns advanced to the Conference Championship following their win against the Bills, but fell to the Denver Broncos for the second time in three seasons by a score of 37-21.

Cleveland outscored the Broncos, 21-14, during the third stanza, but did not register a single point during the final 15 minutes. John Elway connected with Sammy Winder for a 39-yard touchdown strike, while David Treadwell kicked a pair of field goals during the final session to send the Broncos to the Super Bowl.

Since the turn of the century, the Browns have posted a pair of winning seasons, including a 9-7 mark during their 2002 campaign. Yet, similar to past years, the Browns fell in the playoffs, losing to rival Pittsburgh. Cleveland registered a 10-win season in 2007 – their most wins in a single-season since 1994 – but did not qualify for the postseason.

Let the debate rage on, who needs this championship? Cleveland or the Bay Area? I guess you would say, Cleveland, right?

Initially, I chose to Golden State to hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, but after rattling off Cleveland’s frustrating postseason setbacks, I guess I have to root for the Cavaliers.

Enjoy the remainder of the N.B.A. Finals and consider rooting for Cleveland, so they can finally celebrate a championship for the first time since “Can’t Buy Me Love” by The Beatles was a chart topper.

Daily Noontime – December 8, 2011

The Boston Bruins will look to rebound on Thursday against Florida! (Photo Credit: Sports of Boston)

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into another edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines, news and more to kick-start your day!

Headlines: 

* Despite losing their first game since October, the Boston Bruins are hopeful they’ll get back to their winning ways on Thursday when they host the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden.

* Due to injuries, the Chicago Bears will be forced to use Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

* On Wednesday, former Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle inked his name on a Florida Marlins contract, which is worth $58 million for four-years.

* Here’s an interesting article from the Detroit Free Press — Should the MLB change their dress code for the media? Thoughts? Suggestions?

* According to multiple reports — the Big East will add Boise State and four other schools to join their conference for the football season.

Games to Watch: 

* Florida at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* No. 24 Harvard at No. 9 UConn (NCAA Basketball) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Tampa Bay at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Vancouver at Montreal (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

With the NBA camps set to open on Friday, here’s a video that’ll get you ready for the upcoming season! 

Daily Noontime – December 7, 2011

The Jets defeated the Bruins for the first time this season on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

Happy “Hump Day” to everyone, and welcome into another quality edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines, news and more! 

Headlines: 

*Winnipeg handed the Boston Bruins their first loss since October on Tuesday, as the Jets won, 2-1.

* Albert Pujols has yet to make a decision about joining the Florida Marlins. However, as of recently, the St. Louis Cardinals have offered their former slugger $220 million for 10 seasons.

* According to MLB.com — Sources have confirmed that the Seattle Mariners are downplaying their chatter about acquiring Prince Fielder.

* NFL.com has confirmed that the Chicago Bears aren’t interested in acquiring former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.

* On Wednesday, the NFL will make an announcement regarding their week 15 flex game, which could entail having New England and Denver square off on Sunday evening instead of the afternoon.

* On Tuesday, the NFL finance committee voted to recommend “Shahid Khan’s bid to buy the [Jacksonville] Jaguars.”

Games to Watch:

* Washington at Ottawa (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Buffalo (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Perhaps this was Tyler Seguin‘s alarm clock, which didn’t go off on time! 

Daily Noontime – December 5, 2011

Tom Brady tossed three touchdowns on Sunday, as the Patriots defeated the Colts, 31-24! (Photo Credit: UPI .com)

Happy Monday to all and welcome into another edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some great headlines and news to kick-start your day, so of course, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Indianapolis Colts rallied to score 14 points in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback, as the New England Patriots handed their opponent their 12th loss.

* On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers accomplished two things. First, they wrapped up the NFC West division for the first time since ’02, and secondly, running back Frank Gore became the all-time leading rusher for the 49ers.

* Against the Arizona Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett made one the “dumbest” mistakes of his career, as he called a timeout to ice his own kicker, which resulted in his team losing their fifth game of the season.

* Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow once again rallied his team to win another game, as the squad from Colorado defeated the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, 35-32.

* On Sunday it was announced that No. 1 LSU will face No. 2 Alabama in the Bowl Championship Series championship game.

* According to MLB.com — the Florida Marlins have officially inked Jose Reyes‘s name to a six-year contract.

Games to Watch: 

* Toronto at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Boston at Pittsburgh (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* San Diego at Jacksonville (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Here’s a clip from HBO’s Hard Knocks — Jason Garret talks about “our job.”