Welcome to Monday, everyone, as well as the second day of a brand new week – yippee!
It is a VERY rainy day today here in Boston, so please make sure to stay inside, play a game (if you can) and do some reading. And also, start your day with a walk down memory lane with a brand new ‘On This Date in History.’
Be well, stay safe, and remember to smile, everyone!
1997: Tiger Woods won his first major championship on the final day of the 61st Masters Tournament by defeating runner-up Tom Kite by twelve strokes.
2004: Barry Bonds hit his 661st career home run – the long ball occurred off a pitch from Ben Ford of the Milwaukee Brewers.
2019: The Boston Bruins evened their opening-round postseason series with the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-1. Boston, as most fans know, would go onto win the series ten days later before advancing to the Stanley Cup weeks later.
It’s Thursday – hope everyone is doing well and staying safe as usual!
Let’s make today another great day – remember to smile, please! – with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’
Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Happy Opening Day, baseball fans! Yep, today would have been the first day of a new season for both the Boston Red Sox and everyone else, but due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 season won’t begin today, but hopefully in a few months.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says, “nothing is off the table” for the upcoming season, including double-headers and seven-inning contests. Perhaps we could see baseball go past Halloween?
1952: Kansas beat St. John’s in the 14th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – the tournament featured the first-ever “Final Four” format.
1979: Michigan State beat Indiana State, 75-64, in the 41st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, which was the highest-rated game in the history of televised college basketball. And what made this game so special (and exciting) was it started the rivalry of future NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
1992: The New York Rangers clinched its first NHL regular-season championship in 50 years.
1997: The NHL announced the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and Vancouver Canucks would open the 1998 season in Japan.
Exactly where Brady will play remains a mystery – Indianapolis? Los Angeles? Tampa Bay? – but we should learn of his plans either later today or tomorrow once free agency truly begins at 4 p.m. eastern.
Excluding his announcement of taking his talents elsewhere, Brady did acknowledge in a pair of tweets how grateful he was to compete for the Patriots for the past 20 years. “I want to say thank you for the past twenty years of my life,” he tweeted, “and the daily commitment to winning and creating a winning culture built on great values.”
A six-round pick in the 2000 National Football League (NFL) Draft, Brady helped the Patriots win not just one, but six Super Bowls, including three in four seasons (2001, 2003, and 2004). The veteran signal-caller cemented his name alongside Boston sports greats – Bill Russell, Bobby Orr, Larry Bird, Ted Williams, and others, of course – for his impressive play on the gridiron.
Joey Flanneryconsiders it a privilege to be a part of the Babson College men’s basketball team.
The three-time New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year has the Beavers yet again in position to make a deep postseason run. Flannery is averaging a team-high 22.7 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per games, too.
Prior to last night’s contest against the Cougars, Noontime Sports caught up with Flannery to discuss his final season with the Green and White, what he plans to do after graduation and who is all-time favorite Boston Celtics player is, too.
Your team established the program’s best start this past weekend, winning 16 of 17 games. What does that record mean to you?
“It’s great to be recognized. We try not to look too much into the numbers or record because our focus is to take it one day at a time. It is nice to be recognized, especially as a member of this great program.”
Your team matched a school-record for three-pointers (18) last weekend against Coast Guard Academy. How have you and your teammates been able to be so successful beyond the arc this season?
“Nick Comenalehas helped our offense move the ball around on extremely well. We have guys, including him, in our starting five that are willing to shoot three’s, but the big thing for our offense (this season) is we’re moving the ball around knowing if we have a good shot that we’ll get an even better shot with a few more passes. Against Coast Guard, our shots were falling early, but I think our ball movement was the key for us beyond the arc. If we continue to swing it around once or twice and get two reversals then our team can shoot with confidence.”
Who is the best three-point shooter on the team?
“I would have to say Nick. We always go back-and-forth in practice on who is sinking deeper shots, but it is hands down Nick.”
What have been one or two (or perhaps three) memories you have from being a member of the Babson men’s basketball program?
“There is always a moment (or two) that stands out from each season. During my sophomore year we had some great comeback wins, while another memory would be winning the NEWMAC Tournament at home the past two seasons. Additionally, we have had a great home court advantage (during my time at Babson) and having home court advantage up until the ‘Final Four’ two years ago was awesome. Winning in front of our home crowd has been fun (especially when we beat Trinity in the NCAA Sectional Finals). Those are just some big moments (from my time here as a student-athlete), but this team is so tight, we have a lot of seniors and juniors that have been together for a while, so I think hanging out off the court and being together is another great memory of mine.”
Last week, your team rallied to defeat MIT on the road, thanks to a 54-point second half effort. Was that the biggest second half rally you have ever been a part of?
“I have been a part of some big rallies over the past four years here at Babson. During my sophomore year, we had to rally back in a few games when we trailed by 15 (or more points). One of those games we rallied back to win was against Becker (my sophomore year). We have been down at half before, but we have a lot of experience from the past couple of years and even when we were down against MIT, we still had confidence and that togetherness allowed us to come out of the locker room with a positive mindset, knowing the game wasn’t over. After eight or ten minutes, we were still trailing, but that was when we turned it on and went on a run to win the game. We locked in, got stops, moved the ball offensively and got some good looks, so I think the game (as a whole) is a testament to us being unselfish and not panicking. We were down by 15 points, we didn’t take too many quick shots on offense, but we just pushed the tempo and got looks every time we went on offense.”
What is your major and what do you hope to do with it?
“I am concentrating on economics, but at the moment I am still deciding what direction I want this degree to take me. I really hope to remain involved with basketball after graduation, so being a coach is something that interests me currently, but it’s an exciting feeling to know I will have a degree from Babson.”
What would your dream basketball job be?
“I would love to coach in college and eventually elevate myself to the professional position. My dream job would be in player development because I love picking apart details, both on and off the court and through workouts. If I don’t end up coaching, then I would be fine with being a behind the scenes guy, specifically working in a player development role.”
Being a Massachusetts native, I presume you are a Boston Celtics fan, so who is your all-time favorite Celtic player?
“Everyone is a Larry Bird fan here in Massachusetts. I was unable to watch him (compete), but he is definitely at the top of my list (of all-time great Celtics). I would have to say my favorite Celtic was Paul Pierce. He was always the player I watched growing up and to see him lead the Celtics to a NBA championship in 2008 was very exciting. Even though I don’t have all the shots that he took, I try to take what I can from his game and apply it to my game as a small forward.”
Finally, what’s the best part about being a member of the Babson community, both as a student and student-athlete?
“It has to be the friendships I have made (over the past few years). Not just the friendships with my teammates, but various members of the campus’ community and other student-athletes, too. I have so many close friends here that I know I will stay in-touch with forever. The bonds we have established is one of the many things I love about this community.”
I think it is time to pump the breaks on Jaylen Brown.
Seriously, let’s stop antagonizing this individual and see what happens when he competes for the Boston Celtics this season.
Since being selected third overall in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Green and White, Brown has been insulted by die-hard Green Teamers that are desperate for Banner 18.
I am a Celtics fan. I was born and raised in Boston – well, technically born in Boston, but grew up outside the city – and understand the immediate need for championships. And since the New England Patriots began winning Super Bowls, the need for additional hardware and celebrations on Boylston Street have increased.
As of today – Sunday, June 26 – we don’t know what Brown can do for the Celtics or what the Celtics can do for Brown – no play on UPS there, I promise! – but until he steps on the court and sprints up and down the parquet, there is no need to barrage this young man.
Following an introductory press conference last week, Brown exhibited his frustration by telling members of the media he is ready to ‘rip someone’s head off.’
Will he rip someone’s head off? Doubt it, but make sure you wear Celtics gear when walking around or near the Boston Garden.
According to NBADraft.net, Brown’s play should be identical to Jimmy Butler, which should excite Celtics fans – how many times have we heard Butler’s name when it comes to trade talks? We won’t know if this comparison is true until we see him compete for the Green and White.
In addition to the comparison of Butler, Brown has been touted as a strong, physical down-low player, as well as someone that can go toe-to-toe with ‘the best players.’
Maybe Brad Stevens will tell him to guard LeBron James or Steph Curry next season?
We can go round and round about the selection of Brown or what he will or won’t do for this organization. Yet, until he competes – or plays one or two series – there is no need to antagonize the former Cal Bear forward.
Brown could become a cornerstone of this organization – maybe he’ll join the Celtics Mount Rushmore of Paul Pierce, Bill Russell and Larry Bird – but again, until we see him compete, let’s slow down the criticism and focus our attention on perhaps luring Kevin Durant to Boston.
Could you imagine the tandem of Durant and Brown? Could become the greatest tandem in the league’s history.