It’s Wednesday, which means we are inching closer to a brand new weekend – hooray!
Sure, weekends these days are a bit different, but they still are fun (in our opinion!).
As usual, have a wonderful day, be well, stay safe, and keep smiling, everyone!
On This Date in History: April 15th, 2020
1947:Jackie Robinson made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the second African African to play in the major leagues since catcher Moses Fleetwood Walker suited up for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association in 1884. Robinson inked his name on a contract with the Dodgers five days earlier (April 10th), ending his time with the Montreal Royals.
1991:Earvin “Magic” Johnson notched his 9,898th assist, passing Oscar Robertson on the NBA all-time assists leaderboard to become number one. The sellout crowd of 17,505 gave Johnson a standing ovation after he broke the record.
A ceremony was held on this date – April 15, 1997 – prior to the start of the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets game at Shea Stadium. Selig announced that Robinson’s number would be “permanently” retired and that all players wearing No. 42 at the time would be allowed to continue to use the number.
2019: Cale Makar, who won the Hobey Baker and was named the Hockey East Player of the Year with UMass, recorded his first career NHL goal with the Colorado Avalanche during his debut one day after signing his name to a three-year, entry-level contract. The goal occurred during Colorado’s third postseason game against the Calgary Flames.
It is BRUTAL outside today, so make sure to bring an extra hat and gloves when you go out for a second (or third) cup of coffee. Luckily, this cold weather won’t last long as Boston’s mild-winter returns Sunday with temperatures falling just a tad bit short of 50 degrees.
Have a wonderful weekend – make sure to do something special today for Valentine’s Day and remember to smile, laugh, and eat some chocolate!
The Boston Bruins will look to continue their impressive play from a few nights ago when they host the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow for a 1 p.m. face-off. They will then head to Manhattan on Sunday to face the New York Rangers for a 3:30 p.m. puck drop.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
Kemba Walker said that Jayson Tatum was the ‘best’ player on the court last night against Los Angeles. (ESPN.com)
Jayson Tatum could be the player that leads the Celtics to their 18th championship this spring (and summer!). (For The Win)
Alex Verdugo, who came over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mookie Betts deal, could miss the start of the Boston Red Sox season. (Boston Globe)
Kevin Pillar and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year deal, which is good news for the team’s outfield. (ESPN.com)
Which Major League Baseball (MLB) team had the worst offseason? Perhaps the Red Sox? (CBS Sports)
Here are the movies and television shows that will be filmed in Massachusetts this year. (Boston.com)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a song that is playing on our Spotify playlist today!
From a quick look outside the window, you look gray, overcast, rainy, and gross, but that is OK because tomorrow is Friday (and Valentine’s Day), so that will keep our spirits high!
Let’s make sure to have a great day by dishing out a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – as usual, make sure to smile, laugh, and have an extra cup of coffee!
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
The Boston Bruins returned to the win column last night with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. David Pastrnak lit the lamp three times last night while Patrice Bergeron finished with one goal. Boston will host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, February 15th with puck drop scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Boston Celtics close out the first half of their season this evening when they host the Los Angeles Clippers at 8 p.m. Boston is currently third in the Eastern Conference while the Clippers are in the same position in the Western Conference.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
David Pastrnak recorded his fourth hat trick of the season last night in his team’s three-goal win over Montreal. (NESN.com)
Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, hopes Mookie Betts will fall in love with his new city. (ESPN.com)
The ‘myth behind Boston’s Mookie Betts trade.’ (The Ringer)
A local Boston sports columnist believes the Celtics could make the NBA Finals this spring (and early summer!). (Boston.com)
Tom Brady could fit in quite well with any California team, along with the Las Vegas Raiders, too. (The Athletic)
Nick Caserio, who is the New England Patriots’ director of player personnel, has agreed to a contract extension. (ProFootballTalk.com)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: It’s ‘Throwback Thursday,’ which means its time for a fun video that will inspire you to do great things today, tomorrow, and the next day, too.
We’re two days away from the weekend – we are also two days away from celebrating love (Valentine’s Day), so make sure to pick up some chocolate and flowers for someone special either today or tomorrow.
The sun has officially returned to Boston (and the surrounding neighborhoods), so get outside today and soak in some Vitamin D!
Have a great day, everyone, and remember to smile, laugh, and eat something yummy today!
The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening – the Black and Gold will host the Montreal Canadiens with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Boston is looking to erase memories of a 3-1 setback a few days ago against the Detroit Red Wings.