Daily Noontime: Friday, July 31, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Welcome to the final day of July – it has been a strange month, but the good news is tomorrow is August, and that means we are technically another day closer to some football, right?

Let’s end the month of July on a good note, so here is today’s Daily Noontime for Friday, July 31, 2020.

As usual, be well, stay safe, and have a great weekend, everyone!


Noontime’s Headlines for Friday, July 31, 2020 

  • The Boston Red Sox won their second-straight contest last night to bump their overall record to 3-4.

    Christian Vázquez powered the Sox to their third victory of the season last night against the New York Mets by finishing the Thursday evening affair with two runs, two hits, and three RBI.

  • Tonight, the Boston Red Sox will remain in the Empire State to take on the New York Yankees who currently lead the American League East with a 4-1 record.
  • Do you miss Mookie Betts? I know some Red Sox fans do, so here is a must-read from Michael Holley of NBC Sports Boston on why the eventual Hall of Famer left the area to compete for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) resumed its season last night. Here is what happened in case you did not tune in!
  • Let’s switch gears to college football where Greg Sankey, who is the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), shares some thoughts on why his league will only play conference games this fall.
  • And finally – I am sure you know this – but Tom Brady will be joined in the backfield this fall by LeSean McCoy, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This offense should be fun to watch.

Gov. Baker Paves The Way For Pro Sports To Return To Massachusetts

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker provided a glimmer of hope for live sports to return in the coming weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker clearly misses sports – we all know he is a proud supporter of our state’s hometown teams.

So on Friday, Baker announced that the state’s professional teams would be allowed to begin practicing as soon as Saturday, June 6. That is also the same date Massachusetts residents should learn more about the second phase of the state’s reopening plan, which would begin Monday, June 8.

“I know we still aren’t to the point where we’ll have our pro sports teams back playing anything yet,” Baker said during Friday’s press briefing. “The leagues are obviously working hard to host games again. And I think we all hope that at some point, opening practice facilities will help make that happen a little sooner.”

Professional sports have been idle since mid-March when the National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL) paused their respective seasons due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Since then, both leagues have been working diligently to find a way to restart their seasons safely in “hub cities.”

Major League Baseball (MLB) delayed the start of its 2020 season but continues to be stuck in neutral due to ongoing contract discussions between the players and owners.

Both Major League Soccer (MLS) and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have announced plans to return to the pitch in the coming weeks, which should excited local New England Revolution fans.

Baker believes live sports would certainly help all of us during this unprecedented time. Additionally, it would be a great outlet for many, who have been consuming older contests these past few weeks, including a 2007 playoff run by the Boston Red Sox on NESN.

“I think for all of us live sports, and especially pro sports would be a great thing to see again because not only will it be a significant milestone for those of us who are fans but it will also send a big signal that we’ve continued to do all the things that we need to do to contain and control the virus,” said Baker.

COVID-19 Cancels March Madness, NCAA Winter & Spring Championships

By Matt Noonan 

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the NCAA has decided to cancel both its winter and spring championships for all three divisions, including March Madness, which was supposed to occur next week without fans in the stands.

The announcement of the cancelations was made this afternoon through a statement, which was seen both on the NCAA website and social media. The statement from the NCAA was the following:

Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.

Shortly after the cancelations were announced, D3Hoops.com confirmed both D-III tournaments were canceled, including contests that were scheduled to take place this weekend at Amherst CollegeBowdoin College, and Tufts University.

As noted in the report on D3Hoops.com this afternoon, the Tufts men’s basketball team learned of the news on a bus ride to Brockport, New York. The Jumbos were scheduled to tip-off on Saturday, March 14th against the College of Brockport in the third round of the NCAA D-III Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Prior to the NCAA announcement, multiple professional leagues began suspending its current season, including Major League Soccer (MLS), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the National Hockey League (NHL). Additionally, both Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League Baseball (MLB) announced they would be delaying the start of their respective seasons for two weeks.

Finally, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) announced they were canceling both its basketball and hockey championships this weekend.

Daily Noontime: Monday, January 27th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Monday, everyone – hope you had a great weekend!

This past weekend ended with a disappointing note with the news of Kobe Bryant‘s passing. We have some links (below) on Kobe, who was a five-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion, an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA team, and the 2008 Most Valuable Player.

Additionally, Bryant was tabbed the NBA Finals MVP in 2009 when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic and in 2010 when the Purple and Gold outlasted our beloved Boston Celtics.

Switching gears – just for a quick second! – it will be somewhat mild today in Boston, both in and outside the city with temperatures in the high 40s. However, it will be mostly cloudy today, but the warmer weather makes up for it, though!

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile and laugh!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Celtics saw their three-game winning streak snapped last night as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Green and White by a score of 123-108Kemba Walker led the way with a game-high 35 points, Gordon Hayward netted 23 points and Jaylen Brown chipped in 20 points.
  • Boston is off this evening but will cap their three-game road trip tomorrow with a visit to the Miami Heat, who currently resides in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-14 record. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
  • The Boston Bruins will begin the second half of their season on Friday, January 31st when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at 8 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)


Video of the Day: On January 22nd, 2006, Kobe Bryant made headlines by netting 81 points as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 122-104. 

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Noontime’s Take: There’s Nothing Like A Game Seven In Boston

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

Game seven. The two best words in sports.

In a few hours, we will be treated to a seventh game of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Stanley Cup Finals when the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues collide on Causeway Street.

Are you excited?

It feels like its been years since the Bruins last skated in a seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals, but it actually occurred eight years ago when the Bruins clinched the series with a convincing 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks.

The four-goal win over the Canucks is the Bruins’ lone game seven victory in franchise history. The Blues have never skated in a game seven, so the arrow should favor the Bruins, not the team from St. Louis, once the puck is dropped.

Game seven is not new to the Boston Celtics, who have won this particular contest seven times in franchise history, including the final game of the 1984 National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Final, which happened to occur on the same date as this evening’s series finale. Boston defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 111-102, to clinch the series – it was the last time a professional team in this city captured their league’s respective crown in the Bay State.

The Boston Red Sox have also competed in the seventh game of the World Series, but haven’t been as successful as the Bruins and Celtics. Since 1986, the Red Sox are 1-5 in the seventh game of a World Series, including 1912 when they lost to the New York Giants before clinching the championship one day later in the eighth game. Yes, some World Series needed eight games to decide a winner.

Boston’s lone seventh game win in a World Series occurred in 1903 when they were called the Boston Americans. They beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-3, before clinching the franchise’s initial championship one day later with a 3-0 victory.

Excluding 1903 and 1912, game seven has not been kind to the hometown ballclub as they lost the series in 1946, 1967, 1975, and 1986. Two of those series happened to be against the St. Louis Cardinals. But luckily, those series are in the past as Boston has beaten the Cardinals twice in the current century.

The New England Patriots have never experienced as a seventh game because the National Football League (NFL) is all about one-game playoff series, not three, five or seven. But if the Patriots played a seven-game series, I would pick New England to win.

Game seven is often a contest many sports fans remember. And I bet there will be some amazing moments (and memories) this evening between the Bruins and Blues that will be discussed for years to come.

I am excited – why not have a seventh game to decide this particular series? – but also nervous at the same time. I believe the Bruins can win this evening but also think the Blues could steal this one.

Boston has won six Stanley Cups. St. Louis has never won a Stanley Cup, so winning the series against the Bruins, who beat them in 1970, would certainly be satisfying for those decked out in Blue and Gold this evening.

We want the cup, we want a game seven victory, so here’s to hoping game seven will result in another win for a Boston winter team, which is accustomed to celebrating a championship once this contest concludes.


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