Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone – how is everyone doing?

From a quick glance outside the window, it appears as if the sun is shining, which is something positive to report, right?

Yes, it will be a bit cold today, so if you do wander out of your home, condo or apartment (or wherever you’re hunkering down these days), please bundle up and wear an extra hat.

And now, let’s get to some news (and links) to start your day!


Noontime’s Headlines for Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 


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On this Date in History 

  • 1973: Bobby Orr becomes the first player in NHL history to record 100 points in four-straight seasons.
  • 1990: Joe Sakic becomes the youngest player in NHL history to record 100 points when he scored a goal in a 3-2 loss to the Hartford Whalers.
  • 1994: The Chicago White Sox assigned former NBA (and Chicago Bulls) superstar Michael Jordan to their Class AA affiliate the Birmingham Barons.
  • 1997: Arizona beat Kentucky, 84-79 (OT), in the 59th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to secure the program’s first national title.
  • 2002: The University of Connecticut women’s basketball captured the 21st NCAA Championship – the Huskies beat Oklahoma, 82-70, and finished their season 39-0.
  • 2002: Andre Agassi won his 700th career match by beating Roger Federer in the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida.

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 30th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeSports 

It’s Monday – how was your weekend?

Hopefully, you were able to get outside on Saturday and found a good movie (or two) to watch yesterday while it rained.

Today, it appears to be a bit gloomy outside my window, but hopefully, a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ can brighten the day (and your spirit!).


Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, March 30th, 2020 


On this Date in History

  • 1975: Ron Lalonde becomes the first Washington Capital to record a hat trick.
  • 1991: Northern Michigan win its first NCAA hockey title. The Wildcats beat Boston University, 8-7, in triple-overtime.
  • 2001: Michael Phelps breaks the 200m butterfly world record at the US World Championship trials at Austin, Texas.

 

Daily Noontime: Friday, March 27th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

We have officially reached our favorite day of the week: Friday!

As usual, we hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and thinking optimistically. I know I may sound like a broken record, but we will get through this and come back stronger than ever – I believe it!

Let’s cap another crazy week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – again, be well, stay safe, and have a nice weekend, everyone.


Noontime’s Headlines for Friday, March 27th, 2020 

  • Yesterday was supposed to be the first day of the Major League Baseball season But due to no games being played by the coronavirus (COVID-19), NBC Sports did a simulation of the 2020 season on “MLB The Show 20” video game, which saw the Boston Red Sox finish their campaign with just 79 wins.
  • If there is no baseball this season due to the coronavirus, then Mookie Betts will be a free agent, not a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Additionally, the Sox would lose a few members of this year’s team, including Jackie Bradley Jr., Kevin Pillar, and Collin McHugh to free agency.
  • In honor of Opening Day – again, yesterday! – ESPN posted its power rankings, which found the Red Sox ranked 19th out of 30 teams. That is not good!
  • Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge seems to be staying busy during this unusual time, but also admitted in an interview with the Boston Herald that he doesn’t “feel really scared” about the coronavirus.
  • Besides answering who will play quarterback this season for the New England Patriots, the team seems to have additional question marks surrounding multiple positions on both sides of the ball.

On This Date in History

  • 1942: Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon and wins the heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1962: Jacques Plante ties the record for winning his sixth NHL Vezina trophy.
  • 1977: Chris Evert won her fourth and final WTA Tour Championship by a score of 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, against England’s Sue Baker. The tennis match was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • 1995: Forrest Gump was named the Best Picture at the 67th Academy Awards.
  • 1998: The Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks competed in front of 62,046 fans at the Georgia Dome, which was the largest crowd in NBA history. The Bulls won the game, by the way.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 26th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

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


On This Date in History

  • 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.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 19th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We’re back – well, the ‘Daily Noontime’ is back!

I apologize for the radio silence these past few days, but I am happy to report (and share) that I will be producing a ‘Daily Noontime’ every Monday through Friday going forward. And I truly appreciate the support for this daily post – hopefully I can put a smile on your face during these unusual times.

Let’s report on some sports, beginning with a recent tweet (and update) from Adam Schefter that both Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still finalizing their “contract language as of Wednesday night and those discussions will go into Thursday, per source.”

Could the deal fall through and Tom Brady head elsewhere? Would he want to return to the New England Patriots? I doubt it. I think this is a done deal, but for now, we’ll wait and hear about Brady’s new contract either later today or possibly tomorrow.

Speaking of the Patriots, the team will look a bit different this upcoming season as a slew of players have departed for other teams, including Duron Harmon, who was traded to the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, and Kyle Van Noy, who agreed to a four-year, $51 million deal with the Miami Dolphins earlier this week.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told Rachel Nichols on SportsCenter yesterday that he is not sure what the league’s schedule would be if games resumed in a few weeks or months – he is also not ready to announce (or share) if this season would be canceled. But Silver did note there is a potential to bring back the sport for fans craving live sports with some kind of charity competition.

Jeremy Swayman, who has been stopping pucks for the University of Maine both this season and the past few winters, has decided to skip his senior year and join the Boston Bruins.

On this date in history:

  • 1822: Boston is incorporated as a city.
  • 1918: Congress authorized Daylight Savings Times.
  • 1938: The Toronto Maple Leafs scored eight goals in five minutes.
  • 1966: Texas-Western beat Kentucky in the 28th NCAA Men’s Basketball championship.
  • 1971: The Philadelphia 76ers outscored the Cincinnati Royals, 90-8, in the first half.
  • 1975: Pennsylvania becomes the first state to allow girls to compete with boys in high school sports.

Finally, just a quick personal note (and thought): I know these are unusual times for everyone, but as usual, we will continue to be here, producing content on an array of sports, news, and whatever to provide everyone with something to take their minds off the coronavirus. Like I have said before, we will get through this together, but please be safe, be well, and think positive thoughts like I am (and my family is) during this time.