Daily Noontime: Friday, April 3rd, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We have made it to Friday – yay!

I hope you are somewhat excited for the weekend – sure, Saturdays feel like Mondays and Sundays feel like Wednesdays, but at least we can take a break from our home offices and enjoy time with our family, right?

Let’s kick off a new weekend with the ‘Daily Noontime.’ As usual, be well and stay safe, everyone, and we’ll chat with you again next week – I promise!


Noontime’s Daily Headlines for Friday, April 3rd, 2020 


On this Date in History:

  • Birthday: Today is actor and comedian Eddie Murphy‘s birthday.
  • 1991: Bo Jackson signed a one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox after the Kansas City Royals released the 28-year-old outfielder.
  • 2000: Ken Griffey Jr. made his debut with his hometown Cincinnati Reds. The game was unfortunately postponed to the following day due to rain in the sixth inning.
  • 2006: Billy Donovan led the Florida men’s basketball team to its first-ever NCAA Championship with a 73-57 win over UCLA.
  • 2007: Candace Parker was named the Most Outstanding Player after leading the Tennessee women’s basketball team past Rutgers in the 26th NCAA Championship. The win against Rutgers provided the Volunteers with their seventh national title in program history.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Thursday – it is also the second day of April, which is somewhat exciting, right?

Sadly, today will be an indoor day due to the rain, but we must ALL stay indoors as much as possible to continue to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Let’s brighten the day (and everyone’s mood) with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – have a wonderful day, everyone!


Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 


Noontime’s Latest Post: I wrote a column – well, more a commentary piece on whether the NFL should or should not press the pause button after the NFL Draft. I also shared some thoughts on video, too. 


On this Date in History 

  • 1931: Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year old girl, struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in an exhibition baseball contest at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
  • 1984: John Thompson leads Georgetown University to an 84-75 win over Houston in the NCAA Championship game. Thompson becomes the first African-American coach to win a collegiate championship.
  • 2001: New York Yankees pitcher (and former Boston Red Sox hurler, too) Roger Clemens becomes the American League, all-time strikeout leader, recording his 3,509th strikeout in a 7-3 win over the Kansas City Royals.

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: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

I hope you are ALL doing well, staying safe and of course, keeping a smile on your face – we will get through this time together, I promise.

Let’s kick off the day with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – again, remember to smile and think positively, friends.


Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 

  • As mentioned yesterday in our midday ‘Daily Noontime,’ Tom Brady was officially introduced as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via a phone conference, not an in-person press conference due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). And shortly after Brady was introduced as the newest member of the Buccaneers, the team produced a video on their YouTube channel that broke down/provided some insight on the greatest quarterback (ever!).
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians told members of the media in yesterday’s phone call – well, the team’s phone conference with the press, to be exact – that he never thought Brady would leave the New England Patriots.

    “We had him ranked No. 1,” Arians said in yesterday’s call with the media. “If it happened, we would make a concerted effort and we did.”

  • With a slew of key members of the 20019 Patriots team gone to free agency, the organization is expected to receive four compensatory draft picks in 2021, which is good news, right?
  • According to the Boston Globe, ushers at the TD Garden have been laid off, due to the coronavirus. These part-time employees received a letter about the layoffs, as noted in the USA Today, and could be eligible for unemployment benefits.

    This is awful news to hear (and learn about), so we hope things do work out for these men and women during these unusual, but very tough times.

  • Finally, the NFL Network has been “forced to temporarily pull its live programing” due to an order by California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has ordered the state’s residents to stay home due to the coronavirus. Like us here in Massachusetts, California is allowing those that work jobs that are deemed essential to continue working, while others are asked to work from home.

On This Date in History

  • 1947: Holy Cross men’s basketball won the ninth NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – the Crusaders beat Oklahoma, 58-47, to secure the program’s first victory in the title game.
  • 1971: The Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots.
  • 1972: Bobby Hull becomes the second NHL skaters to score 600 goals.
  • 1972: UCLA captured the 34th NCAAMen’s Basketball Championship with an 81-76 win over Florida. The victory provided the Bruins with their sixth-straight title, while Bill Walton was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
  • 1982: Wayne Gretzky becomes the first NHL skaters to score 200 points in a season.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We’re coming to you a bit later than normal – yes, we know it is almost 2 p.m. (eastern time), but we do have some news to share. And it begins with the Summer Olympics, which have been postponed.

  • The games will be postponed but will be played no later than the summer of 2021. And the reason, of course, is due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Tom Brady was introduced today as a new member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – the former New England Patriots signal-caller was peppered with questions during an introductory conference call. If you missed it, the Bucs did upload the press conference to their YouTube channel.
  • Yesterday, we unveiled another All-Decade team, highlighting a slew of Massachusetts D-III football players that competed in the Bay State from 2010 to 2019.
  • Earlier today, we unveiled our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) postseason honors for both men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

We’ll be back tomorrow with a longer ‘Daily Noontime,’ but continue to be well and stay safe, friends!