As usual, we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe – we know better days are ahead, of course.
Let’s kick-off a brand new day – well, more your mid-to-late morning (or afternoon) – with a new historical post.
On This Date in History: April 16th, 2020
1987: Michael Jordan netted 61 points in a 117-114 setback to the Atlanta Hawks and became the first player in 24 seasons to score 3,000 points in a single-season since Wilt Chamberlain accomplished the feat.
1992: The New York Rangers concluded their 1991-92 regular season campaign with 50 wins, thanks to a commanding 7-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers would advance to the 1992 postseason, winning just one round – their opening series against the New Jersey Devils – before falling to the Penguins in six games in the semifinals.
The 50 wins translated into 105 points, which was the most recorded by any team in both the Patrick Division and Wales Conference.
1997: The Chicago Cubs lost their 12th consecutive contest, falling to the Colorado Rockies at home by a score of 4-0. Chicago would not register a win until Sunday, April 20th when they beat the New York Mets in the second game of a double-header. Chicago would conclude its 1997 campaign with a 68-94 record.
2018: Yuki Kawauchi won the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon with a time of 2:15.58 while Desiree Linden finished first in the women’s race with a time of 2:39.54.
2019: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson becomes the highest-paid signal-caller, inking his name on a $140 million, four-year extension. The new deal, which runs through the 2023 season, includes a $65 million signing bonus, along with a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money.
It’s Thursday, which means we are one day closer to a brand new weekend!
Yes, Saturdays feel like Mondays and Sundays feel like Wednesdays, but hopefully, the thought of some extra sleep and time with the family brings a smile to your face!
But what also brings a smile to our face is ‘On This Date in History’ – we have a brand new one (below), so enjoy this trip down memory lane.
On This Date in History: Thursday, April 9th, 2020
1939: The Toronto Maple Leafs won the 1932 NHL Stanley Cup by beating the New York Rangers in the third and final game of the series by a score of 6-4.
The 1932 Stanley Cup Finals was a best of five-game series – the third (and final) contest took place in Toronto after the second game was shifted from New York to Boston due to a scheduling conflict with Madison Square Garden on April 7, 1932.
1947: Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher was suspended for “conduct detrimental to baseball,” just six days before Opening Day. Additionally, Brooklyn’s Chuck Dressen was suspended 30 days while the Dodgers were fined $2,000.
1959: The Boston Celtics won their third NBA Championship by sweeping the Minneapolis Lakers on the road.
Bill Sharman paced the Celtics with 29 points while Bill Russell recorded a double-double of 15 points and 30 rebounds. Boston would win the NBA championship the following year against the St. Louis Hawks.
1989: Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Famer Ricky Henderson stole his 800th career base in a 4-3 setback to the Cleveland Indians. Henderson, who played for both the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics during the 1989 season, concluded his career with 1,406 stolen bases. He set the record for most stolen bases in a single-season with 130 in 1982.
1993: The Colorado Rockies win their first game in franchise history by defeating the Montreal Expos, 11-4. The win snapped a two-game losing streak – Montreal blanked Colorado on Opening Day by a score of 3-6 before the Rockies registered their initial run in franchise two days later in a 6-1 setback.
Colorado concluded its first season sixth in the National League West with an overall record of 67-95.
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.
Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful morning (and end to their long weekend), and ready for a great week.
It is time to kick-off a brand new week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’
As usual, have a wonderful day, smile, laugh, and eat a cookie – you deserve it!
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
The Boston Bruins scored their third-straight win yesterday, beating the New York Rangers, 3-1. Patrice Bergeron, Charlie Coyle, and Charlie McAvoy each lit the lamp and will be counted on Wednesday, February 19th when the Black and Gold visit the Edmonton Oilers for an 8:30 p.m. puck drop.
The Boston Celtics are off until Friday, February 21st when they begin the second half of their season in Minnesota to face the Timberwolves.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
The NHL Trade Deadline is quickly approaching, which means the Bruins may want to acquire an additional piece or two for a Cup run. (WEEI.com)
Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum represented the Celtics last night in the NBA All-Star Game. (NESN.com)
What if Xander Bogaerts convinced Mookie Betts to come back to Boston next season? It could happen, right? (MassLive.com)
John Henry and Sam Kennedy finally explained why they traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers. (Boston Globe)
Kevin Pillar may not be Mookie Betts, but he certainly will be a nice addition to the Boston Red Sox outfield this season. (Boston.com)
The Las Vegas Raiders seem to be VERY interested in signing Tom Brady to a two-year deal. (247Sports.com)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: It’s ‘Music Monday’ so let’s dance to an 80’s version of “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.
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!