On This Date In History: Friday, April 17th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Friday – we made it!

Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful start to their morning (or afternoon or whenever you will be reading this) and looking forward to some snow in the forecast. Yes, snow will be arriving overnight here in Massachusetts, but luckily warmer weather will follow, which means better days are ahead, right?

In the meantime, take a work break or a reading break to enjoy a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ from your friends at NoontimeSports.com.


On This Date in History: April 17th, 2020 

1947: Jackie Robinson recorded his first major league hit with a bunt going toward third base. Robinson started the game at first base and batted second in the lineup for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Brooklyn won the game by defeating the Boston Braves, 12-6.

1951: Mickey Mantle made his major league debut with the New York Yankees and finished his team’s initial contest of the 1951 season with one RBI, one hit, and one run. New York won its opening day clash against the Boston Red Sox by a score of 5-0 and would go onto win the World Series months later against the New York Giants.

1972: Olavi Suomalainen won the 76th running of the Boston Marathon by finishing the 26.2-mile course in 2:15:39. Victor Manuel Mora finished second with a time of 2:15:57 while Jacinto Sabinal placed third with a time of 2:16:10.

Nina Kuscsik won the women’s race with a time of 3:10:26 while Elaine Pedersen finished second (3:20:25) and Kathrine Switzer placed third (3:29:51).

1987: Julius Erving, who was commonly known as Dr. J to many basketball fans, joined a pair of NBA greats (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419)) by reaching 30,000 points in a 115-111 setback to the Indiana Pacers. Erving, who netted 38 points in the setback to the Pacers on 17 of 31 shooting, would conclude his career with 30,026 points.

Erving spent his entire NBA career competing for the Philadelphia 76ers but did begin competing professionally in the ABA with the Virginia Squires and New York Nets.

1999: With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Tim Couch, a quarterback that competed for Kentucky.

The Philadelphia Eagles, which had the second pick, selected Donovan McNabb from Syracuse while the Cincinnati Bengals selected Akili Smith, who played quarterback for Oregon. 

The New England Patriots selected center Damien Woody, who played locally at Boston College with the 17th pick.

On This Date In History: Sunday, April 5th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Sunday, everyone!

As usual, we hope EVERYONE is doing well and staying safe – we will overcome this unusual time.

And as mentioned yesterday, we are starting a new daily post – On This Date in History – so let’s highlight some exciting (and amazing) sports memories that occurred on April 5th.


On This Date in History: April 5th

  • 1967: Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds in a postseason contest against the Boston Celtics.
  • 1973: The NFL announces a jersey-number system that assigns certain ranges of numbers to each player position from which they can choose.
  • 1984: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain’s all-time career scoring record.
  • 1990: John Stockton reaches 1,000 assists for the third consecutive season.
  • 1998: The Arizona Diamondbacks win their first-ever win in franchise history with a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The win over the Giants snapped a five-game losing streak – it was the worst start for any expansion team in MLB history.
  • 2005: The Washington Nationals lose their inaugural season-opener to the Philadelphia Phillies. The contest marked the first time a professional baseball team competed (and represented) the nation’s capitals since the Washington Senators departed the area following the 1971 season.
  • 2014: Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire earned his 1,000th career win when his team beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-3.
  • 2016: Breanna Stewart led the Connecticut women’s basketball team to an NCAA Championship win over Syracuse by netting 24 points.
  • 2019: Oklahoma City‘s Russell Westbrook‘s becomes the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for three-straight years after leading the Thunder to a 123-110 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Flaherty: BC Eagles Have Pieces In Place For A Successful 2018 Campaign

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Steve Addazio has some key pieces in place to make an exciting run this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

By Dan Flaherty (@TheSportsNotebo)

Boston College has been as predictable a college football program as any in the country, at least since Steve Addazio became head coach back in 2013.

In Addazio’s five seasons, he’s finished 7-6 four different times, including the last two years. That’s what made the Over/Under win totals released in Las Vegas earlier this month so interesting—BC was listed at 5.5.

Furthermore, this doubt comes in a year when Addazio returns 14 starters. He brings back his entire offensive line. He brings back A.J. Dillon, a sophomore running back who rushed for nearly 1,600 yards last year. He brings a quarterback in Anthony Brown who got valuable experience last year as a freshman.

Defensively, the Eagles can build around defensive end Zach Allen, a disruptor that has the NFL in his future.

The doubt on Boston College also comes at a time when the opportunity to move up the ladder in the ACC’s Atlantic Division is there for the taking. While Clemson is firmly entrenched at the top, the Florida State program is in flux after the departure of coach Jimbo Fisher and Louisville’s rise under Bobby Petrino seems to have crested. Boston College beat both FSU and Louisville last season.

But the Eagles lost decisively to Wake Forest and N.C. State – both teams are divisional rivals. They are each more highly regarded on the Vegas Strip at the moment.

Addazio’s program is a throwback, built on physical football and tough defense that works to overcome mediocre play (at best) from the quarterback position. Brown’s numbers last year—52% completion percentage, 5.3 yards-per-attempt and 11 touchdowns versus nine interceptions—look straight out of the 1970s.

In an era where everything is seen to be about the quarterback, BC is not going to have believers as long as this current trend continues. Nor is there any reason to expect a change of course this season.

While it’s reasonable to expect improvement from Brown, I don’t think there will be too many comparisons to Matt Ryan floating around the Heights. And on the positive side, there is every reason to think Boston College can take what it usually does well under Addazio and simply do it better.

Dillon is one of the best halfbacks in college football. His most impressive number isn’t the yardage totals—you can attribute at least some of that to the workload he gets in this offense. The most impressive number is his 5.3 yards-per-rush. That’s good under any circumstances, and especially when opposing defenses know you’re getting the ball.

Dillon, with that veteran offensive line in front of him, molded by the hard-nosed Addazio, can make a run at ACC Player of the Year. If he breaks 2,000 yards, an invite to the Heisman banquet in early December could be in the offing.

How far Dillon can carry the Eagles will be apparent by mid-October. After tuneup games with Massachusetts and Holy Cross, Boston College faces two road games that will provide a good early gauge on where they’re at. They go to Wake Forest on a Thursday night and then visit Purdue, a Big Ten Conference team on the rise, the following Saturday.

After a game with Temple to close September, BC has a road game at N.C. State and a home date with Louisville. By this point in the schedule, the Eagles need to be 5-2. They’ll go into a bye week and on the far side of that bye are four games in four weeks—against Miami, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida State. The Eagles have to hope they can steal one win during this stretch and then close the season at home by beating Syracuse. That gets them to seven wins again.

I’m one who likes old-fashioned football and I really hope Addazio can do it. The schedule is difficult and in a different environment, the head coach might be in real trouble. But in a market where media hype and fan intensity hones in on pro sports, the BC boss can keep people happy if he just keeps winning seven games each season, while  providing a little Saturday afternoon diversion.

As long as the benchmark stays that reasonable, I think he’ll continue to do it in 2018.

Dan Flaherty is the owner of TheSportsNotebook.com and the author of Great 1980s Sports MomentsStay connected with Dan on Twitter at @TheSportsNotebo 

Mass. College Lax: NCAA Championship Weekend Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The final weekend of the college lacrosse season is upon us.

Two local squads – Amherst College (women’s lacrosse) and Tufts University (men’s lacrosse) – along with a handful of Division I, II and III teams will be competing for national championships over the next few days. Below this weekend’s schedule, which does include non-Massachusetts teams, too.

Men’s Division I Schedule (Games on ESPN2, both Saturday & Monday):

* Denver vs. Duke, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Maryland vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Denver/Duke vs. Maryland/Notre Dame, 1 p.m. (Championship), Monday, May 26

Men’s Division II Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* LIU Post vs. Limestome, 4 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  

Men’s Division III Schedule (Watch on NCAA.com):

* Tufts vs. Salisbury, 1 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Women’s Division I Schedule (Watch on ESPN3 & ESPNU):

* Virginia vs. Syracuse, 5 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Northwestern vs. Maryland, 7:30 p.m. (Semifinal) Friday, May 23

* Virginia/Syracuse vs. Northwestern/Maryland, 8:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25  (Game will be on ESPNU)

Women’s Division III Schedule:

* Trinity (Conn.) vs. SUNY Cortland, 1 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Amherst vs. Salisbury, 4 p.m. (Semifinal) Saturday, May 24

* Trinity/SUNY Cortland vs. Amherst/Salisbury, 2:30 p.m. (Championship) Sunday, May 25

Quick Note: The Division II Women’s Lacrosse Championship was decided last weekend as Adelpi capped a perfect season by defeating Lock Haven, 7-5. Adelphi concluded the regular season 21-0.   

Mass. College Lax: Wednesday Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

There were a slew of college lacrosse games that occurred this afternoon and below are their outcomes.

Men’s Lacrosse: 

* Wheaton 9, Curry 2

* Emerson 15, Thomas 12

* Salve Regina 11, Mount Ida 4

* Regis vs. Rivier – Postponed

* Becker vs. Wentworth – Postponed

Women’s Lacrosse:

* Syracuse 11, Boston College 9

* Fairfield 8, Holy Cross 1

* UMass 11, Boston University 8

* Regis vs. Rivier – Postponed