On This Date In History: Monday, April 13th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Monday, everyone, as well as the second day of a brand new week – yippee!

It is a VERY rainy day today here in Boston, so please make sure to stay inside, play a game (if you can) and do some reading. And also, start your day with a walk down memory lane with a brand new ‘On This Date in History.’

Be well, stay safe, and remember to smile, everyone!


On This Date in History: Monday, April 13th, 2020

  • 1957: The Boston Celtics won their first-ever NBA Championship by beating the St. Louis Hawks, 125-123, in double-overtime.

    The win occurred during the seventh and final game of the series, which took place in Boston.

    Tom Heinsohn concluded the game with a double-double of 37 points and 23 rebounds while Bill Russell added 19 points and 32 caroms.

  • 1986: The Boston Celtics won their regular-season finale against the New Jersey Nets by a score of 135-107.

    Larry Bird led the Green and White with 26 points on 9 of 14 shooting while Kevin McHale contributed 24 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal.

    Boston would go onto win the 1986 NBAChampionship weeks later against the Houston Rockets.

  • 1997: The Hartford Whalers played their final game against the Tampa Bay Lightning before becoming the Carolina Hurricanes the following season. Hartford beat Tampa Bay, 2-1, in their final contest, thanks to goals from Glen Wesley and Kevin Dineen.
  • 1997: Tiger Woods won his first major championship on the final day of the 61st Masters Tournament by defeating runner-up Tom Kite by twelve strokes.

  • 2004: Barry Bonds hit his 661st career home run – the long ball occurred off a pitch from Ben Ford of the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • 2019: The Boston Bruins evened their opening-round postseason series with the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 4-1. Boston, as most fans know, would go onto win the series ten days later before advancing to the Stanley Cup weeks later.

On This Date In History: Monday, April 6th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe, of course. We are excited to produce a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ – are you ready for a trip back in time?

Just a QUICK program note: We will be pressing the pause button on the ‘Daily Noontime’ and focusing on producing ‘On This Date in History.’ The ‘Daily Noontime’ will return – do not worry – but for now, we will be focusing on producing a daily sports history post, which has been a LOT of fun! 

As always, be well, stay safe, and have a wonderful Monday, everyone!


On This Date in History: April 6th, 2020

  • 1896: The first modern Olympic Games are held in Athens, Greece. They were called the Games of the I Olympiad, which were held in front of 60,000 spectators. James Connolly (USA) placed first in the triple jump.
  • 1958: Arnold Palmer wins his first of four Masters by finishing with a score of 284 (70-73-68-73).
  • 1973: Ron Blomberg becomes the first major leaguer to play a game as a designated hitter. Blomberg, who played for the New York Yankees, drew a walk in his first at-bat as the DH against Boston Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant.
  • 1973: The Pittsburgh Pirates retired Roberto Clemente‘s uniform number (No. 21).
  • 1992: The Baltimore Orioles won their first game at Camden Yards (now Oriole Park at Camden Yards) by defeating the Cleveland Indians, 2-0.
  • 1993: The Florida Marlins sustained their initial setback in franchise history with a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The setback occurred one day after the team won their first-ever game in franchise history on Monday, April 5th, 1993.
  • 2004: Diana Taurasi earned her second consecutive Most Outstanding Player honor after guiding Connecticut to the 23rd NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with a 70-61 win over Tennessee.
  • 2019: The Tampa Bay Lightning becomes the fourth team in NHL history to record 62 wins in a single-season. The Lightning match the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings squad, which finished their regular season campaign with 62 wins and 128 points.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone. I hope you are ALL doing well and ready for another great day – I know I am!

It may not totally feel like spring (or summer) like it did yesterday, but I am confident the weather this morning and early afternoon will put a smile on your face. And you know what will also make you smile (and feel happy) is a brand new Daily Noontime, so let’s get started.

The TD Garden will be the go-to site for some great local high school basketball this afternoon and evening – here is today’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) schedule:

  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Matignon vs. Cathedral, 2 p.m. 
  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Snowden vs. Abington, 3:45 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Andover vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 5:30 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Lynn English vs. Mansfield, 7:15 p.m. 

As of this morning, it appears as if fans will be allowed to attend these four games, but if anything changes due to COVID-19, we will let you know! Fans can also stream all four contests through NFHSNetwork.com.

The Boston Bruins will return to the ice this evening when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for a 7 p.m. face-off. Boston is looking to return to the win column after losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend.

Following their trip to Philadelphia, Boston will head to upstate New York for a Friday evening affair with the Buffalo Sabres before returning home on Saturday, March 14th for a 7 p.m. face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for three wins this week!

The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening, kicking off a three-game set in four days with a visit to the Indiana Pacers with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Boston is looking to return to the win column after being edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Following their visit to Indiana, the Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday followed by a home date Friday, March 13th against the Washington Wizards.

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the New England region, as well as the country, the NBANHL, and MLB are preparing for the possibility of playing games without fans.

Speaking of games without fans, according to D3Hoops.com, Amherst College, which will be the host site of this week’s NCAA D-III Women’s Basketball Sectional semifinals and finals, will not allow supporters of the four teams in their gym after denying access last weekend for three games, including the Mammoths’ initial postseason contest against Framingham State University.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the Norwich University women’s ice hockey team will play its first NCAA Tournament game against Amherst on Wednesday, March 11th without any fans due to concerns of the coronavirus. And this may not be the first postseason college hockey game to not include fans.

Finally, we’re inching closer to learning where Tom Brady will play this season – will it be with the New England Patriots or somewhere else? Amy Trask of The Athletic thinks there are plenty of teams that would love to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 9th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday – where did this past weekend go?

The good news about today is the weather: it is going to be gorgeous, so make sure to get outside and enjoy the sun.

Let’s kick-start a new week – well, a new work week, to be exact! – with a brand new Daily Noontime. Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile, too.

The Boston Celtics did not play their best basketball on Sunday as the Green and White were edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-104, at the TD GardenGordon Hayward led the Celtics with 24 points while Jayson Tatum added 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Marcus Smart recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston will attempt to return to the win column tomorrow – that would be Tuesday, March 10th, to be exact – when they visit the Indiana Pacers for a 7 p.m. tip-off.

As of this morning, the Celtics remain locked in the third position in the Eastern Conference but need to find their groove down the stretch in order to catch the Toronto Raptors for the second spot in the upcoming NBA playoffs.

Hayward told reporters after his team’s loss to the Thunder that the Celtics were not going to blame the setback on Kemba Walker, who turned the ball over with 8.5 seconds remaining. Instead, Hayward told reporters that the Celtics “lost this game together.”

After a successful road trip down south, the Boston Bruins fell apart at home on Saturday, losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-3. Tuukka Rask denied 20 of 24 shots in the setback while Charlie McAvoy tallied one goal and one assist.

Boston will visit the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Boston Red Sox will play another spring training game this afternoon against the Atlanta Braves with the first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Boston edged the Minnesota Twins on Sunday by a score of 7-6 after splitting two games on Saturday with the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays.

And just in case you were wondering, we’re roughly two weeks away from the start of a brand new season, which seems crazy, right?

According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, Harvard University‘s Seth Towns will compete for another team next season as a grad student – he is considering multiple programs, including KansasVirginia, and Syracuse. Towns has not appeared on the court this winter due to an injury – he also missed last season, too, but was named to the Lou Henson Award watch list, though.

The Holy Cross women’s basketball team will host Lafayette College this evening in the Patriot League quarterfinals. The winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinals. Holy Cross has won three-straight contests, including its final game of the 2019-20 regular season.

Yale University secured the top seed in this weekend’s Ivy League men’s basketball tournament while Princeton University is the number one seed in the women’s tournament.

The Ivy League tournaments will begin on Friday, March 13th and conclude Sunday, March 15th.

Daily Noontime: Friday, March 6th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

It’s Friday – hooray!

I hope you are excited about the weekend as I am – I know it will be a great one.

Tomorrow will be chilly, but then the mild-winter/early spring weather returns on Sunday and then Monday will feel like a beach day (wahoo!).

Let’s kick-off the final day of the workweek with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’

The Boston Bruins squeaked out a 2-1 win last night over the Florida Panthers – they needed a second-period goal to eventually force overtime. Torey Krug netted the game-winner while finishing with one goal and one assist. Patrice Bergeron tied the game in the second period.

With the win, the Bruins earned an additional two points and are now in complete command of the Atlantic Division. They have won 43 games and will look to continue their momentum tomorrow evening when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

Following their one-goal victory last night over the Panthers, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy made a funny joke about Krug. Apparently, he referred to the defensemen as “hammer hands there.” That is pretty funny, right?

Crew Ainge and the Babson College men’s basketball team are back in the NCAA D-III Tournament this afternoon – the Beavers will tip-off against Ithaca College at 5 p.m.

Ainge is the son of Boston Celtics president of basketball operations – that would be Danny Ainge – and has certainly enjoyed competing for the Beavers this winter.

Speaking of the Celtics, they will be at home this evening against the Utah Jazz. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

According to former Celtics forward (and center) Kendrick Perkins, he believes Boston’s best chance to contend for a title (and be a real threat in the Eastern Conference) is by locking-up the second seed. “If Boston gets the second seed, they’re going to the Eastern Conference Finals and they’re going to the (NBA) Finals,” Perkins said, via Nick Friar of WEEI.com.

As of this morning, the Celtics trail the Toronto Raptors by one-and-a-half games for the second spot. But I think Perkins is right – we need the second position to have a chance at contending for an NBA championship in June (fingers crossed!).

Finally, it sounds like the San Francisco 49ers could be a possible landing spot for Tom Brady, but the same could be said for our beloved New England Patriots.

Other potential landing spots, as noted by ProFootballTalk.com, are Tennessee TitansLos Angeles Chargers, and Las Vegas Raiders.