Daily Noontime – February 22, 2012

Sad news was confirmed on Tuesday evening, as Tom Brady's mentor Tom Martinez died on his 66th birthday. (Photo Credit: Gridironfans.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy “Hump Day” everyone, and welcome into yet another tremendous edition of the Daily Noontime. Here are some headlines and news swirling throughout the city of Boston, as well as New England.

* On Tuesday evening, sources confirmed that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady‘s mentor Tom Martinez passed away on his 66th birthday. The two formed a bond when Martinez began assisting Brady with his mechanics in high school before the quarterback went onto the University of Michigan and New England. Brady kept in contact with his mentor over the past few years, and was quoted for saying, “I’m forever indebted to him.”

* Day Two of the Boston Red Sox spring training is set to begin on Wednesday morning, and according to sources, designated hitter David Ortiz has arrived in Fort Myers, and expected to take part in a team workouts on Thursday, which is when other positional players are expected to report, too.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Wednesday evening when they skate against the St. Louis Blues. The Black and Gold have lost two of their last three contests, and were recently blanked by the Minnesota Wild this past weekend for the sixth time this season.

* Patrice Bergeron told the media on Tuesday that he and his teammates aren’t expecting GM Peter Chiarelli to pull the trigger and acquire a necessary piece for the Bruins offense or defense before the NHL trade deadline. Boston has won four of their last 10 contests, and appears confident with the current squad in the locker room.

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