Countdown to Super Bowl XLVI: Tom Brady’s Overconfident Words Links

Did Tom Brady actually predict victory against New York? (Photo Credit: Patriots.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

What did you think about Tom Brady‘s farewell speech to the fans on Sunday?

Was it wrong of him to motivate the New England Patriot die-hards? Do you think it’s “bulletin board” material for the New York Giants?

Well, no matter what you think, Noontime Sports decided that it would be necessary to do some research on this particular subject and dig up a few interesting articles and blogs.

Here is what we found, enjoy.

According to an interesting blog post on ESPNNewYork.com – the staff writers believe Tom Brady was a tad bit over confident on Sunday when he stated, “We’re going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend.”

* The Los Angeles Times provided a rapid piece on Brady’s words, as well as how New York tabloids perceived his rallying cry.

* The New York Post published an article on Monday that mentioned how the Giants will certainly want to use Brady’s words for motivation.

* The USA Today crafted an intriguing piece about how Brady sparked a firestorm of emotions in New York on Monday.

* The Washington Post blogged about the New England QB’s words, and claimed these are “fighting words.”

* WEEI’s midday show, Mut & Merloni discusses Brady’s confidence, as well as dissects the so-called, “bulletin board material.”

* The New York Daily News suggested that Brady’s words of a future Super Bowl party will provide the necessary spark for the Giants in the Super Bowl.

Daily Noontime – January 30, 2012

Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics fell to Kyrie Irving on Sunday, 88-87! (Photo Credit: Lawrence.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Monday morning to everyone, and welcome into yet another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime.

* The Boston Celtics four-game winning streak was snapped on Sunday evening, as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Green and White, 88-87. Kyrie Irving sank the go-ahead bucket with roughly two-seconds left, which proved to be the difference in this particular contest. Ray Allen led the squad with 22 points, while Paul Pierce had 18 points and six rebounds. Boston will return to the hardwood on Tuesday when they travel to Cleveland for a 7:00pm tip-off.

* The New England Patriots touched down in Indianapolis on Sunday, and will begin their preparations for Super Bowl XLVI on Monday. The New York Giants are slated to start their championship week practices on Wednesday.

* According to various reports – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady apparently rocked the Big Apple on Sunday when he told New England fans at a Gillette Stadium rally/send-off that he plans to work hard this week, as well as help his team win a Super Bowl. He also stated, “We’re going to give it our best and hopefully we have a lot more people at our party next weekend.” Brady’s remarks have certainly shocked New Yorkers, as well as their media outlets, too.

* Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs told reporters on Sunday that he is “totally” behind Tim Thomas, who skipped out of last week’s White House Stanley Cup ceremony. Thomas drew a great deal of criticism for his actions, but we’re sure he feels a tad bit better, especially knowing that the owner is on his side, right?

Daily Noontime – January 27, 2012

The Boston Celtics rallied to defeat the Orlando Magic on Thursday, 91-83! (Photo Credit: TheState.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Friday morning to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime. Here are some headlines and news to kick-start the weekend!

* The Boston Celtics overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to defeat the Orlando Magic, 91-83 in Florida on Thursday. Paul Pierce tallied a team-high 24 points, while E’Twaun Moore recorded 16 points off the bench. Also, Boston held Orlando to just eight points during the final frame.

* The Celtics have now won three consecutive contests, and will look to earn their ninth overall win on Friday when they welcome the Indiana Pacers to the TD Garden for a 7:30pm tip.

* The Boston Red Sox officially announced the signing of outfielder Cody Ross on Thursday, and according to sources, he signed a one-year deal with $3 million.

* According to the USA Today – New England Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork expressed to the media recently that he’s going to give his best effort against the New York Giants next weekend in Super Bowl XLVI, as well as dedicate his play to his parents. Wilfork’s parents both past away when he was a college star at the University of Miami, and certainly, he’s going to be thinking of them during the entire game.

Daily Noontime – January 24, 2012

Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass each tallied 19 points, as Boston defeated Orlando on Monday! (Photo Credit: Boston Globe)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Tuesday morning to everyone, and welcome into yet another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines, news and more to jumpstart your day, enjoy!

* The Boston Celtics routed the Orlando Magic on Monday, 87-56. The Green and White have now won seven games this season, and are 5-5 at the TD Garden. Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass led the team with 19 points, whileKevin Garnett tallied 14 points and 10 rebounds. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Boston will return to the hardwood on Thursday when they travel to Orlando for an 8:00pm tip-off.

* The Boston Bruins sported their “Sunday best” on Monday when they were welcomed to the White House to celebrate their most recent Stanley Cup Championship with President Obama. However, Tim Thomas did not accompany his team, and noted on his Facebook page that he decided to exercise his rights as a free citizen. The Black and Gold will be on the ice Tuesday evening when they face the Capitals in Washington D.C.

* New England was named the home team for Super Bowl XLVI, and will most likely elect to wear their blue uniforms against the New York Giants.

* Patriots’ owner Bob Kraft told reporters that he hasn’t watched any highlights from Super Bowl XLII. Kraft complimented the Giants effort, as well as their management, coaches and players, too. The Giants defeated the Patriots earlier this season, but none of the New England players consider this particular matchup “revenge” from their Super Bowl loss in 2008.

Daily Noontime – January 23, 2012

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl! (Photo Credit: Middletownpress.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Monday morning to everyone, and welcome into yet another tremendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kick-start the day with some juicy headlines and news, enjoy!

* In case you didn’t know, the New England Patriots are headed to Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, February 5 to face the New York “Football” Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. Who’s excited for the rematch?

* Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a game-tying field goal, which would have forced overtime in the AFC Championship game on Sunday, but luckily it sailed wide left, and allowed the New England Patriots and their fans to experience euphoria at Gillette Stadium, as well as a 23-20 victory, too. Wide receiver Lee Evans missed what would have been the go-ahead touchdown on the same drive, but cornerback Sterling Moore striped the ball in the end zone, which resulted in an incomplete pass.

* The Boston Bruins registered six goals, five in regulation, and one in the shootout to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers, 6-5. The Black and Gold will return to the ice on Tuesday when they travel to Washington to face the Capitals.

* The Boston Celtics defeated the Washington Wizards on Sunday, 100-94. The Green and White will return to the hardwood on Monday evening when they host the Orlando Magic for a 7:30pm tip-off.

The Rematch – Super Bowl XLVI Will Feature New England & New York

Do you remember Super Bowl XLII? (Photo Credit: Quarterbacks.org)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s hard to fathom, but yes, the New England Patriots and New York Giants will once again be facing off against one another in the Super Bowl.

Are you excited?

Last time, the Giants dashed the Patriots perfect season when quarterback Eli Manning connected on a 13-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Plaxico Burress, which helped New York upset New England, 17-14.

However, while it’s most likely we’ll see a different game than four years ago, we’ve decided here at Noontime Sports that we want to get your first opinions on this matchup.

Post a comment below, send us an email (NoontimeSports@gmail.com), write on our Facebook wall or even tweet at Matt Noonan, (@NoontimeSports).

We’ll have plenty of blogs, videos and podcasts leading up to this much anticipated rematch for the next two weeks. However, let’s get the pre-game excitement going with posts, thoughts and ideas!

Noonan: AFC/NFC Conference Championship Predictions

Can Ray Rice repeat his 2009 postseason performance against New England's defense on Sunday? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan

Last week, I went 3-1. This week, I am expecting to go 2-0, but let’s see what happens!

New England 27, Baltimore 24 – I am super excited for this matchup, especially since these two teams always find a way to end the game with a dramatic sequence. Baltimore defeated New England last time these two teams met in the postseason, 33-14. Running back Ray Rice tallied 159 yards on 22 carries, and two touchdowns, while quarterback Joe Flacco finished the game 4 of 10 for 34 yards. Although, the true matchup to watch on Sunday will be the Ravens defense against the Patriots offense. Tom Brady tossed six touchdowns last weekend against Denver, and certainly is capable of tearing apart Baltimore’s secondary. However, if Baltimore’s front seven can pressure Brady, as well as control the time of possession on offense, then they’ll win the game. Yet, if New England can control the time of possession, and contain Rice, they’ll win.

San Francisco 24, New York 20  – I am not exactly the biggest fan of head coach Jim Harbaugh, but what he’s done in San Francisco has been rather impressive. Harbaugh revamped the 49ers defense to become one of the best in the league, and against Eli Manning, I’m expecting the front seven to not only pressure him, but also record two or three sacks, too. Alex Smith proved he’s a clutch quarterback, as he tossed three strikes to the end zone last weekend against New Orleans, which included the game winning touchdown to Vernon Davis. San Francisco handed New York a loss earlier this season, and once again, I am expecting them to defeat the Giants in the City By The Bay.

The Boston Sports Pulse: New England Patriots

By Matt Noonan 

Last year, Noontime Sports ran a column that featured an insightful breakdown of all four major Boston sports teams, as well as their current statuses as of last January, (2011).

This year, we’re making a change.

Instead of combining four teams into one blog, we’ve decided to separate each squad, and provide four individual posts, which will focus thoroughly on that one team.

So, we’ve decided to kick off this four part series with the New England Patriots, who’re technically two wins away from earning their fourth Super Bowl trophy in 10 years.

Here are some thoughts and analysis on the local pigskin squad, enjoy.

Reflecting On The Past Year:  It’s been a rather interesting season for the Patriots, who not only earned their third AFC East championship crown in the past four years, but also, the top seed in the AFC Conference, too.

Tom Brady experienced one his better seasons as a quarterback. He tossed 39 touchdowns and recorded 5,235 yards through the air, as well as helped second year tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez become elite stars.

Both tight ends combined for 2,237 yards and 24 touchdowns in 16 games.

However, the biggest weakness for New England was their defense, which yielded 342 points, and 6,577 yards. They also allowed opponents to average 6.2 yards per play, as well as tally 370 first downs and 26 touchdowns.

Yet, the Patriots front seven and secondary did combine for 23 interceptions and 40 sacks.

Biggest Disappointment From The Past Year: During the 2011 season, New England did not defeat a team with a winning record.

They lost to the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers, who managed to tally nine wins or more, as well as secure a spot in the postseason, too.

However, against Dallas, Denver, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, New England earned wins, but they weren’t exactly “special” or “great,” especially since all these teams finished the season with roughly eight wins or less.

It’s indeed rather shocking that their opponents didn’t have great records, but earning the top spot in the conference against underachieving squads isn’t exactly something to feel great about, right?

Who knows how the rest of the season will play out, but certainly, Patriots fans will always remember this particular squad as the team that didn’t defeat any true “winners.”

Playoff Success: No Patriots blog would be complete without providing a few intriguing statistics from their past playoff tilt against the Denver Broncos, but also noting that their most recent victory snapped a two-game playoff-losing streak, which dated back to their last win against the San Diego Chargers in the  AFC championship in 2008.

Against the Broncos, Brady completed 26-of-34 passes for 363 yards, and six touchdowns. He tossed five of his six scores in the first half, while his opponent, Tim Tebow, struggled immensely, as well as finished 9-of-26 for 136 yards. He didn’t register a single touchdown or interception, but did manage to get sacked five times.

New England will face a daunting task on Sunday when they welcome the Baltimore Ravens to Gillette Stadium, who defeated the Patriots during the 2009 playoffs, 33-14.

Closing Thought: The New England Patriots finally won their first playoff game in four years, but now, they need to use that momentum to carry them to Indianapolis, Indiana for Super Bowl XLVI.

Yet, do they have what it takes to win their fourth championship in 10 years? Um… I think so, (yes, I am a tad bit unsure).

New England isn’t exactly the flashiest squad in the NFL. Their defense was horrendous, but their offense was stupendous, and yes, I know that rhymed.

However, if they do manage to reach the NFL title match, it will certainly prove to teams like Philadelphia that you don’t need loads of talent to win championships.

The Patriots have always been about teamwork and hard work. They’re not self-centered players. They want to win a championship, as well as continue their modern day 21st century dynasty.

So, in conclusion, I am going to display my “hometown optimism” by saying, they’ll end this current season by celebrating on the same fake grass that Peyton Manning defeated them on November 15, 2009, with a Vince Lombardi championship trophy.

Fans Take: What are your thoughts or “two cents” on the current Patriots squad? Do you think they have what it takes to reach the Super Bowl and win? If so, post your thoughts below, as well as on our Facebook page, too.

Follow Matt Noonan on Twitter @NoontimeSports.

Noonan: NFL Divisional Playoff Predictions

Can Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos keep their playoff magic going on Saturday against New England? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Here are my predictions for the NFC Divisional Round.

New Orleans 30, San Francisco 21: The Saints cashed in on five offensive series in the second half against the Detroit Lions last weekend, and are expected to keep their high-flying offensive attack going against the 49ers on Saturday. Drew Brees clearly is on a mission, which is why I believe they’ll defeat San Francisco, and advance to the NFC Championship game for the second time in three seasons.

New England 28 – Denver 16: The story of Tim Tebow has been fascinating, but against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, I’m expecting him to struggle, and possibly throw two or three interceptions.

Baltimore 28 – Houston 21: Earlier this season, the Ravens defeated the Texans, 29-14. Joe Flacco completed 20-of-33 passes for 305 yards and one touchdown, while Billy Cundiff kicked five field goals. Can Baltimore duplicate their week five performance against Houston on Sunday? My answer… YES!

New York 24 – Green Bay 21: This is a total shot in the dark, but the Giants have gained a great deal of momentum over the past few weeks, and might have what it takes to knock out the defending NFC and Super Bowl champions. I like New York’s front seven on defense, especially since they could provide a great deal of chaos toward quarterback Aaron Rodgers. If the Giants pressure the Packers, and force a few turnovers, then expect Big Blue to walk away winners on Sunday.

NFL Postseason Schedule Announced

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NFL announced the 2011 playoff schedule on Sunday, and here are the potential match-ups.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 – Wild Card Round 

* (No. 6) Cincinnati at (No. 3) Houston Texans — 4:30pm eastern 

* (No. 6) Detroit at (No. 3)  New Orleans — 8:00pm eastern 

Sunday, January 8, 2012 — Wild Card Round 

* (No. 5) Atlanta at (No. 4) New York — 1:00pm easter 

* (No. 5) Pittsburgh at (No. 4)  Denver — 4:30PM eastern 

Saturday, January 14, 2012 — Divisional Round 

* Atlanta/New York/New Orleans at (No. 2) San Francisco (Afternoon) 

* Cincinnati/Denver/Pittsburgh at (No. 1) New England (Evening)

Sunday, January 15, 2012 — Divisional Round 

* Denver/Houston/Pittsburgh at  (No. 2) Baltimore (Afternoon)

* Atlanta/Detroit/New York at (No. 1) Green Bay (Afternoon) 

Sunday, January 22, 2012 — AFC/NFC Championship Games

* AFC Championship — 3:30pm eastern 

* NFC Championship — 6:30pm eastern 

Sunday, January 29, 2012 — NFL Pro Bowl

* AFC vs. NFC — Time TBA 

Sunday, February  5, 2012

* AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion — Time TBA