Daily Noontime: Friday, January 31st, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Your friendly (and outgoing) editor (and founder) Matt Noonan is here to help us with a brand new Daily Noontime for Fri-Yay (Friday!) January 31st, 2020.

Yes, it is the final day of January, which means we are inching closer to longer days, better weather and most importantly … loads of fun in the sun!

Have a great weekend, enjoy the Super Bowl and we’ll talk to you next Monday!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Celtics picked up their second-straight win – third in their last four outings – with a 119-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
  • The Celtics are back in action tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 1st) when they host the Philadelphia 76ers in a VERY important Eastern Conference clash. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
  • The Boston Bruins return to the ice for the first time in a week to commence the second half of their season with an 8 p.m. puck drop against the Winnipeg Jets.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links) 

  • Last night, the Celtics honored Kobe Bryant while Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker were fun to watch. (MassLive.com)

  • Should the Celtics consider trading Marcus Smart to acquire some much-needed pieces for a successful postseason run? (Celticswire.com)

  • The Bruins begin the second half of their season this evening with some questions that need to be answered for a successful stretch run. (Boston Herald)

  • The Boston Red Sox are supposedly interviewing a ‘former soccer goalie’ for their open managerial role. (98.5 The Sports Hub)

  • Tom Brady read some mean tweets about himself on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (Boston.com)
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick is not ready to retire. He will play in 2020. (ProFootballTalk.com)

Video of the Day: ESPN’s Max Kellerman believes Tom Brady is ‘begging for attention’ following his latest tweet.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, January 30th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s Thursday, which means we are ONE more day closer to a brand new weekend – woo!

It is rather chilly outside this morning – where did this cold weather come from? – so make sure to bundle up when heading to the mailbox or local Starbucks.

Alright, enough rambling about the weather. Here is today’s Daily Noontime from your friends at Noontime Nation. Have a great day!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • No local team was in action last night, but the Boston Celtics are back on Causeway Street this evening as they host the Golden State Warriors at 8 p.m.
  • Boston is still in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-15 record, while the Warriors of Golden State are in last place in the Western Conference.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Penn National Gaming acquired a 36% interest in Barstool Sports yesterday, as confirmed by multiple reports. The Pennsylvania company plans to “increase its ownership stake in Barstool Sports to approximately 50% after three years and additional investment.” (WCVB.com)
  • As noted in the Business Insider, Penn National Gaming and Barstool Sports are planning to launch sportsbooks in its retail casinos in the coming months while launching a betting app in August. (BusinessInsider.com)

  • It seems like the Boston Red Sox will trade right fielder Mookie Betts before the 2020 season, which should benefit their rival the New York Yankees(NJ.com)
  • San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters yesterday that all players, including those that have sustained injuries over the past few weeks, will be good to go for Sunday. (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? Perhaps with the Chicago Bears or Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Maybe the Carolina Panthers? (Boston.com)

  • Jimmy Garoppolo has nothing, but kind words for Tom Brady – he even called his former teammate “a great dude.” (NESN.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Reggie Wayne has some thoughts on Tom Brady playing for the Indianapolis Colts

New England Football Offseason Notebook: Sperone Named Fitchburg State Head Coach

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Wednesday was an exciting day for the Fitchburg State University football program as they introduced Scott Sperone as their next head coach.

Sperone, who spent the past three seasons down the road directing the WPI defense, becomes the school’s first full-time head football coach.

“I’m eager to officially step into my role and recruit for our incoming class,” Sperone said in Wednesday’s release. “I’m excited to work with our student-athletes this spring, both on and off the field. I believe that a team working towards a unified goal can achieve great things and I’m looking forward to getting the Falcons ready to fly for the 2020 season.”

Sperone’s path to Fitchburg has featured multiple stops throughout New England over the past two decades with teams in all three divisions, including his alma mater Springfield College. He also spent time as the defensive coordinator with Fairleigh Dickinson University from 2011-17.

Under Sperone’s watch, the WPI defense was a unit to watch, especially this past season as the Engineers concluded their 11-game slate by yielding an average of 14.7 points per game. WPI limited opponents to 277.9 yards per game, including 89.5 rushing yards.

Fitchburg State concluded its 2019 campaign with a 2-8 record, including 1-7 mark against Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) opponents.

Sperone isn’t the only new coach in the MASCAC as Framingham State University announced last week that Aynsley Rosenbaum had been named the new coach of the Rams, as announced by former head coach and Director of Athletics Tom Kelley.

Rosenbaum, who is an alum of the Framingham State football program, has been the Rams’ offensive coordinator for the past 12 seasons. He has helped the program win nine conference titles, make five appearances in the NCAA Tournament and win four bowl games, including the inaugural New England Bowl against Salve Regina University in 2016.

Additionally, Rosenbaum’s offenses have been units to watch, especially last fall as the Rams led all MASCAC offenses in points, rushing yards, total offense, and touchdowns.

“I’m honored to take over at my alma mater as its head football coach and follow in the footsteps of Tom Kelley, my mentor, and friend,” Rosenbaum said via last Tuesday’s release on the Framingham State athletics website. “Framingham is a special place with people I truly care about and I look forward to continuing relationships with players, administration, and alumni.”

Framingham State finished 8-3 last fall – they posted an 8-0 mark in conference play and advanced to the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to the announcements of Rosenbaum and Sperone, Worcester State University‘s Adam Peloquin was elevated to the interim head football coach. As noted in the release from last November, ” (Adam) will assume the role through the 2020 fall playing season.”

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, January 29th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Hello, Wednesday – you look rather sunny!

Sure, it’s sunny this morning in the Boston area, but it is also chilly, too – don’t go looking for the beach gear just yet as it will get cooler later and be somewhat cold tomorrow.

But, before we worry about the cold weather tomorrow, let’s dish out a brand new Daily Noontime from your friends at Noontime Nation!

Have a wonderful day, read a joke, get an extra cup of coffee, and maybe do something fun later – you deserve it!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Celtics capped their three-game road trip with a 109-101 win last night over the Miami Heat.
  • With their win over the Heat on Tuesday evening, the Celtics are now 31-15. They remain in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
  • Boston will entertain the Golden State Warriors tomorrow (Thursday, January 30th) with tip-off scheduled for 8 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Dante Scarnecchia is retiring from the NFL after 36 seasons, including 34 with the New England Patriots. Scarnecchia was the Patriots offensive line coach. (ESPN.com)
  • Tom Brady may be the greatest quarterback, but Dante Scarnecchia could be considered one of the best offensive line coaches. (WEEI.com)
  • Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill may want to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • “I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while,” says Shaquille O’Neal when discussing his former teammate, Kobe Bryant(ESPN.com)
  • Mitch Moreland will be playing for the Boston Red Sox this spring, but it appears like Mookie Betts will be competing for another team. (CBSSports.com)
  • Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will be singing “Let It Go” in a 60-second spot for Audi on Super Bowl Sunday. (CNBC.com)

Video of the Day: Joe Buck joined The Herd with Colin Cowherd yesterday to discuss broadcasting a Super Bowl to working with former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Hello, Tuesday – how are you?

We hope everyone is having a great day thus far.

Yes, we know we are posting our ‘Daily Noontime’ a bit later this morning, but we’re happy to unveil some interesting and intriguing news (and links) below from the world wide web!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day and remember … never stop smiling!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • After enjoying an off day yesterday, the Boston Celtics are back on the hardwood this evening when they visit the Miami Heat with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

    Tonight’s game marks the end of a three-game road trip for the Green and White, which began with a win over the Orlando Magic but was followed by a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • We’re another day closer to the start of the second half of the Boston Bruins season – let the countdown for puck drop on Friday, January 31st against the Winnipeg Jets continue!

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • After losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator (and now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ersKyle Shanahan acknowledged that Bill Belichick reached out to him to talk. (ProFootballTalk.com)

  • NBC Sports announcer Mike Tirico recently shared a “kind gesture made by now Celtics player Gordon Hayward in Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game.” (Boston.com)

  • The death of Kobe Bryant ‘leaves us with poignant images, vivid memories, and disbeliefs,’ writes Chad Finn(Boston.com)

  • Joe Montana has some advice for Tom Brady: “It’s not easy to go to another team.” (NFL.com)
  • LeBron James told members of the media that “he will take on the legacy of the Lakers great as his own responsibility.” (ESPN.com)
  • Kobe Bryant was more than just a basketball player, but someone that helped the NBA ‘conquer the world.’ (New York Times)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Ellie Duncan shares a powerful story about Kobe Bryant being a ‘girl dad.’