By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation
Welcome to Friday (or as we like to call it, Fri-yay!).
It has been quite the week – when will the new normal end? – but like I did yesterday, I will continue to produce a ‘Daily Noontime’ going forward with hopes of putting a smile on everyone’s faces during this unique time (and the life we’re living these days).
Alright, it is official: Tom Brady is officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In a release (and story this morning from the Buccaneers’ website), the team’s General Manager Jason Licht said Brady will “immediately impact our entire organization.”
Indeed, Brady will make an impact on the Bucs, who finished their 2019 season with seven wins and nine losses.
But doesn’t it seem strange (or bizarre) to think Brady will end his historic career with the Buccaneers? I mean, I think so, but Joe Montana ended his career, not with the San Francisco 49ers, but the Kansas City Chiefs. Again, this just seems weird, but again, we’re living in unusual times.
So, with no Brady under center, it is time to embrace Jarrett Stidham, but maybe we should also Jameis Winston, too. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler thinks (and believes) that the former Buccaneers quarterback could be an ideal replacement for the Patriots, but do we really want a quarterback that threw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions last season?
In other National Football League (NFL) news, the “stay at home” order in California could impact the completion of SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The new home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams was supposed to be ready for the upcoming season, but due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the “stay at home” order could mean a delay on the league’s new crown jewel.
In an interesting op-ed piece from the Los Angeles Times, there is a thought of building a people mover to the stadium, along with the shops and office space, which will be built nearby. Not a bad idea and it would decrease traffic, too.
Let’s switch gears to some quick hitters (and what occurred on this date in the past few months, years, and decades), beginning with wishing Bobby Orr a happy birthday!
On This Date in History:
- 1934: Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitched one inning in a Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training game for the Philadelphia Athletics. She gave up one walk but not hits in a single frame against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- 1965: UCLA beat Michigan in the 27th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
- 1973: Roberto Clemente was elected to the MLB 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash.
- 1989: Baseball announced former Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation for betting on baseball games.
- 1990: The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s number (No. 33).
As usual, please be well and be safe, take care of your family, and we’ll have more content on Brady (and some other topics) later today and this weekend!