Daily Noontime: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

I hope you are ALL doing well, staying safe and of course, keeping a smile on your face – we will get through this time together, I promise.

Let’s kick off the day with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – again, remember to smile and think positively, friends.


Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 

  • As mentioned yesterday in our midday ‘Daily Noontime,’ Tom Brady was officially introduced as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via a phone conference, not an in-person press conference due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). And shortly after Brady was introduced as the newest member of the Buccaneers, the team produced a video on their YouTube channel that broke down/provided some insight on the greatest quarterback (ever!).
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians told members of the media in yesterday’s phone call – well, the team’s phone conference with the press, to be exact – that he never thought Brady would leave the New England Patriots.

    “We had him ranked No. 1,” Arians said in yesterday’s call with the media. “If it happened, we would make a concerted effort and we did.”

  • With a slew of key members of the 20019 Patriots team gone to free agency, the organization is expected to receive four compensatory draft picks in 2021, which is good news, right?
  • According to the Boston Globe, ushers at the TD Garden have been laid off, due to the coronavirus. These part-time employees received a letter about the layoffs, as noted in the USA Today, and could be eligible for unemployment benefits.

    This is awful news to hear (and learn about), so we hope things do work out for these men and women during these unusual, but very tough times.

  • Finally, the NFL Network has been “forced to temporarily pull its live programing” due to an order by California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has ordered the state’s residents to stay home due to the coronavirus. Like us here in Massachusetts, California is allowing those that work jobs that are deemed essential to continue working, while others are asked to work from home.

On This Date in History

  • 1947: Holy Cross men’s basketball won the ninth NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – the Crusaders beat Oklahoma, 58-47, to secure the program’s first victory in the title game.
  • 1971: The Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots.
  • 1972: Bobby Hull becomes the second NHL skaters to score 600 goals.
  • 1972: UCLA captured the 34th NCAAMen’s Basketball Championship with an 81-76 win over Florida. The victory provided the Bruins with their sixth-straight title, while Bill Walton was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
  • 1982: Wayne Gretzky becomes the first NHL skaters to score 200 points in a season.

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Wednesday – woo!

Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful week thus far and enjoying the sun this morning – it feels like late-March outside (and early April), which makes me excited for the spring.

As usual, have a wonderful day – don’t stress too much! – and make sure to smile, laugh, and do something fun during your lunch break.


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening with an 8:30 p.m. puck drop against the Edmonton Oilers. Boston remains the top team in the Eastern Conference with 86 points, but don’t lose sight of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • We’re two days away from the start of the second half of the season for the Boston Celtics, who will visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, February 21st.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Tom Brady watch continues – apparently, the soon-to-be free agent quarterback may have plenty of teams interested in signing the six-time Super Bowl champion on the initial day of the free agency. (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin shares his thoughts on nine moves the New England Patriots should make this offseason. (Boston Globe)

  • The 2020 NHL Trade Deadline is quickly approaching and apparently, some of the players the Bruins wanted to acquire have been traded to other teams. (Boston Globe)

  • The hands-Free driving law is set to take effect this Sunday here in Massachusetts. Here is what you need to know about the new law. (Boston.com)

  • Apparently, Tom Brady is in a group chat with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. And both actors want to know where he will play football next season. (Yahoo.com)

  • Could Ryan Weber become the fifth starter in the Boston Red Sox rotation this spring? (Boston Herald

VIDEO OF THE DAY: This should put a smile on your face for it being … Wednesday! 

Daily Noontime: Monday, January 27th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Monday, everyone – hope you had a great weekend!

This past weekend ended with a disappointing note with the news of Kobe Bryant‘s passing. We have some links (below) on Kobe, who was a five-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion, an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA team, and the 2008 Most Valuable Player.

Additionally, Bryant was tabbed the NBA Finals MVP in 2009 when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic and in 2010 when the Purple and Gold outlasted our beloved Boston Celtics.

Switching gears – just for a quick second! – it will be somewhat mild today in Boston, both in and outside the city with temperatures in the high 40s. However, it will be mostly cloudy today, but the warmer weather makes up for it, though!

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile and laugh!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Celtics saw their three-game winning streak snapped last night as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Green and White by a score of 123-108Kemba Walker led the way with a game-high 35 points, Gordon Hayward netted 23 points and Jaylen Brown chipped in 20 points.
  • Boston is off this evening but will cap their three-game road trip tomorrow with a visit to the Miami Heat, who currently resides in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-14 record. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
  • The Boston Bruins will begin the second half of their season on Friday, January 31st when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at 8 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)


Video of the Day: On January 22nd, 2006, Kobe Bryant made headlines by netting 81 points as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 122-104. 

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Anna Maria’s Rapoza Receives Praise From Bob Ryan On Around The Horn

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On Tuesday, Anna Maria’s Mike Rapoza went a perfect 18-for-18 from the floor, while netting a career-high 42 points against Mount Ida. (PHOTO CREDIT: Anna Maria College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

Following a monstrous performance two nights ago against Mount Ida College, Anna Maria College’s Mike Rapoza received some love from Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan at the conclusion of last night’s (Wednesday, Feb. 14th) Around the Horn on ESPN.

Ryan, who has been covering basketball for nearly five decades, praised Rapoza – not just for converting all 18 of his field goals, but for “posting up, kicking butt and making every shot.”

“Way to go, Mike Rapoza,” he said with a fist pump. “You da’ man!”

Rapoza’s 18-for-18 performance was a Division III record, but also helped the AMCATs secure a spot in the upcoming Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Tournament, which begins next week.

Anna Maria returns to the hardwood on Saturday, February 17 when they host Emmanuel College with tip-off scheduled for 12 p.m.

Babson’s Young Spotlighted In Boston Globe

By NoontimeSports.com 

On Thursday, the Boston Globe released an intriguing piece on Babson College freshman Erin Young, who exploded for 28 points last weekend against Coast Guard.

Young registered eight three-pointers in that particular game, and is the current percentage leader for trifectas in the NEWMAC.

Babson currently remains the top squad in the conference, and will return to the court on Saturday when they host Mount Holyoke for a 1:00pm tip-off.