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.
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.
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!
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!
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.