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Does Bruce Cassidy Know There Was A New York Saints Team?

The New York Saints competed in the National Lacrosse League (NLL) from 1989 to 2003. (PHOTO COURTESY: SportsLogos.net)

By Matt Noonan

Bruce Cassidy did not hold back his emotions last night, especially after the Boston Bruins saw their comeback fall short to the New York Islanders at the TD Garden.

New York defeated Boston, 5-4, to secure a 3-2 series lead heading into tomorrow’s match-up — the Bruins need a win to extend the series to Friday. A win by the Islanders would clinch the series and set up a Stanley Cup Playoffs semifinal matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning or Carolina Hurricanes (Tampa Bay current leads the series, 3-1).

Speaking with members of the media shortly after Monday’s contest concluded, Cassidy, who is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Boston Bruins, shared some interesting thoughts regarding the one-goal loss, specifically about the officiating while referring to his opponent as the “New York Saints.”

“I think they sell a narrative over there that it’s more like the New York Saints, not the New York Islanders,” Cassidy told reporters when referring to calls that supposedly went in favor of his opponent, not the Bruins. “The exact calls that are getting called on us are not getting called on them. I don’t know why. You got the exact same high sticks … you just hope they’d see them.”

Cassidy’s post-game comments resulted in a $25,000 fine this morning, but his remarks about the “New York Saints” made me wonder if he knew there was an actual team — well, franchise, to be exact — that once competed in the National Lacrosse League (NLL)?

The New York Saints were indeed a team — in fact, they began as the New Jersey Saints. They were one of four teams to compete in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MLL), which would be renamed the National Lacrosse League (NLL) in 1998, and won their only championship in 1988 when they beat the Washington Wave, according to the league’s website. They would fall short of a repeat one year later when they lost to the Philadelphia Wings by a score of 11-10.

Unfortunately, the Saints would not return to the title game following their one-goal setback to Philadelphia in 1989 but did appear in the semifinals in 1990 and 1997. Their time with the league would conclude in 2003 after winning three of 16 contests.

So, the New York Saints were indeed a franchise — they were not a made-up team — but sadly, they won’t be competing against Cassidy’s squad tomorrow evening in Uniondale, New York.

Daily Noontime: Friday, March 6th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

It’s Friday – hooray!

I hope you are excited about the weekend as I am – I know it will be a great one.

Tomorrow will be chilly, but then the mild-winter/early spring weather returns on Sunday and then Monday will feel like a beach day (wahoo!).

Let’s kick-off the final day of the workweek with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’

The Boston Bruins squeaked out a 2-1 win last night over the Florida Panthers – they needed a second-period goal to eventually force overtime. Torey Krug netted the game-winner while finishing with one goal and one assist. Patrice Bergeron tied the game in the second period.

With the win, the Bruins earned an additional two points and are now in complete command of the Atlantic Division. They have won 43 games and will look to continue their momentum tomorrow evening when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

Following their one-goal victory last night over the Panthers, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy made a funny joke about Krug. Apparently, he referred to the defensemen as “hammer hands there.” That is pretty funny, right?

Crew Ainge and the Babson College men’s basketball team are back in the NCAA D-III Tournament this afternoon – the Beavers will tip-off against Ithaca College at 5 p.m.

Ainge is the son of Boston Celtics president of basketball operations – that would be Danny Ainge – and has certainly enjoyed competing for the Beavers this winter.

Speaking of the Celtics, they will be at home this evening against the Utah Jazz. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

According to former Celtics forward (and center) Kendrick Perkins, he believes Boston’s best chance to contend for a title (and be a real threat in the Eastern Conference) is by locking-up the second seed. “If Boston gets the second seed, they’re going to the Eastern Conference Finals and they’re going to the (NBA) Finals,” Perkins said, via Nick Friar of WEEI.com.

As of this morning, the Celtics trail the Toronto Raptors by one-and-a-half games for the second spot. But I think Perkins is right – we need the second position to have a chance at contending for an NBA championship in June (fingers crossed!).

Finally, it sounds like the San Francisco 49ers could be a possible landing spot for Tom Brady, but the same could be said for our beloved New England Patriots.

Other potential landing spots, as noted by ProFootballTalk.com, are Tennessee TitansLos Angeles Chargers, and Las Vegas Raiders.

Daily Noontime: Friday, January 24th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s Friday – let’s go!

We hope you’re ready for the final day of the so-called workweek – what is a workweek for us at a website? – and the upcoming weekend.

If you’re living in the Boston area, expect warmer temperatures this weekend, as well as some rain – maybe spring will arrive earlier than expected?

Have a great day, and as always, remember to smile, laugh, and be kind, everyone!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • Thursday was a quiet evening in Boston sports – no one played a game, so we watched some television (and did some reading!).
  • The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening as they tip-off against the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. Boston is currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando is seventh.
  • The Boston Bruins are still enjoying some time off due to the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game this weekend, but Black and Gold fans should tune in Sunday, January 26th to cheer on both coach Bruce Cassidy and winger David Pastrnak as the Atlantic Team faces-off against the Metropolitan squad.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • The Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres are discussing a ‘potential trade’ for Mookie Betts. Is that a good idea? (Boston Globe)

  • Peyton Manning will miss watching his younger brother Eli Manning, who was his third favorite player behind his father, Archie Manning, and Dan Marino(ProFootballTalk.com)
  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo plans to channel Tom Brady on Super Bowl Sunday. (Sports Illustrated/ Patriots Maven)
  • Marblehead, Massachusetts will be the site of a brand new Disney + movie. (Boston.com)

  • What are the perks of being a Boston sports fan? Hmm … well, for starters … we win! (Patch.com)

  • Looking for a new restaurant to try in or outside of Boston? Well, try one of these 29 suggestions from the Boston Globe – we’ll check one or two out this weekend! (Boston Globe)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Happy Friday, everyone, from Rebecca Black!

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Daily Noontime: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

As noted yesterday, the Daily Noontime has returned for good, so let’s kick-start your day with some news and notes from the New England (and possibly national) sports world.

Have a great day, everyone!


In the News | Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 


Wednesday’s Sports Viewing ScheduleHere is what we will be watching today!

  • Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m.

In Case You Missed ItWe wrote about the Edelman contract extension, as well as the possibility of keeping one of our all-time favorite Patriots in uniform for the next few years!

We’ll be back for more news and notes from the New England (and national) sports world tomorrow – have a great day, everyone!