Hope you are ALL having a great day thus far – yes, we know we’re posting a bit later than normal, but we wanted to make sure we provided you with something to read at the end of your lunch break or when you’re bored in the afternoon (and want to go home!).
As usual, have a wonderful rest of your day, smile, laugh, be happy, and have a great weekend!
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening when they visit the Calgary Flames for a 9 p.m. face-off. Boston is still the top team in the Eastern Conference with 88 points – can they make it to 90 this evening?
The Boston Celtics kick-off the second half of their 2019-20 season this evening, when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves at 8 p.m. Boston, is currently the third-best team in the Eastern Conference – they are behind the Milwaukee Bucks (first) and Toronto Raptors (second).
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
It sounds like Tom Brady could be headed to the Tennessee Titans, but maybe he will come back to the New England Patriots? (CBS Boston)
Here are five things a few NFL experts think will happen when Tom Brady enters free agency in a few weeks. (Boston.com)
The NFL wants a 17th game and an expanded postseason. Does that sound good to you? (The Boston Globe)
The Bruins are likely to trade David Backes by the NHL Trade Deadline next week. (CBS Boston)
Apparently, Colin Cowherd believes the Boston Celtics can win the NBA title later this spring (and early summer!). (NESN.com)
An Alabama football staff member is leaving the college football program and heading to the pros to join the Patriots. (247 Sports)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: David Ortiz is calling Mike Fiers a ‘snitch,’ and ESPN had some thoughts on this comment!
Welcome to the first Noontime Sports rewind post, which will recap the current year of New England (and Boston) sports as well as look back on the soon-to-be past decade of blogging for NoontimeSports.com.
In this particular post, we highlighted our favorite Boston sports teams that we covered (and chronicled) through the site – there were some fun teams to watch and others that made us sick to our stomach over the past nine-to-ten years.
We hope you enjoy this look back at the soon-to-be past decade of Boston sports, which certainly kept us busy, both here on the site and social media.
The Best New England Patriots Team of the 2010s: The 2014 New England Patriots. Sure, you can make the case for the 2016 squad, which overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons or the 2018 squad, which outsmarted Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams, but in my opinion, the 2014 squad was the best Pats team of the 2010s. Between the offense and the defense and just the way they manhandled teams after losing to Kansas City, this particular Patriots squad was perhaps one of the best teams under current head coach Bill Belichick.
One of the most impressive games this team played was against the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the postseason. They ran a few tricky plays, including one that saw Julian Edelman throw a touchdown pass to a streaking Danny Amendola. Additionally, they stole a play from Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, which infuriated Baltimore coach John Harbaugh.
But the cherry on top of the sundae was the Malcolm Butler interception on a potential go-ahead touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Butler will be forever linked to that play – the result ignited an animated (and giddy) celebration by Tom Brady and … Jimmy Garoppolo.
The Best Boston Red Sox Team of the 2010s: The 2013 Boston Red Sox. Following the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, our city became enamored with the local nine, especially after David Ortiz delivered a heartfelt speech just days after the horrendous attacks. Ortiz’s words would be the catalyst for a magical season that concluded with a World Series victory at historic Fenway Park.
Boston, which went from worst (2012) to first (2013), concluded the 2013 campaign with 97 wins. They beat the Tampa Bay Rays in four games before topping the heavily-favored Detroit Tigers in six games. Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh in game six before Koji Uehara shut the door on a possible rally in the top of the ninth.
The win over the Tigers secured the Sox their third American League crown, as well as their third appearance in the World Series in 10 seasons.
The Best Boston Bruins Team of the 2010s: The 2011 Boston Bruins. If the Bruins won the Stanley Cup earlier this year, I would have chosen that team, but instead, I’ll play it safe and go with the squad that won the Stanley Cup eight years ago.
After seeing the 2010 squad collapse in the second round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, I was unsure if the 2011 Bruins would be able to make myself (and other Black and Gold fans) proud. But they certainly did.
Their Cup run began with an epic game seven overtime win in the opening round against the Montreal Canadiens, thanks to Nathan Horton. One round later, Boston erased memories of a dreadful collapse from one year earlier by sending the Flyers home with four-straight wins (it was sweet revenge, in my opinion!).
But perhaps Boston’s most impressive win came against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, especially in the seventh game. Horton netted the lone goal of the contest, while TimThomas, who won the Vezina Trophy, stopped every shot he faced.
Those ‘smiles’ would not disappear as those same grins reemerged days later after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in six games to win their sixth championship in franchise history.
The win over the Canucks was exciting – it was also the team’s third game seven victory of the 2011 postseason, which was the most game seven wins by any team in the National Hockey League (NHL).
Unfortunately, their win over Vancouver did not result in a few more titles as Boston would lose in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and seven games to the St. Louis Blues in 2019.
The Best Boston Celtics Team of the 2010s: The 2017-18 Boston Celtics. After winning their 17th championship in June 2008, the Celtics have yet to return to top of the mountain but have had chances, including ten years after they beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games when the Green and White almost beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Boston was without Kyrie Irving who missed the entire postseason, as well as Gordon Hayward, who suffered a serious end-of-season injury during the team’s initial game of the 2017-18 campaign, which happened to be against the Cavaliers. So, without two of the league’s marquee players, the Celtics turned to both their veteran and youth players to go on an exciting run, which included wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers (4-1).
Against Cleveland, Boston won the series’ first two games before losing four of the next five contests. They had chances to beat James and the Cavaliers in each of the final five contests, but the youth and inexperience eventually caught-up with the Green and White, who have been really fun to watch this season.
What made this particular postseason run so much fun was the play of both Brown and Tatum, along with Al Horford, Marcus Smart, and Marcus Morris.
David Ortiz has never been camera shy, so it shouldn’t come as a total shock that the former Boston Red Sox slugger will return to the spotlight next month when he stars in a brand new reality television show called “Big Papi Needs A Job” on Fusion, according The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
The show (10 episodes), which is scheduled to debut on Wednesday, January 31st, will feature Ortiz trying out various professions, including a stadium tour guide, dog groomer, manicurist and musician, per the report.
Which job will be the ideal fit for Ortiz? Who knows, but this show certainly has potential to succeed because the protagonist is extremely well-liked in the city of Boston and should attract some non-baseball fans that follow his brand, too. Additionally, his work in these various roles (or assignments) could help local business or companies, too – maybe viewers that are seeking new opportunities or career-switches will apply to these places after watching their all-time favorite Boston Red Sox slugger attempt to become the next-best musician or dog groomer – hey, anything is possible, right?
I do have a few questions regarding this BIG announcement/10 episode series, and they are the following:
Will Ortiz consider doing another season after the show concludes in late winter/early spring?
Will Ortiz actually take accept (or take on) a new role that is not related to baseball?
And finally, will this series inspire other former athletes to star their own show or perhaps attempt to pick-up a side gig in their retirement?
All in all, I am certainly interest in tuning in and seeing which job he excels at, and perhaps if he accepts an offer at one of these companies, too. Expect a few blog posts (or maybe a podcast or video) about the show once it begins next month!
Continuing with our Red Sox theme, earlier today Chad Finn posted an interesting (and good read, by the way!) on Boston.com about the club’s former catcher Jason Varitek. Finn posed the following question: ‘Will Jason Varitek ever manage the Red Sox?’
Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox, 7:15 p.m. – Boston’s Chris Sale goes for his 10th win of the season this evening against a Twins squad that has currently won three-straight.
New York Yankees at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. – Can the Bronx Bombers rebound from back-to-back losses? Plus, can they keep pace with the Red Sox for first place in the East?
Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m. – The Nationals have been decent at home, they have won 20 of 35 games, which is not bad. Can they win a few more contests in their home ballpark, beginning with tonight’s game against the Cubs?
Video of the Day:
Yes, we love sports, but we also like musicals and movies, too. So, if you’re a fan of Pitch Perfect, then you’ll enjoy today’s ‘video of the day!’ Hopefully this will make you want to sing in the office today!
It’s “hump day,” which means this week is somewhat over, right? OK… OK… here are some headlines, news and stories from the city of champions.
* The Boston Red Sox earned their 25th win of the season on Tuesday, as they defeated the Detroit Tigers, 6-3. David Ortizcranked his 11th home run and 18th double of the season, while Daniel Navarecorded three RBIs. Also, Daniel Bardpicked up his fifth win on the bump by tossing 5.1 innings and yielding five hits and two earned runs. Bard also recorded four strikeouts before he was relieved in the sixth forRich Hill.
* Boston has now won 12 games at Fenway Park this season, and will attempt to even their home record on Wednesday against the Tigers — Jon Lesterfaces Drew Smyly — first pitch is scheduled for 7:10PM.
* According to reports — Carl Crawfordis two weeks away from throwing. The Sox outfielder has apparently tallied 60 swings of a tee, but is 10 days away from being able to test the arm, which he believes will be the “true test.”
* The New England Patriots announced on Tuesday that they released the 2007 first-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts, Anthony Gonzalez. The wide out, who was a free agent this past winter, has been hampered by injuries and hoped to revive his career in New England.
* Finally, the Boston Celtics will attempt to even their Eastern Conference Finals series with the Miami Heat on Wednesday — tip is scheduled for 8:30PM.