Daily Noontime: Friday, April 3rd, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We have made it to Friday – yay!

I hope you are somewhat excited for the weekend – sure, Saturdays feel like Mondays and Sundays feel like Wednesdays, but at least we can take a break from our home offices and enjoy time with our family, right?

Let’s kick off a new weekend with the ‘Daily Noontime.’ As usual, be well and stay safe, everyone, and we’ll chat with you again next week – I promise!


Noontime’s Daily Headlines for Friday, April 3rd, 2020 


On this Date in History:

  • Birthday: Today is actor and comedian Eddie Murphy‘s birthday.
  • 1991: Bo Jackson signed a one-year deal with the Chicago White Sox after the Kansas City Royals released the 28-year-old outfielder.
  • 2000: Ken Griffey Jr. made his debut with his hometown Cincinnati Reds. The game was unfortunately postponed to the following day due to rain in the sixth inning.
  • 2006: Billy Donovan led the Florida men’s basketball team to its first-ever NCAA Championship with a 73-57 win over UCLA.
  • 2007: Candace Parker was named the Most Outstanding Player after leading the Tennessee women’s basketball team past Rutgers in the 26th NCAA Championship. The win against Rutgers provided the Volunteers with their seventh national title in program history.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 19th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We’re back – well, the ‘Daily Noontime’ is back!

I apologize for the radio silence these past few days, but I am happy to report (and share) that I will be producing a ‘Daily Noontime’ every Monday through Friday going forward. And I truly appreciate the support for this daily post – hopefully I can put a smile on your face during these unusual times.

Let’s report on some sports, beginning with a recent tweet (and update) from Adam Schefter that both Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still finalizing their “contract language as of Wednesday night and those discussions will go into Thursday, per source.”

Could the deal fall through and Tom Brady head elsewhere? Would he want to return to the New England Patriots? I doubt it. I think this is a done deal, but for now, we’ll wait and hear about Brady’s new contract either later today or possibly tomorrow.

Speaking of the Patriots, the team will look a bit different this upcoming season as a slew of players have departed for other teams, including Duron Harmon, who was traded to the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, and Kyle Van Noy, who agreed to a four-year, $51 million deal with the Miami Dolphins earlier this week.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told Rachel Nichols on SportsCenter yesterday that he is not sure what the league’s schedule would be if games resumed in a few weeks or months – he is also not ready to announce (or share) if this season would be canceled. But Silver did note there is a potential to bring back the sport for fans craving live sports with some kind of charity competition.

Jeremy Swayman, who has been stopping pucks for the University of Maine both this season and the past few winters, has decided to skip his senior year and join the Boston Bruins.

On this date in history:

  • 1822: Boston is incorporated as a city.
  • 1918: Congress authorized Daylight Savings Times.
  • 1938: The Toronto Maple Leafs scored eight goals in five minutes.
  • 1966: Texas-Western beat Kentucky in the 28th NCAA Men’s Basketball championship.
  • 1971: The Philadelphia 76ers outscored the Cincinnati Royals, 90-8, in the first half.
  • 1975: Pennsylvania becomes the first state to allow girls to compete with boys in high school sports.

Finally, just a quick personal note (and thought): I know these are unusual times for everyone, but as usual, we will continue to be here, producing content on an array of sports, news, and whatever to provide everyone with something to take their minds off the coronavirus. Like I have said before, we will get through this together, but please be safe, be well, and think positive thoughts like I am (and my family is) during this time. 

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Tuesday – yippee!

It is a tad bit cloudy (and overcast) outside my window, but that won’t stop us from having a great morning (and day, of course).

Spring is right around the corner – we experienced an April-like day yesterday, which was awesome – but that also means a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ is here, too. So, let’s have a great day, everyone, and remember to smile, laugh, and be happy about life!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening – let’s hope they can erase the memories of a six-goal setback from this past weekend when they compete against the Calgary Flames at 7 p.m.
  • The Boston Celtics will be in Oregon this evening to take on the Portland Trail Blazers with tip-off scheduled for 10 p.m. Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, but fans in Boston believe the Green and White should be fine going forward and can compete for an NBA championship this spring.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Hear what Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney had to say about the two new forwards he acquired for the stretch run. (NESN.com)

  • The NFL Combine is this week, which means its time to highlight five storylines to watch for our hometown New England Patriots(WEEI.com)

  • Danny Amendola is not going to be a free agent or return to the area. Instead, he is going back to the Detroit Lions, which could be another hint that Tom Brady will be interested in going elsewhere this offseason. (NBC Sports Boston)
  • What did we learn from watching Romeo Langford on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers? (Boston.com)

  • The Boston Red Sox will need Nate Eovaldi this season. Just saying! (Boston Globe)

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Football Friday Notebook: UMass Dartmouth, WPI Unveil 2018 Schedules

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you had a great Fourth of July and ready for the first Friday in July.

We’re a few weeks out from the start of another NFL season, which is exciting. Additionally, we are also closing in on the start of college and high school football, too – crazy, right?

Let’s kick-off the first weekend in July with some news from the gridiron world – have an awesome weekend, everyone and enjoy the cooler weather in New England!


Boston College and Syracuse University will square-off late this upcoming college football season. So, while we anxiously await that particular kick-off, check out an early outlook/preview of what Orange fans can expect when they face-off against the Eagles.

If you’re a New England Patriots fan, you probably know by now that wide receiver Julian Edelman saw his four game suspension upheld and will miss the first four games of the 2018 season against the Detroit LionsHouston TexansJacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins.

Yes, it is disappointing that Edelman won’t be on the first for the team’s first four games, but as Pats Pulpits‘ Matthew Rewinski writes, “Time to take the L and move on.”

The UMass Dartmouth football team recently unveiled its 2018 schedule, which features non-conference clashes against Alfred State and Delaware Valley. One week after hosting DelVal, the Corsairs will travel to Westfield State for its first MASCAC tilt of the season on Friday, September 14th.

Also announcing its 2018 slate was the WPI football team – Coach Chris Robertson shared the team’s upcoming schedule in a tweet on Tuesday. The Engineers begin its season with three-straight road contests, including a week two meeting with the RPI Engineers. RPI-WPI is always a game to watch or circle on the calendar.

Finally – just for fun! – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was spotted recently tossing a 66-yard touchdown pass to a Minnesota high school football player. The video of the long heave was seen on the Moorhead Spud Football Twitter handle.


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NFL Postseason Schedule Announced

By NoontimeSports.com 

The NFL announced the 2011 playoff schedule on Sunday, and here are the potential match-ups.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012 – Wild Card Round 

* (No. 6) Cincinnati at (No. 3) Houston Texans — 4:30pm eastern 

* (No. 6) Detroit at (No. 3)  New Orleans — 8:00pm eastern 

Sunday, January 8, 2012 — Wild Card Round 

* (No. 5) Atlanta at (No. 4) New York — 1:00pm easter 

* (No. 5) Pittsburgh at (No. 4)  Denver — 4:30PM eastern 

Saturday, January 14, 2012 — Divisional Round 

* Atlanta/New York/New Orleans at (No. 2) San Francisco (Afternoon) 

* Cincinnati/Denver/Pittsburgh at (No. 1) New England (Evening)

Sunday, January 15, 2012 — Divisional Round 

* Denver/Houston/Pittsburgh at  (No. 2) Baltimore (Afternoon)

* Atlanta/Detroit/New York at (No. 1) Green Bay (Afternoon) 

Sunday, January 22, 2012 — AFC/NFC Championship Games

* AFC Championship — 3:30pm eastern 

* NFC Championship — 6:30pm eastern 

Sunday, January 29, 2012 — NFL Pro Bowl

* AFC vs. NFC — Time TBA 

Sunday, February  5, 2012

* AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion — Time TBA