Daily Noontime: Friday, February 14th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s Friday or as we call it, ‘Fri-Yay’ – woo!

It is BRUTAL outside today, so make sure to bring an extra hat and gloves when you go out for a second (or third) cup of coffee. Luckily, this cold weather won’t last long as Boston’s mild-winter returns Sunday with temperatures falling just a tad bit short of 50 degrees.

Have a wonderful weekend – make sure to do something special today for Valentine’s Day and remember to smile, laugh, and eat some chocolate!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • Jayson Tatum netted a game-high 39 points last night as the Boston Celtics outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers, 141-133, in double-overtime. With the win, the Celtics have won seven of their last eight contests, and enter the NBA All-Star break with some serious momentum.
  • The Boston Bruins will look to continue their impressive play from a few nights ago when they host the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow for a 1 p.m. face-off. They will then head to Manhattan on Sunday to face the New York Rangers for a 3:30 p.m. puck drop.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Kemba Walker said that Jayson Tatum was the ‘best’ player on the court last night against Los Angeles. (ESPN.com)
  • Jayson Tatum could be the player that leads the Celtics to their 18th championship this spring (and summer!).  (For The Win) 
  • Alex Verdugo, who came over from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Mookie Betts deal, could miss the start of the Boston Red Sox season. (Boston Globe)
  • Kevin Pillar and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a one-year deal, which is good news for the team’s outfield. (ESPN.com)
  • Which Major League Baseball (MLB) team had the worst offseason? Perhaps the Red Sox? (CBS Sports) 
  • Here are the movies and television shows that will be filmed in Massachusetts this year. (Boston.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a song that is playing on our Spotify playlist today! 

Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 13th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Hello, Thursday – how are you?

From a quick look outside the window, you look gray, overcast, rainy, and gross, but that is OK because tomorrow is Friday (and Valentine’s Day), so that will keep our spirits high!

Let’s make sure to have a great day by dishing out a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – as usual, make sure to smile, laugh, and have an extra cup of coffee!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins returned to the win column last night with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. David Pastrnak lit the lamp three times last night while Patrice Bergeron finished with one goal. Boston will host the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, February 15th with puck drop scheduled for 1 p.m.
  • The Boston Celtics close out the first half of their season this evening when they host the Los Angeles Clippers at 8 p.m. Boston is currently third in the Eastern Conference while the Clippers are in the same position in the Western Conference.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • David Pastrnak recorded his fourth hat trick of the season last night in his team’s three-goal win over Montreal. (NESN.com)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, hopes Mookie Betts will fall in love with his new city. (ESPN.com)
  • The ‘myth behind Boston’s Mookie Betts trade.’ (The Ringer)

  • A local Boston sports columnist believes the Celtics could make the NBA Finals this spring (and early summer!). (Boston.com)

  • Tom Brady could fit in quite well with any California team, along with the Las Vegas Raiders, too. (The Athletic)
  • Nick Caserio, who is the New England Patriots’ director of player personnel, has agreed to a contract extension. (ProFootballTalk.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: It’s ‘Throwback Thursday,’ which means its time for a fun video that will inspire you to do great things today, tomorrow, and the next day, too. 

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Wednesday!

We’re two days away from the weekend – we are also two days away from celebrating love (Valentine’s Day), so make sure to pick up some chocolate and flowers for someone special either today or tomorrow.

The sun has officially returned to Boston (and the surrounding neighborhoods), so get outside today and soak in some Vitamin D!

Have a great day, everyone, and remember to smile, laugh, and eat something yummy today!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Celtics winning streak was snapped last night as the Houston Rockets topped the Green and White by a score of 116-105. Boston will have a chance to return to the win column tomorrow when they host the Los Angeles Clippers at 8 p.m.
  • The Boston Bruins return to the ice this evening – the Black and Gold will host the Montreal Canadiens with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Boston is looking to erase memories of a 3-1 setback a few days ago against the Detroit Red Wings.
  • The Northeastern University women’s ice hockey team captured its first Beanpot Tournament title since 2013 with a 4-3 win over Boston University in overtime.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • The Boston Red Sox have promoted Ron Roenicke to the interim manager. (ESPN.com)

  • Will the Red Sox be contenders this season without Mookie Betts and David Price(Boston.com)

  • Adding Kevin Pillar to the Red Sox outfield would be a great way to ‘revamp’ the team’s outfield. (NESN.com)

  • Let’s do a mid-February check-in on Tom Brady, who may or may not play for the New England Patriots in 2020. (ESPN.com)

  • David Krejci is closing in on 900 games with the Boston Bruins. (WEEI.com)
  • Kemba Walker was frustrated by the referees last night during his team’s setback to the Houston Rockets. (Boston.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Eminem performed ‘Lose Yourself’ at the Oscars this past Sunday – he sounded pretty good (just our two-cents!). 

Daily Noontime: Monday, February 10th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

How was your weekend? Are you ready for a brand new week?

It looks like a yucky day outside our window. Expect some rain today in Boston (and outside the city), but the good news is the mild winter returns after some chilly temps this past weekend.

Have a great day, everyone, and remember to smile, laugh, and drink an extra cup of coffee today!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins saw their six-game winning streak snapped yesterday with a 3-1 setback to the Detroit Red Wings. Boston will return to the ice on Wednesday, February 12th when they host the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Boston Celtics edged the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday by a score of 112-111. With the win, the Green and White have now won seven-straight contests – they will look to extend their winning streak on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Mookie Betts and David Price are finally headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers(ESPN.com)
  • Spring training will officially begin this week for the Boston Red Sox, which is exactly what we need after an interesting (and bizarre) few weeks. (Boston Globe)

  • With the Red Sox-Dodgers deal now complete, the Red Sox have positioned themselves to ‘spend money in free agency next offseason.’ (MassLive.com)

  • Vince Carter thanked the Boston Celtics for their pregame tribute to the veteran shoot guard/small forward. (Boston.com)
  • The XFL drew 3.3 million viewers on ABC this weekend, which is a good start for the spring football league. (ProFootballTalk.com)

  • The Bruins offense did not show up against the Red Wings yesterday, but that shouldn’t derail thoughts of reaching the Stanley Cup. (WEEI.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: What do you think about Tom Brady signing with the Dallas Cowboys in a few weeks? 

Catching Up With Katie Zimmerman (Western New England Women’s Ice Hockey)

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Katie Zimmerman was named earlier this month the first coach of the Western New England women’s ice hockey program, which is scheduled to begin competition in 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Diana McNamara)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Katie Zimmerman seems very excited to coach the first Western New England women’s ice hockey team, which is scheduled to play its first contest during the 2020-21 school year.

“Being able to start my own program at the college level is very, very special,” said Zimmerman, who arrives in Springfield after assisting the Amherst College women’s ice hockey team since the 2014-15 season.

“I have categorized it as a life experience (because) it is going to be both exciting and challenging, but also a full-circle feeling to build a program and help grow the game at the next level.”

Zimmerman was named the program’s initial coach earlier this month when the institution announced they would be adding a women’s ice hockey program.

A forward for the Hamilton College women’s ice hockey team, Zimmerman led the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) in goals scored during her junior and senior seasons, while also earning a pair of all-league selections.

In addition to assisting coach Jeff Matthews at Amherst, Zimmerman has prior coaching experience with USA Hockey and SUNY Cortland.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Zimmerman to discuss her excitement for starting the women’s ice hockey program at Western New England.

On getting a startup program started: The very first thing to do is to make sure people know about the program. So, what I have done is introduce or reintroduce myself to former colleagues and coaches at both the youth and high-school level, as well as camp directors and advisors to educate them about this new program. I have let people know that this is an exciting opportunity, not just for myself, but for so many people that are going to be able to support it, including the first-ever student-athletes that will have a chance to write the first chapter of the program’s history. Besides spreading the news, it is also time to begin building relationships with prospective student-athletes, too.

I am really excited about this opportunity. I believe in this program, and I am looking for recruits who are just as excited as I am. 

On learning from prior startup women’s ice hockey programs: I do have contact with coaches that have started their own NCAA Division I and III programs, so it is very interesting to speak with them and learn how they got their programs started. There are so many interesting aspects of building an inaugural team.

On spreading the word of the new program to the entire country: The midwest and northeast are hockey hotbeds. Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Michigan are the three top states for girl’s hockey, so those are target areas, but I am casting a wide net for potential student-athletes that want to join our program. I have seen some impressive players come out of California, Colorado, and even Texas and Florida, so I am definitely spreading the news outside the northeast and making sure to focus on bringing in individuals that will set the tone for the program’s culture. I have been really lucky to chat with so many people that have provided me with ideas as to what I should do with recruiting, to the hockey x’s and o’s stuff as well, but it has been very helpful learning more about how my colleagues and coaching friends have started their respective programs.

On publicizing the news through social media: I recently launched a WNE women’s ice hockey Instagram account and plan to follow up with Twitter and Facebook soon. Social media is a primary mode of communication for so many people these days and I am excited to get some good content out there. 

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Katie Zimmerman competed for Hamilton College in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). (PHOTO COURTESY:


On falling in love with the sport of hockey: My love for hockey began in the driveway. I grew up on a street with many other young kids, and I would jump into street hockey games whenever I could. I loved ripping around the neighborhood on my roller blades that I had my seventh birthday party at an inline skating arena. I vividly remember going to the arena with my mom and seeing a roller hockey game being played, and I asked my mom if I could play. She signed me up on the spot. I was one of only two girls in the roller hockey league for three years before I transitioned to ice hockey at 10-years-old. I grew more and more serious about ice hockey as time went on, and my love for the sport only grew.

Some of my all-time best friends have been former teammates and many of my favorite moments revolve around hockey. And when I’m not coaching the sport, I’m a passionate follower of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a loyal Detroit Red Wings fan!

Some favorite memories of the game: I could write a book about my favorite memories. When I was a senior in high school I played for a team in Michigan called Victory Honda, and that year alone holds so many of my all-time favorite hockey memories. The best part of that year was that it felt like we were all best friends, both on and off the ice – I still keep in touch to this day) – which made every moment at the rink so much fun. I also had a blast playing in college, where every game-day felt like a holiday. 

Zimmerman’s all-time favorite hockey player: Pavel Datsyuk, who used to play for the Detroit Red Wings. His nickname was “The Magician” because he could do unimaginably creative things with the puck. I thought he was the most entertaining player to watch and a really strong two-way player, too. To this day, I’ve never seen another player that plays the game like he did. 


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