Report: Tom Brady Has Yet To Commit To 2018 Season

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According to various reports, Tom Brady has yet to commit to playing in 2018. (PHOTO CREDIT: NESN)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

According to various reports on Wednesday (Apr. 18th, 2018), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has yet to commit to playing this upcoming season.

Brady led the Patriots to the Super Bowl last season, but was unable to deliver the franchise its sixth national championship. Instead, Philadelphia celebrated its first-ever Super Bowl – the win was the squad’s first against the Patriots in the ‘big game’ since falling to New England in 2004.

ESPN‘s Adam Schefter confirmed via his report this morning that one source believes Brady will play this season, but did say, “what goes on away from the football field, I don’t know.”

Brady, who will turn 41 in August, has told multiple outlets over the years that he would like to play beyond his 40th birthday, but has recently been focused on spending more time with his family.

The news of Brady’s uncertainty to play this season adds another wrinkle to what has been a very bizarre offseason for the Patriots, which has seen multiple players from last year’s squad, including Malcolm ButlerNate SolderBrandin Cooks and Danny Amendola depart New England to sign with other teams.

Additionally, news continues to surface about Rob Gronkowski‘s future – will he remain in New England or pursue other opportunities such as wrestling or acting? We will have to wait and find out!

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D3 Lacrosse Notebook: Bates Earns Top Spot On ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In case you missed it: Bates College men’s lacrosse earned some national attention last night by earning the top spot on ESPN’s Top 10 on SportsCenter.

Bates earned the highest spot in the well-known Top 10 highlight package, thanks to a pair of behind the back looks from Brendan Mullally and Matt Chlastawa. The duo connected for an extremely impressive goal from the nearside during the Bobcats’ 21-8 win over Keene State.

Following the conclusion of yesterday’s contest, Chlastawa told the Sun Journal, “It’s nice to mess around out there and have some fun with it. That’s why we’re out here, because we love the sport.”

The Bobcats have won three-straight and will look to earn their fourth consecutive win when they host Williams College on Saturday, March 24th with face-off set for 1 p.m.

Under The Helmet With Endicott College Quarterback Joe Kalosky

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A last second touchdown pass by Endicott College quarterback Joe Kalosky helped the Gulls score an exciting week two win over Bridgewater State. (PHOTO CREDIT: Matt Noonan/Noontime Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s been an exciting week for the Endicott College sophomore signal-caller Joe Kalosky, who guided his team to an improbable comeback last Saturday against Bridgewater State.

Kalosky’s last second heave – a 31-yard touchdown pass to Sheilan Velazquez – helped the Gulls pick-up their initial win of the season, as well as gain some exciting traction, both on television and social media. Kalosky, along with coach Kevin DeWall, appeared on SportsCenter AM five days ago to discuss the exciting win, which had New England D3 football fans eager for more football this week.

This week, Kalsoky and the Gulls will visit MIT on Saturday, September 16th at 1 p.m. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The two teams met last season with Endicott claiming a 21-9 win, thanks to the now sophomore quarterback, who completed the game with 145 passing yards, along with a rushing touchdown in the opening session.

Noontime Sports recently caught-up with Kalosky to discuss his team’s exciting week two victory over the Bears of Bridgewater State.

It’s been a few days since your team’s exciting win over Bridgewater State, so tell me what the past few days have been like? 

The weekend was an exciting time for both our school and football program. However, after our Sunday meetings, our team completely shifted our focus to MIT. We’re not dwelling on the past. We are focused on MIT.

Have you ever led a game-winning drive like you did last Saturday in high school or perhaps in the backyard with friends? 

When I played for Holy Cross High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, I had a similar win on Thanksgiving Day during my junior year against Wolcott High School. We received a kickoff after their go-ahead touchdown with about 40 seconds remaining – we were down by five points. We ran a few plays to get in arms distance of the end zone. We snapped the ball with less than 10 seconds left from the 41-yard line. We had a “Big Ben” play designed and ran it perfectly – technically, how it was drawn up. I threw it high and into the end zone and my receiver tapped it backwards to a trailing receiver which one-handed-it and walked into the end zone. We won 39-38.

Here is Kalosky’s game-winning touchdown pass from Thanksgiving Day 2013. 

How does a win like last week help the squad going into not just this week, but the next few weeks? 

I believe last week’s win helped us establish the mentality of never giving up. We played hard from the first to last snap. And its a win that will give us momentum (going forward) – is also a step forward for us in becoming the team we want to be, too.

Heading into this week’s clash with MIT, what are a few things you and the offense must do to be successful? 

Heading into the MIT game (this Saturday, September 16th), we need to clean-up the aspects that we can control (on both sides of the ball). We hurt ourselves offensively too much during the first two weeks, but we have talent and just need to put it all together, so all eleven guys are on the same page.

Who is your all-time favorite quarterback? 

Brett Favre. Growing up, I loved to watch his competitiveness and will to win. He had a strong arm and believed he could make any throw in the game (at any time). I admired his uncharacteristic and spontaneous plays, too. He made something out of nothing and the play was never dead in his mind.

Have you always played quarterback? If not, what other positions did you play growing up? 

Mostly, I have always played quarterback since I was younger, but I did play linebacker on defense.

It is a cliché question, but what do you enjoy most about the sport of football? How has it helped you be successful off the gridiron? 

I enjoy the competitiveness and camaraderie of the sport. Football has helped me be successful off the field by working well and communicating with others along with always having the competitive instinct.

You are majoring in Educational Studies. Tell me why you chose this major and what you hope to do with it after graduation in 2020? 

I chose this major because I want to make a difference in kids’ lives. After graduation, I would like to get a job as a teacher in either a fourth or fifth grade urban area classroom. I would like to help kids that may not have much outside of the classroom and build them up to become a successful person.

Finally, what is your all-time favorite football movie? 

My all-time favorite football movie is Friday Night Lights. This movie came out when I was playing youth football and it painted a picture of what football in my life would be like. This movie prompted me to play football in high school and eventually I made the decision to continue playing football at the collegiate level.

Endicott Softball Makes SportsCenter Top 10 List

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The Endicott College softball team was recently featured on ESPN’s SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. (PHOTO CREDIT: Endicott College Gulls)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In case you missed it, the Endicott College softball team earned a spot recently on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 plays.

As seen on the Gulls’ Twitter handle (@ECGulls), both at the top of their page, as well as tweeted earlier today, the softball team checked-in second on the list. Host Neil Everett congratulated coach Mark Veilleux, who recently earned his 600th win.

Congratulations to Coach Veilleux on an impressive milestone – for more on the Gulls’ softball program, HOP HERE!

UMass Dartmouth’s Buzzer-Beater Makes SportsCenter

UMass Dartmouth's Chris Mendes sank a buzzer-beater trifecta on Tuesday evening, which was later featured on ESPN. (PHOTO CREDIT: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)
UMass Dartmouth’s Chris Mendes sank a buzzer-beater trifecta on Tuesday evening, which was later featured on ESPN. (PHOTO CREDIT: UMass Dartmouth Athletics)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

It’s been an exciting season for the UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball team.

Earlier this month, the Corsairs provided head coach Brian Baptiste with his 600th win by defeating Bridgewater State, 77-71.

Two days later, they handed Keene State it’s first Little East Conference (LEC) setback of the season – the Owls defeated the Corsairs in last year’s conference championship game en route to the NCAA Tournament. The game also featured senior Jon Robinson netting a career-high 23 points, too.

10 days after their impressive win over Keene State – last night, to be exact – UMass Dartmouth scored a dramatic 72-70 win over MIT, which featured a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Chris Mendes.

ESPN’s SportsCenter featured the game-winning trifecta – HOP HERE to watch (and hear the game-winning call by John Cabral).

The Corsairs return to action at the end of the month when they take on Connecticut College on Friday, December 30th at the 2016 Springfield College Tournament.

For more on the UMass Dartmouth men’s basketball team – HOP HERE