Daily Noontime: Friday, March 27th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

We have officially reached our favorite day of the week: Friday!

As usual, we hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and thinking optimistically. I know I may sound like a broken record, but we will get through this and come back stronger than ever – I believe it!

Let’s cap another crazy week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – again, be well, stay safe, and have a nice weekend, everyone.


Noontime’s Headlines for Friday, March 27th, 2020 

  • Yesterday was supposed to be the first day of the Major League Baseball season But due to no games being played by the coronavirus (COVID-19), NBC Sports did a simulation of the 2020 season on “MLB The Show 20” video game, which saw the Boston Red Sox finish their campaign with just 79 wins.
  • If there is no baseball this season due to the coronavirus, then Mookie Betts will be a free agent, not a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Additionally, the Sox would lose a few members of this year’s team, including Jackie Bradley Jr., Kevin Pillar, and Collin McHugh to free agency.
  • In honor of Opening Day – again, yesterday! – ESPN posted its power rankings, which found the Red Sox ranked 19th out of 30 teams. That is not good!
  • Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge seems to be staying busy during this unusual time, but also admitted in an interview with the Boston Herald that he doesn’t “feel really scared” about the coronavirus.
  • Besides answering who will play quarterback this season for the New England Patriots, the team seems to have additional question marks surrounding multiple positions on both sides of the ball.

On This Date in History

  • 1942: Joe Louis KOs Abe Simon and wins the heavyweight boxing title.
  • 1962: Jacques Plante ties the record for winning his sixth NHL Vezina trophy.
  • 1977: Chris Evert won her fourth and final WTA Tour Championship by a score of 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, against England’s Sue Baker. The tennis match was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
  • 1995: Forrest Gump was named the Best Picture at the 67th Academy Awards.
  • 1998: The Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks competed in front of 62,046 fans at the Georgia Dome, which was the largest crowd in NBA history. The Bulls won the game, by the way.

Daily Noontime: Friday, March 20th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Friday (or as we like to call it, Fri-yay!).

It has been quite the week – when will the new normal end? – but like I did yesterday, I will continue to produce a ‘Daily Noontime’ going forward with hopes of putting a smile on everyone’s faces during this unique time (and the life we’re living these days).

Alright, it is official: Tom Brady is officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In a release (and story this morning from the Buccaneers’ website), the team’s General Manager Jason Licht said Brady will “immediately impact our entire organization.”

Indeed, Brady will make an impact on the Bucs, who finished their 2019 season with seven wins and nine losses.

But doesn’t it seem strange (or bizarre) to think Brady will end his historic career with the Buccaneers? I mean, I think so, but Joe Montana ended his career, not with the San Francisco 49ers, but the Kansas City Chiefs. Again, this just seems weird, but again, we’re living in unusual times.

So, with no Brady under center, it is time to embrace Jarrett Stidham, but maybe we should also Jameis Winston, too. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler thinks (and believes) that the former Buccaneers quarterback could be an ideal replacement for the Patriots, but do we really want a quarterback that threw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions last season?

In other National Football League (NFL) news, the “stay at home” order in California could impact the completion of SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The new home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams was supposed to be ready for the upcoming season, but due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the “stay at home” order could mean a delay on the league’s new crown jewel.

In an interesting op-ed piece from the Los Angeles Times, there is a thought of building a people mover to the stadium, along with the shops and office space, which will be built nearby. Not a bad idea and it would decrease traffic, too.

Let’s switch gears to some quick hitters (and what occurred on this date in the past few months, years, and decades), beginning with wishing Bobby Orr a happy birthday!

On This Date in History: 

  • 1934: Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitched one inning in a Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training game for the Philadelphia Athletics. She gave up one walk but not hits in a single frame against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1965: UCLA beat Michigan in the 27th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • 1973: Roberto Clemente was elected to the MLB 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash.
  • 1989: Baseball announced former Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation for betting on baseball games.
  • 1990: The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s number (No. 33).

As usual, please be well and be safe, take care of your family, and we’ll have more content on Brady (and some other topics) later today and this weekend! 

Bruschi: “Tom Will Eventually Go Back To New England”

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Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi believes Tom Brady will play for the organization in 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bleacher Report/Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

By NoontimeSports.com 

There seems to be a lot of speculation about the future of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will be a free agent in a few weeks.

Will he remain in New England? Will he bolt for the west coast to compete for the Los Angeles Chargers or Las Vegas Raiders? Or, will he retire so he can focus on TB12 Sports?

We probably won’t know the answers to those questions or other speculations and rumors until next month. But one of Brady’s former teammates, Tedy Bruschi, thinks the six-time Super Bowl champion will remain with the organization that drafted in 2000.

“My gut feeling is Tom – when we go through all of this and play this all out, Tom will eventually go back to New England,” Bruschi said on ESPN’s NFL Countdown earlier today.

Bruschi, who is an analyst for ESPN, played his entire career for the Patriots, including eight seasons with Brady. Both players helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

The former Patriots linebacker has had some great insight on Brady’s future over the past few weeks – sure, he may not know exactly where he is headed, but as Bruschi said four weeks ago, “Tom Brady is not finished. He still wants to play football. Its a matter of where it’s going to be.”

So, will Brady play for New England or another organization next season? We’ll just have to wait and find out we suppose.

Report: Patriots To Pay Tom Brady $30M Per Year

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Could Tom Brady be persuaded to remain in New England next fall? (PHOTO COURTESY: Image via Getty/Rob Carr | https://www.complex.com/)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Today may be ‘Super Bowl Sunday,’ but that doesn’t mean we can’t hear something about our beloved New England Patriots, specifically quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady, who will officially be a free agent in a few weeks, could be persuaded to remain with the Patriots, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Rapoport reported in his piece on NFL.com today that the “Patriots are intent on keeping Brady, obviously, believing he has one or two good years left.”

Brady, as most Patriots fans would contest, did not have a great season this past fall. In fact, his postseason completion percentage was his lowest total in 41 playoff games. He finished the regular season with 24 touchdowns, which matched his total from 2006 while throwing eight interceptions for just the fourth time in a single-season. 

Spending $30 million per year on Brady would line his salary up with some of the top (and elite) quarterbacks in the NFL.

In addition to the Patriots being interested in retaining their long-time quarterback, Rapoport is reporting that the Los Angeles Chargers will make a pitch to Brady, while ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed with league sources that the Las Vegas Raiders would be interested in acquiring the six-time Super Bowl champion, too.

Both the Chargers and Raiders will compete against the Patriots in 2020. The Raiders will visit Gillette Stadium while the Patriots will compete against the Chargers in Los Angeles. No dates or times have been announced for either contest.

Daily Noontime: Monday, January 27th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Monday, everyone – hope you had a great weekend!

This past weekend ended with a disappointing note with the news of Kobe Bryant‘s passing. We have some links (below) on Kobe, who was a five-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champion, an 18-time All-Star, a 15-time member of the All-NBA team, and the 2008 Most Valuable Player.

Additionally, Bryant was tabbed the NBA Finals MVP in 2009 when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Orlando Magic and in 2010 when the Purple and Gold outlasted our beloved Boston Celtics.

Switching gears – just for a quick second! – it will be somewhat mild today in Boston, both in and outside the city with temperatures in the high 40s. However, it will be mostly cloudy today, but the warmer weather makes up for it, though!

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and remember to smile and laugh!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Celtics saw their three-game winning streak snapped last night as the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Green and White by a score of 123-108Kemba Walker led the way with a game-high 35 points, Gordon Hayward netted 23 points and Jaylen Brown chipped in 20 points.
  • Boston is off this evening but will cap their three-game road trip tomorrow with a visit to the Miami Heat, who currently resides in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-14 record. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
  • The Boston Bruins will begin the second half of their season on Friday, January 31st when they visit the Winnipeg Jets at 8 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)


Video of the Day: On January 22nd, 2006, Kobe Bryant made headlines by netting 81 points as the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors, 122-104. 

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