Noontime’s Boston Sports Notebook: Will Tom Brady Return?

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s been just four days since the New England Patriots season concluded, but the setback to the Tennesse Titans doesn’t seem to be on the mind of many these days.

Instead, the biggest issue surrounding our beloved football team is the future of quarterback Tom Brady – will he really leave Boston as a free agent and sign with the Dallas CowboysLas Vegas Raiders or Los Angeles Chargers? Or will he stay in New England for one or two more seasons?

The speculation began quickly after the final whistle sounded last Saturday evening at Gillette Stadium as various reporters pressed the long-time signal-caller on his future with the team. Brady didn’t seem interested in discussing future plans. Instead, it appeared as if he wanted to go home and fall asleep. He also didn’t seem interested in reflecting on the entire 2019 season, too, which saw New England win eight-straight contests.

Will or will not, Tom Brady, return to New England will remain at the forefront of social media, blogs, websites, and media outlets going forward. But I have a hunch that Brady returns next season and concludes his career with the Patriots, not another team.

Watching Brady play for the Cowboys or Raiders would just seem strange in my opinion – I, along with other New England fans, would have a hard time seeing the six-time Super Bowl champion donning a different uniform.

I don’t know Brady – I have never covered any of his games, but have enjoyed watching him as both a fan and season ticket holder, and believe he will stick around the area and finish his impressive career as a Patriot, not a Cowboy or Charger. But for Brady to remain with the organization, New England is going to need to acquire some additional pieces on the offensive end so they can compete for a seventh championship next fall.

Brady, who just didn’t seem to have fun this season, needs help. And he certainly knows he can’t win games going forward with just Julian Edelman and James White. He needs receivers and tight ends that are accustomed to winning, but also those that are willing to commit to the process (also known as the ‘Patriot Way.’).

We’re still weeks (and months) away from finding out where Brady is headed, but again, I just have a feeling – yes, a feeling – that he returns for one or two more seasons and leads New England to their seventh (and maybe eighth) Super Bowl.

If Brady wins seven or eight Super Bowls then it will be really hard to say he is not the greatest ever to play football, right?

Noontime’s Quick Thoughts on some Boston sports news (and notes): 

  • The Boston Celtics have been really impressive and fun to watch this season – I think this team is destined for a deep postseason run.

    But after observing some of their previous starts against the Atlanta Hawks and Washington Wizards, all I can say is the following: they need to play good basketball wire-to-wire, but also not allow mediocre teams dictate the pace of play following the opening tip.

    The Green and White host San Antonio this evening – the Spurs are currently eighth in the Western Conference – and should certainly provide the Celtics with a good test. But a win over the Spurs this evening followed by a victory tomorrow against the Philadelphia 76ers is a must for a team that didn’t play their best basketball against the Hawks and Wizards. Sure, they beat Atlanta (and the Chicago Bulls one night later), but if I am Brad Stevens, my message would be the following: we dictate the pace of play, not our opponent.

  • Could Alex Cora get suspended for 81 games or the entire 2020 season due to the latest report of the Boston Red Sox stealing signs during their 2018 World Series run?

    I think it is possible – do others?

    This is a bad look for the local nine that did not qualify for the postseason last year and has seemed to take a backseat to bolstering their roster this offseason, so they can compete with some of the best in the American League this season, including the New York Yankees.

  • In case you missed it, the Boston College men’s basketball team scored an impressive (and exciting) win last night over 18th ranked Virginia – hope Bob Whitney enjoyed watching this particular game.

    The win bumps the Eagles record to 9-6 overall and should provide the Maroon and Gold with momentum heading into upcoming contests against Georgia Tech and Syracuse University.

    Duke University remains the top team in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) while the Eagles sit two spots below the Blue Devils with a 3-1 league record.


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Mass. College Sports: Thursday Evening Roundup

Olivier Hanlan's 41 points carried the Eagles to a first round victory! (Photo Credit: Boston Globe/Boston.com)

Olivier Hanlan’s 41 points carried the Eagles to a first round victory! (Photo Credit: Boston Globe/Boston.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Another day of college sports are in the books and below are Thursday’s summaries.

Men’s Basketball

Boston College 84, Georgia Tech 64 – The Eagles outscored the Yellow Jackets, 46-31 in the second to earn a first round win in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) tournament. BC’s Olivier Hanlan set a conference record with 41 points, which broke the old mark of 40 by North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes.

UMass 77, George Washington 72 – Chaz Williams‘ jumper with 35 seconds remaining secured a first round win the A-10 (Atlantic-10) tournament. Williams paced UMass with 16 points, while Terrell Vinson and Trey Davis finished with 14 points, respectively.

Men’s Ice Hockey

UMass Lowell 4, Maine 2 – Scott Wilson‘s second goal in the third frame provided the River Hawks with the lead for good as UMass Lowell defeated Maine and earned their first quarterfinal victory.

Men’s Lacrosse

Anna Maria College 7, Nichols College 5 – Chris Summers and Jason Baker each netted two strikes to help the AMCATS improve to 2-2 overall. Nichols’ Brian Hancock led all scorers with four goals.

Wentworth 10, UMass Boston 9 – Ryan Coakley (three goals, three assists) scored his team’s final three goals in the fourth, which helped the Leopards defeat the Beacons at Sweeney Field. Ryan McGoff paced UMass Boston with four points (three goals, one assist), while Henry Bristol recorded a season-best 22 saves between the pipes.

Women’s Lacrosse

Washington College 14, Wheaton College 7 – Charlotte DeSantis (three goals, one assist) and Leila Mills (four goals) each recorded four points, but that wasn’t enough to lead the Lyons past the Shorewomen.

Curry College 11, Fitchburg State 2 – Haley Carey and Mel Brickey each recorded four goals, Ana Bottary registered five points (three goals, two assists) as the Colonels defeated the Falcons and improved to 3-1 overal.

Mass. College Football: Saturday Scoreboard

By NoontimeSports.com 

Here are the results from Saturday’s contests.

* Georgia Tech 37, Boston College 17

* Princeton 39, Harvard 34

* Lafayette 30, Holy Cross 13

* Bowling Green 24, UMass 0

* American International College 27, Bentley University 23

* Merrimack College 81, Saint Anselm 35

* Mount Ida College 24, Maritime (N.Y.) 21

* Gallaudet 48, Becker College 26

* Castleton 54, Anna Maria College 33

* Merchant Marine 28, WPI 13

* Springfield College 33, St. Lawrence 20

* Mass. Maritime 42, Maine Maritime 23 (40th Annual Admiral’s Cup)

* Endicott College 61, UMass Dartmouth 15

* Western New England College 23, Plymouth State 3

* Curry College 34, Nichols College 24

* Coast Guard 31, Worcester State 28

* Bridgewater State 44, Fitchburg State 14

* Framingham State 30, Westfield State 16

* Williams College 25, Tufts University 7

* Amherst College 17, Wesleyan 9

Mass. College Football: Week 8 Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com 

The eighth week of the college football season is upon us, so with that being the case here is this weekend’s slate.

Friday, October 19: 

* Assumption College at So. Conn., 7PM

* Salve Regina at MIT, 7PM

Saturday, October 20: 

* Bowling Green at UMass, 12PM

* Gallaudet at Becker College, 12PM

* Mass. Maritime at Maine Maritime (40th Annual Admiral’s Cup), 12PM

* Endicott College at UMass Dartmouth, 12PM

* Western New England College at Plymouth State, 1PM

* Nichols College at Curry College, 1PM

* Harvard at Princeton, 1PM

* Holy Cross at Lafayette, 1PM

* Bentley University at American International College, 1PM

* Saint Anselm at Merrimack College, 1PM

* Amherst College at Wesleyan College, 1PM

* Springfield College at St. Lawrence, 1PM

* Williams College at Tufts University, 1:30PM

* Coast Guard at Worcester State, 1:30PM

* Bridgewater State at Fitchburg State, 1:30PM

* Maritime (N.Y.) at Mount Ida College, 2PM

* Framingham State at Westfield State, 2PM

* WPI at Merchant Marine, 2:30PM

* Boston College at Georgia Tech, 3PM

* Castleton at Anna Maria, 3PM

No. 1 Georgia Tech Sweeps Boston College Softball in Weekend Series

Certainly, the Yellow Jackets had no problem sweeping the Eagles on Saturday and Sunday.

By Stacey Kilpatrick 

CHESTNUT HILL, MA – A great upset against No. 1 ACC Georgia Tech almost happened for the Boston College softball team on Sunday at Shea Field during their final game of the three-game series, but the Yellow Jackets [42-8, 16-1] rallied back with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to beat the Eagles [14-30, 5-13], 9-7.

Eagles senior pitcher Allison Gage started the afternoon, but only pitched 1.1 innings and allowed four runs, four hits and one walk, before sophomore Nicole D’Argento [3-2] took over. D’Argento pitched 5.2 innings, struck out three batters and allowed five runs on five hits.

For the Yellow Jackets, sophomore Hope Rush [12-3] earned the win, as well as struck out three batters in five innings. Rush also allowed seven runs on eight hits, walked three and finished the game with seven errors.

Freshman Lindsey Anderson [11-0], who won Saturday’s second game for Georgia Tech, earned a save during the final two innings. She struck out three batters, but allowed two hits and a walk.

Georgia Tech jumped out to a two-run lead in the top of the first inning when junior Kelsi Weseman hit a home run over the center field wall. Yet, Boston College rallied and took a three-run lead in the bottom of the first.

D’Argento hit a lead-off home run, her 11th of the season, and Junior Ali Lynette-Krech hit an RBI double into center field that brought home freshman Tory Speer to tie the game.

Then sophomore Maria Pandolfo banged one out of the park and brought home senior Gemma Ypparila and Lynette-Krech, making it 5-2 in favor of the Eagles.

In the top of the second inning, Georgia Tech earned two more runs against Gage, making it a one-run game.

Senior Jessica Weaver recorded the Yellow Jacket’s third run when freshman Hayley Downs hit a double into right center field. Downs was then brought home by senior Christy Jones single.

The Yellow Jackets tied the game in the top of the third and then took a three-run advantage in the top of the fifth inning when Weaver blasted a three-run home run, scoring freshman Alysha Rudnik and sophomore Caitlin Jordan.

Boston College came back in the bottom of the fifth inning, making it once again a one-run game against Rush. Junior Brittany Wilkins earned a lead-off walk, and Speer, following Saturday’s home run, earned her ninth of the season as she hammered one far into center field for a two-run score.

But, Georgia Tech had more scoring in them, as freshman Ashley Thomas earned the Yellow Jacket’s ninth run when senior Kristine Priebe hit a sacrifice fly into right field. Thomas singled into right on a full count, stole second on a wild D’Argento pitch and then advanced to third while Weseman walked to first after a late ball call.

Boston College loaded the bases during their final offensive series, but a grounder to first by Speer ended the inning. The Eagles then struck out in the seventh inning to officially end the game against the Yellow Jackets.

The Eagles outhit Georgia Tech 10-9, but also recorded five errors.

Boston College will head to UMass on Wednesday for a doubleheader and then will close out their regular season at home against Boston University on Thursday.

Georgia Tech will wrap up their regular season next weekend against Florida State with a doubleheader on Saturday and one game on Sunday.