Commentary: Re-Thinking Where Tom Brady Plays In 2020

By Matt Noonan

A few weeks ago, I shared five landing spots for Tom Brady, who is inching closer to inking his name on a new contract with either the New England Patriots or another team for the upcoming 2020 season.

As of today, we’re a bit closer since my last ‘commentary’ blog post – in fact, the NFL free agency period will truly begin two weeks from today (March 18th, 2020), so we should know where the six-time Super Bowl champion will be playing shortly.

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Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? We should know the answer to that question in two weeks. (PHOTO COURTESY: ADAM GLANZMAN/GETTY)

But in the meantime, I thought I would re-think (and revisit) my thoughts from a few weeks ago and share where I think Brady will play next fall.

New England Patriots. I find it hard to believe that Tom Brady would want to leave New England for another team. Seriously, I don’t think he wants to play for another team.  Brady would probably have to ask for less money so the Patriots could spend some money on new pieces for their offense.

If Brady doesn’t return, which is certainly possible, then it truly is because of coach Bill Belichick and his eagerness to lead the Patriots to a championship without the greatest signal-caller that is not named Joe Montana.

San Francisco 49ers. I floated this idea a few weeks ago – I won’t take credit for the thought – but seeing Brady suit up for his hometown 49ers would truly be a fairytale ending to his historic career.

If the 49ers were to acquire the six-time Super Bowl champion, then they would most likely send Jimmy Garoppolo packing. And most likely, Jimmy G would return to New England to lead his former team, which provided him with two Super Bowl rings.

I really like the thought of Tom Brady playing for the 49ers because he would make them an immediate lock for next year’s Super Bowl.

Tennessee Titans. Until the rumors of the 49ers started floating or the thought of Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo switching places started, I thought Tennessee was a lock. But I am not so sure about Brady playing for the Titans next season.

If Tom Brady does play for the Titans then the next question is will Derrick Henry be on the field with him? Per reports, it sounds like the Titans will use the franchise tag on Henry, but another report confirms that Brady would not want to play for Tennessee without the former Alabama halfback.

Tennesse seems like an ideal fit, of course, so don’t rule this team out as we inch closer to the first day of free agency. Plus, you know Tom Brady would love to play for his former teammate, Mike Vrabel.

Other potential landing spots (in my opinion) could also include the Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I don’t think we will see Brady sporting a Dallas Cowboys uniform or playing for the Los Angeles Chargers. And I will end this post by saying I don’t think he will play for the Las Vegas Raiders, but I could be wrong.

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 2, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone! Also, a happy second day of March, too – spring is on the way, which makes me VERY excited!

Let’s kick-off a brand new week with a ‘Daily Noontime,’ which I hope you tell your friends about because it is a great way to get caught up on the news (and start your day, of course!).

Monday will be an off night for Boston Sports 

  • Both the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics will enjoy a night off before returning to action tomorrow. The Bruins will visit the Tampa Bay Lightning for an important game while the Celtics will entertain the Brooklyn Nets on Causeway Street.

Chris Sale threw 15 pitches in batting practice on Sunday 

  • It was great to learn (and hear) that Chris Sale threw 15 pitches yesterday during batting practice yesterday after ending his season last August with inflammation in his left elbow. Sale won’t start immediately for the Boston Red Sox when they begin their 2020 campaign later this month, but will eventually return the rotation, which is music to my ears.

Tom Brady is headed where …? 

  • As of today, we are 14 days closer to the start of the 2020 NFL Free Agency period, which means we should know where Tom Brady is headed (and will be playing in 2020). Will he stay with the New England Patriots? Will he join the Indianapolis Colts? Will he just hang it up and announce his retirement from football?

Tufts Men’s Basketball wins its first NESCAC Tournament Championship 

  • The Jumbos needed two overtime periods on Sunday to knock-off Colby College and claim their first-ever New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament Championship.
  • Eric Savage sent the game to overtime with a long-range three-pointer during the final seconds of the second half – he almost lost the ball but was able to maintain his dribble before firing a shot that resulted in bedlam at Cousens Gymnasium.
  • With the win, the Jumbos secured the conference’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament – they will enter the playoffs with some serious momentum from Sunday’s win over the Mules.

Smith College wins its first-ever NEWMAC Basketball Championship 

  • The Pioneers of Smith College are headed to the upcoming NCAA D-III Tournament, thanks to a 70-56 win yesterday over MIT. The victory provided Smith with its initial New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament Championship.
  • Smith needed to beat three teams in five days to win the conference tournament crown, including Springfield College last Friday.

Coast Guard Academy rallied to beat WPI in Sunday’s NEWMAC Championship 

  • The Bears of Coast Guard Academy erased a 25-point deficit at the break to not only force overtime but then beat WPI in the 2020 NEWMAC Championship.
  • Coast Guard won all three playoff games on the road, including two early last week against Emerson College and Springfield College. The victory provided the Bears with their third conference tournament championship in program history.

The New England Patriots Dynasty Began 18 Years Ago Today

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Adam Vinatieri kicked the game-winning field goal in Super Bowl 36, which sparked the beginning of the New England Patriots dynasty. (PHOTO COURTESY: NBC Sports Boston)

By Matt Noonan 

It was 18 years ago on this exact date when the New England Patriots dynasty began with a dramatic 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams, who are now the Los Angeles Rams.

Adam Vinatieri secured the win with a 48-yard field as time expired, which ignited a celebration by both the players and coaches, as well as the organization’s fanbase that had watched their beloved Patriots lose to the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers in two previous ‘big games.’

New England, which was a heavy underdog to the Rams, secured a 14-3 lead at the break, thanks to a 47-yard pick-six by Ty Law and an eight-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to David Patten.

Vinatieri extended New England’s lead late in the third quarter with a 37-yard field goal before St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner guided the Rams on a pair of touchdown drives in the final session to tie the game at 17-17 with 1:30 remaining.

On the ensuing possession and game’s final drive, the Patriots drove 53-yards in 1:14 to set-up Vinatieri for his game-winning field.

Before Vinatieri helped the Patriots beat the Rams in Super Bowl 36, he booted a pair of field goals against the Oakland Raiders in the 2001 AFC Division Round, which took place at snowy Foxboro Stadium. Vinatieri’s first kick sent the game to overtime, while his final boot secured the Patriots a spot in the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

New England concluded the 2001 season with a 14-5 record – they won 11 regular-season games, including Brady’s first-ever start against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 30th, 2001.

Two years after the Patriots beat the Rams, they topped the Carolina Panthers in 2004 before beating the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005. New England would win three more Super Bowls years later in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, January 30th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s Thursday, which means we are ONE more day closer to a brand new weekend – woo!

It is rather chilly outside this morning – where did this cold weather come from? – so make sure to bundle up when heading to the mailbox or local Starbucks.

Alright, enough rambling about the weather. Here is today’s Daily Noontime from your friends at Noontime Nation. Have a great day!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • No local team was in action last night, but the Boston Celtics are back on Causeway Street this evening as they host the Golden State Warriors at 8 p.m.
  • Boston is still in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-15 record, while the Warriors of Golden State are in last place in the Western Conference.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Penn National Gaming acquired a 36% interest in Barstool Sports yesterday, as confirmed by multiple reports. The Pennsylvania company plans to “increase its ownership stake in Barstool Sports to approximately 50% after three years and additional investment.” (WCVB.com)
  • As noted in the Business Insider, Penn National Gaming and Barstool Sports are planning to launch sportsbooks in its retail casinos in the coming months while launching a betting app in August. (BusinessInsider.com)

  • It seems like the Boston Red Sox will trade right fielder Mookie Betts before the 2020 season, which should benefit their rival the New York Yankees(NJ.com)
  • San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters yesterday that all players, including those that have sustained injuries over the past few weeks, will be good to go for Sunday. (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? Perhaps with the Chicago Bears or Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Maybe the Carolina Panthers? (Boston.com)

  • Jimmy Garoppolo has nothing, but kind words for Tom Brady – he even called his former teammate “a great dude.” (NESN.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Reggie Wayne has some thoughts on Tom Brady playing for the Indianapolis Colts

Football Friday Notebook: Edelman Facing Four-Game Suspension, Six-Man Football To Return To South Dakota in 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Let’s kick-off the second Friday of the month with some news and links from football world, starting with Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots.

Edelman – has you probably learned yesterday – is fighting a four-game suspension for PED use. But as Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe writes in today’s column, “it was a big win for head coach Bill Belichick.”

The Obnoxious Sports Fan of the Boston Herald doesn’t seem too concerned about losing Edelman for the first four games – again, pending he is suspended for the team’s first four games. He is already predicting a monster game against the Indianapolis Colts.

MLive.com highlighted 11 high school football players that have verbally committed to play for the Michigan Wolverines in 2019.

As noted on Pro Football TalkPresident Donald Trump is asking NFL players to recommend people for pardons.

The great Terrell Owens apparently made a statement yesterday about not attending this summer’s Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement in Canton, Ohio. Owens’ decision seem unprecedented, according to a story from NFL.com.

Per various reports, six-man football has been added in South Dakota – it will officially begin next school year (2019). What is six-man football: it allows teams to play six players instead of the traditional 11.

Finally, who has the toughest non-conference schedule in NCAA Football? Let’s go with the Pittsburg Panthers, per a breakdown from ESPN.com.

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