Brady, Buccaneers Ready For Primetime

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Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play five primetime games this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: ADAM GLANZMAN/GETTY)

By Brian Willwerth 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2020 schedule came out last night, and fans of the team should get ready to see them a lot in prime time.

Thank you, Tom Brady and company.

The Buccaneers will play a record five-night games this year – yes, that is a franchise record, for those keeping track at home. Of course, some games could be flexed in or out of certain time slots, but for now, Tampa Bay is scheduled to play five games under the lights: on the road against the Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, and New York Giants, and home games against the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. All five of those games are over a span of seven weeks.

Oh, and we get Brady against Drew Brees in the season-opener in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brady won his first Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2002 in the same building.

Without further delay, here’s the schedule.  Time to start planning some road trips to Florida, everyone!


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Schedule 

  • Week One (Sept. 13, 2020): Tampa Bay at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Two (Sept. 20, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
  • Week Three (Sept. 27, 2020): Tampa Bay at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Four (Oct. 4, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m.
  • Week Five (Oct. 8, 2020): Tampa Bay at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week Six (Oct. 18, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Seven (Oct. 25, 2020): Tampa Bay at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week Eight (Nov. 2, 2020): Tampa Bay at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week Nine (Nov. 8, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 10 (Nov. 15, 2020): Tampa Bay at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
  • Week 11 (Nov. 23, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 12 (Nov. 29, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 13: Bye Week
  • Week 14 (Dec. 13, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
  • Week 15 (Dec. 20, 2020): Tampa Bay at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
  • Week 16 (TBD): Tampa Bay at Detroit Lions
  • Week 17 (Jan. 3, 2021): Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

New England Patriots Begin Their 2020 Campaign Against The Miami Dolphins

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New England Patriots logo. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patriots.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The post-Tom Brady era will officially begin for the New England Patriots on Sunday, September 13 when they host the Miami Dolphins for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

Miami and New England last met in the opening week of the 2014 season when the Dolphins beat the Patriots, 33-20. New England would rebound the following week before eventually winning their fourth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Following their home-opener against the Dolphins, New England will visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, September 20 for an 8:20 p.m. kick-off before closing out the first month of the 2020 season at home one week later against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Patriots will play three games in October, including a 4:25 p.m. contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. New England will then compete in five games in November, including three road games against the Buffalo BillsHouston Texans, and New York Jets before playing four times in December.

New England’s final two contests will be home games against the Bills and Jets. Their final regular-season game against New York will be played on Sunday, January 3 with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Prior to their initial contest of the 2020 season, the Patriots will play back-to-back preseason games against the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers before hitting the road to compete against the Philadelphia Eagles (week three) and New York Giants (week four).

The 2020 schedule will certainly be a challenging one for New England, which is scheduled to compete against six teams that competed in last season’s postseason, as well as the two teams that squared-off in Super Bowl LIV.


New England Patriots 2020 Schedule 

  • Week One (Sept. 13, 2020): New England vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
  • Week Two (Sept. 20, 2020): New England at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week Three (Sept. 27, 2020): New England vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m.
  • Week Four (Oct. 4, 2020): New England at Kansas City Cheifs, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Five (Oct. 11, 2020): New England vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
  • Week Six: Bye
  • Week Seven (Oct. 25, 2020): New England vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Eight (Nov. 1, 2020): New England at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
  • Week Nine (Nov. 9, 2020): New England at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 10 (Nov. 15, 2020): New England vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 11 (Nov. 22, 2020): New England at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
  • Week 12 (Nov. 29, 2020): New England vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.
  • Week 13 (Dec. 6, 2020): New England at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 14  (Dec. 10, 2020): New England at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 15 (Dec. 20, 2020): New England at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
  • Week 16 (Dec. 28, 2020): New England vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 17 (Jan. 3, 2021): New England vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 23rd, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday, which means its time for a brand new week. Are you ready?

As usual, we’re here to put a smile on your face and take some time away from news of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is exactly what we will start doing … now!


Today’s Weather in Boston (and the Greater Boston Area): After a nice weekend with some sun and wind, it will be a bit cooler today – look for temperatures hovering between 34 and 38 degrees. It will be overcast for the majority of the day – maybe we’ll see the sun for a few minutes? – but then a wintry mix arrives later this afternoon, which will turn to rain for most of us this evening. 

Luckily, tomorrow will be warmer and include the sun, but there seems to be a lot of rain in the forecast this week, which means we should all just stay indoors (and be safe, of course!).


The Noontime Headlines for Monday, March 23rd, 2020 


In Case You Missed It: 

  • We started our first theme week here at Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) yesterday – we are producing content on Boston and New England sports teams from the past decade. And we began with our All-Decade Boston Bruins team.

On This Date in History 

  • 1948: Kansas topped Baylor in the 10th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to claim the program’s first-ever national title.
  • 1957: North Carolina beat Kansas, 54-53, in triple-overtime in the 19th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Wilt Chamberlain, who played for Kansas, became the fourth player to be named the tournament’s most valuable player despite not being on the championship squad.
  • 1963: Loyola-Chicago beats Cincinnati, 60-58, in overtime in the 25th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, providing the Ramblers with their initial title in their first-ever finals appearance.
  • 1994: Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL record with 802 goals scored.

Daily Noontime: Friday, March 6th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

It’s Friday – hooray!

I hope you are excited about the weekend as I am – I know it will be a great one.

Tomorrow will be chilly, but then the mild-winter/early spring weather returns on Sunday and then Monday will feel like a beach day (wahoo!).

Let’s kick-off the final day of the workweek with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’

The Boston Bruins squeaked out a 2-1 win last night over the Florida Panthers – they needed a second-period goal to eventually force overtime. Torey Krug netted the game-winner while finishing with one goal and one assist. Patrice Bergeron tied the game in the second period.

With the win, the Bruins earned an additional two points and are now in complete command of the Atlantic Division. They have won 43 games and will look to continue their momentum tomorrow evening when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m.

Following their one-goal victory last night over the Panthers, Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy made a funny joke about Krug. Apparently, he referred to the defensemen as “hammer hands there.” That is pretty funny, right?

Crew Ainge and the Babson College men’s basketball team are back in the NCAA D-III Tournament this afternoon – the Beavers will tip-off against Ithaca College at 5 p.m.

Ainge is the son of Boston Celtics president of basketball operations – that would be Danny Ainge – and has certainly enjoyed competing for the Beavers this winter.

Speaking of the Celtics, they will be at home this evening against the Utah Jazz. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.

According to former Celtics forward (and center) Kendrick Perkins, he believes Boston’s best chance to contend for a title (and be a real threat in the Eastern Conference) is by locking-up the second seed. “If Boston gets the second seed, they’re going to the Eastern Conference Finals and they’re going to the (NBA) Finals,” Perkins said, via Nick Friar of WEEI.com.

As of this morning, the Celtics trail the Toronto Raptors by one-and-a-half games for the second spot. But I think Perkins is right – we need the second position to have a chance at contending for an NBA championship in June (fingers crossed!).

Finally, it sounds like the San Francisco 49ers could be a possible landing spot for Tom Brady, but the same could be said for our beloved New England Patriots.

Other potential landing spots, as noted by ProFootballTalk.com, are Tennessee TitansLos Angeles Chargers, and Las Vegas Raiders.

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.