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.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 20th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone – we’re one day away from the start of a brand new weekend!

The sun is shining outside my window, but it is VERY cold, so make sure to bundle up and maybe wear an extra hat (or gloves). But luckily this cold spell will pass as the mild temperatures will return this weekend (and even next week, too). So get excited!

Alright, without further ado, here is a brand new Daily Noontime, but remember … make sure you smile, laugh, eat a cookie, drink some hot cocoa, and read something interesting today.


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The Boston Bruins kicked-off their road trip with a 2-1 (overtime) win last night over the Edmonton OilersDavid Pastrnak and Patrice Bergeron each lit the lamp for the Bruins, who improve to 38-11-12 overall.

    Boston will visit the Calgary Flames tomorrow night (Friday, Feb. 21st) with puck drop scheduled for 9 p.m.

  • The Boston Celtics will commence the second half of their season tomorrow when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Chris Kreider remains on the market and could be a target for not just the Bruins at the NHL Trade Deadline. (NBC Sports)
  • According to a report, the NFL would add an extra playoff team under the Collective Bargaining Agreement beginning this season. (ProFootballTalk.com)

  • Brock Holt won’t be playing for the Boston Red Sox this season – he recently joined the Milwaukee Brewers – but one Boston journalist pondered the question if he was the greatest utility player in the team’s history. (Boston.com)
  • According to Colin Cowherd, the New England Patriots could sign Derek Carr if Tom Brady inks his name on a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders(NESN.com)

  • Robert Williams will be returning to the hardwood soon for the Celtics. (Boston.com)
  • The NBA postseason will be here before we know it, which means its time to highlight a few teams that could provide the Celtics with some challenges over the next few weeks. (Fansided)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of ‘Throwback Thursday’ here is my audition tape for the Chicago Cubs PA Announcer position from 2011. (Feel free to laugh – I won’t get upset!) 

Daily Noontime: Monday, February 17th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan| @NoontimeNation

Happy Monday, everyone!

Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful morning (and end to their long weekend), and ready for a great week.

It is time to kick-off a brand new week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’

As usual, have a wonderful day, smile, laugh, and eat a cookie – you deserve it!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins scored their third-straight win yesterday, beating the New York Rangers, 3-1. Patrice BergeronCharlie Coyle, and Charlie McAvoy each lit the lamp and will be counted on Wednesday, February 19th when the Black and Gold visit the Edmonton Oilers for an 8:30 p.m. puck drop.
  • The Boston Celtics are off until Friday, February 21st when they begin the second half of their season in Minnesota to face the Timberwolves.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • The NHL Trade Deadline is quickly approaching, which means the Bruins may want to acquire an additional piece or two for a Cup run. (WEEI.com)

  • Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum represented the Celtics last night in the NBA All-Star Game. (NESN.com)
  • What if Xander Bogaerts convinced Mookie Betts to come back to Boston next season? It could happen, right? (MassLive.com)

  • John Henry and Sam Kennedy finally explained why they traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers(Boston Globe)
  • Kevin Pillar may not be Mookie Betts, but he certainly will be a nice addition to the Boston Red Sox outfield this season. (Boston.com)

  • The Las Vegas Raiders seem to be VERY interested in signing Tom Brady to a two-year deal. (247Sports.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: It’s ‘Music Monday’ so let’s dance to an 80’s version of “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys.