Daily Noontime: Monday, February 24th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you ALL had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the spring-like temperatures, especially yesterday. It is almost spring here in Boston (and New England), which means warm weather, spring sports, and dinner (and coffee) outside, not inside.

Let’s kick off a brand new week with the ‘Daily Noontime’ by smiling, laughing, and loving life!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • Jayson Tatum scored 41 points in 37 minutes but it wasn’t enough to lift the Boston Celtics to victory on Sunday. Instead, Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-112, snapping a three-game winning streak.

    Luckily, the Green and White will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 25th) when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers for a 10 p.m. tip-off.

  • The Boston Bruins will look to return to their winning ways tomorrow when they host the Calgary Flames for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Boston beat Calgary on Friday, 4-3, but then lost to the Vancouver Canucks, 9-3, one day later.
  • Finally, the Boston Red Sox will play some exhibition baseball today against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • LeBron James saluted Jayson Tatum on Instagram following the Lakers’ two-point win over the Celtics on Sunday. (MassLive.com)
  • The Boston Celtics altered their travel plans so they can attend Kobe Bryant‘s Memorial. (CBS Boston)

  • Sunday’s loss to the Lakers was a tough pill to swallow, but it certainly seemed like a game the Celtics should have won. (Boston Globe)

  • Will the Boston Bruins make a move before the NHL Trade Deadline ends at 3 p.m. today? (NESN.com)

  • The Boston Bruins should not pursue Joe Thornton, says one hockey writer. (Yahoo.com)

  • Tom Brady was the fourth-ranked quarterback on the ‘101 NFL free agent‘ list on NFL.com.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The St. Louis BattleHawks recorded the first XFL kickoff return of the 2002 season yesterday. 

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Hello, Tuesday – how are you?

We hope everyone is having a great day thus far.

Yes, we know we are posting our ‘Daily Noontime’ a bit later this morning, but we’re happy to unveil some interesting and intriguing news (and links) below from the world wide web!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day and remember … never stop smiling!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • After enjoying an off day yesterday, the Boston Celtics are back on the hardwood this evening when they visit the Miami Heat with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

    Tonight’s game marks the end of a three-game road trip for the Green and White, which began with a win over the Orlando Magic but was followed by a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • We’re another day closer to the start of the second half of the Boston Bruins season – let the countdown for puck drop on Friday, January 31st against the Winnipeg Jets continue!

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • After losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator (and now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ersKyle Shanahan acknowledged that Bill Belichick reached out to him to talk. (ProFootballTalk.com)

  • NBC Sports announcer Mike Tirico recently shared a “kind gesture made by now Celtics player Gordon Hayward in Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game.” (Boston.com)

  • The death of Kobe Bryant ‘leaves us with poignant images, vivid memories, and disbeliefs,’ writes Chad Finn(Boston.com)

  • Joe Montana has some advice for Tom Brady: “It’s not easy to go to another team.” (NFL.com)
  • LeBron James told members of the media that “he will take on the legacy of the Lakers great as his own responsibility.” (ESPN.com)
  • Kobe Bryant was more than just a basketball player, but someone that helped the NBA ‘conquer the world.’ (New York Times)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Ellie Duncan shares a powerful story about Kobe Bryant being a ‘girl dad.’ 

Daily Noontime: January 21st, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Tuesday – most of us are back to work this morning after a LONG weekend, so hopefully, this provides you with some extra energy to commence a four-day work week!

Today is quite cold in Boston – when do the warmer temperatures arrive? – but the good news is a warm-up is coming in a few days, along with some rain this weekend, which should wipe away the remainder of this past weekend’s snowstorm.

As always, have a great day, smile, be kind, and enjoy time with family and friends (if you can!).


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • Jayson Tatum netted 27 points, while Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker each recorded 20 points, respectively, as the Boston Celtics rolled the Los Angeles Lakers, 139-107, last night at the TD Garden. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Green and White, who return to the court tomorrow (Wednesday, January 22nd) against the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • The Boston Bruins will entertain the Vegas Golden Knights this evening with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. The Black and Gold enter the contest with a 28-10-12 record (68) points, which is good for first place in the Eastern Conference (Tampa Bay sits behind Boston in second place, while Florida is in third place).

The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • Nicole Yang of Boston.com dishes out ’10 notes and observations’ from the Celtics’ impressive (and exciting) win last night over the Lakers. (Boston.com)
  • “I mean, listen, it was a good, old-fashion butt whooping,” said LeBron James following his team’s loss last night to the Celtics. (ESPN.com)

  • We’ll find out this evening who is headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer – could we see former Boston Red Sox pitcher get elected to the Class of 2020? Here is an inside look at how the Boston Globe writers voted for this year’s class. (Boston Globe)

  • Cambridge‘s Khai Smith recorded a double-double of 22 points and 23 rebounds yesterday which helped the Falcons snap TechBoston’s 27-game winning streak in the BABC Classic at Cathedral High School yesterday in local Massachusetts high school basketball. (Boston Herald)
  • Who will be the next manager of the Boston Red Sox? Perhaps Hensley Meulens, who is the New York Mets bench coach? (OverTheMonster.com | SB Nation)

  • Chris Kreider, who played for Boston College, will be a top target for the Boston Bruins at the National Hockey League (NHL) trade deadline. (Yahoo.com)

Video of the Day: It’s hard to not watch again (and again) this marvelous dunk from last night by Jaylen Brown

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Daily Noontime: Monday, January 20th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone – hope you are ALL staying warm on this VERY chilly and cold morning here in Boston!

We’ll try to warm things up (and make it feel like Miami this morning, which is currently 70 degrees) with our first ‘Daily Noontime’ on a Monday.

As usual, have a great day, smile, and make sure to be careful while walking and driving today!


The Boston Sports Weekend Recap


The Noontime Headlines (and Links!)

  • The 54th Super Bowl for the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL) is set as Kansas City Chiefs will square-off against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, February 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in Miami, Florida. Get some insight on the game, as well as who is the favorite, courtesy of Esten McLaren. (USA Today)

  • Former NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis called out Richard Sherman following the conclusion of the NFC Championship game last night. (NinersNation.com | SB Nation)

  • The San Francisco 49ers “have reportedly requested to wear their all-white 1994 throwback jerseys” when they compete against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl. (Sports Illustrated)
  • NESN’s Doug Kyed revisits the New England Patriots‘ decision to trade Jimmy Garoppolo two years ago to the 49ers for draft picks. (NESN.com)
  • Monday’s Celtics-Lakers match-up will have Green and White fans thinking about what their team could have looked like with Anthony Davis in the line-up. (Boston Globe)

  • The Kansas City Chiefs will be competing in their first Super Bowl since 1970 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings(New York Times)

Video of the Day: The Brandeis University men’s basketball team scored an exciting win on Sunday, defeating No. 3 Emory University at the buzzer

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Noontime Rewind: Boston Sports Teams of the 2010s

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to the first Noontime Sports rewind post, which will recap the current year of New England (and Boston) sports as well as look back on the soon-to-be past decade of blogging for NoontimeSports.com.

In this particular post, we highlighted our favorite Boston sports teams that we covered (and chronicled) through the site – there were some fun teams to watch and others that made us sick to our stomach over the past nine-to-ten years.

We hope you enjoy this look back at the soon-to-be past decade of Boston sports, which certainly kept us busy, both here on the site and social media.


The Best New England Patriots Team of the 2010s: The 2014 New England Patriots. Sure, you can make the case for the 2016 squad, which overcame a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons or the 2018 squad, which outsmarted Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams, but in my opinion, the 2014 squad was the best Pats team of the 2010s. Between the offense and the defense and just the way they manhandled teams after losing to Kansas City, this particular Patriots squad was perhaps one of the best teams under current head coach Bill Belichick.

One of the most impressive games this team played was against the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the postseason. They ran a few tricky plays, including one that saw Julian Edelman throw a touchdown pass to a streaking Danny Amendola. Additionally, they stole a play from Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, which infuriated Baltimore coach John Harbaugh.

But the cherry on top of the sundae was the Malcolm Butler interception on a potential go-ahead touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Butler will be forever linked to that play – the result ignited an animated (and giddy) celebration by Tom Brady and … Jimmy Garoppolo.


The Best Boston Red Sox Team of the 2010s: The 2013 Boston Red Sox. Following the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, our city became enamored with the local nine, especially after David Ortiz delivered a heartfelt speech just days after the horrendous attacks. Ortiz’s words would be the catalyst for a magical season that concluded with a World Series victory at historic Fenway Park.

Boston, which went from worst (2012) to first (2013), concluded the 2013 campaign with 97 wins. They beat the Tampa Bay Rays in four games before topping the heavily-favored Detroit Tigers in six games. Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh in game six before Koji Uehara shut the door on a possible rally in the top of the ninth.

The win over the Tigers secured the Sox their third American League crown, as well as their third appearance in the World Series in 10 seasons.

Against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Red Sox overcame a 2-1 deficit by winning the fourth, fifth, and sixth games to clinch the series and win their first championship in Boston in 95 years.


The Best Boston Bruins Team of the 2010s: The 2011 Boston Bruins. If the Bruins won the Stanley Cup earlier this year, I would have chosen that team, but instead, I’ll play it safe and go with the squad that won the Stanley Cup eight years ago.

After seeing the 2010 squad collapse in the second round of the playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers, I was unsure if the 2011 Bruins would be able to make myself (and other Black and Gold fans) proud. But they certainly did.

Their Cup run began with an epic game seven overtime win in the opening round against the Montreal Canadiens, thanks to Nathan Horton. One round later, Boston erased memories of a dreadful collapse from one year earlier by sending the Flyers home with four-straight wins (it was sweet revenge, in my opinion!).

But perhaps Boston’s most impressive win came against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals, especially in the seventh game. Horton netted the lone goal of the contest, while Tim Thomas, who won the Vezina Trophy, stopped every shot he faced.

“I’m just happy to see the guys smiling in the dressing room,” coach Claude Julien said to the media following the exciting one-goal win over the Lighting of Tampa Bay.

Those ‘smiles’ would not disappear as those same grins reemerged days later after the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks in six games to win their sixth championship in franchise history.

The win over the Canucks was exciting – it was also the team’s third game seven victory of the 2011 postseason, which was the most game seven wins by any team in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Unfortunately, their win over Vancouver did not result in a few more titles as Boston would lose in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and seven games to the St. Louis Blues in 2019.


The Best Boston Celtics Team of the 2010s: The 2017-18 Boston Celtics. After winning their 17th championship in June 2008, the Celtics have yet to return to top of the mountain but have had chances, including ten years after they beat the Los Angeles Lakers in six games when the Green and White almost beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Boston was without Kyrie Irving who missed the entire postseason, as well as Gordon Hayward, who suffered a serious end-of-season injury during the team’s initial game of the 2017-18 campaign, which happened to be against the Cavaliers. So, without two of the league’s marquee players, the Celtics turned to both their veteran and youth players to go on an exciting run, which included wins over the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers (4-1).

Against Cleveland, Boston won the series’ first two games before losing four of the next five contests. They had chances to beat James and the Cavaliers in each of the final five contests, but the youth and inexperience eventually caught-up with the Green and White, who have been really fun to watch this season.

What made this particular postseason run so much fun was the play of both Brown and Tatum, along with Al Horford, Marcus Smart, and Marcus Morris.