Daily Noontime: Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Hello, Tuesday – how are you?

From a quick glance outside our window, you look a bit cloudy – do I see rain?

Well, let’s brighten everyone’s spirit with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ for Tuesday, February 11th, 2020.

Also, make sure to follow @NewsNoontime on Twitter so you won’t miss future ‘Daily Noontime’ posts!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Northeastern University men’s ice hockey team captured their third-straight Beanpot Tournament crown last night as they defeated Boston University, 5-4, in double-overtime at the TD Garden. The three-peat is a first for Northeastern.
  • Tonight, the Northeastern women’s ice hockey team will attempt to win their Beanpot Tournament against Boston University.
  • The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening – the Green and White are in Texas this evening to face the Houston Rockets with tip-off scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Marcellus Wiley does not believe Tom Brady is the right fit for the Los Angeles Chargers(NESN.com)
  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft hinted to a reporter at a 2020 Oscars party where he wants Tom Brady to play next fall. (NBC Sports Boston)
  • The Boston Red Sox, including Chaim Bloom, says they are not giving up on the upcoming 2020 season. (Boston Globe) 
  • Northeastern may have won the 2020 Beanpot last night, but coaches and players on the Boston University men’s hockey team were not happy about the outcome. (Boston Globe) 
  • Philip Rivers won’t be playing for the Chargers next fall, but he still wants to play. (ProFootballTalk.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre – yes, he also quarterbacked the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets – says he does not see a decline in Tom Brady, who will turn 43-years-old this summer. 

Bruschi: “Tom Will Eventually Go Back To New England”

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Former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi believes Tom Brady will play for the organization in 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY: Bleacher Report/Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

By NoontimeSports.com 

There seems to be a lot of speculation about the future of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who will be a free agent in a few weeks.

Will he remain in New England? Will he bolt for the west coast to compete for the Los Angeles Chargers or Las Vegas Raiders? Or, will he retire so he can focus on TB12 Sports?

We probably won’t know the answers to those questions or other speculations and rumors until next month. But one of Brady’s former teammates, Tedy Bruschi, thinks the six-time Super Bowl champion will remain with the organization that drafted in 2000.

“My gut feeling is Tom – when we go through all of this and play this all out, Tom will eventually go back to New England,” Bruschi said on ESPN’s NFL Countdown earlier today.

Bruschi, who is an analyst for ESPN, played his entire career for the Patriots, including eight seasons with Brady. Both players helped the Patriots win three Super Bowls in 2001, 2003, and 2004.

The former Patriots linebacker has had some great insight on Brady’s future over the past few weeks – sure, he may not know exactly where he is headed, but as Bruschi said four weeks ago, “Tom Brady is not finished. He still wants to play football. Its a matter of where it’s going to be.”

So, will Brady play for New England or another organization next season? We’ll just have to wait and find out we suppose.

Report: Patriots To Pay Tom Brady $30M Per Year

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Could Tom Brady be persuaded to remain in New England next fall? (PHOTO COURTESY: Image via Getty/Rob Carr | https://www.complex.com/)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Today may be ‘Super Bowl Sunday,’ but that doesn’t mean we can’t hear something about our beloved New England Patriots, specifically quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady, who will officially be a free agent in a few weeks, could be persuaded to remain with the Patriots, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Rapoport reported in his piece on NFL.com today that the “Patriots are intent on keeping Brady, obviously, believing he has one or two good years left.”

Brady, as most Patriots fans would contest, did not have a great season this past fall. In fact, his postseason completion percentage was his lowest total in 41 playoff games. He finished the regular season with 24 touchdowns, which matched his total from 2006 while throwing eight interceptions for just the fourth time in a single-season. 

Spending $30 million per year on Brady would line his salary up with some of the top (and elite) quarterbacks in the NFL.

In addition to the Patriots being interested in retaining their long-time quarterback, Rapoport is reporting that the Los Angeles Chargers will make a pitch to Brady, while ESPN’s Adam Schefter has confirmed with league sources that the Las Vegas Raiders would be interested in acquiring the six-time Super Bowl champion, too.

Both the Chargers and Raiders will compete against the Patriots in 2020. The Raiders will visit Gillette Stadium while the Patriots will compete against the Chargers in Los Angeles. No dates or times have been announced for either contest.

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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