Daily Noontime: Friday, March 20th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Friday (or as we like to call it, Fri-yay!).

It has been quite the week – when will the new normal end? – but like I did yesterday, I will continue to produce a ‘Daily Noontime’ going forward with hopes of putting a smile on everyone’s faces during this unique time (and the life we’re living these days).

Alright, it is official: Tom Brady is officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In a release (and story this morning from the Buccaneers’ website), the team’s General Manager Jason Licht said Brady will “immediately impact our entire organization.”

Indeed, Brady will make an impact on the Bucs, who finished their 2019 season with seven wins and nine losses.

But doesn’t it seem strange (or bizarre) to think Brady will end his historic career with the Buccaneers? I mean, I think so, but Joe Montana ended his career, not with the San Francisco 49ers, but the Kansas City Chiefs. Again, this just seems weird, but again, we’re living in unusual times.

So, with no Brady under center, it is time to embrace Jarrett Stidham, but maybe we should also Jameis Winston, too. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler thinks (and believes) that the former Buccaneers quarterback could be an ideal replacement for the Patriots, but do we really want a quarterback that threw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions last season?

In other National Football League (NFL) news, the “stay at home” order in California could impact the completion of SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The new home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams was supposed to be ready for the upcoming season, but due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the “stay at home” order could mean a delay on the league’s new crown jewel.

In an interesting op-ed piece from the Los Angeles Times, there is a thought of building a people mover to the stadium, along with the shops and office space, which will be built nearby. Not a bad idea and it would decrease traffic, too.

Let’s switch gears to some quick hitters (and what occurred on this date in the past few months, years, and decades), beginning with wishing Bobby Orr a happy birthday!

On This Date in History: 

  • 1934: Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitched one inning in a Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training game for the Philadelphia Athletics. She gave up one walk but not hits in a single frame against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1965: UCLA beat Michigan in the 27th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • 1973: Roberto Clemente was elected to the MLB 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash.
  • 1989: Baseball announced former Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation for betting on baseball games.
  • 1990: The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s number (No. 33).

As usual, please be well and be safe, take care of your family, and we’ll have more content on Brady (and some other topics) later today and this weekend! 

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: 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.