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.

Report: Tom Brady Has Yet To Commit To 2018 Season

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According to various reports, Tom Brady has yet to commit to playing in 2018. (PHOTO CREDIT: NESN)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

According to various reports on Wednesday (Apr. 18th, 2018), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has yet to commit to playing this upcoming season.

Brady led the Patriots to the Super Bowl last season, but was unable to deliver the franchise its sixth national championship. Instead, Philadelphia celebrated its first-ever Super Bowl – the win was the squad’s first against the Patriots in the ‘big game’ since falling to New England in 2004.

ESPN‘s Adam Schefter confirmed via his report this morning that one source believes Brady will play this season, but did say, “what goes on away from the football field, I don’t know.”

Brady, who will turn 41 in August, has told multiple outlets over the years that he would like to play beyond his 40th birthday, but has recently been focused on spending more time with his family.

The news of Brady’s uncertainty to play this season adds another wrinkle to what has been a very bizarre offseason for the Patriots, which has seen multiple players from last year’s squad, including Malcolm ButlerNate SolderBrandin Cooks and Danny Amendola depart New England to sign with other teams.

Additionally, news continues to surface about Rob Gronkowski‘s future – will he remain in New England or pursue other opportunities such as wrestling or acting? We will have to wait and find out!

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Catching Up With Tufts University Halfback Chance Brady

Tufts senior tailback Chance Brady etched his name into the program's record last weekend when he bumped his career touchdown total to 25 scores. (PHOTO CREDIT: Alonso Nichols / Tufts)

Tufts senior tailback Chance Brady etched his name into the program’s record last weekend when he bumped his career touchdown total to 25 scores. (PHOTO CREDIT: Alonso Nichols / Tufts)

By NoontimeSports.com 

This past weekend, Tufts University’s Chance Brady etched his name into the program’s record book, rushing for four touchdowns in his team’s 35-16 win over Williams College.

Brady, who finished the game with 157 yards on 26 carries and four scores, bumped his career touchdown total to 25 touchdowns, erasing the original mark of 24 scores, which was held by Paul Dresens (1985-88) and Dan Morse (1995-98).

In addition to establishing a new rushing touchdown mark, Brady became the most recent Jumbo to rush for four scores in a single-game – the last Tufts player to accomplish the feat was Damon Adams in 1995.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment,” Brady said when asked about rushing for 25 touchdowns.

Brady was tabbed this week’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Offensive Player of the Week and currently leads the conference through five games with nine touchdowns and 596 rushing yards.

Following his impressive performance against the Ephs, Noontime Sports caught up with Brady to discuss his rushing success, the team’s outlook against Amherst College – this week’s opponent – and his favorite Boston sports moment of all-time.

When you entered last Saturday’s game, did you know how close you were to breaking the record? 

Yes, I knew I was (close), but I never imagined that I was going to accomplish (it against Williams). It was a season goal for me.

You currently lead the NESCAC in numerous rushing categories, so what’s been the secret to your success this season?

The offensive line has been the reason for everything I’ve accomplished (this season). Without those guys fighting for me on every play, I wouldn’t be enjoying this much success. Football is a team game and those guys are the ultimate competitors.

Last year, you were named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year – I know that seems long ago, but what did that particular honor mean to you? 

It meant so much to be recognized (by the conference). I really enjoyed how it brought attention to our program because we fought so hard (last season) to become a top dog in this league.

Your team returns to the gridiron this weekend when you travel to Amherst College. What is the biggest key to success this weekend? 

We have to be the most physical team on the field. It’s looks like it will be another cold and rainy game on Saturday, so we have to bring the mental and physical fortitude that we brought last week.

What’s the biggest goal facing the team over these final few weeks? 

Our biggest goal is to win a NESCAC championship. The only way to accomplish that is to win one game (each week), so the biggest goal is (to focus on) Amherst this week.

With this being your final season with the Jumbos, have you been able to look back or reflect on your time with the program? 

Nostalgia has not kicked in yet because every week is a new work week. I’m sure when the final whistle blows I’ll start looking back on my time with the program.

Tell me about majoring in History – what interested you in this particular major? 

History has always intrigued me because you can see the patterns over time (and how they impacted the next decade or generation). Knowing the history of how something came to be can help you understand how it will develop (going forward).

Three favorite movies?

Good Will Hunting, Forrest Gump and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Three songs on your iPhone (or iPod) now? 

‘Chiraq’ by Tyga featuring The Game

‘Fake Love’ by Drake

‘Pull The Trigger’ by Russ

What is your favorite non-football activity and why? 

Basketball. I love playing pick-up ball and getting a chance to compete (whenever I play in a pick-up game).

Finally, being from Massachusetts, what is your all-time favorite Boston sports memory? 

When the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl (last February 2015). I remember Tom Brady’s bone chilling speech about honoring your family, Julian Edelman catching the (go-ahead)/game-winning touchdown and Malcolm Butler’s game-saving interception.