I apologize for the radio silence these past few days, but I am happy to report (and share) that I will be producing a ‘Daily Noontime’ every Monday through Friday going forward. And I truly appreciate the support for this daily post – hopefully I can put a smile on your face during these unusual times.
Could the deal fall through and Tom Brady head elsewhere? Would he want to return to the New England Patriots? I doubt it. I think this is a done deal, but for now, we’ll wait and hear about Brady’s new contract either later today or possibly tomorrow.
Speaking of the Patriots, the team will look a bit different this upcoming season as a slew of players have departed for other teams, including Duron Harmon, who was traded to the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, and Kyle Van Noy, who agreed to a four-year, $51 million deal with the Miami Dolphins earlier this week.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver told Rachel Nichols on SportsCenter yesterday that he is not sure what the league’s schedule would be if games resumed in a few weeks or months – he is also not ready to announce (or share) if this season would be canceled. But Silver did note there is a potential to bring back the sport for fans craving live sports with some kind of charity competition.
1938: The Toronto Maple Leafs scored eight goals in five minutes.
1966: Texas-Western beat Kentucky in the 28th NCAA Men’s Basketball championship.
1971: The Philadelphia 76ers outscored the Cincinnati Royals, 90-8, in the first half.
1975: Pennsylvania becomes the first state to allow girls to compete with boys in high school sports.
Finally, just a quick personal note (and thought): I know these are unusual times for everyone, but as usual, we will continue to be here, producing content on an array of sports, news, and whatever to provide everyone with something to take their minds off the coronavirus. Like I have said before, we will get through this together, but please be safe, be well, and think positive thoughts like I am (and my family is) during this time.
It’s rather cloudy (and overcast) outside our window this morning. Will the sun come out today?
While we anxiously await for the sun to come out, let’s dish out a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – have a wonderful day, everyone!
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
The Boston Celtics continued their winning ways last night by defeating the Atlanta Hawks, 123-115. Jayson Tatum recorded 28 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in the win, while Gordon Hayward finished with 24 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.
The Boston Bruins will look to continue their second-half momentum this evening when they host the Vancouver Canucks at 7 p.m. Boston has won back-to-back games since the NHL All-Star Break – they have outscored their last two foes, 8-2.
Boston University and Northeastern University each won their respective opening round Beanpot Tournament games – the two teams will meet next Monday (Feb. 10th) in the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Boston College and Harvard University will skate in the consolation game next Monday, as well, at 4:30 p.m.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
Apparently, Tom Brady to the Tennessee Titans rumors has been “debunked.” (ProFootballTalk.com)
The Boston University men’s ice hockey team stunned the Eagles of Boston College last night in the second game of the 68th Beanpot Tournament. (BU.edu)
Brendan van Riemsdyk netted the clincher yesterday against Harvard University, which secured Northeastern University a spot in next Monday’s championship. (USCHO.com)
The Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade could include some snow, so make sure to bundle up if you plan to attend! (KansasCity.com)
And the answer for who the Patriots would play in week one was a familiar foe, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Yep, the Steel Curtain will invade Gillette Stadium on the first Sunday evening of the 2019 season, and you know it will be a great game with hopefully the Patriots prevailing.
With a new season just months away, but a schedule now available to analyze (and think about), why not share some thoughts on how the hometown team will do in each contest, beginning with its week one match-up with the Steelers.
Noonan’s 2019 Game-By-Game Predictions
Week One: Pittsburg Steelers at Patriots (Sept. 8th, 2019 | 8:30 p.m.): There will be a lot of storylines heading into this one, but the most important one will be how will the Patriots do with Rob Gronkowski? I think they will do just fine. There will be some growing pains, of course, but in the end, the Patriots should find a way to sneak past the Steelers without two of their key pieces from the past few seasons. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Steelers 21
Week Two: Patriots at Miami Dolphins (Sept. 15th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): Coach Bill Belichick takes on former defensive coordinator Brian Flores. This will be yet another one of those master versus apprentice battles, but in the end, I think the Dolphins win this one, but the Pats will even the score later in the season. PREDICTION: Dolphins 24, Patriots 17
Week Three: New York Jets at Patriots (Sept. 22, 2019 | 1 p.m.):Adam Gase seems to think the Jets are better suited than his former team to beat the Patriots. He even inspired them to bring back a bad (and remixed) version of their Neil O’Donnell uniforms, too. The Patriots will be eager to bounce back from their week two loss to the Dolphins and earn their first divisional win. PREDICTION: Patriots 37, Jets 15
Week Four: Patriots at Buffalo Bills (Sept. 29th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): After cruising past the Jets, the Patriots should have no problem ending the month of September with a second-straight AFC East victory. PREDICTION: Patriots 24, Bills 10
Week Five: Patriots at Washington Redskins (Oct. 6th, 2019 |1p.m.): The last time the Patriots and Redskins squared-off in our nation’s capital, I believe there was some sort of shouting match between Tom Brady and Bill O’Brien. I don’t see Brady yelling at O’Brien this year – he coaches the Houston Texans, by the way – but I do see our hometown hero yelling at his teammates during the pregame to fire them up for another win. PREDICTION: Patriots 31, Redskins 21
Week Six: New York Giants at Patriots (Oct. 10th, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.): It seems like ages ago when these two teams met in the Super Bowl, but this game won’t be like the ‘big game.’ Nope, the Giants are rebuilding – should be competitive, though – but in the end, this has the makings for Sony Michel two or three-touchdown game. PREDICTION: Patriots 35, Giants 17
Week Seven: Patriots at New York Jets (Oct. 21, 2019 | 8:15 p.m.): As usual, the Jets usually play well at home, but can they rebound from a week three setback to the Patriots? Probably not, right? PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Jets 17
Week Eight: Cleveland Browns at Patriots (Oct. 27th, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.): Welcome to Foxboro, Baker Mayfield. The Browns should be in the mix for an AFC Championship this season – yes, I know what I just wrote (and said in my head!) – but somehow I see the Patriots pulling this out with a late touchdown. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Browns 24
Week Nine: Patriots at Baltimore Ravens (Nov. 3rd, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.): Coach Belichick versus quarterback Lamar Jackson should be an enticing game of chess. The Ravens always play the Patriots tough, and I think this is a tough spot for New England to secure a win before the bye week. PREDICTION: Ravens 21, Patriots 17
Week Ten: Bye Week (Nov. 10th, 2019)
Week 11: Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles (Nov. 17th, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.): Coming off their bye week (and a disappointing setback to the Ravens), the Patriots will return to their early season form and cause havoc to quarterback Carson Wentz. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Eagles 20
Week 12: Dallas Cowboys at Patriots (Nov. 24th, 2019 | 4:24 p.m.): Quarterback Dak Prescott does quite well in chilly temperatures – cold weather doesn’t seem to bother the young signal-caller. This should be a competitive game like the 2011 meeting, but in the end, I somehow see Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott winning the game on a one-yard score. PREDICTION: Cowboys 21, Patriots 18
Week 13: Patriots at Houston Texans (Dec. 1st, 2019 | 8:20 p.m.): After a tough loss to the Cowboys – I know, I showed some bias to my second favorite football team – the Patriots will find a way back into the win column, but it won’t be an easy win. PREDICTION: Patriots 29, Texans 23
Week 14: Kansas City Chiefs at Patriots (Dec. 8th, 2019 | 4:25 p.m.): This has the making for a very exciting contest – perhaps the winner could take over the top spot in the AFC for the upcoming playoffs. The Chiefs almost beat the Patriots last season but should be a tougher opponent this year, thanks to new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. PREDICTION: Chiefs 31, Patriots 27
Week 15: Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 15th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): Welcome to the beginning of a three-game winning streak. Sure, the Bengals will have a new coach this year, but they won’t be able to stop the Patriots at this point of the season. PREDICTION: Patriots 31, Bengals 20
Week 16: Buffalo Bills at Patriots (Dec. 21st or 22nd | TBD): The pre-Christmas game at Foxboro usually results in a win for the hometown team. Who knows what shape the Bills will be in at this point of the season, but the Patriots will once again dominate their divisional foe. PREDICTION: Patriots 28, Bills 14
Week 17: Miami Dolphins at Patriots (Dec. 29th, 2019 | 1 p.m.): One week after handing Buffalo an early holiday present, the Patriots will once again dish out an early Happy New Year gift by beating the Dolphins before the postseason. PREDICTION: Patriots 27, Dolphins 10
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Julian Edelman and the New England Patriots will be celebrating a sixth Super Bowl championship on Tuesday in Boston. (PHOTO COURTESY: Sports Illustrated)
By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
It feels like spring here in Boston, which is AWESOME, but it is also ideal weather for a championship parade, too. The New England Patriots will be boarding Duck Boats shortly to celebrate their sixth Super Bowl championship.
So, before we head out to celebrate with Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and everyone else, let’s dish out a brand new Daily Noontime for Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Let’s kick-off the weekend with a brand new edition of the Daily Noontime with some news, links and more from the wonderful world wide web!
In The News:
Congrats to Kareem Davis of BeckerCollege, who became the men’s basketball program’s all-time leading scorer last night. The Lowell, Massachusetts native has now tallied 1,726 points in 102 games. This season, Davis, who is a guard for the Hawks, is averaging a career-best 21.0 points per game.