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.
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)
The Boston Bruins are enjoying a mini-vacation before the Stanley Cup Finals begins next Monday, May 27th. Boston will face the winner of the Western Conference Finals, which resumes tonight with the St. Louis Blues leading the series, 3-2. But should Bruins fans root for the Blues or San Jose Sharks? Here are some thoughts on competing against the Sharks.
Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue was tabbed this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week following an impressive performance against Middlebury College last Saturday. (Photo Credit: Trinity College Athletics | David B. Newman)
Last weekend, Trinity College senior Spencer Donahue turned in an impressive defensive performance, tallying six solo stops, including a pair of sacks, three tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and two pass break-ups to help the Bantams secure an important New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win over Middlebury College.
Donahue’s effort last Saturday earned him this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honor.
“Our defense prepared extremely well for (last weekend’s game) against Middlebury,” said Donahue. “Middlebury had been having success (through the air), so that was definitely a point of emphasis for us during the week, but we couldn’t overlook their running game, too.”
Trinity’s defense limited Middlebury’s air attack to a season-low 126 passing yards, while finishing the game with five interceptions and five sacks.
Earlier this week, we caught up with Donahue to talk about his team’s impressive win against the Panthers, Trinity’s final home game of the season against Amherst College on Saturday, and if he watched the Chicago Cubs break a 108-yard-old curse.
Did you imagine your defense would record five interceptions and five sacks against a talented offense?
Our coaches prepared a great game plan, so we knew as long as we executed good things would (happen).
You had a big game individually – earned this week’s NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors – what worked for you this past week?
My teammates did an incredible job at executing and making plays when the opportunities arose, so I just tried to follow their lead.
This Saturday marks your final home game as a member of the Bantams’ football program. Care to share a favorite memory/moment of playing in front of the hometown fans?
Unfortunately, I cannot think of a specific moment (or memory), but the atmosphere here at Trinity on a Saturday is electric. It is something I will really miss once my career is over.
What does your team need to do to be successful this weekend against Amherst?
We really just need to stay focused. We need to continue to approach each day with the same intensity and energy that we have done throughout season.
A few non-football questions, starting with your major: economics. How did you choose your major and what do you hope to do with it?
I took an (econ class) my sophomore year and really enjoyed it. Although it was one of the more difficult classes I took here at Trinity, I felt that it taught me more about how the world functioned, as well as how finance and economics impact our society. After graduation, I am hoping to go into commercial real estate.
Being from Illinois, I would presume you’re a Chicago sports fan, so have you been following the Chicago Cubs in the World Series?
I am actually not a true Chicago sports fan. The Minnesota Vikings are my favorite NFL team, but I do root for the Chicago Cubs. I enjoy going to their games in the summer, but it’s been great for Chicago to have the Cubs back in the World Series and win their first World Series since 1908.
What has been the greatest advice you have received from a football Coach – either past or current?
I would say that the greatest advice any coach has given me is to just have fun and enjoy the game. Football is a tough sport and I have had a lot of ups and downs while playing it, but any time that I get to put my pads on and compete alongside my teammates is truly a blessing. I just try to cherish every moment of it.
Have you always played safety? If not, what other positions have you played?
I started playing football in third grade – I played running back before transitioning into a receiver and cornerback my freshman year of high school. One year later, I transitioned into a safety and have played the position ever since.
Do you idol your game after a current or past professional football player?
Yes, I would have to say that my favorite player is Tyrann Mathieu, who is a safety for the Arizona Cardinals. I love the way he plays – I try to do my best to play with the same intensity and fearlessness that he does.
Three favorite movies of all-time?
Forrest Gump, The Dark Night, and Saving Private Ryan
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers picked up an impress victory on Monday against the Minnesota Vikings!
By Matt Noonan
It’s official, Week 10 of the NFL season is in the books, and now, we’re left with seven significant weeks to go. It’s been a topsy-turvy season, but once it’s over, I’m expecting a few more surprises, as well as a title game that should certainly live up to its hype.
Of course, the front-runner at the moment is the Green Bay Packers, a team that has flattened their opponents, and made it look too darn easy. They have a quarterback by the name of Aaron Rodgers, who’s technically on pace to shatter Tom Brady’s record of 50 touchdowns, along with a group of “cheese-heads” that posses speed, endurance, quickness, as well as a defensive linebacker that needs a haircut, (sorry, Clay Matthews, but it’s the absolute truth).
The Packers are destined to win their remaining seven matchups, but against the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, anything’s possible, right?
America won’t be too happy if this season’s Thanksgiving clash between Green Bay and Detroit doesn’t live up to its hype, especially since many thought both squads would enter Ford Field with undefeated records.
However, if the Packers finish the season undefeated, what’s their chances of winning the Super Bowl?
Well, again, they’re the number one squad in the NFC, and I doubt any team could truly challenge or beat them, but again, that’s just an educated guess. I’d presume New Orleans or San Francisco might have the best shot of dethroning the former NFC champs, but again, that’s just a thought.
I’d consider mentioning Chicago, Detroit, Dallas or New York as contenders, but I’m not entirely sure if any of those squads could play consistent football against Green Bay. Sure, they might pressure Rodgers or force the Packers to make a few mistakes, but in the end, Green Bay would most likely prevail.
No one probably assumed that the Packers, excluding themselves, would experience this much success. Green Bay has outscored their opponents this year by a score of 320-186, and leads the conference with 39 touchdowns. They’ve won seven conference matchups, two AFC meetings, three divisional contest, and five road games.
They’re also on pace to shatter Bill Belichick’s ’07 records, and become the second NFL team to cap off a season with no losses, (the Miami Dolphins in ’72 finished their season, 17-0, as well as beat the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII), but again, nothing is certain, especially in the NFL.
The Packers have been a great story, but what would make their magical season even more memorable would be winning Super Bowl XLVI, and stretching their current winning streak, which started on December 5, 2010 to 28 games.