Daily Noontime: Thursday, January 30th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

It’s Thursday, which means we are ONE more day closer to a brand new weekend – woo!

It is rather chilly outside this morning – where did this cold weather come from? – so make sure to bundle up when heading to the mailbox or local Starbucks.

Alright, enough rambling about the weather. Here is today’s Daily Noontime from your friends at Noontime Nation. Have a great day!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • No local team was in action last night, but the Boston Celtics are back on Causeway Street this evening as they host the Golden State Warriors at 8 p.m.
  • Boston is still in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 31-15 record, while the Warriors of Golden State are in last place in the Western Conference.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Penn National Gaming acquired a 36% interest in Barstool Sports yesterday, as confirmed by multiple reports. The Pennsylvania company plans to “increase its ownership stake in Barstool Sports to approximately 50% after three years and additional investment.” (WCVB.com)
  • As noted in the Business Insider, Penn National Gaming and Barstool Sports are planning to launch sportsbooks in its retail casinos in the coming months while launching a betting app in August. (BusinessInsider.com)

  • It seems like the Boston Red Sox will trade right fielder Mookie Betts before the 2020 season, which should benefit their rival the New York Yankees(NJ.com)
  • San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters yesterday that all players, including those that have sustained injuries over the past few weeks, will be good to go for Sunday. (ProFootballTalk.com)
  • Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? Perhaps with the Chicago Bears or Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Maybe the Carolina Panthers? (Boston.com)

  • Jimmy Garoppolo has nothing, but kind words for Tom Brady – he even called his former teammate “a great dude.” (NESN.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Reggie Wayne has some thoughts on Tom Brady playing for the Indianapolis Colts

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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Daily Noontime: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Ah, the Daily Noontime has returned – we hope you’re as excited as we are about its return to NoontimeSports.com.

As of today, you can expect a Daily Noontime to appear every Monday through Friday going forward, so get excited.

The Daily Noontime has been a staple of our site, and we are super-excited to relaunch it.

So, enjoy some news and links from the world wide web and have a tremendous transformation Tuesday – notice the social media reference?


In The News | Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 


Tuesday’s Sports Viewing Schedule: Here is what we will be watching today! 

  • Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. | NESN
  • Basketball: Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors, 8:30 p.m. | TNT

We’ll be back tomorrow with more news and notes from the mecca of sports – that would be Boston, as well as New England!

Noontime’s 2018 MLB Season Predictions

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By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Ah, the return of baseball – welcome back, Major League Baseball (MLB) … you have been missed!

In anticipation of a brand new season, which gets underway tomorrow with the Chicago Cubs visiting the Miami Marlins, here are my picks for the 2018 year, including who will win the World Series – or at least an attempt. Please be kind on social media, everyone! 🙄

Make sure to follow our brand new baseball Twitter handle: @Noontime_BSB


American League Predictions 

New York Yankees

American League East

Cleveland Indians 

American League Central

Houston Astros

American League West

Boston Red Sox 

American League Wild Card (1)

Minnesota Twins

American League Wild Card (2)


National League Predictions 

Washington Nationals

National League East

Chicago Cubs 

National League Central 

Los Angeles Dodgers 

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks

National League Wild Card (1)

New York Mets 

National League Wild Card (2)


American League Postseason Predictions

Boston over Minnesota 

AL Wild Card 

New York over Boston

AL Divisional Round 

Cleveland over Houston 

AL Divisional Round 

New York over Cleveland 

AL Championship Series 


National League Postseason Predictions

Arizona over New York

NL Wild Card 

Washington over Arizona 

NL Divisional Round

Los Angeles over Chicago Cubs 

NL Divisional Round 

Los Angeles over Washington

NL Championship Series 


World Series Prediction

New York over Los Angeles

Six Game Series: 4-2 Yankees 

REPORT: Wheaton Alum Chris Denorfia Inks Minor League Contract With New York Yankees

Wheaton College (Mass.) alum Chris Denorfia has inked a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. (Courtesy: Fox Sports)

Wheaton College (Mass.) alum Chris Denorfia has inked a minor league contract with the New York Yankees. (Courtesy: Fox Sports)

By Matt Noonan 

As confirmed by multiple sources, the New York Yankees have signed Wheaton College (Mass.) alum Chris Denorfia to a minor league deal and is expected to be in camp tomorrow.

According to NBC Sports’ Hardball Talk, if Denorfia does not make the opening day roster, he can opt-out of his contract.

Last season, Denorfia – an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs – hit .269 with three home runs.

The Yankees current outfield includes Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Aaron Hicks – he was acquired from the Minnesota Twins this offseason. Denorifa will have his work cutout for him as he attempts to earn a spot on the opening day roster.