I hope you are ALL doing well, staying safe and of course, keeping a smile on your face – we will get through this time together, I promise.
Let’s kick off the day with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – again, remember to smile and think positively, friends.
Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
As mentioned yesterday in our midday ‘Daily Noontime,’ Tom Brady was officially introduced as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers via a phone conference, not an in-person press conference due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). And shortly after Brady was introduced as the newest member of the Buccaneers, the team produced a video on their YouTube channel that broke down/provided some insight on the greatest quarterback (ever!).
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians told members of the media in yesterday’s phone call – well, the team’s phone conference with the press, to be exact – that he never thought Brady would leave the New England Patriots.
According to the Boston Globe, ushers at the TD Garden have been laid off, due to the coronavirus. These part-time employees received a letter about the layoffs, as noted in the USA Today, and could be eligible for unemployment benefits.
This is awful news to hear (and learn about), so we hope things do work out for these men and women during these unusual, but very tough times.
Finally, the NFL Network has been “forced to temporarily pull its live programing” due to an order by California Governor Gavin Newsom, who has ordered the state’s residents to stay home due to the coronavirus. Like us here in Massachusetts, California is allowing those that work jobs that are deemed essential to continue working, while others are asked to work from home.
On This Date in History
1947: Holy Cross men’s basketball won the ninth NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship – the Crusaders beat Oklahoma, 58-47, to secure the program’s first victory in the title game.
1971: The Boston Patriots became the New England Patriots.
1972: Bobby Hull becomes the second NHL skaters to score 600 goals.
1972: UCLA captured the 34th NCAAMen’s Basketball Championship with an 81-76 win over Florida. The victory provided the Bruins with their sixth-straight title, while Bill Walton was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
1982: Wayne Gretzky becomes the first NHL skaters to score 200 points in a season.
Brady, as most Patriots fans would contest, did not have a great season this past fall. In fact, his postseason completion percentage was his lowest total in 41 playoff games. He finished the regular season with 24 touchdowns, which matched his total from 2006 while throwing eight interceptions for just the fourth time in a single-season.
Spending $30 million per year on Brady would line his salary up with some of the top (and elite) quarterbacks in the NFL.
* One of the greatest scenes had to be when Bill Belichick and former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Derrick Masonstarted jabbing with one another on the sidelines. Mason initiated the “trash-talk” dialogue, which resulted in Belichick swearing, as well as stating, “Look at the scoreboard.” The Patriots defeated the Ravens on that particular Sunday, but lost to them in the first round of the AFC playoffs.
* Against the New York Jets in week two of the ’09 season, I really enjoyed how NFL films showed Coach Belichick walking through the New York Giants locker room and reminiscing about past events and experiences. Also, who knew that Lawrence Taylor’s locker was a site to be seen?
* Did anyone else enjoy the various media conference calls? I chuckled when I heard a reporter ask Belichick about Rex Ryan’s statement, which was that he wasn’t “here” to kiss his rings. Yet, where are these highly touted Super Bowl rings? Well, according to Belichick, they’re in a box somewhere.
* I’d have to say the word “frustration” came to mind, as I watched Belichick and his various coaches struggle to identify why they’re offense struggled to run or pass the ball. It certainly was interesting, especially when he kept saying, “we all need to coach better.” Those particular scenes illustrated the significant role coaches have in the NFL on a daily and weekly basis.
* Finally, who didn’t enjoy watching Jonathan Kraft get overexcited about Tom Brady’s six touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans? In fact, the best part was when he compared his quarterback’s performance to fantasy football numbers. That was awesome.
Erik Frenz from the Bleacher Report and Cold, Hard Football Facts joined Noontime Sports the Podcast on Wednesday to discuss the recent state of the NFL Lockout, as well as the NFL Networks “Top 100 Players of 2011.”