Daily Noontime – March 5, 2012

Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double against New York on Sunday! (Photo Credit: USA Today)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Monday to everyone! Let’s kick-off a brand new work week with some kick-butt news and headline from the city of champions, Boston!

* The Boston Celtics extended their current winning streak to four games, as they defeated the New York Knicks on Sunday, 115-109 in overtime. Rajon Rondo once again ignored the ongoing trading rumors by finishing the game with 18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists, while Paul Pierce paced the Green and White with 34 points. New York’s Jeremy Lin finished with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds. Boston will conclude its five-game circuit on Tuesday when they host the Houston Rockets for a 7:30pm tip-off.

* The Boston Bruins have dropped two of their last three, as the New York Rangers defeated the Black and Gold on Sunday, 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. Derek Stepan netted the go-ahead goal at 12:21 to secure the win for the Rangers, who snapped a one-game losing streak. The Bruins will return to the ice on Tuesday when they face-off against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

* According to reports – Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has yet to make any announcement on Tuukka Rask, who sustained a lower-body injury on Saturday against the New York Islanders. However, once Sunday’s game concluded against the Rangers, the Bruins announced that they should have a better gage on the goaltender’s injury, as well as his status on Monday, (when news becomes available, we’ll link it on the blog).

* Finally, various reports on Monday have confirmed that eight more men have announced that they were abused by a former Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager, who is now dead. For more information on this particular story – CLICK HERE.

Daily Noontime – February 22, 2012

Sad news was confirmed on Tuesday evening, as Tom Brady's mentor Tom Martinez died on his 66th birthday. (Photo Credit: Gridironfans.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy “Hump Day” everyone, and welcome into yet another tremendous edition of the Daily Noontime. Here are some headlines and news swirling throughout the city of Boston, as well as New England.

* On Tuesday evening, sources confirmed that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady‘s mentor Tom Martinez passed away on his 66th birthday. The two formed a bond when Martinez began assisting Brady with his mechanics in high school before the quarterback went onto the University of Michigan and New England. Brady kept in contact with his mentor over the past few years, and was quoted for saying, “I’m forever indebted to him.”

* Day Two of the Boston Red Sox spring training is set to begin on Wednesday morning, and according to sources, designated hitter David Ortiz has arrived in Fort Myers, and expected to take part in a team workouts on Thursday, which is when other positional players are expected to report, too.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Wednesday evening when they skate against the St. Louis Blues. The Black and Gold have lost two of their last three contests, and were recently blanked by the Minnesota Wild this past weekend for the sixth time this season.

* Patrice Bergeron told the media on Tuesday that he and his teammates aren’t expecting GM Peter Chiarelli to pull the trigger and acquire a necessary piece for the Bruins offense or defense before the NHL trade deadline. Boston has won four of their last 10 contests, and appears confident with the current squad in the locker room.

Daily Noontime – January 4, 2012

According to sources -- Tuukka Rask wants to remain in Boston for the foreseeable future! (Photo Credit: ViewFromMySeats.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good morning, and welcome into yet another edition of the newly refurbished Daily Noontime!

Here is some of the latest news swirling around the city of Boston, and six states of New England.

* Boston Bruins backup goaltender Tuukka Rask told the media on Tuesday that he wants to remain with the Black and Gold for the foreseeable future. Rask has played in 13 games this season, and has earned eight wins and two shutout victories. However, he’s expected to become a restricted free agent in July, but according to GM Peter Chiarelli, he believes that his second string goaltender will remain with the organization for the “future.”

* No. 21 Harvard dropped their second contest of the season in New York, as Fordham University defeated the Crimson men’s basketball team, 60-54. Despite the loss, Harvard remains undefeated at home, but has only won five-of-seven contests on the road this season, too.

* The only other basketball score to report is Yale University defeated Holy Cross, 82-67.

* New England Patriots offensive guard Brian Waters expressed to various media outlets that he hopes Gillette Stadium is loud for their first postseason contest on Saturday, Jan. 14, and possibly, Sunday, Jan. 22, too. Gillette Stadium isn’t exactly the most intimidating place to play, but Waters believes the place can be “loud.”

* Games to Watch: The Bruins will face-off against the New Jersey Devils this evening at 7:30pm, while the Celtics will host the New Jersey Nets for a 7:30pm tip-off. Also, Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team will host University of North Carolina Wilmington at the Matthews Arena; tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Bruins Release MacDermid and Sauve

By NoontimeSports.com 

According to the Boston Bruins, General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Sunday morning that the team has released Lane MacDermid and Max Sauve, who’ll be assigned to the Providence Bruins, who play in the American Hockey League.

The Bruins roster now consists of 25-players and they’ll begin their quest toward acquiring their seventh Stanley Cup on Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers at the TD Garden.

Libon: Who truly deserves this Cup?

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara celebrates the Stanley Cup on Thursday with fans at the TD Garden!

By Dan Libon 

Vindication. That is what this Stanley Cup is all about for the Boston Bruins.

It’s vindication for players, coaches, and management who were often told, “you can’t win the big win,” but guess what, they did.

Although, now that the Bruins have officially earned yet another Lord Stanley’s Cup for their trophy case, it’s time to really think about the people who truly deserve the honor of being remembered from this past season.

Heck, I don’t know if everyone should be accounted for the team’s success this season, but hey, that’s what I think.

Jeremy Jacobs: Considered one of the worst owners in all of sports, Jacobs never wanted to spend money on “big players.” So with that being said, he always said, “give me a salary cap and I’ll give you something decent.” No one should really give him credit for the team’s championship because he does not appear to be a “hands on” owner. Credit should be given to the next guy, but certainly, not him. Overall – Jeremy deserves this honor, but shouldn’t receive a boat-load of credit for it.

Peter Chiarelli: He was brought here to be a master of the salary cap, as well as help re-build the Black and Gold. He acquired Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand in the ‘06 draft (50th and 71st respectively), as well as traded Dennis Wideman in for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell, which turned out to be one of the biggest steals in Bruins history. So, maybe, just maybe, Peter deserves some credit, right? Overall – This might be a toss-up, but I’d say, yes, Peter deserves this special honor.

Tim Thomas: In ‘05, Thomas pretty much was told, he wouldn’t be a full-time goaltender and that his best option was to pursue his dream of playing hockey overseas. Although, the Bruins activated Thomas’ option the day before the Finnish Elite League season began, which kept him in New England. He struggled in Providence, as well as in Boston, but eventually helped the Bruins win their first Stanley Cup in 39-years against the Vancouver Canucks this past Wednesday. Overall – Of course, the goaltender deserves it.

Claude Julien: No one in the Boston Bruins organization took more heat this season than the head coach. Julien should eventually receive the Bill Belichick treatment. The hardcore hockey writers will still criticize him for just about anything, but in the end, Julien has been a positive impact for this particular team. They’ve gone from being chokers to champions. Overall – Yes, the head coach deserves it.

The Team: With the Bruins’ being somewhat of a young squad, I’d expect the crew to remain intact for the next few years. Also, players like Tyler Seguin and Steven Kampfer will need to step up next season, but all in all, Boston could be seeing the beginning of a “dynasty,” as long as everyone remains healthy. Overall – They deserve it.