We hope everyone is doing well and having a great ending to the work week.
Any fun plans for the weekend?
We know two local athletes have plans for this weekend – that would Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore, who will be on the field Sunday when the New England Patriots host the Denver Broncos.
According to the Boston Globe yesterday, Newton’s presence on the practice field seemed to excite his teammates, including Gunner Olszewski, who told Jim McBride that he’s “fun to play with.”
With Newton on the sidelines earlier this month due to testing positive for the coronavirus, the Patriots suffered their second setback of the season to the Kansas City Chiefs, who recently signed Le’Veon Bell, per multiple reports. Yet, with why exactly did the Chiefs sign a player at a position that seems to be “replaceable” this year?
We hope you’re ready for the final day of the so-called workweek – what is a workweek for us at a website? – and the upcoming weekend.
If you’re living in the Boston area, expect warmer temperatures this weekend, as well as some rain – maybe spring will arrive earlier than expected?
Have a great day, and as always, remember to smile, laugh, and be kind, everyone!
The Boston Sports Scoreboard
Thursday was a quiet evening in Boston sports – no one played a game, so we watched some television (and did some reading!).
The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening as they tip-off against the Orlando Magic at 7 p.m. Boston is currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Orlando is seventh.
The Boston Bruins are still enjoying some time off due to the National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game this weekend, but Black and Gold fans should tune in Sunday, January 26th to cheer on both coach Bruce Cassidy and winger David Pastrnak as the Atlantic Team faces-off against the Metropolitan squad.
The Noontime Headlines (and Links)
The Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres are discussing a ‘potential trade’ for Mookie Betts. Is that a good idea? (Boston Globe)
Peyton Manning will miss watching his younger brother Eli Manning, who was his third favorite player behind his father, Archie Manning, and Dan Marino. (ProFootballTalk.com)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo plans to channel Tom Brady on Super Bowl Sunday. (Sports Illustrated/ Patriots Maven)
Marblehead, Massachusetts will be the site of a brand new Disney + movie. (Boston.com)
What are the perks of being a Boston sports fan? Hmm … well, for starters … we win! (Patch.com)
Looking for a new restaurant to try in or outside of Boston? Well, try one of these 29 suggestions from the Boston Globe – we’ll check one or two out this weekend! (Boston Globe)
VIDEO OF THE DAY: Happy Friday, everyone, from Rebecca Black!
Coast Guard Academy quarterback Derek Victory accounted for seven touchdowns last Saturday in the Bears’ 56-54 win over Curry College. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)
Derek Victory of Coast Guard Academy enjoyed a career day last Saturday, scoring seven touchdowns, including six through the air, while setting a school record for 525 passing yards. Victory’s six touchdowns through the air matched a school record.
In addition to his passing yards, Victory also rushed for 22 yards and one score to finish the contest with a school record 547 yards of total offense.
“Saturday was definitely a wild game,” Victory said a few days after his team’s exciting 56-54 win over Curry College.
Victory was tabbed this week’s Co-New England Football Conference (NEFC) Offensive Player of the Week with Curry quarterback Alex Corvese, who finished Saturday’s contest with seven touchdowns through the air.
Noontime Sports caught up with Victory to discuss his team’s dramatic, yet exciting win, as well as what we can expect from the Bears over the next few weeks.
Saturday’s contest against Curry College was quite a game. Tell me what it was like to be a part of it?
It reminded me a lot of my second start at the Academy against Western New England University (in 2013). We jumped out to an early lead and then they came roaring back and we had to just keep throwing the ball to stay in the lead.
Tell me about breaking a pair of school records with 525 passing yards and 547 yards of total offense – what does that mean to you?
It’s still kind of hard to believe. It means a lot, though. A record like that is a team effort. It involves all 11 guys performing in sync the entire game. The o-line played great, allowing zero sacks once again and the receivers made big plays over and over again.
In addition to breaking a pair of school records, you became the Academy’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (44) – care to share what that honor means to you?
It means that we’re putting points on the scoreboard as an offense. Growing up a Miami Dolphins fan and watching old Dan Marino highlights, I remember him saying that exact thing when he was asked about his touchdown records.
Five years from now, what will you remember most about your team’s game against Curry?
I’ll remember what happened after the game. My mom and dad gave me a huge hug and kept saying how proud they were. It was a special moment.
Tell me about winning back-to-back games – would it be fair to say your team is slowly catching its stride?
Offensively, we are firing on all cylinders. The Salve Regina loss was a huge disappointment to the guys so the fact that we’ve bounced back after that loss and two close losses before that speaks volumes about the guys we have on this team. We’re slowly getting healthier as a team, getting guys back from injury and learning the ins-and-outs of our offense. We definitely have caught our stride, but we all realize that we have a lot of areas that we can improve upon.
What is the goal for the team heading into this coming weekend’s game against Nichols? What does your team have to accomplish in order to secure a win?
Our goal is the same heading into every game: we want to go 1-0 every day. That means don’t look ahead or worry about the past. In order to secure a win Saturday (against Nichols), we just need to keep that intensity in practice going from last week.
What’s your all-time favorite Coast Guard Academy football memory?
My favorite memory was winning the Secretaries Cup at home back in 2014 (against Merchant Marine). No better feeling than hoisting that trophy at the end of a great game.
Do you have a favorite quarterback – either current or past – you look up to? If so, who is it and why do you idolize that particular signal-caller?
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one. Growing up in a Dolphins household obviously Marino is up there. Guys like Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers are two players I try to emulate because of Peyton’s football mind and the passion that Rivers plays with on a weekly basis.
Tell me about your major. What interested you in pursuing that particular major?
I am majoring in government, focusing on law and public policy. I was always interested in politics (when I was younger) and how the government operated, so that is what drew me to the government major.
Three songs you are listening to currently?
‘A little more Summertime’ by Jason Aldean
‘Song for Another Time’ by Old Dominion
‘Southern Comfort Zone’ by Brad Paisley.
What is your all-time favorite movie?
My Cousin Vinny.
Favorite TV show?
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to visit Italy and Ireland, and see where my ancestors came from.
Finally, what’s the best advice you ever received from a coach or teammate?
The best advice I ever received from a coach was from my youth league coach, Bill Washington. His advice was simple, “stay calm.” That advice has helped me slow down the game and relax while dropping back to pass.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) and quarter Tom Brady (right) will look to capture their fourth Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)
By Matt Noonan
It’s finally Sunday.
One more game remains on the 2014 NFL Schedule: Super Bowl XLIX.
New England versus Seattle, clam chowder and great seafood versus Starbucks and the artists. Bill Belichick against Pete ‘How ‘Bout Our Defense’ Carroll, Tom Brady versus Russell Wilson, and East Coast versus West Coast.
The list goes on and on, but this Super Bowl has a different meaning. Instead of two teams competing for the ultimate prize – the Vince Lombardi Trophy (Yes, I used Lombardi’s first name) – this game is about the Patriots against the World.
Everyone wants to see the Patriots crumble, especially against a defense – The Legion of Boom – that is prepared to burst through the line of scrimmage on each snap. Fans want to see New England – a team that has been under scrutiny for the past two weeks because of “Deflate Gate” – lose.
This is the NFL, the most popular sport in the North America, and instead of getting excited about two great teams competing for a championship, we’ve been wrapped up in Deflate Gate, as well as pondering the question: Is Tom Brady a cheater?
Belichick’s mantra has always been to ignore the noise, and you can bet New England did that this week while preparing for their final test. Say what you want – go ahead, are they cheaters? – but the Patriots first faced adversity when they finished the month of September with an excruciating loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tom Brady and the Patriots were “done” after ending September with a 41-14 setback. (Photo Credit: The Big Lead/USA Today Sports)
Against Kansas City, Brady completed 14 of 23 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Brandon LaFell hauled in six catches for 119 yards, including one touchdown reception, while the defense allowed 26 first downs 443 yards.
Yep, the Patriots were done after this game. At 2-2, the “experts” said it was time for Brady to take a seat and make way for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Yet, as I stated above, the Patriots ignored the noise, turned their attention to their week five opponent: Cincinnati Bengals. And in a span of six days, the Patriots went from non-contenders to contenders, blowing out their opponent by a score of 43-17.
Following their win, New England rattled off seven straight wins, including victories against Denver, Indianapolis and San Diego. They finished atop the AFC East again – surprise, surprise! – and claimed home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Still think the Patriots should have folded following their 2-2 start?
In the postseason, they earned impressive wins against Baltimore (35-31) and Indianapolis (45-7). Their win against the Ravens featured a formation that continues to baffle John Harbaugh – Baltimore’s head coach – but again, did that faze these Pats?
The answer: nope!
Say all you want about Belichick, who was punished for SpyGate in 2007, but the man knows the game of football. He knows how to coach a team, which is ready and prepared to compete against the Seahawks, who humiliated Peyton Manning and the Broncos literally one year ago.
So, while you may think that Deflate Gate or SpyGate or any sort-of-gate is going to bring down these Patriots, think again.
Tonight, we could see history play out in Arizona as Brady and Belichick look to capture their fourth Super Bowl crown since the 2001 season. Sure, it is the same playing field that saw these Patriots conclude their almost perfect season to the New York Giants, but this team is clearly different from the 18-1 squad.
My prediction: I like the Patriots against the Seahawks. It will be close, but New England will squeak past Seattle, claiming their fourth Lombardi trophy, setting up an interesting handshake between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell.
Again, say what you want – call them cheaters or benders-of-the-rules, but these Patriots will ignore the noise and figure out a way to conclude a controversial season with some hardware.
Now that Peyton Manning is a free agent, where will he most likely end up next? (Photo Credit: Colts.com)
By Elizabeth Thomas
On Wednesday, Mar. 8, the Indianapolis Colts decided they wouldn’t renew Peyton Manning’s five-year, $90 million contract, which included a $28 million signing bonus. So, instead of picking up the remaining four-years on his current deal, the Colts decided to show Manning the door. And now, he’s a free agent quarterback looking for a new home, as well as a fresh start, too.
So, with all this in mind, I thought I’d provide five various organizations that should certainly consider signing the highly touted veteran quarterback.
Miami Dolphins:Since losing out on the Jeff Fisher sweepstakes, Miami hasn’t made too much noise this offseason. First-year head coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman are committed to implementing a west coast offense, which Manning has never conducted. However, the former Colts gunslinger does own a home in South Beach, as well as won a Super Bowl at Dolphins Stadium, too, so that could certainly provide some leverage at the negotiating table. Also, the Dolphins offense would excel quite well with him under center, and force Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Reggie Bushto step-up their “game.” Manning could be an excellent puzzle piece for a veteran squad, but would a west coast offense be the straw that breaks the camels back? We’ll see!
Denver Broncos: With Tim Tebowbecoming not only the face of Denver’s franchise, but also a cultural icon, then it’s highly doubtful that the Broncos head coach John Fox would make any changes to tarnish his image, right? Think again! Manning seems determined to remain in the AFC, and while executive vice president of football operations John Elway wants to win now, then it’s likely that the Broncos should consider signing him as soon as possible. Elway and Manning are golf buddies, so it’s possible that the former Denver gunslinger could woo the free agent quarterback to the “Mile High” city.
New York Jets: New York has invested time and money in their quarterback, Mark Sanchez, who has led Gang Green to the AFC Championship twice in the past three seasons. However, if New York wants to end their championship drought, then adding Peyton might be necessary.
Arizona Cardinals: Who wouldn’t want to play football in the desert? Wouldn’t you want to join the Cardinals, so you could toss numerous touchdowns to the NFL’s most lucrative receiver, Larry Fitzgerald? Manning would be a great fit for Arizona, who still hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Also, if you acquire Manning, you’d probably get Reggie Wayne, who is a free agent, too.