Rob Gronkowski Will Compete For The New England Patriots In 2018

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Rob Gronkowski announced on Instagram this evening that he will be returning to the gridiron this fall with the New England Patriots. (PHOTO CREDIT: WCVB.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Rob Gronkowski announced this evening on Instagram that he will return to the gridiron this fall to compete for the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski wrote the following on Instagram: “I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run.
#bandsamakeherdance.

The announcement allows members of Patriots Nation to take a deep breath – yes, there was speculation following the Super Bowl that Gronkowski would retire and pursue other opportunities. However, today’s post squashes any rumors or thoughts that Gronkowski won’t be back for another season with New England.

Gronkowski concluded the 2017 season with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He played in all three postseason games, too, hauling in 16 of 27 targets for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, he scored two touchdowns, while recording 116 receiving yards on nine receptions.

Report: Tom Brady Has Yet To Commit To 2018 Season

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According to various reports, Tom Brady has yet to commit to playing in 2018. (PHOTO CREDIT: NESN)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)

According to various reports on Wednesday (Apr. 18th, 2018), New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has yet to commit to playing this upcoming season.

Brady led the Patriots to the Super Bowl last season, but was unable to deliver the franchise its sixth national championship. Instead, Philadelphia celebrated its first-ever Super Bowl – the win was the squad’s first against the Patriots in the ‘big game’ since falling to New England in 2004.

ESPN‘s Adam Schefter confirmed via his report this morning that one source believes Brady will play this season, but did say, “what goes on away from the football field, I don’t know.”

Brady, who will turn 41 in August, has told multiple outlets over the years that he would like to play beyond his 40th birthday, but has recently been focused on spending more time with his family.

The news of Brady’s uncertainty to play this season adds another wrinkle to what has been a very bizarre offseason for the Patriots, which has seen multiple players from last year’s squad, including Malcolm ButlerNate SolderBrandin Cooks and Danny Amendola depart New England to sign with other teams.

Additionally, news continues to surface about Rob Gronkowski‘s future – will he remain in New England or pursue other opportunities such as wrestling or acting? We will have to wait and find out!

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What Should New England Do With Chad Ochocinco?

What should New England do with Chad Ochocinco's contract? (Photo Credit: USA Today)

By Matt Noonan 

One of the beauties of living in Boston is that all four major professional sports teams are constantly being examined under a microscope.

Reporters, media members and fans always question various decisions or moves that team owners and presidents execute on a day-to-day basis. And with that being said, I’ve decided to join this so-called “party” by providing a few thoughts on some recent New England Patriots news pertaining toward Mr. Chad Ochocinco.

Here is my two-cents on his current contract:

When reports surfaced on Wednesday about the Patriots considering restructuring Ochocinco’s contract, the first thing I thought was that the highly touted wide out was going to be shown the door.

However, I was wrong.

What the Patriots are doing is practically redoing a deal that is providing Ochocinco with too much money. He’s expected to receive a base salary of $3 million in 2012 and an additional $3 million in 2013, but since he finished the past season with just 15 catches and one touchdown, I think it’s best that the organization lowers his future income, especially since he hasn’t exceeded expectations.

A player who earns that much money in the NFL should have finished a campaign with more catches and touchdowns, but numerous mistakes hampered Ochocinco, who clearly didn’t understand Bill Belichick’s system.

So, what should New England do?

Well, I’d say, lower his monthly income, and make sure he begins preparing for the upcoming season immediately.

He certainly can make an impact on a team that definitely needs a “deep threat.” The Patriots offense is lethal with tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, as well as the best quarterback in the game, Tom Brady. However, if Ochocinco learns the playbook, he’ll be able to assist his offensive counterparts by stretching the field, and opening up various pass and run plays, too.

I’m a firm believer in Ochocinco, and confident that an actual non-lockout offseason will help this two-time First-Team All-Pro makeup for his 2011 blunders.

New York Trash Talk Won’t Faze New England On Sunday

Will the brash words of the New York Giants help them defeat the New England Patriots on Sunday? (Photo Credit: Media.KansasCity.com)

By Nate Boroyan 

As a New England sports fan, I often take it as a personal insult if a player on an opposing team starts talking “trash” about Boston sports. I don’t know why, but I guess after a decade of dominance, I’ve found it hard to believe that people could insult any team located in Massachusetts.

This week however, the teenage angst has dissipated and I have fallen back into a state of euphoric reflection.

If you don’t already know, the New England Patriots have a big game on Sunday, and for the record, they’re playing the New York “Football” Giants.

Yes, it’s the rematch of Super Bowl XLII, but it’s also a chance for redemption, as well as the opportunity to erase the past and remove the phrase, “What could have been” out of our minds.

Admittedly, the matchup originally petrified me. The prospect of facing a team with as much momentum as the Giants with the “mouth-breather,” Eli Manning himself, playing the best Football of his career seemed like a daunting task, but then media day arrived, and from listening/reading quotes from various Giants players, I realized that this is the most emotionally confused and damaged group of football stars.

Half of these so-called, “New Yorkers” admitted that they’ve already won the Super Bowl, while others attempted to act like the Patriots, who’re regularly humble human beings.

Heads up guys, you can’t be world-beaters and underdogs because that’s not how it works. You pick an angle and use it to your advantage. If you say, you’re going to win the game, then stand by it and make sure everyone on the team is on the same page. Although, if you’re going to be the underdog, utilize it to you’re advantage and jack up you’re intensity.

With New England, you know what you’re going to get. They’re going to try and be as down to earth as possible. True, its 99.99 percent mind games, but still, they absolutely won’t say anything that will give the other team added motivation, right?

Although, I must ask, has anyone heard listened to the “talking heads” this past week on ESPN? Well, in case you haven’t, they believe that New York is going to roll over New England, and capture their second NFL championship in four seasons.

In fact, almost every analyst, most notably Phillip Simms and Ron Jaworski picked the Giants to beat the Patriots because of New York’s prolific pass rush. On top of that, the Patriots are only three-point favorites – a line that doesn’t seem unreasonable, especially since New England finished the year, 13-3.

Although, I do wonder if it’s really an insult for a 9-7 team, who ended the season with two loses to the Washington Redskins, as well as one to the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks, to be labeled underdogs against New England?

Does Eli Manning have what it takes to beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, again? (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

Last time I checked, the Patriots finished the year with four more wins, but that doesn’t seem to faze Manning, who told the reporters, “Whoever they try to take away, other guys will be open.”

Whoa!

Take it easy there, gunslinger. I know you’ve won a Super Bowl, but you’re not exactly Cam Newton when it comes to charisma.

Cornerback Corey Webster, who has decided to backtrack a bit when it comes to the Giant’s confidence said, “We are just happy to be here. We had a great first practice. The enthusiasm was there and if we keep on doing that then we will be ok.”

Well you might be happy to be in the Super Bowl, Corey, but others seem to think that it’s ludicrous that New York gets to play in this particular game.

Giant’s alliteration and confusion aside, I happen to appreciate the talk, and from a media standpoint, it makes it so much more interesting.

As a Pats fan, the talking has put me in a comfortable mood, and while analyst and players will downplay the significance of trash talk by players, I won’t.

The fact that I’m hearing and reading everything that the Giants are saying leads me to believe that one or two of the Patriots might be doing the same thing, too. However, we’ll never hear about it, but I think its safe to assume that a Bill Belichick coached team is well versed in the practice of finding bulletin board material.

People going against New England and riding the wave of the hot team. They may be favorites, but in reality, they’re underdogs. They can’t overcome Rob Gronkowski’s injury. Their defense can’t contain the Giants offense. Their offense line can’t stop the Giants rush, and certainly they cannot win a fourth Super Bowl.

I don’t think the Patriots would want it any other way. Despite their accolades, they are the same team acting as if they’re the ones that are just happy to be there.

So what does all this mean? Ahem… Cue the Duck Boats!

Daily Noontime for February 1, 2012

Dennis Seidenberg scored the go-ahead goal on Tuesday, which helped the Bruins defeat the Senators, 4-3! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy “Hump Day” to everyone, as well as happy February, too! Let’s jumpstart the month with some headlines and news that rock!

* The Boston Bruins kicked-off the second half of their schedule with a win against Ottawa, 4-3 at the TD Garden. Dennis Seidenberg notched the go-ahead goal at 7:09 in the third period, which secured the Black and Gold’s 32nd win of the season. Tim Thomas turned away 30 of 33 shots between the pipes, too. The Bruins will return to the ice on Thursday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.

* Despite allowing Cleveland to register 32 points in the fourth frame, the Boston Celtics defeated the Cavaliers in Ohio, 93-90. Paul Pierce led the squad with 20 points, while Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass each tallied 13 points. The Green and White will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they host the Toronto Raptors for a 7:30pm tip-off.

* Daisuke Matsuzaka threw a bullpen session on Tuesday for the first time since he had season-ending elbow surgery last June. The Boston Red Sox pitcher is expected to continue throwing on Wednesday, and then do another bullpen session on Friday. Also, he’s expected to join the club this season.

* The New England Patriots are expected to return to the gridiron on Wednesday after taking a day off for “Media Day” on Tuesday. Although, one of the biggest questions is will Rob Gronkowski join his team on the practice field? We’ll find out!