Daily Noontime: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

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.

    “We had him ranked No. 1,” Arians said in yesterday’s call with the media. “If it happened, we would make a concerted effort and we did.”

  • With a slew of key members of the 20019 Patriots team gone to free agency, the organization is expected to receive four compensatory draft picks in 2021, which is good news, right?
  • 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.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We’re coming to you a bit later than normal – yes, we know it is almost 2 p.m. (eastern time), but we do have some news to share. And it begins with the Summer Olympics, which have been postponed.

  • The games will be postponed but will be played no later than the summer of 2021. And the reason, of course, is due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Tom Brady was introduced today as a new member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – the former New England Patriots signal-caller was peppered with questions during an introductory conference call. If you missed it, the Bucs did upload the press conference to their YouTube channel.
  • Yesterday, we unveiled another All-Decade team, highlighting a slew of Massachusetts D-III football players that competed in the Bay State from 2010 to 2019.
  • Earlier today, we unveiled our Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) postseason honors for both men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

We’ll be back tomorrow with a longer ‘Daily Noontime,’ but continue to be well and stay safe, friends!

Daily Noontime: Monday, March 23rd, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

It’s Monday, which means its time for a brand new week. Are you ready?

As usual, we’re here to put a smile on your face and take some time away from news of the coronavirus (COVID-19), which is exactly what we will start doing … now!


Today’s Weather in Boston (and the Greater Boston Area): After a nice weekend with some sun and wind, it will be a bit cooler today – look for temperatures hovering between 34 and 38 degrees. It will be overcast for the majority of the day – maybe we’ll see the sun for a few minutes? – but then a wintry mix arrives later this afternoon, which will turn to rain for most of us this evening. 

Luckily, tomorrow will be warmer and include the sun, but there seems to be a lot of rain in the forecast this week, which means we should all just stay indoors (and be safe, of course!).


The Noontime Headlines for Monday, March 23rd, 2020 


In Case You Missed It: 

  • We started our first theme week here at Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) yesterday – we are producing content on Boston and New England sports teams from the past decade. And we began with our All-Decade Boston Bruins team.

On This Date in History 

  • 1948: Kansas topped Baylor in the 10th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship to claim the program’s first-ever national title.
  • 1957: North Carolina beat Kansas, 54-53, in triple-overtime in the 19th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Wilt Chamberlain, who played for Kansas, became the fourth player to be named the tournament’s most valuable player despite not being on the championship squad.
  • 1963: Loyola-Chicago beats Cincinnati, 60-58, in overtime in the 25th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, providing the Ramblers with their initial title in their first-ever finals appearance.
  • 1994: Wayne Gretzky sets the NHL record with 802 goals scored.

Daily Noontime: Friday, March 20th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Friday (or as we like to call it, Fri-yay!).

It has been quite the week – when will the new normal end? – but like I did yesterday, I will continue to produce a ‘Daily Noontime’ going forward with hopes of putting a smile on everyone’s faces during this unique time (and the life we’re living these days).

Alright, it is official: Tom Brady is officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In a release (and story this morning from the Buccaneers’ website), the team’s General Manager Jason Licht said Brady will “immediately impact our entire organization.”

Indeed, Brady will make an impact on the Bucs, who finished their 2019 season with seven wins and nine losses.

But doesn’t it seem strange (or bizarre) to think Brady will end his historic career with the Buccaneers? I mean, I think so, but Joe Montana ended his career, not with the San Francisco 49ers, but the Kansas City Chiefs. Again, this just seems weird, but again, we’re living in unusual times.

So, with no Brady under center, it is time to embrace Jarrett Stidham, but maybe we should also Jameis Winston, too. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler thinks (and believes) that the former Buccaneers quarterback could be an ideal replacement for the Patriots, but do we really want a quarterback that threw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions last season?

In other National Football League (NFL) news, the “stay at home” order in California could impact the completion of SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The new home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams was supposed to be ready for the upcoming season, but due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the “stay at home” order could mean a delay on the league’s new crown jewel.

In an interesting op-ed piece from the Los Angeles Times, there is a thought of building a people mover to the stadium, along with the shops and office space, which will be built nearby. Not a bad idea and it would decrease traffic, too.

Let’s switch gears to some quick hitters (and what occurred on this date in the past few months, years, and decades), beginning with wishing Bobby Orr a happy birthday!

On This Date in History: 

  • 1934: Babe Didrikson Zaharias pitched one inning in a Major League Baseball (MLB) spring training game for the Philadelphia Athletics. She gave up one walk but not hits in a single frame against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1965: UCLA beat Michigan in the 27th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • 1973: Roberto Clemente was elected to the MLB 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash.
  • 1989: Baseball announced former Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose is under investigation for betting on baseball games.
  • 1990: The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s number (No. 33).

As usual, please be well and be safe, take care of your family, and we’ll have more content on Brady (and some other topics) later today and this weekend! 

Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 19th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

We’re back – well, the ‘Daily Noontime’ is back!

I apologize for the radio silence these past few days, but I am happy to report (and share) that I will be producing a ‘Daily Noontime’ every Monday through Friday going forward. And I truly appreciate the support for this daily post – hopefully I can put a smile on your face during these unusual times.

Let’s report on some sports, beginning with a recent tweet (and update) from Adam Schefter that both Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still finalizing their “contract language as of Wednesday night and those discussions will go into Thursday, per source.”

Could the deal fall through and Tom Brady head elsewhere? Would he want to return to the New England Patriots? I doubt it. I think this is a done deal, but for now, we’ll wait and hear about Brady’s new contract either later today or possibly tomorrow.

Speaking of the Patriots, the team will look a bit different this upcoming season as a slew of players have departed for other teams, including Duron Harmon, who was traded to the Detroit Lions on Wednesday, and Kyle Van Noy, who agreed to a four-year, $51 million deal with the Miami Dolphins earlier this week.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told Rachel Nichols on SportsCenter yesterday that he is not sure what the league’s schedule would be if games resumed in a few weeks or months – he is also not ready to announce (or share) if this season would be canceled. But Silver did note there is a potential to bring back the sport for fans craving live sports with some kind of charity competition.

Jeremy Swayman, who has been stopping pucks for the University of Maine both this season and the past few winters, has decided to skip his senior year and join the Boston Bruins.

On this date in history:

  • 1822: Boston is incorporated as a city.
  • 1918: Congress authorized Daylight Savings Times.
  • 1938: The Toronto Maple Leafs scored eight goals in five minutes.
  • 1966: Texas-Western beat Kentucky in the 28th NCAA Men’s Basketball championship.
  • 1971: The Philadelphia 76ers outscored the Cincinnati Royals, 90-8, in the first half.
  • 1975: Pennsylvania becomes the first state to allow girls to compete with boys in high school sports.

Finally, just a quick personal note (and thought): I know these are unusual times for everyone, but as usual, we will continue to be here, producing content on an array of sports, news, and whatever to provide everyone with something to take their minds off the coronavirus. Like I have said before, we will get through this together, but please be safe, be well, and think positive thoughts like I am (and my family is) during this time.