Willwerth: How Tom Brady Can Help My Buccaneers Win A Super Bowl

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Can Tom Brady lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Super Bowl next February? (PHOTO COURTESY: NBC Sports Boston)

By Brian Willwerth

When Tom Brady announced he was leaving New England and heading to Tampa Bay, it got the attention of everyone around the NFL.  TB was going to TB. We heard variations of that pun all over the place.

So, does this make the Buccaneers an instant Super Bowl contender, to become the first team to ever host the big game in its home stadium?

No. At least, not yet.

What Brady has done is made the Bucs relevant. The national media is talking about Tampa Bay for the first time in forever. The schedule makers gave them a franchise-record five primetime games. And for what it’s worth, the Patriots have the same number of games under the lights even without Brady under center.

But remember: Tampa Bay hasn’t made the playoffs since 2007. And for that to change in 2020, three things need to happen:

  • A running game would help since they haven’t had one in several years.
  • The secondary needs to be much better, though it showed some improvement after getting rid of Vernon Hargreaves, who is currently a member of the Houston Texans (he was released by the team earlier this year, but resigned last month).
  • The offensive line needs to improve dramatically.

Tom Brady alone cannot lead the Bucs to the postseason, though many bandwagon fans feel differently. Everyone remembers all of Jameis Winston’s interceptions last year.  What the stats don’t show, is how often he was running for his life. Brady’s going to be doing a lot of scrambling if the pass protection remains poor.

The anticipation for this season – hopefully with fans in the stadium – is through the roof.  Let’s get it on.

Brady, Buccaneers Ready For Primetime

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Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play five primetime games this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: ADAM GLANZMAN/GETTY)

By Brian Willwerth 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2020 schedule came out last night, and fans of the team should get ready to see them a lot in prime time.

Thank you, Tom Brady and company.

The Buccaneers will play a record five-night games this year – yes, that is a franchise record, for those keeping track at home. Of course, some games could be flexed in or out of certain time slots, but for now, Tampa Bay is scheduled to play five games under the lights: on the road against the Chicago Bears, Las Vegas Raiders, and New York Giants, and home games against the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. All five of those games are over a span of seven weeks.

Oh, and we get Brady against Drew Brees in the season-opener in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brady won his first Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in 2002 in the same building.

Without further delay, here’s the schedule.  Time to start planning some road trips to Florida, everyone!


Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Schedule 

  • Week One (Sept. 13, 2020): Tampa Bay at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Two (Sept. 20, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
  • Week Three (Sept. 27, 2020): Tampa Bay at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Four (Oct. 4, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m.
  • Week Five (Oct. 8, 2020): Tampa Bay at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week Six (Oct. 18, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Seven (Oct. 25, 2020): Tampa Bay at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week Eight (Nov. 2, 2020): Tampa Bay at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week Nine (Nov. 8, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 10 (Nov. 15, 2020): Tampa Bay at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m.
  • Week 11 (Nov. 23, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 12 (Nov. 29, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 13: Bye Week
  • Week 14 (Dec. 13, 2020): Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m.
  • Week 15 (Dec. 20, 2020): Tampa Bay at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.
  • Week 16 (TBD): Tampa Bay at Detroit Lions
  • Week 17 (Jan. 3, 2021): Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m.

D3 Football Players Sign Undrafted Free Agent Contracts

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Three NCAA D-III Football players have signed undrafted free agent contracts as of Monday, April 27th afternoon. (PHOTO COURTESY: Anderson Mancini on Visual Hunt / CC BY)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Three NCAA D-III football players have signed undrafted free agent contracts as of mid-to-late Monday afternoon, including University of Redlands defensive back Jeff Hector, who inked his name on a contract last Saturday, April 25 with the Baltimore Ravens.

Hector was named an AFCA First Team All-American and D3football.com All-West Region honoree while securing a spot on the Southern Californa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) last November. The Palos Verdes Peninsula, California guided the Bulldogs to a 9-2 overall record while recording 35.0 total tackles, including two tackles for a loss and one sack to go with two forced fumbles and eight interceptions.

Broc Rutter, who quarterbacked North Central College to a Stagg Bowl victory last December against UW-Whitewater, signed a contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Rutter, who was the recipient of the Gagliardi Trophy, announced his signing on Twitter this past weekend, telling his fans and followers that he “can’t wait to get to work.”

The Naperville, Illinois native started all 15 contests for the Cardinals and established new single-season program records in passing yards (4,591), passing touchdowns (56), completions (309), passing attempts (435), and passing efficiency (199.9). He was named the Player of the Year by both D3Football.com and College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW).

Berry College wide receiver Mason Kinsey signed with the Tennessee Titans shortly after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft.

The D3Football.com third-team All-American enjoyed a very successful final season with the Vikings, catching 65 passes for 1,221 yards and 16 touchdowns. Kinsey helped Berry win nine contests and capture the program’s fourth-straight Southern Athletic Association (SAA) championship. Kinsey is currently first in program history in touchdown receptions (50) and receiving yards (3,343), and second in total receptions (203).

Kinsey shared his excitement on Twitter earlier today, saying “Let’s shock the world.”

Saint John’s University‘s Ben Bartch was the only D-III football player to be drafted this past weekend by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round. Bartch becomes the most recent D-III student-athlete to hear his name called since Hobart‘s Ali Marpet was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On This Date In History: Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

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By NoontimesSports.com 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

We hope (as usual) that everyone is doing well, staying safe, and smiling, of course. The sun is shining outside our window, but it is a bit chilly and windy today, so make sure to bundle up if you need to go outside to the store or for a walk.

Let’s take another trip down memory lane with a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ for Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Have a great day, everyone!


On This Date in History: April 22nd, 2020

  • 1876: The Boston Red Stockings defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5, in the first National League game in the history of baseball.
  • 1954: At the annual owners’ meeting in New York, Daniel Biasone, who was the founding owner of the Syracuse Nationals, which would become the Philadelphia 76ers, “proposed a rule that would force each team to take a shot within 24 seconds of gaining possession.”According to the New York Times, Biasone felt 24 seconds would allow each team to attempt an average of 60 shots per game. “My idea was to keep the game going, to speed it up,” Biasone said, via Charles Paikert.
  • 1995: John Smoltz, who spent a majority of his big league career pitching for the Atlanta Braves, recorded his 3,000th strikeout on this date when he retired Washington Nationals infielder Felipe Lopez in the top of the third inning.Smoltz joined an impressive list of MLB pitchers that recorded 3,000 strikeouts or more, including Nolan RyanRandy JohnsonRoger ClemensSteve Carlton, and Bert Blyleven.
  • 2010: With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams selected quarterback, Sam Bradford, who quarterbacked Oklahoma in the Big 12Ndamukong Suh, a defensive tackle from Nebraska, was selected second by the Detroit Lions while Gerald McCoy, who also played defensive tackle, was picked third by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.The New England Patriots selected Devin McCourty with the 27th pick., McCourty, who played collegiately at Rutgers, has enjoyed a very successful career with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowls while becoming a player to watch on the defense.

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to April 1st, everyone – how is everyone doing?

We know this is going to be a tough month with the coronavirus (COVID-19), but we will be here providing both relief and some fun content.

And that content, which we deem fun (and enjoyable) begins today with our first ‘Daily Noontime’ for the month of April!


Noontime’s Headlines for Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 


On this Date in History 

  • 1999: Philadelphia 76ers coach Larry Brown wins his 900th professional game with an 88-84 win over the Miami Heat.
  • 2002: The University of Maryland men’s basketball team won its first-ever national championship in school history with a 64-52 win over Indiana in the 64th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
  • 2008: The New York Yankees set an MLB record by winning their 11th straight home opener with a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • 2016: The Golden State Warriors‘ home winning streak of 54 games was snapped by the Boston Celtics. Boston won the game by a score of 109-106.