Daily Noontime: Monday, June 29, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

It’s Monday – yay!

Yet, what just happened to the weekend? Can we get some more sleep?

Luckily, this won’t be a bad week because we will be celebrating the Fourth of July, beginning Friday, July 3.

Let’s kick-off the week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ – as always, make sure to smile, laugh, and be kind to others!


Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, June 29, 2020

  • News broke around 7 or 8 p.m. (eastern time) last night about the New England Patriots signing quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal.

    Newton joins a Patriots team that is transitioning from Tom Brady, who departed the area to quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    But will the signing of Newton help the Patriots save its ongoing dynasty, which began during the first decade of the new millennium? Let’s hope so!

  • Mike Reiss of ESPN.com believes the Cam Newton signing is “a no-lose situation” for the Patriots, who currently have two quarterbacks on their roster, including Jarrett Stidham, who some believed would be the starting signal-caller this season.
  • So, with Cam Newton joining the Patriots, what does this mean for Jarrett Stidham? Will he be the starter or back-up to the veteran signal-caller? Only time will tell, right?
  • In addition to welcoming Cam Newton to Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Patriots also made headlines for violating league rules last season for filming the Cincinnati Bengals‘ sidelines when they played the Cleveland Browns.

    As noted on ProFootballTalk.com, the Patriots have been fined $1.1 million dollars and have lost a third-round draft pick.

  • According to Colin Cowherd, who can be heard (and seen) on FS1, there are only four “top college football programs” in the good ole United States of America. Which ones are they?
  • And finally, Brooklyn Nets forward Wilson Chandler announced he will not be headed to Orlando, Florida once his team’s season resumes next month.

    Chandler cited “health concerns” for his decision to not join his team, which has won 30 games this season.

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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.

New England Patriots Begin Their 2020 Campaign Against The Miami Dolphins

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New England Patriots logo. (PHOTO COURTESY: Patriots.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The post-Tom Brady era will officially begin for the New England Patriots on Sunday, September 13 when they host the Miami Dolphins for a 1 p.m. kick-off.

Miami and New England last met in the opening week of the 2014 season when the Dolphins beat the Patriots, 33-20. New England would rebound the following week before eventually winning their fourth Super Bowl championship in franchise history.

Following their home-opener against the Dolphins, New England will visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, September 20 for an 8:20 p.m. kick-off before closing out the first month of the 2020 season at home one week later against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Patriots will play three games in October, including a 4:25 p.m. contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. New England will then compete in five games in November, including three road games against the Buffalo BillsHouston Texans, and New York Jets before playing four times in December.

New England’s final two contests will be home games against the Bills and Jets. Their final regular-season game against New York will be played on Sunday, January 3 with kick-off scheduled for 1 p.m.

Prior to their initial contest of the 2020 season, the Patriots will play back-to-back preseason games against the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers before hitting the road to compete against the Philadelphia Eagles (week three) and New York Giants (week four).

The 2020 schedule will certainly be a challenging one for New England, which is scheduled to compete against six teams that competed in last season’s postseason, as well as the two teams that squared-off in Super Bowl LIV.


New England Patriots 2020 Schedule 

  • Week One (Sept. 13, 2020): New England vs. Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
  • Week Two (Sept. 20, 2020): New England at Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week Three (Sept. 27, 2020): New England vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m.
  • Week Four (Oct. 4, 2020): New England at Kansas City Cheifs, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Five (Oct. 11, 2020): New England vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m.
  • Week Six: Bye
  • Week Seven (Oct. 25, 2020): New England vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week Eight (Nov. 1, 2020): New England at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
  • Week Nine (Nov. 9, 2020): New England at New York Jets, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 10 (Nov. 15, 2020): New England vs. Baltimore Ravens, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 11 (Nov. 22, 2020): New England at Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
  • Week 12 (Nov. 29, 2020): New England vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m.
  • Week 13 (Dec. 6, 2020): New England at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m.
  • Week 14  (Dec. 10, 2020): New England at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m.
  • Week 15 (Dec. 20, 2020): New England at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
  • Week 16 (Dec. 28, 2020): New England vs. Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m.
  • Week 17 (Jan. 3, 2021): New England vs. New York Jets, 1 p.m.

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.