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: 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 – March 29, 2011

The Barry Bonds trial goes on and on, but when will it end?

Nothing like a Tuesday, right? Who doesn’t love a Tuesday, especially at Noontime Sports? Well, anyways, like it or not, here is our Daily Noontime!

Headlines:

* UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt is headed to the NBA and will forgo his junior and senior year with the team.

* The NFL is such a mess these days, but Tennessee Titans owner, Bud Adams believes that there will indeed be a season come September, yet, do you think so?

* The Barry Bonds trail continues on Tuesday and now that his former girlfriend has spoken, it is time for both Jason and Jeremy Giambi to testify.

* Notre Dame has something to be proud of, as they defeated the University of Tennessee and are now headed to the Final Four in the Women’s NCAA Division I March Madness tournament.

* New York needed a win and that happened, as the Knicks knocked off the Orlando Magic in overtime on Monday, 113-106.

* Issues surrounding head and other injuries continue to not only haunt the NHL, but also the Los Angles Kings.

Games to Watch:

* Miami at Cleveland (NBA) – 7:00pm eastern

* Philadelphia at Pittsburgh (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Chicago at Boston (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Atlanta at Montreal (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

When you dunk the ball, please do something spectacular!

Daily Noontime – October 22, 2010

Hard to believe, but it is officially Friday! Here is our Daily Noontime for October 22, 2010, have an awesome weekend!

Headlines:

* The Philadelphia Phillies have earned another day to play some baseball, following their 4-2 victory of the San Francisco Giants.

* Nick Swisher of the New York Yankees is sticking with a Game 5 superstition to help his team win Game 6 against the Texas Rangers.

* Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz will play in Game 6 against the Yankees, despite a hamstring injury.

* Brett Favre‘s “lady friend” has now hired a lawyer, due to photos and voicemail’s she received from the future hall of fame quarterback.

* The Dallas Cowboys have decided to bring referees to practice to understand what exactly is a penalty.

* Dwight Howard expressed his opinion toward LeBron James who is upset about mean and nasty tweets on Twitter.

* Peter King of Sports Illustrated has his NFL week seven picks, so take a look and see if your team is bound to win!

* The number two college team in the nation, Oregon, beat UCLA on Thursday, 60-13.

Games to Watch this Weekend:

* South Florida at Cincinnati (NCAA FB) (Friday) – 8:00pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Texas (MLB Playoffs) (Friday) – 8:07pm eastern

* Notre Dame at Navy (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 12:00pm eastern

* #6 LSU at #4 Auburn (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 3:30pm eastern

* San Francisco at Philadelphia (MLB Playoffs) (Saturday) – 3:57pm eastern

* #1 Oklahoma at #11 Missouri (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 8:00pm eastern

IF NECESSARY – * New York Yankees at Texas (MLB Playoffs) (Saturday) – 8:07pm eastern

IF NECESSARY – * San Francisco at Philadelphia (MLB Playoffs) (Sunday) – 7:57pm eastern

* Cincinnati at Atlanta (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

* Philadelphia at Tennessee (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

* Pittsburgh at Minnesota (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

* New England at San Diego (NFL) (Sunday) – 4:15pm eastern

* Minnesota at Green Bay (NFL) (Sunday) – 8:20pm eastern

Video of the Day:

With the NHL season already under way, here is a rule for all hockey fans to know about dating!