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.