Randy Moss Prepares To Return To The NFL In 2012

Where will Randy Moss end up in 2012? (Photo Credit: MLive.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Monday happens to be Randy Moss’s birthday, and according to sources, the former New England Patriots wide receiver is interested in returning to the gridiron in September.

However, don’t expect the birthday boy’s wish to open the gates at Gillette Stadium, especially because Bill Belichick or Tom Brady have moved on since his departure in October of 2010.

Moss played three seasons in New England before being traded to Minnesota. He played four games with the Vikings, and then was released and acquired by Tennessee.

In 2011, the highly touted wide out sat out due to family reasons, but now is determined to make a comeback, and play professional football, again.

So, with all this in mind, here are a few thoughts on what teams should acquire Moss for the upcoming season.

Buffalo BillsThe Bills have roughly $36 million to spend, so acquiring Moss could certainly help their passing attack, as well as open up running lanes for running back Fred Jackson.

New England Patriots Moss left a sour taste in the mouth of owner Robert Kraft, as well as many Patriot fans because of his postgame rant about his contract in September of 2010. So, I highly doubt that he returns, but knowing Belichick, anything is possible.

Kansas City ChiefsAfter the way things ended in December and January of this past season, I strongly believe that Kansas City is on the rebound, and adding Moss could help quarterback Kyle Orton. It’s been a while since the Chiefs had a top-notched receiver, and certainly he’s someone, despite being 35-years-old, who could help Kansas City compete in a rather weak AFC West division.

Chicago BearsHe’s played a majority of his career against this particular squad, and clearly, the Bears need someone to help quarterback Jay Cutler. The Bears receiving core isn’t exactly the greatest in the NFL, so again, adding Moss could definitely help Johnny Knox and Devin Hester, as well as the running game.

The NFC West Division All four teams, (Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams) have money to spend, and could use a receiver like Moss. The 49ers would probably be ideal for him, but so would the Cardinals. If he lands a job with Arizona, it would most likely help their quarterback find more options.

Kansas City Upsets Green Bay, Indianapolis Earns First Win Against Tennessee

Kansas City Chiefs interm head coach Romeo Crennel earned his first win on Sunday! (Photo Credit: Kansas City Star)

By Brian Willwerth 

The last unbeaten has fallen. The last winless team is winless no more.

Welcome to “Upset Sunday” in the NFL.

With all the hype surrounding the Patriots/Broncos epic matchup in Denver, the first big headline of the day came from Arrowhead Stadium. The Kansas City Chiefs, who fired head coach Todd Haley less than a week ago, pulled off the shocker of the year: a 19-14 victory over the previously undefeated Packers.

Kyle Orton threw for 299 yards – 64 more than Aaron Rodgers. Jackie Battle scored Kansas City’s lone touchdown of the game to seal the deal.  Rodgers pulled Green Bay to within five in the closing minutes, but the Chiefs were able to run out the clock. The end result: the Packers’ first loss since Dec. 19, 2010, and a Gatorade bath for interim Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel.

The Packers still have the inside track to the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but Sunday’s result gives other teams hope.

Meanwhile, at Lucas Oil Stadium, another long streak ended. The Indianapolis Colts finally won a game. With a 27-13 victory over the Titans, Indianapolis avoided becoming the second 0-16 team in NFL history, (Detroit is alone in that regard). The Colts’ defense forced three turnovers, and Donald Brown rushed for 161 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that sealed the deal.

Indy’s defense held Chris Johnson to just 55 yards on the ground.

While those were the most notable upsets of the day, they weren’t the only ones.

The Panthers beat the Texans. Houston was one of four teams that came into the day tied for the No.1 seed in the AFC.

The Seahawks beat the Bears at Soldier Field. Chicago hasn’t won since losing quarterback Jay Cutler to an injury.

The Redskins walked into the Meadowlands and put a dent in the Giants’ playoff hopes.

Daily Noontime – November 21, 2011

Give it up for Tony Stewart, who won the Sprint Cup Championship on Sunday!

Happy Monday y’all and of course, here’s an early Happy Thanksgiving message to everyone too – have fun and be safe! Anyways, it’s time to kick-off the day with some fun filled news and headlines, so let’s get the party started!  

Headlines: 

* Sad news was reported early Monday morning, as MSNBC.com and other news sources confirmed the death of Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman. According to the report, Halman’s brother was involved in the killing and was arrested once police arrived at the home.

* Tony Stewart capped off the NASCAR season with the Sprint Cup championship, as he defeated Carl Edwards for the victory.

* According to reports — Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will most likely miss the remainder of the season due to a thumb injury on his throwing hand.

* This might sound crazy, but the Philadelphia Eagles somehow helped their playoff chances on Sunday, as backup quarterback Vince Young led the men dressed in green and white past the New York Giants for their fourth victory of the season.

* It’s possible that the Boston Red Sox have found their “man,” as the organization is expected to meet with former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine on Monday.

* After losing to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall expressed to the media that he should be released.

Games to Watch: 

* No. 17 Michigan vs. No. 10 Memphis (NCAA Basketball) – 3:00pm eastern 

* Tennessee at No. 6 Duke (NCAA Basketball) – 5:30pm eastern 

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

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

* Kansas City at New England (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Good old Lee Corso apologized for swearing on “College Game Day,” and here’s the video, enjoy! 

Analyzing Three NFL QB Controversies

Can Tim Tebow save Denver's season? We'll find out on Sunday against Miami!

By Brian Willwerth 

We’re just past the one-month mark of the NFL season, and several teams are either changing their starting quarterbacks, or thinking about it.

Here’s a look at three such cases.

DENVER BRONCOS – It’s Tebow time, as the much-hyped QB will start for the Broncos on Sunday against the winless Dolphins in Miami. The fans have been screaming for Tim Tebow since day one. Kyle Orton was doomed from the start, and his performance against the Chargers, (6-of 13 for 34 yards) was the icing on the cake. Head coach John Fox had to do something to spark his team. Denver is ranked 27th in passing offense and 22nd in rushing. Tebow has the ability to improve both of those numbers. He’ll be returning to the state where he had so much success in college.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS – The Vikes are 1-4, and Donovan McNabb may have seen his last action for quite some time. He was benched in the second half of Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Bears in favor of rookie Christian Ponder. Of course, you can’t blame McNabb for letting Devin Hester do what he does best, and you can’t blame him for letting Jay Cutler light up the secondary. That said, Minnesota has already blown two big leads already this season vs. Tampa Bay and Detroit. Head coach Leslie Frazier is expected to decide Wednesday whether Ponder will make his first career start against the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Washington is over .500 [3-2] but when you have Rex Grossman on your team, well I think you know where I’m heading with this. After playing decent football through the first four weeks of the season, Grossman threw four interceptions in the loss to the Eagles – three of them to Philadelphia safety Kurt Coleman. Mike Shanahan benched Grossman in the second half in favor of John Beck. Will this be a permanent change? We’ll see who lines up under center on Sunday in Carolina.

NFL Week Three – News and Notes

Why did Jay Cutler admit that he might not last the entire season? Does anyone have an answer?

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s the middle of the week, as well as Wednesday, which means it’s time to unveil another edition of the “NFL – News and Notes” post. Here’s some of the latest news from around the league.

* According to various reports on Wednesday, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler admitted that he might not be able to finis the season, especially if his offensive line doesn’t protect him. Yet, as of recently, ESPNChicago is reporting that offensive coordinator Mike Martz‘s system would be the downfall for the gunslinger.

* For the second week in a row, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earned the AFC Player of the Week Award, however, the humbling signal caller told the media that it’s his offense, which has helped him enjoy two weeks of great success.

* According to NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks, he believes that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been awesome, yet still has a lot to learn, especially as a rookie this season.

* It’s not certain, but it seems that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick could play against the New York Giants on Sunday. However, does that seem like the right move for the Eagles?

* Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte admitted to the media recently that he thinks his team and organization doesn’t consider him an “elite” player.

NFL 2011: NFC North Predictions

Can Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers win another Super Bowl?

By Matt Noonan 

One of the toughest divisions in the NFL just got a tad bit better. In fact, all four teams will compete against one another, but when it’s all said and done, Chicago and Minnesota should rue the day, while Detroit leaps past them in the standings. Green Bay is most likely the favorite, however, any injuries or Super Bowl hangover could allow the Lions a chance to sneak into the top spot.

1.) Green Bay Packers [11-5] – It’s hard to think that the Packers won’t experience a “Super Bowl” hiccup, but then again, anything’s possible. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is primed to improve this year, as well as build off the success he experienced last year. The Packers also get a few key components back to their offense, tight end Jermichael Finley and running back Ryan Grant, who sustained serious season ending injuries last season. Expect the defense to ramp up their intensity, as well as support their offense too, especially if they’re in trouble, but all in all, the Packers are certainly a lock to make a run toward Super Bowl XLVI.

2.) Detroit Lions [9-7] – The key for the Lions is to remain healthy. Quarterback Matthew Stafford hasn’t finished an entire season, so here’s hope that he, as well as running back Jahvid Best can overcome any bumps and bruises this year. Also, expect their defense to provide loads of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, especially defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

3.) Chicago Bears [8-8] – Does anyone truly believe that Jay Cutler is a legit quarterback in this league? Seriously, who thinks he’s amazing? Cutler isn’t exactly a leader or Mr. Clutch, but this season, expect him, as well as his Bears teammates to take a step backward. There are injuries and other issues, as well as linebacker Lance Briggs’s “trade drama.” Also, does anyone expect Roy Williams to make a major impact on offense? Overall, it should be another typical year in the “Windy City” for the Bears and their fans.

4.) Minnesota Vikings [6-10] – Who truly believes that Donovan McNabb is the answer for this team? Anyone else believe that Christian Ponder will earn the starting job mid-way through the season? The Vikings have a lot of questions marks on offense and defense, but hopefully first year head coach Leslie Frazier can salvage six or seven wins.

Daily Noontime – April 27, 2011

Vancouver is celebrating, as the Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 on Tuesday!

Good Wednesday morning to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! Here is today’s biggest news, headlines and more, along with our awesome video of the day!

Headlines: 

* The Chicago Blackhawks were close, incredibly close to upsetting the Vancouver and moving onto the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but in overtime, the Canucks beat the Hawks, 2-1.

* Despite leading the Orlando Magic, 3-1, the Atlanta Hawks appeared incredibly flat on Tuesday, as the team from Disney World won and forced a Game 6.

* The series was tied, 2-2, but after Tuesday, the Los Angles Lakers earned their third win of the series, as they defeated the New Orleans Hornets, 106-90.

* According to sources, Indianapolis Colts quarter Peyton Manning apparently “tanks the NFL concussion test.”

* It seems that yet again, Jay Cutler is in the news again, but this time, he’s being honored for popping the question to his girlfriendKristin Cavallari.

* Believe it or not, MLB has already begun the All-Star voting process, which seems quite strange, right? The All-Star game is played in July, but apparently, professional baseball is already thinking about the summer.

Games to Watch: 

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

* Montreal at Boston (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh (NHL Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Memphis at San Antonio (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Lady Gaga fell once on stage at the Belle Center in Montreal, but one has to wonder, if the Bruins took a page out of her book on Tuesday against the Habs? 


Bad Referee Calls

On behalf of the big news on Thursday regarding the referees that possibly blew or made the wrong call during an important Big East tournament game that coasted Rutgers University their chance to advance in the conference tournament, we thought, why not take a stroll down memory and witness some other awful calls that had serious impacts on games and teams.

1.) In the NFL there has been some awful calls over the past few seasons, but one team thats has endured some really bad calls is the Denver Broncos. Did Broncos quarter Jay Cutler‘s pass hit the ground or was it caught by Brandon Stokley?

 

2.) Sure, referees are people and often make mistakes too, but do they deserve to get punched in the face during a game?

 

3.) What happens when referees favor one team or school over the other? Not quite sure, but in this particular video, Duke received an extra offensive opportunity as a gift, instead of retreating back onto defense.

 

4.) Remember when the Cutler and the Broncos technically fumbled the ball… or … did they actually throw a forward pass? Well, needless to say, NFL’s top official, Ed Hochuli seemed uncertain after the play was ruled dead.

 

5.) Ever wonder what happens when high school basketball players disagree with the referees? Similar to the pros, it can get messy and strange real quick.

 

6.) Even the players get upset when the referee doesn’t make the right calls, especially the Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows.

 

7.) Remember the World Cup in June and July of 2010? Remember when Team USA was snubbed due to the referees? Certainly Landon Donovan wasn’t happy.

 

8.) Did you happen to see a foul recorded by the Detroit Pistons? Seemed like the Orlando Magic showed off some acting in quite an impressive play that led to two free foul shots.

 

9.) Wasn’t Duke’s Greg Paulus clearly out of bounds on this particular play? How did the referees not see this?

 

10.) One of the best things about watching the referees make bad calls is hearing what the announcers have to say, which in this case, Boston Celtics color commentator and former NBA great, Tommy Heinsohn, really shared his “two cents.”

Daily Noontime – February 3, 2011

Happy Thursday to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! February is already a few days in and before we know it, March will be here! Well, lets get this brand new day started, so have a great day and remember to keep it here at NoontimeSports.com.

Headlines:

* #17 Syracuse ended their losing skid and knocked off #6 UConn on Wednesday, 66-58.

* Who was a better coach this past season, Bill Belichick or Todd Haley?

* Apparently, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took a “pain killing shot” during halftime of the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

* Good News!! Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has decided that he is not interested in purchasing the New York Mets or Los Angles Dodgers.

* According to a poll, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the most hated Super Bowl XLV player.

* It certainly seems that the weather is becoming a factor in Dallas, Texas for the Super Bowl. Maybe they should have played this game in Arizona or Florida?

* Los Angles Lakers forward Ron Artest has made it clear that he doesn’t want a trade!

Games to Watch:

* Dallas at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* New Jersey at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Miami at Orlando (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* San Antonio at Los Angles Lakers (10:30pm) eastern

Video of the Day:

Want the Super Bowl to be played today? Well guess what, here is EA Sports simulation and last year, they picked the Saints to win, but find out who they picked this time!


Daily Noontime – January 26, 2011

Is Jay Cutler really hurt or faking an injury?

It is indeed the middle of the week, so get excited! It is Wednesday January 26, 2011 and while another storm is headed to the Northeast, why don’t you check out the headline, games to watch and an amazing video of the day!

Headlines:

* THIS JUST IN… Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler used the stairs after his teams NFC Conference Championship loss on Sunday evening!

* At the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal‘s run toward a Grand Slam came to an end on Wednesday.

* Did Matthew Stafford‘s teammate, Zack Follet say something wrong about his Detroit Lions teammate?

* The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, but were able to welcome back Kendrick Perkins to the line-up.

* Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has officially signed up with a new sponsor, which is his first since being in prison.

* New York Yankees Hank Steinbrenner has admitted that his team needs to win a World Series again.

* Apparently Los Angles Lakers forward Lamar Odom and Boston Celtics forward Shaquille O’Neal are being sued by an endorser.

Games to Watch:

* Florida at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Washington at Atlanta (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* LA Clippers at Houston (NBA) – 8:30pm eastern

* San Antonio at Utah (NBA) – 9:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

In all honesty, did Jay Cutler really get hurt against the Packers on Sunday?