Daily Noontime – June 15, 2011

Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals is Wednesday, but will this be the year for the Bruins?

Happy Wednesday to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! Let’s get today started with headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* It was a special evening for the Peoria Chiefs (Class A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs), as the organization handed out replica LeBron James NBA Finals rings.

* It seems that according to a variety of sources the NFL Lockout is close to being over than past times. What does this actually mean? Well, maybe, just maybe, we might see an agreement in the works soon.

* UFL coach Jerry Glanville is “leery” of Terrelle Pryor, especially after everything that happened the past few months at Ohio State University.

* According to one reporter, the Dallas Mavericks are just beginning their quest for future NBA crowns. Do you agree?

* Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals is Wednesday and yes, even the “Big Bad Bruins” from the 1970’s want to see Boston beat Vancouver.

* If the Vancouver Canucks want to win, it all starts with their goaltender, Roberto Luongo.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Vancouver (NHL Stanley Cup Finals – Game 7) – 8:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals ends Wednesday, which means someone will hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup!

Daily Noontime – June 14, 2011

Happy Flag Day!

Happy Flag Day everyone! Welcome to today’s Daily Noontime for Tuesday June 14, 2011. Enjoy the day, but also, here’s some headlines and news! 

Headlines: 

* Yet again, the Bruins defied the odds and forced a Game 7 against the Vancouver Canucks. Although, who got Monday’s party started? The answer… Brad Marchand.

* Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas played another fantastic game between the pipes, as he saved 36-shots and denied the Canucks a Game 6 win at the TD Garden.

* After three bad games in Boston, it seems that the Canucks goaltender, Roberto Luongo doesn’t like the TD Garden.

* It still is somewhat shocking, but the Dallas Mavericks indeed won the NBA Finals in six games against the Miami Heat.

* Believe it or not, the MLB is in the process of making some moves, which would possibly send the Houston Astros to the American League.

* There might actually be some good news from the NFL these days, as owners have asked to keep their schedules open for the next two weeks.

Games to Watch: 

* Cleveland at Detroit (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Texas at New York Rangers (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Boston at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Get excited fans, Game 7 between the Bruins and Canucks is Wednesday evening! 

Yet Again, LeBron James Comes Up Short

Yet again, LeBron James suffered another sour ending to the NBA Playoffs!

By Matt Noonan 

Remember when the “Broad Street Bullies” saved the National Hockey League from the Soviet Union in 1976? Well, doesn’t that particular game have some parallels to Sunday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks?

I’d say, yes!

In case you don’t know, LeBron James and his Heat teammates came up short in this year’s NBA Finals. Yep, despite promising, “not one, not two, not three…” championships, the Heat found themselves in a position they weren’t used to, which is second place.

They didn’t win a championship and now, every NBA fan has more reasons to insult the leagues most hated squad. Although, this is what the basketball die-hard’s wanted, right? They wanted Miami to lose and Dallas to win, correct?

I know this is true because everyone jumped aboard the Mavericks bandwagon and cheered for Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler. In fact, some fans admitted that their blood was not red, but instead, blue and white. They also felt connected to the Mavericks because they wanted this group of “over the top” stars to beat Miami and well, that mission was accomplished.

Beating Miami was what everyone wanted. Seriously, did you want to watch James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh dance around the American Airlines Arena chanting, “We’re number one, we’re number one?” I doubt it.

Miami was labeled the “bad-boys” from day one of the ‘10-‘11 season, but now, they probably should receive a new name, “fakers.” They’re fake, non-believable and certainly, not that good. They may think that having a variety of talent on their side will result in championships galore, but really, it won’t. Instead, they need to improve mentally, physically and emotionally.

For starters, they may want to discover why James was star-struck in the Finals. Against the Mavericks, he averaged 17.8 points, 4.0 turnovers, 1.7 steals and 7.0 rebounds, as well as imploded in various fourth quarters. Yet, are those numbers that good? Seriously, besides 17-points, he failed offensively and defensively. So, if they do return to the Finals, James needs to stay focused.

Second, Miami needs more experience. Between James, Wade and Bosh, they need other experienced veterans who know how to win. Also, they need someone who can take the pressure off Wade, especially in the closing minutes. Players like Mike Bibby, Erik Dampier, Eddie House, Juwan Howard and Jamaal Magloire aren’t exactly true “studs.” Yes, all five of them have a boatload of NBA experience, but certainly, not enough. Had they been more vocal or stressed the importance of “team basketball,” they might have won this series, but again, that’s a thought.

Overall, these are just a few quick ideas on the Heat, but allow me to return to my original point, beating Miami and what exactly does that mean?

It’s a sweet feeling, especially as a basketball lover. I couldn’t be happier, but this also proves that James should never be in the same sentence with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. Those guys all won championships, as well a persevered over the years.

Also, Dallas’s win helped the city of Cleveland, as well as the people of Ohio rejoice in song and dance. Hey, I doubt everyone held hands and sang, “kumbaya,” but I am sure the Cavaliers are elated.

All in all, this win is special because it proved the point, you can’t buy championships. It’s going to be a long off-season for the men dressed in black and red, but in the end, I think it’s fair to say that everyone across the country and world will sleep much better knowing that once again, James choked.

Daily Noontime – June 13, 2011

On top of the World: Dallas finally gets even against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals!

Howdy! Welcome to yet another work week… blah! No… No… No, it’s going to be fun! Let’s kickstart your day with the Daily Noontime, as well as some headlines and news! 

Headlines: 

* In case you don’t know, LeBron James ended up on the losing end in the 2011 NBA Finals and yes, Cleveland is overjoyed. Also, the “King” had a few crude words to say to all of his “haters.”

* Yes, it is indeed Monday, but still, it seems that the Miami Heat were never alive against the Dallas Mavericks in all six games of the Finals.

* The Dallas Mavericks have officially gotten the monkey off their back, as Sunday’s win marked their first NBA Championship in franchise history.

* New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had nothing, but positive things to say about Tom Martinez, who is a Bay Area coaching guru.

* Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals is Monday and yes, the Boston Bruins know that they need to win.

* After beginning their season with six losses, the Boston Red Sox have certainly turned things around quite well.

Games to Watch: 

* Cleveland at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Arizona at Florida (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Vancouver at Boston (NHL Stanley Cup – Game 6) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

It was a glorious moment Sunday evening for the Dallas Mavericks and their fans! 

Daily Noontime – June 10, 2011

LeBron and his teammates may not have a smile on their face, especially if the Mavericks win Game 6 in Miami!

It’s Friday, but don’t worry, no need to break out into song and dance. Here’s today’s Daily Noontime and in the meantime, have a great weekend and as always… be good! 

Headlines: 

* It’s official, the Dallas Mavericks are now one game away from winning the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat, but really, can they do it?

* LeBron James rebounded from his awful performance in Game 4, but in Game 5, he fell apart in the fourth quarter. Same old story, right?

* According to Terrelle Pryor‘s attorney, the former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback is not interested in the CFL, but instead the NFL.

* The ongoing NFL labor talks is possibly a good thing, as well as hope that a season will be played in September.

* Apparently the University of South Carolina baseball team is more focused on their college opponents than the MLB Draft.

* Good news for Vancouver Canucks fans, Roberto Luongo will start Game 5 against the Boston Bruins on Friday.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Toronto (MLB) – 7:07pm eastern

* Boston at Vancouver (NHL Stanley Cup Finals – Game 5) – 8:00pm eastern

* Oakland at Chicago White Sox (MLB) – 8:10pm eastern

* Los Angles Dodgers at Colorado (MLB) – 8:40pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Get excited fans, instead of a video about sports, we have some New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, so rock on!

Daily Noontime – June 8, 2011

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks have officially tied the NBA Finals, 2-2!

It’s officially “hump day” in America, so what is good? Happy Wednesday to everyone and yes, here’s today’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Talk about an exciting NBA Finals Game 4 on Tuesday, as the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Miami Heat, as well as tie the series 2-2.

* Indeed, the NBA Finals is tied, but when one superstar doesn’t perform up to par, one has to wonder, what is going on with LeBron James?

* After an exciting Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Monday, some believe that the Boston Bruins need to keep their “energy high.”

* The NHL has finally decided to crack down on “hard hits,” especially after Aaron Rome‘s hit on Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

* According to recent news, former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor received “between $20,000-40,000 from a memorabilia dealer for signing autographs.”

* Good news for Boston Celtics fans, Ray Allen has chosen to remain with the team and won’t explore other options.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Los Angles Dodgers at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Vancouver at Boston (NHL Finals – Game 4) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

In honor of the Mavericks win against the Heat on Tuesday, here is a video that will pump you up! 

Daily Noontime – June 7, 2011

Shawn Thornton took care of business on Monday, as his toughness paid off against the Vancouver Canucks!

Good Tuesday to everyone and welcome into yet another Daily Noontime! Have a great day and as always, enjoy today’s headlines and news! 

Headlines: 

* Tyler Seguin was a “healthy-scratch” on Monday, which Shawn Thornton the opportunity to suit up and crash the boards for the Boston Bruins in Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

* Monday was a tough evening for Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo who watched the puck go by him eight times.

* Vancouver’s Aaron Rome provided an unnecessary hit to Nathan Horton during the first period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday and yes, the NHL should certainly consider suspending him, right?

* The Miami Heat lead the NBA Finals series against the Dallas Mavericks, 2-1 and a major reason is due to the success of LeBron James.

* Golden State has a brand new head coach for the Warriors, as former NBA player and ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson was hired for three-years.

* It’s official, University of Southern California has been stripped of their 2004 BCS Title against Oklahoma, but what exactly does that mean?

Games to Watch: 

*Oakland at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Boston at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

* Miami at Dallas (NBA Finals – Game 4) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

It was a wild one at the TD Garden on Monday between Boston and Vancouver! 

Daily Noontime – Monday June 6, 2011

Nadal did it again, as he captured his sixth French Open!

It’s Monday, which means it’s officially a BRAND NEW week! Welcome to today’s Daily Noontime and of course, here’s our headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* After losing Game 2 to the Dallas Mavericks, Miami recovered completely on Sunday, as the Heat won Game 3 of the NBA Finals in the Lone Star State.

* It’s not every day that the French Open committee makes mistakes with their trophies, right? After the women’s finals on Sunday, something embarrassing happened.

* Rafael Nadal did it again, as he won his sixth French Open Final against Roger Federer on Sunday.

* Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress will leave jail on Monday and according to some reports, he’ll be a top NFL free-agent once the lockout ends.

* It certainly was an exciting weekend for the St. Louis Cardinals, but really, Albert Pujols, who hit two back-to-back home runs on Saturday and Sunday.

* The NHL Stanley Cup Finals resumes Monday and for one special Canadian soldier overseas, he certainly has enjoyed the Vancouver Canucks run toward their first ever championship.

Games to Watch: 

* Los Angles Dodgers at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Vancouver at Boston (NHL Stanley Cup Finals – Game 3) – 8:00pm eastern

* Detroit at Texas (MLB) – 8:05pm eastern

* Washington at San Francisco (MLB) – 10:15pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Was it funny when Max Lapierre taunted Patrice Bergeron on Saturday? 

Daily Noontime – June 3, 2011

Miami led, but Dallas won Game 2!

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the end of the week Daily Noontime! Have a great weekend and yes, let’s get it started with today’s headlines and news!

Headlines: 

* The Miami Heat may have led Dallas for a majority of the game, but the Mavericks comeback was the true story of Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

* LeBron James and his teammates should certainly learn by now, if you’re leading a team, don’t expect to win the game, right?

* Well, it looks like we have some good news for the NHL, which is Brendan Shanahan will be the leagues new disciplinarian, which could be a good or bad thing.

* Apparently the NFL experienced some “secret talks” yesterday between owners and players and yes, it sounds like it went somewhat well.

* Good news for Vancouver Canucks fans, Alex Burrows won’t be suspended for biting Patrice Bergeron during Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

* According to sources, Alex Rodriguez‘s former steroid supplier was seen at the New York Yankees hotel this past week in San Francisco.

Games to Watch: 

* Texas at Cleveland (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Oakland at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Chicago Cubs at St. Louis (MLB) – 8:15pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Los Angles of Anaheim Angels (MLB) – 10:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Throwing out the first pitch at any baseball game is an honor, right? Here’s a few tips from a MLB expert! 

Daily Noontime – Wednesday June 1, 2011

What didn't LeBron do during Game 1 of the NBA Finals?

Happy Wednesday to everyone! It’s “hump-day,” which means, yes, the week is almost over! Have a great day and of course, enjoy today’s headlines and news! 

Headlines: 

* LeBron James did everything on Tuesday, as he and his Miami Heat won Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

* Tuesday wasn’t a good night for Dallas, as the Mavericks apparently gave up on both ends of the court.

* The Winnipeg Jets will return to the NHL next season, but unfortunately tickets will coast a decent amount of money, but hey, that’s common, right?

* Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals begins Wednesday between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks.

* According to reports, Dirk Nowitzki tore a tendon in his middle finger, which luckily is on his non-shooting hand.

* It is indeed official, Kevin McHale is headed to Houston to become the next head coach of the Rockets, but will he turn the team around?

Games to Watch: 

* Chicago White Sox at Boston (MLB) – 1:35pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Oakland (MLB) – 3:35pm eastern

* Boston at Vancouver (NHL Stanley Cup Finals) – 8:00pm eastern

* San Francisco at St. Louis (MLB) – 8:15pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals begins Wednesday and yes, we are excited to watch some hockey, despite it being June!