NFL 2012: AFC East Preview

By Matt Noonan 

The AFC East may not be the flashiest division this season, but don’t underestimate Buffalo, New York or Miami. All three teams have challenged the Patriots over the past few seasons, and can certainly provide the unnecessary head ache to Patriots coaches, fans and players, especially when they least expect it.

However, New England shouldn’t have a problem winning this division, but keep your eyes on the Bills and Jets.

1.) New England Patriots (12-4) – Some analysts believe this team may mimic their record-breaking performance from 2007, while others think they’re a shoe-in for this year’s Super Bowl. In order for the Patriots to be successful, they’ll need rookies Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower to pressure opposing quarterbacks and provide all sorts of havoc.

Will Chandler Jones be the Patriots most valuable defensive player this season? We’ll see! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

2.) Buffalo Bills (9-7) – The Bills bolted out of the gate last season, but couldn’t maintain their momentum, as injuries and errors derailed their chances of a successful season. This year, Buffalo added Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to their defense, and drafted two potential studs in Cordy Glenn and Stephon Gilmore. The usual cast is back on offense – Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson and Steve Johnson, but the main question from last year remains: Can they stay healthy? Also, can they be consistent, too?

3.) New York Jets (7-9) – No offense Jets fans, but your team is in complete disarray. New York didn’t locate the end zone until their fourth preseason game, and there’s still questions surrounding their offense and defense. Yet, probably one of the biggest sagas surrounding this team is when will Rex Ryan swap Tim Tebow for Mark Sanchez?

4.) Miami Dolphins (5-11) – There will be a lot of ups and downs this season for the Dolphins, but expect Miami to conclude their year with at least four or five wins.

New England Patriots Kick-Off 2012 On The Road

By NoontimeSports.com 

According to a recent blog post via ESPNBoston.com — the New England Patriots will kick-off their 2012 campaign on the road.

Mike Reiss mentioned in his blog post that it’s likely the Pats will face one of the following teams in week one — Baltimore, Buffalo, New York, Miami, Seattle, Tennessee or Jacksonville.

Of the seven teams listed above, which team would you want to see in the first week? Post your comments below or send us a tweet @NoontimeSports.

Daily Noontime – March 29, 2012

Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce combined for 43 points on Wednesday, as Boston defeated Utah at the TD Garden! (Photo Credit: OregonLive.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Thursday, which means we’re one day away from the weekend, so let’s buckle down and get some work done! Also, we’ll jumpstart the day with headlines and news, too!

* The Boston Celtics eared their third consecutive win on Wednesday when they defeated the Utah Jazz, 94-82. Kevin Garnett paced the Green and White with 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Paul Pierce tallied 20 points. Boston’s win set-up a two-way tie atop the Atlantic division with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Green and White will return to the hardwood on Friday when they travel to Minnesota.

* The Boston Bruins will look to earn their 46th win of the season on Thursday when they host the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are currently locked in the ninth spot, and certainly need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. However, Boston remains the second best team in the Eastern Conference, and is on par to wrap up the Northeast division.

* According to sources – Chris Carpenter, who came to Boston via Chicago as compensation for Theo Epstein, is expected to have surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow.

* Finally, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis called New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick a “jerk” on Wednesday on SportsCenter.     

Tebow-Mania Spreads to New York City

Tim Tebow was introduced as a New York "Football" Jet on Monday, and apparently is ready to help Gang Green win a title! (Photo Credit: USA Today)

By Matt Noonan 

The New York Jets haven’t won a Super Bowl championship since January of 1969, but Monday’s Tim Tebow press conference certainly provided numerous Gang Green supporters with a great deal of optimism toward the upcoming campaign.

Tebow spoke with 200 credentialed media members for roughly 32 minutes on Monday at the Jets practice facility, and fielded questions from why he was “blessed” to be a Jet to his relationship with starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. The young gunslinger also preached about his relationship with the New York coaching staff, which possibly explains why he chose the Big Apple over Jacksonville, Florida.

“It’s such an honor for me to be here, and I’m so excited about being a Jet,” Tebow said via the team’s website. “I just want to thank the Broncos for my time in Denver – it was an amazing time. I want to thank my teammates and the fans for being such great teammates and such great fans, and I’m looking forward to my time here in New York and my time as a Jet.”

“I’m so honored and humbled to be a Jet. I’m so thankful that they wanted me, and I’m so excited about meeting my teammates,” added the Jets backup quarterback.

This particular type of press conference is rather unusual, especially for a backup quarterback, but due to the so-called, “Tebow hype,” as well as his success from last season, it wasn’t too surprising that various media members decided to greet the 24-year-old, as well as question him about joining a team that’s been the doormat to the Super Bowl the past three years in the American Football Conference.

“I’m excited to be a Jet – to go out there and help this team anyway that I can, and whatever my role is, however I can expand that role – I’m going to try and do that,” said Tebow.

Tebow will certainly be a major asset, especially since head coach Rex Ryan believes that his number will be called roughly 20 times per game. However, don’t anticipate any quarterback swap to occur because as various reports confirmed – Sanchez is going to be the starter once week one arrives.

“I think the exciting thing is that me and Mark have a great relationship,” Tebow said when asked about playing behind Sanchez. “We have had a good relationship for the last three-years, I think. We’ve been friends, we’ve [texted each other] back and fourth, we’ve talked already, and we’re going to have a great relationship and a great working relationship and I think we’ll have a lot of fun together.”

So, whether you like it or not, Tebow is officially a Jet and the excitement for him has definitely drifted from the Rocky Mountains to the city that never sleeps.

Tebow Chooses The New York “Football” Jets

It's official - Tim Tebow is going to be a Jet in 2012! (Photo Credit: CBS News)

By Matt Noonan 

Numerous sources confirmed at 9PM on Wednesday, March 21, that Tim Tebow is officially headed to the New York Jets. Gang Green also received a seventh round draft pick, while Denver endured a fourth and sixth round selection.

Sources and reports confirmed earlier that Tebow had officially been traded to New York, but a later bulletin announced that the Jets front office hadn’t exactly read all of the fine print.

Tebow’s contract apparently stated that any suitor who obtained him would have to pay Denver $5 million. And while New York remained at a standstill over this issue, sources then began reporting that Tebow would most likely return to Denver, and then be pursued by Jacksonville and St. Louis.

However, the whirlwind officially ended a few hours later when the Broncos and Jets agreed to split the coast, and execute the deal.

Tebow started 13 of 18 games last season, which included two postseason contests against New England and Pittsburgh, but will most likely backup Mark Sanchez, who recently signed a three-year extension.

Tim Tebow Deal To New York Jets In Limbo

Could Tim Tebow return to Denver? It's possible! (Photo Credit: MileHighReport.com)

By Matt Noonan 

According to various sources, it appears Tim Tebow is not officially a member of the New York “Football” Jets due to a recent “snag” in the gunslinger’s contract.

As reported by the Denver Post – the Jets front office apparently didn’t realize that Tebow’s contract instructs acquiring suitors to send $5 million back to the Denver Broncos.

So, if New York decides to forgo paying the money for Tebow, then he’d return to Denver.

ProFootballTalk.com also confirmed that if the trade doesn’t occur then Jacksonville and St. Louis would be interested in acquiring the former Florida Gator signal caller.

The Wackiest Wednesday In NFL History

By NoontimeSports.com

It’s been a busy day in the NFL.

* The Denver Broncos traded quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets in exchange for two draft picks.

* The NFL announced that New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton would be suspended for the upcoming season without pay due to his team’s bounty program, which began when defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was hired in 2009. Williams has officially be suspended indefinitely, while the team’s GM Mickey Loomis has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 season. Also, the Saints will be fined $500,000, too.

* Finally, beneath the Tebow trade and league ruling on the Saints – the San Francisco 49ers resigned quarterback Alex Smith to a three-year contract. According to the Associated Press, Smith will earn $8 million per year with $16.5 million guaranteed.

So, without further ado – we’d like to know your thoughts on what was the biggest story of the day thus far? Cast your vote below!

Thomas: Five Teams That Should Acquire Peyton Manning

Now that Peyton Manning is a free agent, where will he most likely end up next? (Photo Credit: Colts.com)

By Elizabeth Thomas 

On Wednesday, Mar. 8, the Indianapolis Colts decided they wouldn’t renew Peyton Manning’s five-year, $90 million contract, which included a $28 million signing bonus. So, instead of picking up the remaining four-years on his current deal, the Colts decided to show Manning the door. And now, he’s a free agent quarterback looking for a new home, as well as a fresh start, too.

So, with all this in mind, I thought I’d provide five various organizations that should certainly consider signing the highly touted veteran quarterback.

Miami Dolphins: Since losing out on the Jeff Fisher sweepstakes, Miami hasn’t made too much noise this offseason. First-year head coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman are committed to implementing a west coast offense, which Manning has never conducted. However, the former Colts gunslinger does own a home in South Beach, as well as won a Super Bowl at Dolphins Stadium, too, so that could certainly provide some leverage at the negotiating table. Also, the Dolphins offense would excel quite well with him under center, and force Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Reggie Bush to step-up their “game.” Manning could be an excellent puzzle piece for a veteran squad, but would a west coast offense be the straw that breaks the camels back? We’ll see!

Washington Redskins: Reports surfaced earlier this week that a Washington radio station confirmed that the Redskins were most likely out of the running for Manning. Yet, if head coach Mike Shanahan can somehow adjust his offensive, then maybe Washington will be able to lure Manning to their organization.

Denver BroncosWith Tim Tebow becoming not only the face of Denver’s franchise, but also a cultural icon, then it’s highly doubtful that the Broncos head coach John Fox would make any changes to tarnish his image, right? Think again! Manning seems determined to remain in the AFC, and while executive vice president of football operations John Elway wants to win now, then it’s likely that the Broncos should consider signing him as soon as possible. Elway and Manning are golf buddies, so it’s possible that the former Denver gunslinger could woo the free agent quarterback to the “Mile High” city.

New York Jets: New York has invested time and money in their quarterback, Mark Sanchez, who has led Gang Green to the AFC Championship twice in the past three seasons. However, if New York wants to end their championship drought, then adding Peyton might be necessary.

Arizona Cardinals: Who wouldn’t want to play football in the desert? Wouldn’t you want to join the Cardinals, so you could toss numerous touchdowns to the NFL’s most lucrative receiver, Larry Fitzgerald? Manning would be a great fit for Arizona, who still hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Also, if you acquire Manning, you’d probably get Reggie Wayne, who is a free agent, too.

Daily Noontime – February 24, 2012

According to Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, no news has been reported about Jason Varitek's future in the MLB! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Friday, and before we break out into song and dance, let’s kick-start the weekend with some news and headlines from the Boston sports scene.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Friday evening when they skate against the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30pm. If the Black and Gold are able to salvage a win, they’d be able to earn their first back-to-back wins since January 10-12.

* The Boston Red Sox conducted their first official team workout on Thursday, as pitchers participated in live batting practice, so they could simulate pitching against an actual batter. Bobby Valentine was rather pleased with his numerous pitchers, especially Jon Lester and Daniel Bard. Also, GM Ben Cherington told the media that there was no current updates on team captain and catcher Jason Varitek, who is expected to make a decision on his big league career soon.

* New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan told members of the media on Thursday that his “guarantees” were a mistake. He used that particular word to attempt to motivate his team, especially since Gang Green reached the AFC Championship contest twice over the past three seasons. Although, the head coach seems confident that the Jets will be able to turn the page, continue to have fun, and focus on the overall goal — winning a championship.

* The Harvard University men’s basketball team will return to the hardwood on Friday evening when they welcome the Princeton University Tigers to Cambridge, Massachusetts at 7:00pm. The Tigers defeated the Crimson earlier this season, as well as knocked Harvard out of the ESPN/USA Top-25 poll, too.

Rex Ryan’s Thoughts On Patriots, Super Bowl XLVI

Rex Ryan believes in the Patriots win the Super Bowl that Belichick and Brady will be considered the best! (Photo Credit: NJ.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan talked with Fox25 Boston on Friday morning, and provided his two cents on the upcoming big game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.

“Both those teams are playing great and the one thing about – the last two times these two teams have played, it’s come right down to the wire and I expect the same this week,” said Ryan.

The Jets head coach also complimented head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady on their success when he said, “Belichick in my opinion is the best coach, maybe he’ll go down in the history of the game as being the best coach…And then Brady is – he may go down as – if he wins this Super Bowl this week, I mean it’s hard to say he’s not the best big game quarterback of all time.”

To watch the interview with Ryan  – CLICK HERE.