Daily Noontime – June 23, 2011

Tim Thomas earned a special award on Wednesday, but what exactly was it?

Happy Thursday, Folks! It’s going to be yet another great day, but in the meantime, here is today’s headlines and news, so enjoy!

Headlines: 

* Well, the NFL labor talks are now going to be switched to Boston, but again, what will happen this time?

* It was an exciting evening in Las Vegas on Wednesday, as the NHL handed out their yearly awards.

* It was an exciting day for Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas who won the Vezina Trophy on Wednesday.

* Things are not looking good for Frank McCorut and yes, it slowly looks like his days with the Los Angles Dodgers are numbered.

* Remember a young soccer star by the name of Freddy Adu? Well, in case you didn’t, he’s a young, talented soccer player that helped Team USA beat Panama, 1-0.

* For the second time this season, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee went the distance, as well as lasted nine innings for a shutout.

Games to Watch: 

* Seattle at Washington (MLB) – 1:05pm eastern 

* Oakland at New York Mets (MLB) – 1:10pm eastern 

* Minnesota at San Francisco (MLB) – 3:45pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

It was an exciting evening for Tim “Timmy” Thomas on Wednesday and yes, he was happy to win the Vezina Trophy! 

Daily Noontime – June 22, 2011

Well, there's hope that the NFL will get itself back on target, especially after Tuesday!

It’s Wednesday, which means, yes, it’s “hump day!” Here’s today’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Tuesday was an important day for the NFL, but according to reports, players and owners are optimistic that new CBA is around the corner.

* While the NFL continues to negotiate a new CBA, one reporter has an idea that maybe the league should repay the fans for this particular lockout by having an 18-game schedule. Hmm… that wouldn’t work, right?

* The NBA Draft is upon us, but really, who are some players to watch? Well, one that everyone should pay attention to is Brandon Knight.

* There’s some more drama these days, as Los Angles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has decided to challenge the MLB again.

* It’s officially the second day of summer, which means “Wiffle Ball season has begun!”

* Well, it seems that according to some sources, Miami Heat’s Pat Riley said, he’ll never coach again in the NBA.

Games to Watch: 

* New York Yankees at Cincinnati (MLB) – 12:35pm eastern

* San Diego at Boston (MLB) – 1:35pm eastern 

* Seattle at Washington (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Yep, this is something different, but again, so enjoyable! 

Daily Noontime – June 21, 2011

Who in the NBA wants Josh Smith?

Good day to everyone! Yes, it’s Tuesday, but also, it’s the first official day of summer, wahoo! Here’s the day’s headlines and news, so enjoy!

Headlines: 

* If you’re a Boston Red Sox fan, well, you’re quite content these days, as their offense has certainly found its groove.

* Attention NBA owners … the Atlanta Hawks would be interested in hearing from you about acquiring Josh Smith.

* Apparently more turmoil is occurring in the NFL, as players and owners continue to see things differently. Although it certainly seems the owners are the reason why a new CBA hasn’t occurred.

* It’s official, NBA owners will meet on Tuesday to discuss their labor-issues, as well as see if they can piece together a new season too.

* Good news NHL fans, the NHL network and website will wrap up their 2010-2011 coverage with the draft, so be excited.

* According to sources, Nicklas Lidstrom will return for a 20th season with the Detroit Red Wings, but is that a good or bad move?

Games to Watch: 

* Los Angles of Anaheim Angels at Florida (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

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

Video of the Day: 

It’s officially summer, but we can still watch college bands perform, right?

 

Daily Noontime – June 17, 2011

The Boston Bruins - Black and Gold Fan Base is still in Awe!

Happy Friday to everyone, but also, welcome to yet another weekend in 2011, wahoo! Here’s today’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* According to some Boston Bruins fans, this particular NHL Stanley Cup championship seems like one BIG DREAM, but really, it happened.

* So, the Vancouver Canucks indeed lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7, but what exactly did the riots teach hockey fans?

* While it sounds like the NFL is close to a new CBA, some owners apparently are not interested in finishing the deal.

* The Boston Red Sox maybe in first place of the American League East division, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for the local nine.

* Finally, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio are officially on the same page for the upcoming NBA season.

* The Dallas Mavericks championship celebration continued on Thursday, as the squad celebrated with a parade in the Lone Star State.

Games to Watch: 

*  New York Yankees at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 2:20pm eastern

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

* Texas at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:35pm eastern

* San Francisco at Oakland (MLB) – 10:05pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

I think it is appropriate, especially after the Boston Bruins won the cup on Wednesday to re-live Jack Edwards heroic post-game speech. 

Daily Noontime – May 27, 2011

The Heat are headed back to the NBA Finals, but this time, can they win it?

Happy Friday to everyone! A brand new weekend is upon us, so sit back, relax and enjoy today’s headlines! Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone! 

Headlines: 

* The Miami Heat did it! They beat the Sixers, Celtics and Bulls and now, they’ll advance to the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

* Apparently, some believe that LeBron James displayed his acting skills against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, but who knows? He is headed back to the NBA Finals for the second time in his career and one has to wonder, will he win it?

* Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals is on Friday and now the only question remains, who will win? Boston or Tampa Bay?

* As for the Tampa Bay Lightning, they hope they’ll be able to score early and often, as well as beat Tim Thomas.

* According to sources, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is likely out for the rest of the season.

* The NFL needs to have a new CBA by July 4, otherwise, don’t expect a professional football season this fall.

Games to Watch: 

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

* Philadelphia at New York Mets (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

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

* Tampa Bay at Boston (NHL Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

It’s Game 7 at the TD Garden and yes, we are excited! 

NFL Draft Talk with Carl Desberg

The 2011 NFL Draft is upon us, which means Noontime Sports is ready for the first round to begin on Thursday. So, with that being said, here is our conversation with Carl Desberg (Boston Sports Then and Now) about the Draft itself, as well as the NFL Lockout and New England Patriots.

Matt Noonan: What would you say is the biggest and most important item the Patriots need to address in the NFL Draft?

Carl Desberg: Offensive line – protect Tom Brady. Matt Light a free agent. If they don’t draft a tackle, it gives him a lot of leverage. Also, on the interior, Logan Mankins is unhappy and Dan Connolly is very solid backup, but has never been asked to do it for more than 16 games, (although he proved durable and versatile last year).

MN: Going into the draft, which Patriots unit could be considered the weakest? Which one is the strongest? Also, how can the weaker unit be improved, if not through the Draft?

CD: The obvious answer is outside linebacker, which is the weakest Patriots unite. I’ll venture to say wide receiver for sake of the argument.

Wes Welker, I believe is entering the last year of his deal, Deion Branch is solid receiver in the Patriots system, but also is entering his last year too. Brandon Tate is inconsistent, although does help spread the field. Second year player Taylor Price looked very good in week 17 last season after being inactive for practically the entire year.

Improved if not through the draft? Chad Ochocinco! Strongest position has to be the quarterback, duh! Brady just signed a lucrative extension and backup Brian Hoyer is a well respected and affordable backup.

MN: Out of all the college players who are entering the draft this year, which will have the most promising career?

CD: I’ll say, Anthony Castonzo from Boston College. He could be a bookend on the line for over a decade for any team. Boston College does an exceptional job with producing great offensive lineman. 

MN: Yes, the Judge lifted the NFL Lockout ban on Monday, but still, so much has to occur before players can actually work out and return to their day-to-day roles with the organization. How much has this current off-season downgraded the NFL as a whole and in your opinion, will there be a season come September? Yes or No? Why?

CD: I don’t think the NFL has been downgraded. If no games are missed (and it sounds like owners and players may be forced to head back to the bargaining tables), then a new CBA will strengthen the league as a whole for years to come. Any new deal will improve the game and league, one would have to think.

MN:How much would not having a NFL season hurt the league, players and fans? Would college football then dominate the football world? Would football fans flock to the NHL or MLB instead?

CD: I don’t think it would affect fans, especially if games were missed. 

MN: Finally, assuming that there is a season, which Patriots game on the schedule will be one of those “can’t miss games?”

CD: Both games against the Jets are can’t miss television, especially after their playoff loss this past season. They are truly the Patriots rival passing the Indianapolis Colts.

Follow Carl Desberg on Twitter (@InBostonSports). 

Daily Noontime – March 4, 2011

Just seems like the NFL will be locked out soon!

Well, here is another Friday and weekend, wahoo! So, let’s kick off the weekend on the right foot with your Daily Noontime, so here is your daily dose of news, headlines and video of the day!

Headlines:

* The NFL extended its CBA and Lockout talks for an additional 24-hours, but really, is this going to change anything?

* While the NFL and NFLPA figure out if there will indeed a be a season in 2011, various teams are locking up players. The San Diego Chargers officially have signed former Indianapolis Colts safety, Bob Sanders.

* According to Sacramento’s mayor, seems like the Kings will be “likely” moving.

* Sure, the NFL may have CBA issues, but so does the MLB believe it or not.

* When first or third base coaches attempt to assist their team on the base path, it may not be a bad thing to watch the game, so they don’t get hit in the head or face.

* Could the NBA and its fans consider New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul the next coming of Utah Jazz great, John Stockton?

* It was quite an exciting one in Florida Thursday, as the Orlando Magic rallied to beat the Miami Heat, 99-96.

Games to Watch:

* Chicago at Orlando (NBA) – 7:00pm eastern

* Oklahoma City at Atlanta (NBA) – 7:30pm eastern

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

* Dallas at Anaheim (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern

Video of the Day:

President Barack Obama tells the Union that he will not get involved with the NFL CBA talks!