Daily Noontime – August 30, 2011

Mark Sanchez got the better of Eli Manning on Monday!

It’s Tuesday, which means the week is slowly moving along. Here’s the headlines and news of the day, so enjoy, friends! 

Headlines: 

* The New York Jets flew past the New York Giants on Monday in an impressive win.

* Is it possible to think that Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels is underrated? If so, why? Well, here’s some reasons why Phillies fans shouldn’t be too concerned about their playoff pitching situation.

* The Philadelphia Eagles reached deep into their pockets on Monday and handed quarterback Michael Vick a brand new six-year, $100 million contract.

* Good news for Indianapolis Colts fans, quarterback Peyton Manning will ease his way back into practice mode, especially since he’s officially off the physically unable to perform list.

* The first game of a critical regular season series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is on Tuesday and certainly the AL East division lead is on the line.

* Alex Rodriguez will be day-to-day going forward and could certainly miss the Red Sox-Yankees series.

Games to Watch: 

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

* New York Yankees at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

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

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

Video of the Day: 

In case you missed Manning’s interview with the media on Monday, here’s the clip! 

NFL Preseason Week 3 – News and Notes

Jerod Mayo is focused on making the Patriots final roster!

By Matt Noonan 

Catching up on two weeks of NFL preseason football – always a good time.

Here’s a look at some of the storylines and news of the day, which certainly should raise some brows, enjoy.

* According to various reports coming out of New England Patriots camp, linebacker Jerod Mayo expressed to the media, he hopes to make the final roster cut. OK, great decision on Mayo’s part, especially since this particular comment certainly illustrates the illustrious “Patriots way.” In fact, I am certainly a fan of his decision to state this because it shows his true work ethic. He’s not taking anything for granted, which is always a good sign, but in the end, it’s a given that Mayo will be sporting the “Flying Elvis” on his head this season. Mayo finished the ’10 campaign with two sacks and 175 tackles.

* Earlier this summer, veteran quarterback Kerry Collins stated, he was going to retire, but on Wednesday, he was lured back into the league by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Isray because of Peyton Manning’s health. As of now, it’s most certain that Manning will miss at least one or two regular season games due to a neck injury and offseason surgery. Collins, who has played 16 seasons in the NFL, will enter his 17th this fall with the Colts.

* Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bradie James stated the following in recent report on FoxSports.com:

“I think the entitlement kills us. Our alumni, our former greats have made us America’s Team and we reap benefits that we haven’t earned — all the way around, as individuals, as a team. Those guys earned it. We just think we deserve it.”

Well, I guess it’s safe to say, the current Dallas Cowboys squad is feeling some pressure from their alums. OK, well, I guess we’ve finally discovered why the Cowboys have struggled to win their sixth Super Bowl championship in franchise history? Well, again, come up with your own reason or answer, but it’s safe to say, the Cowboys need to discover their own identity, as well as appreciate any guidance or support given to them by Hall of Famers or former legends. Will they be competitive this season? Who knows, but again, as long as they focus on themselves, as well as their current talent, they’ll be able to be somewhat successful.

* Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Brit recently met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss his offseason antics. Brit was arrested numerous times this past offseason and will now play the “waiting game,” while the league decides whether they’ll punish him for his behavior. The Titans drafted Brit in ’09 and ever since that glorious day in April, he’s had seven run-ins with the law, which isn’t something to boast or brag about these days.

NFL Preseason Comments, Questions and Thoughts

The 2011 NFL Preseason kicks-off on Thursday, however, despite it not being the regular season, we still have questions!

By Matt Noonan 

It’s Thursday, but not just any ordinary Thursday, yet instead, the official kick-off to the 2011 NFL preseason. So, with that being said, here are a few hot topics to get you set for some early pigskin action, enjoy.

To Play or Not to Play: Preseason football is usually the time when coaches don’t normally play their starters. However, due to this past off-season being condensed into the past few weeks, it should be expected that the main players, (first-team) should attempt to play roughly one quarter. Yet, don’t be fooled if you see back-ups or third-string players that won’t make the roster in September. Although, due to the lockout, it’s also possible that all 32-teams will most likely hold out a majority of their starters, so they don’t sustain any injuries. In fact, almost every team has experienced the “injury bug,” due to no practices the past few months, as well as the CBA (collective bargaining agreement) reconstruction.

Tim Tebow vs. Tony Romo: Thursday will mark yet another intriguing matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. In fact, these teams have met quite frequently during the month of August; however, this year in particular is an important one, especially for both quarterbacks, Tony Romo and Tim Tebow.

Romo, who according to multiple league sources is on his “game,” yet, what exactly does that mean? Some analysts believe he’s destined to have a Pro-Bowl season, but again, it’s too early to tell, right? Expect Romo and his offense to be somewhat in-sync against an average Broncos defense, but again, it’s still too early to predict Romo’s season numbers.

So, instead of barking about Romo’s past five-seasons in the league, why don’t you turn your attention to Denver, Colorado, where besides the Rockies, the Broncos have encountered some issues. Yet, what exactly is the matter with Denver’s football team? Well, according to some, there’s a quarterback controversy, but is that entirely true?

Seriously, quarterback,Kyle Orton, drives this offense, not Tim Tebow. However, while the youngster is waiting in the wings, it’ll be expected that he won’t be handed the starting position, especially if he plays flawless football for the next few weeks. He’ll be the starter one day, but in the meantime, he needs to slam on the breaks, as well as understand that he’ll only improve if he listens and watches Orton under center.

Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles kick-off their preseason slate on Thursday, however, are they truly a team that is destined to win the Super Bowl?

Possible Super Bowl Preview: The Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles will meet under the lights of Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday; yet, some believe this could be a possible Super Bowl preview. However, I think not. In fact, it’s way too early to predict, which teams will be playing in February.

Both teams still have major questions to address, especially the Ravens, who said so long to wide receiver Derrick Mason (New York Jets) and tight end Todd Heap (Arizona Cardinals), but did manage to acquire one of the leagues original “bad boys,” Ricky Williams from the Miami Dolphins. Expect quarterbackJoe Flacco to begin his preseason on a good note, yet, don’t expect great things off the bat. Some questions could be answered, but again, one game doesn’t illustrate true definitions, especially for Baltimore. However, they should dominate the run and pass defense, especially against Philadelphia’s quarterback, Michael Vick, who loves to scramble out of the pocket.

As for the Eagles, well, all eyes should be on the defense, especially their cornerbacks, as well as newly acquired defensive lineman, Cullen Jenkins. The Eagles have some questions too, but certainly, one game won’t tell how good their squad will be this season. In fact, it’s way too early to be labeling them, “super bowl bound,” so instead, let’s just grab some popcorn and see what they have to offer, OK?

Chad Ochocinco Needs to Play: The New England Patriots have been quite sneaky this off-season, as they’ve attempted to add more depth to their defense. Yet, despite the signing of Albert Haynesworth, the acquisition of Chad Ochocinco has brought a great deal of excitement to the city of Boston, as well as New England. Although, before he is deemed an immediate starter or someone who’ll provide the necessary spark for Tom Brady’s offense, it’s vital that he suit up for all four preseason games, so head coach Bill Belichick can get an accurate gauge on the animated, yet talented wide-out. Ochocinco, who hasn’t been on a “super bowl contender,” wants a ring, but before he strives for one, he isn’t the second coming of Joey Galloway.