Daily Noontime – February 8, 2012

Paul Pierce became the second all-time leading scorer in franchise history on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: StateOfTheCeltics.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Wednesday to everyone, and welcome into another edition of the Daily Noontime! We apologize for the late delivery, but here are some headlines and news from Boston and New England sports.

* The Boston Celtics earned their fifth consecutive victory on Tuesday evening when they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 94-84. Kevin Garnett led the Green and White with 22 points, while Jermaine O’Neal tallied eight rebounds. Boston will return to the court on Thursday when they host the Los Angles Lakers for an 8pm tip-off.

* Paul Pierce recorded his 21,797 point as a Boston Celtics against the Bobcats, which put him behind John Havlicek as the second leading all-time scorer in franchise history. Pierce past Larry Bird, who currently ranks third with 21,791 points.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Wednesday when they conclude their two-game road swing in Buffalo, face-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.

* The Northeastern Huskies women’s ice hockey team collected their 15th Boston Beanpot championship on Tuesday, as they defeated Boston University at the Walter Brown Arena, 4-3 in overtime.

* Finally, the New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, who was released one day before Super Bowl XLVI, and according to sources, he was erased from the roster this past weekend due to a “football decision.”

Daily Noontime – February 7, 2012

Bill Belichick appears prepared to turn the page, and get ready for the 2012 season! (Photo Credit: NYMag.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Tuesday, and welcome into yet another tremendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here is some news and headlines to start your day!

* The New England Patriots arrived home at Gillette Stadium on Monday to a small contingent of loyal fans, who were there to provide moral support. Head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Bob Kraft addressed the media, and told reporters that they were both proud of what the squad accomplished this season. The Patriots finished the year with an overall record of 15-4, as well as 13-3 in the regular season.

* Boston College and Boston University each won their first round Boston Beanpot tournament game on Monday, and will face-off against each other on Monday, Feb. 13, in the finals. Harvard and Northeastern will square off in the consolation contest, which is slated to occur before the title match.

* Paul Pierce was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday for four great performances against Cleveland, Toronto, New York and Memphis.

* The Boston Celtics will continue their current home slate on Tuesday evening when they host the Charlotte Bobcats for a 7:30pm tip-off. The Bobcats enter the game with a 3-21 record, and fifth in the Southeast Division. Also, Pierce is 10 points away from passing Larry Bird for the second most points in franchise history.

Daily Noontime – February 6, 2012

Eli Manning once again led New York past New England in Super Bowl XLVI. (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Monday in New England, and while many continue to dry their eyes from Sunday’s Super Bowl loss, let’s attempt to turn the page with some news and headlines.

* The New York Giants once again defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, 21-17. Eli Manning completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and on touchdown, while Ahmad Bradshaw scored the game winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Also, the Patriots recorded five penalties for 28 yards, too. Manning was named the MVP for the second time in four years, as the Giants earned their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history.

* The Boston Celtics won their fourth consecutive contest on Sunday at the TD Garden, as they defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 98-80. Kevin Garnett led the Green and White with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Rajon Rondo handed out 14 assists. Boston will return to the hardwood on Tuesday when they host the Charlotte Bobcats.

* The Boston Bruins snapped their two-game losing streak on Sunday in Washington D.C., as the Black and Gold defeated the Capitals, 4-1. Tim Thomas turned away 35 shots, while Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley all scored goal for Boston. The Bruins will conclude their short road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Buffalo.

* Lastly, Monday marks the first day of the men’s Boston Beanpot, which enters its 60th year. Boston University will face-off against Harvard at 5pm, while Boston College will take on Northeastern at 8pm.

Noonan: Super Bowl XLVI Prediction – New England vs. New York

Can Tom Brady earn his fourth Super Bowl ring on Sunday? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Well, it’s time for me, (Matt Noonan) to deem a NFL champion for Noontime Sports.

It’s been a LONG season, and 32 teams have dwindled down to just two, New England and New York, and once the clock strikes zero in the fourth quarter, we’ll officially have a winner, right?

OK… there might be overtime or a second or third, but you get my drift.

Although, how bizarre is it that pigskin lovers get to watch a rematch of Super Bowl XLII?

Doesn’t it seem like yesterday that New Englanders were crossing their fingers for Tom Brady to recover from his awful performance against the San Diego Chargers in the 2007 AFC title match?

Well, he didn’t do that well against the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago, so should we expect déjà vu all over again? Who knows!

The Giants are a mediocre squad. Seriously, they’re 9-7, which means they’re OK, but not great, and as someone who is a true Dallas Cowboys supporter, it pains me to see Eli Manning leading his troops in the “big game” instead of Tony Romo. However, Manning certainly has taken a step forward toward the upper echelon of “elite quarterbacks” in the NFL, but now the question remains … can he beat Brady and the Patriots on Sunday, again?

I certainly think it’s possible, especially since New York has a variety of offensive weapons that can stretch the field, and attack Bill Belichick’s questionable and fragile secondary.

Also, I believe the Giants front seven will attempt to mimic their actions from four years ago when they recorded five sacks in Arizona. However, they never forced Brady to throw an interception, but this past November when the two teams met in Foxborough, the G-Men tallied two sacks and two interceptions, as well as a win, too.

New England hasn’t defeated New York since that epic clash in December of 2007, which was when the Patriots registered their 16th victory, and ended the regular season with a perfect record. Yet, ever since that night in New Jersey, the Giants have had their number in the championship and regular season matches, which probably means they’re better, right?

Hard to answer that particular question, but overall, I think these two teams are even. And yes, I know I labeled the Giants as “mediocre,” but all in all, I think we’re going to be watching a true heavyweight bout.

Super Bowl XLVI Prediction: The Giants rallied to beat the Patriots earlier this season, and it’s certainly possible that Manning could lead a last minute drive and hook up with Jake Ballard or Victor Cruz for the game-winning touchdown.

However, I believe in the motto, “In Bill, We Trust.” New England’s defense has ratcheted up their intensity over the past few weeks, and certainly defied the odds against Baltimore and Denver in the playoffs.

Although, shouldn’t every defense be able to stop Tim Tebow and the Broncos offense? I think so!

If New England can establish the run and maintain the time of possession, then I’m expecting the Patriots to win. Although, if Manning and his offense to can beat up the Patriots front seven and tear apart the secondary, then the Giants should win.

Overall, it’s a tough decision, but I going to stick with my gut and say… New England 20, New York 17

New York Trash Talk Won’t Faze New England On Sunday

Will the brash words of the New York Giants help them defeat the New England Patriots on Sunday? (Photo Credit: Media.KansasCity.com)

By Nate Boroyan 

As a New England sports fan, I often take it as a personal insult if a player on an opposing team starts talking “trash” about Boston sports. I don’t know why, but I guess after a decade of dominance, I’ve found it hard to believe that people could insult any team located in Massachusetts.

This week however, the teenage angst has dissipated and I have fallen back into a state of euphoric reflection.

If you don’t already know, the New England Patriots have a big game on Sunday, and for the record, they’re playing the New York “Football” Giants.

Yes, it’s the rematch of Super Bowl XLII, but it’s also a chance for redemption, as well as the opportunity to erase the past and remove the phrase, “What could have been” out of our minds.

Admittedly, the matchup originally petrified me. The prospect of facing a team with as much momentum as the Giants with the “mouth-breather,” Eli Manning himself, playing the best Football of his career seemed like a daunting task, but then media day arrived, and from listening/reading quotes from various Giants players, I realized that this is the most emotionally confused and damaged group of football stars.

Half of these so-called, “New Yorkers” admitted that they’ve already won the Super Bowl, while others attempted to act like the Patriots, who’re regularly humble human beings.

Heads up guys, you can’t be world-beaters and underdogs because that’s not how it works. You pick an angle and use it to your advantage. If you say, you’re going to win the game, then stand by it and make sure everyone on the team is on the same page. Although, if you’re going to be the underdog, utilize it to you’re advantage and jack up you’re intensity.

With New England, you know what you’re going to get. They’re going to try and be as down to earth as possible. True, its 99.99 percent mind games, but still, they absolutely won’t say anything that will give the other team added motivation, right?

Although, I must ask, has anyone heard listened to the “talking heads” this past week on ESPN? Well, in case you haven’t, they believe that New York is going to roll over New England, and capture their second NFL championship in four seasons.

In fact, almost every analyst, most notably Phillip Simms and Ron Jaworski picked the Giants to beat the Patriots because of New York’s prolific pass rush. On top of that, the Patriots are only three-point favorites – a line that doesn’t seem unreasonable, especially since New England finished the year, 13-3.

Although, I do wonder if it’s really an insult for a 9-7 team, who ended the season with two loses to the Washington Redskins, as well as one to the Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks, to be labeled underdogs against New England?

Does Eli Manning have what it takes to beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl, again? (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

Last time I checked, the Patriots finished the year with four more wins, but that doesn’t seem to faze Manning, who told the reporters, “Whoever they try to take away, other guys will be open.”

Whoa!

Take it easy there, gunslinger. I know you’ve won a Super Bowl, but you’re not exactly Cam Newton when it comes to charisma.

Cornerback Corey Webster, who has decided to backtrack a bit when it comes to the Giant’s confidence said, “We are just happy to be here. We had a great first practice. The enthusiasm was there and if we keep on doing that then we will be ok.”

Well you might be happy to be in the Super Bowl, Corey, but others seem to think that it’s ludicrous that New York gets to play in this particular game.

Giant’s alliteration and confusion aside, I happen to appreciate the talk, and from a media standpoint, it makes it so much more interesting.

As a Pats fan, the talking has put me in a comfortable mood, and while analyst and players will downplay the significance of trash talk by players, I won’t.

The fact that I’m hearing and reading everything that the Giants are saying leads me to believe that one or two of the Patriots might be doing the same thing, too. However, we’ll never hear about it, but I think its safe to assume that a Bill Belichick coached team is well versed in the practice of finding bulletin board material.

People going against New England and riding the wave of the hot team. They may be favorites, but in reality, they’re underdogs. They can’t overcome Rob Gronkowski’s injury. Their defense can’t contain the Giants offense. Their offense line can’t stop the Giants rush, and certainly they cannot win a fourth Super Bowl.

I don’t think the Patriots would want it any other way. Despite their accolades, they are the same team acting as if they’re the ones that are just happy to be there.

So what does all this mean? Ahem… Cue the Duck Boats!

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.

Daily Noontime – February 3, 2012

Despite turning away 28 shots, Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on Thursday! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday everyone, and welcome into yet another amazing edition of the Daily Noontime.

We’re t-minus two days away from the big game, too, so let’s get through this particular day, so we can all get ready for Super Bowl XLVI!

* The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins for the fourth time this season, as the Black and Gold lost at home on Thursday, 3-0. Tuukka Rask recorded 28 saves between the pipes, while the offense compiled 47 shots on net. The Black and Gold will look to snap their one-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 1:00pm matinee.

* Edwin Jackson won’t be sporting a Boston Red Sox uniform this spring, as he and the Washington Nationals reached an agreement on a one-year deal.

* The New England Patriots and New York Giants will have their final media session on Friday, which will be followed by commissioner Roger Goodell, who is expected to meet with the media for his “State of the NFL.”

* On Thursday, the NBA Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Stars were announce, but nobody from the Boston Celtics was selected to start the exhibition contest. However, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are the leading vote-getters to join the team from the east.

* Finally, Harvard University’s men’s basketball team will look to earn their seventh consecutive contest on Friday when they welcome Cornell University to their home court for a 7:00pm tip-off, (Noontime Sports will be at this particular game and will be providing updates).

Daily Noontime – February 2, 2012

Paul Pierce tallied 17 points on Wednesday, which sparked the Celtics to defeat the Raptors, 100-64! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s get started.

* The Boston Celtics earned their second consecutive win on Wednesday, and their 11th of the season, as they walloped the Toronto Raptors, 100-64. Paul Pierce finished the contest with 17 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Boston will return to the court on Friday when they host the New York Knicks.

* Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine told reporters that he’s excited for spring training to begin, and plans to arrive in Florida a few days before pitchers and catchers are expected. However, Valentine is planning on having a “volunteer” workout on Feb. 16, but will anyone attend? We’ll find out!

* Chris Canty told reporters on Wednesday that he’s expecting to have a great game on Sunday and then a parade on Tuesday in New York. The former Dallas Cowboy defensive lineman has certainly enjoyed his time with the Giants, but also seems confident that Big Blue will defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Thursday evening when they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to the TD Garden, and according to head coach Claude Julien, he’ll have some news/updates on Nathan Horton‘s (mild concussion) condition.

Countdown to Super Bowl XLVI: Recapping Media Day (Links)

The New England Patriots players seemed to enjoy Media Day! (Photo Credit: TimesUnion.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday, which means we’re inching closer to Sunday’s big game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants. Although, while we anxiously count down the hours, minutes and seconds, let’s continue our series, “Countdown to the Super Bowl” with a few highlights and links from Media Day.

* Media Day’s are normally filled with a variety of thought provoking, as well as silly and bizarre questions. Do you think someone asked Bill Belichick to spell his receivers names? I don’t think so, but according to an article from the AP, we learn about some of the unusual questions that were asked on Tuesday.

* ESPNBoston.com provided an interesting blog that featured highlights of a Tedy Bruschi interview on The Herd with Chris Cowherd radio show. Bruschi talked about the big game and tight end Rob Gronkowski‘s injury.

* Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco reflected on this past year with New England, and talked with the NFL Network about the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl.

* New England quarterback Tom Brady certainly enjoyed his fifth “Media Day,” and handled the press “with aplomb.”

* According to ESPNNewYork.com – Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is excited to test the Patriots questionable secondary.

* The New York Times provides an interesting piece on quarterback Eli Manning, who spoke with reporters about his brother Peyton Manning, but not his future.

* It’s a total long shot, but could Giants head coach Tom Coughlin “be forging a legacy” if his team defeats the Patriots, again?

* The New York Daily News profiled Belichick’s “Media Day” experience.