Good Bye 2009, Hello 2010!

Happy New Year!

What a year it has been, but luckily, Noontime Sports wants to say good-bye to 2009 and get everyone set for 2010!

There was change in Washington, D.C. … Hello Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.

Our economy tanked… Bernard Madoff ran off with money until he was thrown behind bars.

Michael Jackson, the king of Pop passed away, along with so many big name figures, including Senator Ted Kennedy, former Charlie’s Angel Farrah Fawcett, CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite and salesman Billy Mays.

The New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Gators, UNC Trojans, UConn and Los Angles Lakers won championships.

Does anyone know how Governor Mark Sanford is doing these days or if his affair will affect future state laws?

Michael Vick came back to the NFL and Brett Farve could not make up his mind again, but returned as the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings.

Kanye West said, “excuse me” to Taylor Swift, but no excuses were made between John and Kate Plus 8.

Lady Gaga, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston and Jay-Z all rocked the music world, along with Akon, T-Pain and Andy Samberg.

Obama received the Nobel Prize, but was mad that Chicago was outvoted by Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Sarah Palin stepped down from office, but wrote a book, is it any good?

Twilight, Hang Over, Transformers and Grand Torino were just some of the biggest blockbusters.

T.I. finally went to jail and Lil Wayne is going soon.

Twitter becomes big, especially in Iran, but also some fraud in Afghanistan!

Swine Flu, Crowley-Gates, Health Care, Michael Phelps smoked a bong, A-Rod admitted to using steroids, Tiger Woods, Miss California Carrie, ESPN’s Steve Phillips and that my friends was 2009!

Happy New Year to everyone and may 2010 be a better year!

Should the NBA Allow Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve Games?

Van Gundy may want to ask Santa for his non-NBA game wish!

Happy Holidays again and hopefully everyone had a wonderful Christmas, although I doubt Orlando Magic Head Coach Stan Van Gundy did.

Following a loss to the Boston Celtics, Van Gundy expressed strong negative views toward having or even allowing the NBA to feature the rising stars or legendary teams play during important family holidays.

I can understand that he had to have been incredibly frustrated or possibly aggravated with his teams play, as well as losing to the Boston Celtics, (possibly a new rival in the Eastern Conference), but is it necessary to lash out? Seriously Stan, having a few games on Christmas, New Years Eve and Thanksgiving is truly enjoyable for many fans of the NBA and not a waste of anyone’s time.

The holidays have changed drastically over the past few decades and may not be the same routines our parents experienced, but there is nothing more enjoyable after shoveling delicious food inside yourself to sit back, relax and watch some professional basketball.

Between this Christmas and last year’s, I have enjoyed sitting down in my favorite comfortable chair and watching the Celtics play against the Lakers and Magic.

Being an avid Celtics and basketball fan I have enjoyed viewing these particular games and clearly feel if the NBA were to have featured Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Jersey Nets, I would certainly not waste my time, but as long as the NBA continues to schedule the Celtics against the Magic, Lakers and Cavaliers, I will watch!

Happy Holiday's Boston Sports!

With very little time remaining before Christmas tomorrow, I thought I would share with you a few thoughts and some inside knowledge that I acquired from Santa Clause regarding who has been naughty or nice this past year in the Hub. Boston witnessed some great games, became amused by various front-page headlines, as well as watched our idols performances fluctuate, but fortunately, I have already done my shopping for the following people, so take a look at my naughty and nice list for Christmas 2009!

Tom Brady: For the most part, myself and other avid Patriots fans would express Tom Brady has been good this year. He returned to the gridiron following the doctor’s orders, has led the Patriots to a current 9-5 record and welcomed his second son, Benjamin Brady to the world not to long ago. Besides receiving negative feelings at times this fall from the media, Tom Brady has been nice this year.

Theo Epstein: I have gone back and forth deciding if Theo has been good or bad. For the most part, how can one argue and say that Theo has been bad? Ever since he became the General Manager of the Sox back in 2002, he has always put forth his best efforts in putting together a championship caliber squad on paper.

In 2009, the Sox were up and down, up and down, and up and down, but after being eliminated in the first round of the American League Divisional Series to Los Angles, Theo’s moves have been like the past season, up and down. The signing of John Lackey for $85 million was a true stunner, but unless Theo can resign outfielder Jason Bay or find another powerful infielder or outfielder that has great plate presence, I would say he is borderline nice this year.

Bill Belichick: Some analysts and sports writers believe this has been Coach Belichick’s best season with the New England Patriots, but I strongly disagree. 2008 in my mind was Coach Belichick’s best season, especially with all the injuries and losing the best quarterback in the game currently, Tom Brady. What Belichick has had to deal with this fall included loads of media scrutiny since the pre-season, answering to allegations of signing Michael Vick, 4th and 2 in Indianapolis, a trouncing defeat in the Bayou, as well as an inexperienced defense that seems to change every week. In my mind Belichick for the most part is somewhat of a good man this year, which is why he is on my nice list.

Peter Chiarelli: Boston Bruins hockey is slowly coming back and revamping itself in the Hub, which is all owed to general manager, Peter Chiarelli. This past April and May, I watched more Bruins hockey than probably ESPN’s PTI (Pardon The Interruption) or various FOX dramas. The NHL playoffs were so exciting, especially because the Bruins were the number one seed in the East, as well as just a point behind the best squad, the San Jose Sharks in the West.

After sweeping rival Montreal in round one, Boston and its fans believed they were a sure lock for a run at their sixth Stanley Cup, but sadly the B’s fell apart against the Carolina Hurricanes and forward Scott Walker joined the hated “Massachusetts Athletic Club,” which includes Bucky “Bleeping” Dent and Aaron Boone.

Bringing hockey back is a great thing for this once hockey town, but until you lead your team to victory, as well as beat the Carolina Hurricanes too in the second season, I am saying Peter, you have been somewhat nice this year.

Jonathan Papelbon: I don’t have too much to say about Mr. Papelbon. Clearly, I blame him, not certain members of the Red Sox organization or front office, but simply Papelbon for losing the 2009 American League Divisional Series and ending the Sox chances of acquiring another World Series banner. With a chance to secure at least one win in the series at Fenway Park of all places, Papelbon blew it and allowed the go-ahead runs to help the Angels sweep away the Sox. Papelbon is on my naughty list this year.

David Ortiz: Similar to Jonathan Papelbon, I too agree that Ortiz was naughty this entire 2009. First for slumping and then for admitting use to steroids, which did come as a shocker. Lets just keep our fingers crossed and hope that the Ortiz of 2006 could possibly emerge next spring.

Randy Moss:You want me to say he has been not nice this year, but I say no, he has been a good guy.

Moss has received tremendous amounts of taunting, negativity, as well as blame from the media or other players in the league. Moss may not be producing the numbers that we saw throughout the historic 2007 regular season, which included 23 touchdown receptions, 98 catches and 1,493 yards receiving yards, but clearly what he has done is allowed Tom Brady to find other open receivers.

Brady has been my starting quarterback in fantasy football this season and as much as I would love to see some deep “Hail Mary” passes to Moss, which I attempt all the time in Madden’s video game, I have come to realize that this man is a competitor, has adapted to the Patriots hard working/blue collar ways and will do whatever he can to help his team win. Randy, you have been nice this year, happy holidays!

Adalius Thomas: Mr. Thomas clearly is not on my nice list because he certainly has been naughty every day this fall. First it was the Houston Oilers, excuse me, Tennessee Titans game where he was a last minute scratch. Then after Thanksgiving, he insulted one of my favorite cartoons when he acknowledged that even George Jetson would probably have difficulty making an 8AM meeting on a snowy Wednesday in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Thomas has received a lot of heated comments from everyone in New England about his words toward being late, but also illustrated to his young fans that one should not be afraid to call out your boss through the newspapers. Adalius is on my naughty list!

Well there you have it, my complete naught and nice list for Christmas 2009, Happy Holiday’s everyone!

Happy Holiday’s Boston Sports!

With very little time remaining before Christmas tomorrow, I thought I would share with you a few thoughts and some inside knowledge that I acquired from Santa Clause regarding who has been naughty or nice this past year in the Hub. Boston witnessed some great games, became amused by various front-page headlines, as well as watched our idols performances fluctuate, but fortunately, I have already done my shopping for the following people, so take a look at my naughty and nice list for Christmas 2009!

Tom Brady: For the most part, myself and other avid Patriots fans would express Tom Brady has been good this year. He returned to the gridiron following the doctor’s orders, has led the Patriots to a current 9-5 record and welcomed his second son, Benjamin Brady to the world not to long ago. Besides receiving negative feelings at times this fall from the media, Tom Brady has been nice this year.

Theo Epstein: I have gone back and forth deciding if Theo has been good or bad. For the most part, how can one argue and say that Theo has been bad? Ever since he became the General Manager of the Sox back in 2002, he has always put forth his best efforts in putting together a championship caliber squad on paper.

In 2009, the Sox were up and down, up and down, and up and down, but after being eliminated in the first round of the American League Divisional Series to Los Angles, Theo’s moves have been like the past season, up and down. The signing of John Lackey for $85 million was a true stunner, but unless Theo can resign outfielder Jason Bay or find another powerful infielder or outfielder that has great plate presence, I would say he is borderline nice this year.

Bill Belichick: Some analysts and sports writers believe this has been Coach Belichick’s best season with the New England Patriots, but I strongly disagree. 2008 in my mind was Coach Belichick’s best season, especially with all the injuries and losing the best quarterback in the game currently, Tom Brady. What Belichick has had to deal with this fall included loads of media scrutiny since the pre-season, answering to allegations of signing Michael Vick, 4th and 2 in Indianapolis, a trouncing defeat in the Bayou, as well as an inexperienced defense that seems to change every week. In my mind Belichick for the most part is somewhat of a good man this year, which is why he is on my nice list.

Peter Chiarelli: Boston Bruins hockey is slowly coming back and revamping itself in the Hub, which is all owed to general manager, Peter Chiarelli. This past April and May, I watched more Bruins hockey than probably ESPN’s PTI (Pardon The Interruption) or various FOX dramas. The NHL playoffs were so exciting, especially because the Bruins were the number one seed in the East, as well as just a point behind the best squad, the San Jose Sharks in the West.

After sweeping rival Montreal in round one, Boston and its fans believed they were a sure lock for a run at their sixth Stanley Cup, but sadly the B’s fell apart against the Carolina Hurricanes and forward Scott Walker joined the hated “Massachusetts Athletic Club,” which includes Bucky “Bleeping” Dent and Aaron Boone.

Bringing hockey back is a great thing for this once hockey town, but until you lead your team to victory, as well as beat the Carolina Hurricanes too in the second season, I am saying Peter, you have been somewhat nice this year.

Jonathan Papelbon: I don’t have too much to say about Mr. Papelbon. Clearly, I blame him, not certain members of the Red Sox organization or front office, but simply Papelbon for losing the 2009 American League Divisional Series and ending the Sox chances of acquiring another World Series banner. With a chance to secure at least one win in the series at Fenway Park of all places, Papelbon blew it and allowed the go-ahead runs to help the Angels sweep away the Sox. Papelbon is on my naughty list this year.

David Ortiz: Similar to Jonathan Papelbon, I too agree that Ortiz was naughty this entire 2009. First for slumping and then for admitting use to steroids, which did come as a shocker. Lets just keep our fingers crossed and hope that the Ortiz of 2006 could possibly emerge next spring.

Randy Moss:You want me to say he has been not nice this year, but I say no, he has been a good guy.

Moss has received tremendous amounts of taunting, negativity, as well as blame from the media or other players in the league. Moss may not be producing the numbers that we saw throughout the historic 2007 regular season, which included 23 touchdown receptions, 98 catches and 1,493 yards receiving yards, but clearly what he has done is allowed Tom Brady to find other open receivers.

Brady has been my starting quarterback in fantasy football this season and as much as I would love to see some deep “Hail Mary” passes to Moss, which I attempt all the time in Madden’s video game, I have come to realize that this man is a competitor, has adapted to the Patriots hard working/blue collar ways and will do whatever he can to help his team win. Randy, you have been nice this year, happy holidays!

Adalius Thomas: Mr. Thomas clearly is not on my nice list because he certainly has been naughty every day this fall. First it was the Houston Oilers, excuse me, Tennessee Titans game where he was a last minute scratch. Then after Thanksgiving, he insulted one of my favorite cartoons when he acknowledged that even George Jetson would probably have difficulty making an 8AM meeting on a snowy Wednesday in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Thomas has received a lot of heated comments from everyone in New England about his words toward being late, but also illustrated to his young fans that one should not be afraid to call out your boss through the newspapers. Adalius is on my naughty list!

Well there you have it, my complete naught and nice list for Christmas 2009, Happy Holiday’s everyone!

Cowboys-Saints Wrap Up

DeMarcus Ware helped the Cowboys defeat the undefeated Saints

This is why I love sports. The drama, last second chances and of course, great defenses that prevail.

DeMarcus Ware, who was carted off with minutes remaining in a crucial Cowboys-Chargers week 14 match-up last Sunday, came up with the game winning play, sacking Drew Brees and any chances of an undefeated season for the New Orleans Saints. Ware recorded 2 tackles, 2 sacks and forced 2 fumbles and clearly was the catalyst in the win.

The Cowboys were heavily doubted for their date in the “Bayou,” but prevailed and pulled out a much-needed victory, which could be beneficial pending the Philadelphia-San Francisco outcome and Monday’s New York-Washington affair. With a 9-5 record the Cowboys remain locked for a possible playoff spot, but will it be as the NFC East representative or wild card?

Tony Romo continued to put the December blues behind him, by adding another touchdown pass to his resume this fall, as well as threw for 312 yards. Miles Austin led the team with 139 yards and the first touchdown of the evening. Tight End Jason Witten caught 5 passes for 44 yards.

Drew Brees played a spectacular fourth quarter, leading his team to two quick scores in the final minutes. Although, with roughly 2-minutes to play, Brees and the Saints high powered offense tried to tie the game, following another Nick Folk missed field goal, but were unsuccessful.

The Saints drop their first game of the 2009 season, but don’t expect possibly any more losses to come against the Panthers and Buccaneers in the next two weeks, yet anything is possible. This offense is too powerful, has loads of offensive weapons, as well as a great defense and will clearly be a fun squad to follow during the post-season.

All in all, this was truly a terrific game, but still the question remains, will Dallas be able to use this win to help with ending their season on a good note against division rivals Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins or will the December and January swoon continue?