NFL Preseason Week 4 – News and Notes

Troy Aikman and Skip Bayless apparently aren't seeing eye-to-eye these days!

By Matt Noonan 

Week four of the NFL preseason concludes on Thursday, which means the regular season is right around the corner

Here’s a couple of headlines and news from Wednesday afternoon and evening, which you’ll certainly enjoy.

* According to a recent report, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman admitted on the radio that the next time he sees ESPN’s Skip Bayless, he might take a swing at him. Yet, what exactly prompted Aikman to say these fine words? Well, because Bayless stated in his book, Hell Bent that Aikman was gay. Of course, this statement is incredibly false, so obviously, Aikman does have the right to be angry, however, shouldn’t Bayless apologize for his error? Who knows, but seriously, this isn’t exactly football news, but instead, juicy commentary and gossip.

* The Washington Post published an interesting piece on the Redskins head coach Mike Shannahan, who apparently isn’t “Mr. Nice Guy.” Although, what exactly does that mean? Shannahan didn’t experience the greatest amount of success last season, especially since defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth stole a majority of the headlines before quarterback Donovan McNabb threw a tantrum in October and November. Shannahan knows how to win, so hopefully, this is a sign that things are turning around because otherwise, he, as well as his team will falter, again.

* New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker won’t play on Thursday against the New York “Football” Giants due to a recent head injury, which he sustained after a tackle in Detroit last weekend. Although, Welker admitted that the decision to play falls on the shoulders of head coach Bill Belichick and the training staff. Keeping Welker out of Thursday’s game is probably a good decision, especially since it’s the least important preseason game.

* Last Wednesday, I mentioned an interesting story about Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his starting job. Well, once again, he’s another important figure this week, especially since Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers will decide his role with the team. Yet, no matter the outcome, expect Newton to play a majority of the second half of the upcoming regular season, especially since they’ll have to play him at some point this year, right?

Daily Noontime – August 31, 2011

Penn State will play both quarterbacks this weekend against Indiana State, which could be interpreted as a good and bad decision!

Happy “Hump Day” y’all and welcome into the middle of the week Daily Noontime! Here’s the headlines, news and more! 

Headlines: 

* Believe it or not, the NFL is slowly in the process of beginning to pay for ex-players health issues, which certainly is a serious situation.

* The brand new “Madden ’12” hit stores on Tuesday and certainly various gamers have enjoyed it thus far, but also feel there’s some glitches too.

* The New York Yankees earned an important win on Tuesday at Fenway Park, as they beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-2. Now, the Bronx Bombers are a half-a-game behind in the AL East standings.

* Apparently some believe that Texas A&M shouldn’t leave the Big 12, but what’s the upside for staying? Should they join the SEC Conference?

* According to head coach Joe Paterno, both Penn State quarterbacks will play against Indiana State this weekend, which is an interesting move, right?

* A variety of NBA All-Stars drew a large crowd for a pick-up summer league game in Baltimore on Tuesday at Morgan State University and yes, LeBron James was in attendance.

Games to Watch: 

* Minnesota at Chicago White Sox (MLB) – 2:05pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Boston (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Washington at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Loads of  video gamers flooded Game Stop in North Buffalo, New York on Monday evening, so they could snag a copy of Madden ’12.

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! 

Willwerth: NASCAR Notebook

Yet again, Keselowski impressed many on Sunday at Bristol.

By Brian Willwerth 

With two races remaining before the Chase for the Championship begins, there is little doubt who the surprise driver of 2011 is.

It’s Brad Keselowski, the driver of the #2 Dodge, who won his third race of the season Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. He has been red-hot over the past month. His broken ankle has not slowed him down; two of his four wins have come since the injury. Throw in a second and third-place finish, and it’s easy to see why he’s jumped from 21st to 11th in the standings. If he can’t crack the Top 10, his three wins will likely earn him one of the two wild-card spots.

Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray rounded out the top five.

Denny Hamlin is hanging on by a thread to the other wild-card spot. He got a much-needed Top 10 finish last night (7th.)  Johnson and Kyle Busch are tied atop the standings.

THE WRECK WRAP:

David Reutimann went spinning into the inside wall, courtesy of a little contact from behind by David Stremme. Hamlin and Paul Menard spun out trying to avoid the crash.  Both drivers remained in the race.

Mark Martin got into the back of Brian Vickers. Martin’s #5 car got the worst of that incident.

NEXT WEEK: They’ll be celebrating Labor Day weekend by racing under the lights Sunday in Atlanta. There are only two races left before the Chase.

Daily Noontime – August 29, 2011

How will the Texans do if Foster isn't ready for opening day?

Happy Monday everyone and of course, welcome to yet another dandy “Daily Noontime!” I’m sure many of you are without power due to our friends Irene, thanks Mother Nature, but for those with electricity, here’s your headlines and news of the day, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Houston Texans are somewhat optimistic that Arian Foster will be ready for the upcoming season, especially after he sustained a hamstring injury on Saturday.

* It was an exciting Sunday for a bunch of 11-year-old boys from California, who beat Japan in the 2011 Little League World Series Championship, 2-1.

* Kelly Kraft earned an impressive win on Sunday, as he defeated Patrick Cantlay in the U.S. Amateur Golf Tournament on Sunday.

* Despite a wacky, crazy and wild weekend in Boston, as well as New England, Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek expressed in a recent interview his drive and passion for the game of baseball.

* In case you missed Sunday’s clash between the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints, here’s a quick recap of “what we learned.”

* According to a recent report, the NBA is broke, which isn’t a good sign for the ongoing Lockout, right?

Games to Watch: 

* Philadelphia at Cincinnati (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Colorado at Arizona (MLB) – 9:40pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Get excited fans, Madden ’12 hits stores Tuesday and yes, here’s a quick snip-it, enjoy!