NFL Week Eight – Rapid Reactions/Thoughts

Ray Rice rushed for three scores against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, and helped his team rally to score 24-points in the second half!

By Matt Noonan 

It’s been a rather interesting season.

No one would have imagined that after roughly eight weeks, (excluding Monday’s game between Kansas City and San Diego), Buffalo, Cincinnati, and Detroit would be in contention for playoff spots.

Did anyone expect the Indianapolis Colts or Miami Dolphins to be winless, especially after eight weeks of the regular season?

Finally, who truly believed that Matt Hasselbeck and the Tennessee Titans were going to be a good team?

Again, it’s been quite an up-and-down season, but here are some rapid reactions and thoughts from Sunday’s slate, enjoy.

Philadelphia Runs Past Dallas’s Defense: Against the Cowboys defense, which was ranked first in the league against the run, the Eagles rushed for 239-yards and two scores thanks to LeSean McCoy, who finished the game with 185 yards on 30 carries, and quarterback Michael Vick, who added 50 yards on seven carries.

Indeed, Rob Ryan’s defense has experienced a great deal of success this season against the run, but perhaps a game like Sunday’s against the Eagles might help sure up the front seven for the remainder of the season.

Both squads are currently in a three-way tie for second place with Washington, and two games behind New York.

Blame Game – Bill Belichick:Against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick once again proved that he’s human.

In the fourth quarter, Belichick chose not to challenge a Rob Gronkowski catch, which appeared to be a touchdown. He also elected to attempt an onside-kick that completely failed.

In some ways, many fans might consider this the second coming of 4th-and-2 from ’09 against the Colts, but all in all, there’ll certainly be a lot of questions directed toward the field general on Monday at Gillette Stadium when he meets with the media.

Great Endings: Sunday featured some bizarre, yet interesting endings.

In Baltimore, running back Ray Rice finished the game with three touchdowns, and 63 yards on 18 carries, as the Ravens beat the Arizona Cardinals, 30-27. Quarterback Joe Flacco completed 31-of-51 passes for 336 yards, but didn’t toss a single touchdown.

In Carolina, Christian Ponder led the Minnesota Vikings down the field, and set up a Ryan Longwell field goal, which helped the “Purple People Eaters” defeat the Panthers, 24-21, as well as end snap a two-game losing streak.

In New Jersey, the New York Giants rallied to score 10-points during the final quarter to beat Miami, 20-17. Quarterback Eli Manning connected with wide receiver Victor Cruz on a 25-yard pass late in the final quarter, which secured the win for Big Blue.

Finally, in St. Louis, the Rams snapped their six-game losing streak by upsetting the New Orleans Saints, 31-21. Running back Steven Jackson rushed for 159 yards and two scores, while quarterback A.J. Feeley completed 20-of-37 passes for 175 yards and tossed one touchdown too. Saints quarterback Drew Brees finished the game with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Daily Noontime – October 31, 2011

Vick looked pretty darn impressive on Sunday, as well as led his Eagles to an important win against the Cowboys!

Happy Monday to everyone, and of course, Happy Halloween too! Here’s our Trick or Treat edition of the Daily Noontime, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Philadelphia Eagles looked like a true “dream team” on Sunday evening, as they steamrolled the Dallas Cowboys in the city of “Brotherly Love.”

* After Sunday’s win against the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers may have proved that they’re indeed the best team in the AFC.

* Eli Manning lifted the New York Giants to their fifth victory of the season, as a late touchdown pass to Victor Cruz seemed to be the difference in a 20-17 decision against the winless Miami Dolphins.

* After losing to the Eagles, Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan told reporters that he was “out-coached.”

* According to a recent report, CC Sabathia plans to opt out of his New York Yankees contract.

* Against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow appeared human, as his team lost 45-10.

Games to Watch: 

* San Jose at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* San Diego at Kansas City (8:30PM eastern) 

Video of the Day: 

How about that touchdown? Woo! 

BU Rallies to Knock Off UMass In OT, 5-4

By Josh Kummins 

BOSTON, MA – It was a back-and-forth affair between Boston University and UMass Amherst at Agganis Arena on Saturday night, as both teams forced their second overtime appearance this season, which resulted in a 5-4 Terries victory.

“The game was similar to last night’s [2-2 game in Amherst], but not to the same effect,” said Terriers head coach Jack Parker. “We got a goal to make it 3-1 and that ignited us.”

“I’m incredibly disappointed with our inability to sustain the level of play that we worked so hard to create,” said UMass head coach Don “Toot” Cahoon. “BU is a fine team with a lot of really good players. We managed to beat ourselves along with them picking it up.”

Following Friday’s game, BU made some adjustments to the starting line-up, including the start of Grant Rollheiser between the pipes, while the head coach also scratched junior Alex Chiasson and placed rookie Evan Rodrigues on the top line – a move that seemed to pay off as the veteran bench boss said that he was “the guy that really jumped out at [him].”

The Minutemen had a strong start in the first period, as they beat Rollheiser for three tallies in his first start of the season. Redshirt freshman Steven Guzzo potted his first-collegiate goal at the 10:39 mark of the opening stanza, crashing the net to beat Rollheiser from the middle of the slot.

At 14:11, Troy Power was the beneficiary of a lucky bounce off the end boards, as he took a carom and beat Rollheiser, who was out of place on the play.

Conor Sheary made it a 3-0 game on a great individual effort along the boards, as he took the puck away from BU defenseman Charlie Coyle and deposited the puck top shelf on Rollheiser with just 30-seconds to play in the period.

“Everything that we did the first period that was so good and so effective…just went out the window,” Cahoon said. “Things that we work on in practice were not even considered, never mind executed.”

The Terriers offense came back to life – as it tends to do on many occasions – scoring two goals in the second period to cut their deficit to one goal.

At the 14:19 mark of the stanza, Garrett Noonan took a cross-zone pass from Corey Trivino and beat UMass’s Jeff Teglia with a pretty one-timer in the left circle for his fifth goal of the season. Then, less than one minute later, Sahir Gill pounced on a rebound to make it 3-2.

BU’s offense eventually tied the game and took the lead in the third period within two minute’s time. At the 9:51 mark, Charlie Coyle scored BU’s nation-best fourth shorthanded goal of the season, as he crashed the net on a 2-on-1 chance with Matt Nieto.

At 11:59, Chris Connolly fed a sliding Corey Trivino on the right side as he beat Teglia for his ninth goal of the season to cap off a lengthy offensive zone sequence.

The Minutemen quickly tied the game at the 14:55 mark of the final stanza as Michael Pereira beat Rollheiser in front of the goal from between the circles for his fourth tally of the season before BU picked up its first overtime victory thanks to Nieto’s shot through a screen to beat Teglia from the top of the right circle.

“He’s a real good player,” Cahoon said. “He took care of business when he had opportunities. Mistakes often lead to those opportunities and we made some crucial mistakes and he capitalized.”

“It was a good competitive night for us as far as coming back from being down 3-0,” Parker said. “But we’ve still got a long way to go to become a good, solid hockey team. I certainly liked what happened after scoring the first goal. I liked how hard we played and how smart we were.”

UMass counted on the play of Teglia at many points throughout the contest, as he totaled 34 saves, including 15 in the second period.

“He certainly was following the puck,” Cahoon added. “He was aggressive and he made some big saves. I can not speak to the last goal…but I thought, in general, he made some big saves and gave us credible goaltending.”

In his inaugural start of the season and first since Dec. 11, 2010, Rollheiser was also strong between the pipes for the Terriers as he stopped 29 shots.

“I really give him high marks for really hanging in there,” said Parker. “Especially when he gave up a goal late in a period like that…”

The Terriers return to action next Saturday night at UMass-Lowell before returning home to Agganis Arena on Nov. 11 against Merrimack.

 

Massachusetts College Football – Week Nine Schedule

The Gulls are 8-0, but can they keep the magical season going with their ninth win on Saturday? (Photo Courtesy Endicott College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Week nine of the college football season in Massachusetts is officially about to kick-off, which means it’s time to provide some schedules and games to watch this weekend!

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011:  

* Hobart at WPI – 12:00pm 

* Bridgewater State at Maine Maritime – 12:00pm 

* Salve Regina at Plymouth State – 12:00pm 

* Endicott College at Western New England College – 1:00pm 

* UMass (Dartmouth) at Curry College – 1:00pm 

* Springfield College at Hartwick – 1:00pm 

* Georgetown University at Holy Cross – 1:00pm 

* UMass (Amherst) at Richmond – 1:00pm 

* Bentley University at Pace – 1:00pm 

* Stonehill College at Southern Conn. – 1:00pm 

* Amherst College at Tufts University – 1:00pm 

* Hamilton College at Williams College – 1:00pm 

* Coast Guard at Framingham State – 1:30pm 

* Worcester State at Fitchburg State – 1:30pm 

* Mass Maritime at Westfield State College – 2:00pm 

* Boston College at Maryland – 3:00pm 

* Nichols College at MIT – 5:00pm 

* Dartmouth College at Harvard University – 6:00pm 

Daily Noontime – Oct. 28, 2011

The Cardinals staged an amazing comeback on Thursday, and forced a Game 7!

Happy Friday y’all and welcome into a pre-weekend edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s the day’s news and notes, and also, make sure to watch Game 7 of the World Series – promises to be a great one! 

Headlines: 

* The St. Louis Cardinals rallied during the final few innings of Game 6, and beat Texas, 10-9.

* Cardinals hometown “kid,” David Freese was the hero against the Rangers, and you can bet he was quite content afterward.

* According to multiple reports – the NBA is close to bringing their lockout to an end, and apparently a new deal is insight.

* On Thursday, the NCAA announced that they’ll pay student athletes $2,000 in the future, but is that a good or bad thing?

* In a recent USA Today article, Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley admitted that he was a “casualty of the NFL lockout.”

* According to ProFootballTalk.com – Randy Moss remains available for various NFL teams.

Games to Watch: 

* San Jose at Detroit (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Texas at St. Louis (MLB/World Series/ Game 7) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

These Rangers will have to wait another day for this chant!