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.

Countdown to 34th Women’s Boston Beanpot: Harvard University

By NoontimeSports.com 

Our trip to the 34th Annual Women’s Boston Beanpot on Tuesday, Jan. 31, begins with a quick look at the Harvard University Crimson.

Harvard Crimson Women’s Hockey:

Record: (14-6-1)

ECAC Record: (11-4-1)

Current Streak: The Crimson enter Tuesday’s contest against Boston University having won three of their last four contests.

Last Beanpot Championship: Harvard has won the tournament 13 times, although the last time they were crowned champions was in 2010 when they defeated Northeastern, 1-0.

Biggest Win: Harvard beat-up Yale University, 8-0 on Jan. 27, as well as outshot the Bulldogs, 46-9.

Toughest Loss: Their two toughest losses this season came against Cornell University. The Big Red defeated the Crimson early in the season in Ithaca, New York, as well as in Cambridge by a combined score of 7-3.

Player to Watch: Make sure you keep your eye on junior forward Jillian Dempsey, who leads the team with 26 points, (13 goals, 13 assists). Against ECAC opponents, Dempsey has deposited eight goals, and tallied eight assists.  

Beanpot Prediction: In the past three years, Harvard has made three appearances in the title game. They won in 2010, but lost to Boston College in 2009 and 2011, so you can bet they’re going to seek some type of revenge against the Eagles. However, don’t expect the Crimson to overlook their first round matchup against Boston University, who is currently riding a three-game winning streak. If the Crimson can get by the Terriers, expect them to be a tough out in the title round against Boston College or Northeastern University.

Countdown to 34th Women’s Boston Beanpot: Northeastern University

By NoontimeSports.com 

Our trip to the 34th Annual Women’s Boston Beanpot on Tuesday, Jan. 31, begins with a quick look at the Northeastern University Huskies.

NU Huskies Women’s Hockey:

Record: (17-6-2)

Hockey East Record: (11-3-2)

Current Streak: The Huskies enter Tuesday’s opening round having won two of their last three contests. However, their most recent matchup ended with a 3-2 loss against Boston University.

Last Beanpot Championship: It’s been 14 years since Northeastern was deemed the Beanpot champion, as the Huskies skated past the Harvard Crimson, 5-4 in 1998. Northeastern also defeated Boston University in the opening round that year, 9-0.

Biggest Win: Against Yale University, the Huskies destroyed the Bulldogs, 7-0 in Connecticuit. Northeastern tallied three goals in the second and third frames, which helped them secure their fifth win of the season on October 22, 2011. Another big win also came against New Hampshire on January 21, as the Huskies defeated the Wildcats, 8-0.

Toughest Loss: One of the more excruciating losses of the season occurred on November 26, 2011, as the Huskies rallied to tie the game, 3-3 against Dartmouth, who wound up scoring the game-winning goal literally 51 seconds after the puck dropped to initiate overtime. The Big Green won, 4-3, and handed the Huskies their fourth loss of the season.

Player to Watch: Freshman Kendall Coyne has experienced a great deal of success this season, as she leads the team with 39 points, (22 goals, 17 assists). I am expecting her to be one of the players to watch on both Tuesday’s.

Beanpot Prediction: Northeastern is certainly the dark horse in this tournament, and could certainly be one of the squads slated to face-off for the championship. They’ve played quite well over the past few weeks, and now, it’s time to see if they can use that momentum from the past few weeks to help them claim their 15th tournament championship.

Daily Noontime – January 31, 2012

Are you ready for Super Bowl Media Day? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s just another day in paradise. Here are some headlines and news from the city of Boston, as well as the six states of New England.

* Tuesday marks the official Super Bowl “Media Day.” The New England Patriots will talk with reporters at 10AM, while the New York Giants will discuss the upcoming championship contest at 12PM. And according to reports, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to take part in Tuesday’s festivities. The tight end has been spotted sporting a boot these past few days due to an injury he sustained during the AFC Championship game.

* According to Tom E. Curran of Comcast Sports New England – Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz predicted on Monday that New York is going to beat New England in the Super Bowl. However, he didn’t have a score prediction, but assured the media, as well as the fans that Big Blue will return to the Big Apple with a “W.”

* The Boston Bruins will return home from their All-Star festivities on Tuesday to host the Ottawa Senators, while the Boston Celtics will head to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers.

* According to reports – Nathan Horton is still experiencing the effects of a mild concussion, which he sustained a few weeks ago against the Philadelphia Flyers. He’s not expected to return to the ice on Tuesday, but hopes to be back with the team soon.

Mass College Hoops Recap: Emmanuel 65, Rivier 51

 

By Brian Willwerth 

BOSTON, MA – In a turnover-filled, whistle-plagued game, the Emmanuel College Saints defeated the Rivier College Raiders Monday night for the second time in three days in a GNAC contest at the Jean Yawkey Center, 65-51.

Both teams got off to slow starts. There were zeros on the scoreboard for more than three minutes in until the Raiders scored their first bucket.

It took nearly five minutes for Emmanuel to break the ice, but midway through the opening half, the Saints went on a 13-0 run to take the lead for good.

Junior Xavier Everson was one of two Saints with 18 points. He provided an exclamation point at the end of the half when he drained a buzzer-beater from just inside half-court.

The Saints led by 17 at the break, but the home team was a bit sluggish coming out of the locker room.

“When you go into halftime, it’s important to not get complacent, particularly if you’re up,” said Emmanuel head coach Jamahl Jackson. “To start the second half, we were flat… they started with the energy.”

Still, the Raiders never really threatened to take the lead in the second half, especially since both teams shot 40% from the field for the game, as well as struggled from behind the arc.

Emmanuel was just 4-of-19 from three-point range. Rivier was just 2-of-9.

With 39 combined turnovers between the schools, the Saints had a 19-10 margin in points off turnovers, and a 16-7 advantage in second chance points.

“Any coach goes crazy with turnovers,” said Jackson. “You’ve got to take care of the basketball, and you’ve got to get second shots.”

Senior Isaiah Duke also scored 18 for the Saints.

“He’s a more lead-by-example type,” said Jackson. “He’s not as vocal during the game, but he just does the job.”

Sophomore Jake Nelson led Rivier with 16 points, while sophomores Tom Poitras added 12 and Nick Walch had 10.

Emmanuel improves to 8-5 in the GNAC, while Rivier falls to 2-9.