Daily Noontime (Wednesday, September 30, 2020)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s the final day of September – man, this month moved quickly! I guess it is time to begin the countdown for Halloween, right? 

We hope it has been a great month for you (and your families), as well as your friends – we have enjoyed hosting a slew of podcasts to generating some new content on football and other subjects over the past few weeks. And as we head into the final stretch of 2020, we’re excited to produce even more football content, along with some other blogs, podcasts, and videos, so stay tuned, Noontime fans and friends! 

Alright, let’s kickstart a brand new day with the ‘Daily Noontime’ for Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – have a great day, everyone! 

NFL vs. Covid-19

News broke yesterday morning regarding the National Football League‘s (NFL) enduring its first official coronavirus hurdle with eight members of the Tennessee Titans, including three players testing positive.

Both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings, who was Tennessee’s most recent opponent, have closed their respective facilities and will be working remotely this week – how do you work remotely in professional sports? I don’t know, but I am guessing there will be a LOT of Zoom meetings. 

As of now, it appears both teams will be back on the field this weekend but stay tuned. 

Just a short time ago, we learned of fourth player testing positive, which is NOT good news. However, no member of the Vikings tested positive, which is good news, right? 

Two former Harvard University football players start a $55 million sports-focused venture fund

Just a short time ago, Scott Soshnick of Sportico reported that two former Harvard football alums, including Isaiah Kacyvenski, who was one of the founders of the Sports Innovation Lab here in Boston, has formed a team to start “the first early stage, institutionally-backed ventured fund.”

The firm believes sports will fuel “the next great wave of technological innovation,” and we certainly will be keeping our eyes on this group, which was raised $55 million has some impressive partnerships in place already.

The 2020 NBA Finals tips-off this evening

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will compete against the Miami Heat this evening in game one of the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals.

James and the Lakers outlasted the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, while the Heat beat our beloved Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami enters the championship round with a great deal of momentum and should not be taken lightly. 

But what makes this matchup so intriguing is James used to play for the Heat – remember when promised multiple championships?  

Finally, are you excited for day number two of the MLB playoffs? 

The first official day of the 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason is in the books. And in case you were curious, the New York Yankees won their first game against the Cleveland Indians

More games are on the docket today, New York-Cleveland, as well as Los Angeles DodgersMilwaukee Brewers at 10 p.m. eastern. 

While it is upsetting to not see the local nine in the playoffs – that would be the Boston Red Sox – it is nice to have playoff baseball on your television! 

Noontime’s NFL Power Rankings: Week Four (Sept. 29, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday, everyone! 

After a much-needed bye week – we apologize for the radio silence! – we’re back to producing a weekly National Football League (NFL) Power Rankings. And we’re excited to generate this list every week. 

So, let’s unveil this week’s Top 20 teams through three weeks! 

As usual, make sure to stop by every day for brand new football content while following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube!


Noontime’s Week Four Power Rankings (Sept. 29, 2020)

1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0, Previously: No. 1): Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs looked pretty well last night against the Baltimore Ravens. In fact, we think they looked really good! 

2. Seattle Seahawks (3-0, Previously: No. 3): If you let Russell Wilson cook, then he will make a delicious meal. And so far, Wilson is cooking up some magic after three impressive outings. 

3. Baltimore Ravens (2-1, Previously: No. 2): Yes, the Ravens lost to the Chiefs last night, but they are still the second-best team in the AFC. 

4. Green Bay Packers (3-0, Previously: No. 9): Initially, we thought the Packers would take a step back this year, but apparently our preseason thought has been incorrect, especially with three weeks of the 2020 season in the books. 

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0, Previously: No. 10): Ben Roethlisberger has looked pretty good thus far, but the same could be said for the Pittsburgh defense. Maybe they will be able to challenge the Ravens for the top spot in the AFC North? 

6. Buffalo Bills (3-0, Previously: No. 7): Josh Allen is having a great season thus far. And their win against the Los Angeles Rams was an important one, especially after they squandered a 28-3 advantage. 

7. Tennessee Titans (3-0, Previously: No. 8): Yes, we know the Titans and Minnesota Vikings will be sidelined until this weekend due to eight members of the Tennessee organization testing positive for the coronavirus. But whether they play or not this upcoming week, these Titans should not be overlooked – they’re a good football team. And they certainly remain the favorites in the AFC South. 

8. New England Patriots (2-1, Previously: No. 5): The Patriots are proving they can win games with everyone in their locker room – we saw that on Sunday when they leaned heavily on Rex Burkhead, who rushed for three touchdowns. This week, the Pats face their toughest test of the season: Kansas City. 

9. Los Angeles Rams (2-1, Previously: No. 13): The Rams came close to beating the Bills this past weekend but struggled to stop Josh Allen and the offense down the stretch. But as Sean McVay said after the game, the team will learn from this setback and bounce back. And we certainly expect that to happen this week against the New York Giants

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1, Previously: No. 11): Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have won back-to-back contests. And they should be able to string together another win this week against the Los Angeles Chargers (fingers crossed!). 

11. San Francisco 49ers (2-1, Previously: No. 6): The 49ers have scored back-to-back wins against perhaps the two worst teams in the NFL – that would be the New York Giants and New York Jets. They should tack on another win this week against the winless Philadelphia Eagles

12. New Orleans Saints (1-2, Previously: No. 4): Sure, the Saints have stumbled since beating Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, but this team needs to win this week to regain its week one mojo. 

13. Chicago Bears (3-0, Previously: On The Rise): Somehow, Matt Nagy and the Bears have won three-straight games. Can they continue this momentum this week against the Indianapolis Colts

14. Indianapolis Colts (2-1, Previously: No. Not Ranked): Philip Rivers and the Colts have won back-to-back contests, but face a good test this week against the undefeated Bears. 

15. Dallas Cowboys (1-2, Previously: No. 14): The Cowboys have the talent, but are also banged up. Give the Boys credit for putting up a fight against the Seahawks, but they should be able to learn from this game, as well as their week one loss heading into a must-win contest on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns

16. Cleveland Browns (2-1, Previously: Not Ranked): Nick Chubb highlighted his team’s second-straight win of the 2020 season. He will certainly be a player to watch this week against the Cowboys. 

17. Arizona Cardinals (2-1, Previously: No. 12): The Cardinals should have beaten the Detroit Lions, but instead faltered down the stretch. Can they rebound this week against the 1-2 Carolina Panthers? We’ll have to wait and see! 

18. Las Vegas Raiders (2-1, Previously: No. 19): The Silver and Black sustained their first setback of the season to the Patriots on Sunday, but have looked somewhat decent against both the Panthers and Saints. 

19. Miami Dolphins (1-2, Previously: Not Ranked): The Dolphins finally cracked the win column last week thanks to their tenured quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick

20. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2, Previously: No. 18): The Chargers looked good against the Chiefs one week ago, but did not look good against the Panthers, especially down the stretch. 

On the Rise: Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, and Houston Texans 


Noontime’s Preseason Rankings (Aug. 4, 2020) 

Noontime’s Week One Power Rankings (Sept. 8, 2020) 

Noontime’s Week Two Power Rankings (Sept. 15, 2020) 

Touchdown Tuesday (September 29, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

It’s Tuesday, which means its time to celebrate one thing: touchdowns! 

As usual, our weekly ‘Touchdown Tuesday’ post highlights some of our favorite scores seen on Twitter from the pros to high schools. Fans of our weekly post can also tweet us their favorite highlights to @NoontimeSports. 

Again, Happy Tuesday – be well, stay safe, and enjoy a brand new edition of ‘Touchdown Tuesday!’ 


Touchdown Tuesday for September 29, 2020

Clearly, Justin Berna loves #TouchdownTuesday as much as we do – this is a great touchdown pass that totally deserved a spot on our list! 

 

We love sharing that first touchdown of the season – congrats, Cameron Broome

 

This is what you call a beautiful over the shoulder touchdown! 

 

Doug Johnson and Henderson State University celebrate a touchdown with some great game day photos. 

Who doesn’t love it when a member of the offensive line scores a touchdown? This was a great score from last night’s Kansas City ChiefsBaltimore Ravens game. 

 

And finally, let’s celebrate Kolton Richards‘ second touchdown of the 2020 season. 

Fall Sports Update: Thomas, UMPI To Compete In October

By NoontimeSports.com 

Earlier today, the University of Maine at Presque Isle and Thomas College announced they would be competing in a mini fall sports series, beginning this Saturday, October 3 when the two schools compete in a men’s golf match, as well as with a men’s and women’s cross country meet. 

In addition to competing on the golf and cross country courses, both schools will also compete against each other in soccer, as well, with each institution serving as the home team on Saturday, October 10 and October 17.

UMPI and Thomas will also compete for a second time in golf on Sunday, October 11, and cross country on Sunday, October 18. 

As noted on both athletic departments’ websites, social distancing and masking will be “used when possible during competitions.” Additionally, both schools will permit spectators, but only a limited number while members of the media will be allowed to attend these contests, but will have to coordinator coverage through both athletic departments’ communication offices. 

Both schools are members of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC). Here is the release from both schools: Thomas College and the University of Maine at Presque Isle

Thomas-UMPI October Weekend Series Schedule 

Saturday, October 3, 2020 

  • Thomas Men’s Golf at UMPI Men’s Golf (Time TBD)
  • Thomas Men’s & Women’s Cross Country at UMPI Men’s & Women’s Cross Country (Time TBD) 

Saturday, October 10, 2020 

  • Thomas Men’s Soccer vs. UMPI (Time TBD)
  • Thomas Women’s Soccer vs. UMPI (Time TBD)

Sunday, October 11, 2020 

  • Thomas Men’s Golf vs. UMPI Men’s Golf (at Waterville Country Club) (Time TBD)

Saturday, October 17, 2020 

  • Thomas Men’s Soccer at UMPI Men’s Soccer (Time TBD) 
  • Thomas Women’s Soccer at UMPI Women’s Soccer (Time TBD)

Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Thomas Men’s & Women’s Cross Country vs. UMPI Men’s & Women’s Cross Country (Time TBD) 

Daily Noontime (Tuesday, September 29, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone – how is your week going thus far? 

Luckily, it is only the second day of the workweek so make sure to turn that frown upside down by reading (and enjoying) a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ from your friends here at Noontime Sports! 

The Mahomes-Jackson Rivalry is not a rivalry 

The third meeting between Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson concluded once again with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the Baltimore Ravens

Mahomes outplayed Jackson last night, especially in the first half, by finishing the Monday Night Football (MNF) clash with four touchdown passes while completing 31 of 42 passes for 385 yards. Additionally, the third-year signal-caller rushed for 26 yards on four carries and one score. 

As for Jackson, he finished 15 of 28 for 97 yards and one touchdown. He rushed for 83 yards on nine carries but was sacked four times. 

While the game was billed as the next great rivalry – well, something along those lines – we are not sure if Mahomes-Jackson is a rivalry. They both have great respect for one another but are also somewhat different style quarterbacks. Mahomes is more of a passer while Jackson is a dual-threat – he can run and throw. 

As of now, it appears both teams are destined to meet each other in the AFC Championship game next January, but we’ll have to wait and see because there is still A LOT of football left to be played. 

Tampa Bay wins “the bubble” Stanley Cup 

The 2019-20 National Hockey League (NHL) season officially concluded last night in a “bubble” – that is how we play sports these days, right? – with the Tampa Bay Lightning defeating the Dallas Stars in the sixth game of the Stanley Cup. 

Tampa Bay beat Dallas by a score of 2-0 to capture its second championship in franchise history. Victor Hedman earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the playoffs – he led all defenders in the “bubble postseason” with 10 goals

The Lightning – and yes, the Stars, too – will now enjoy some downtime ahead of what should be a quick turnaround for the league, which hopes to begin its 2020-21 season either later this year in December or next January. 

Gary Bettman, who is the league’s commissioner, would like to have fans in the stands for the upcoming season, but knows that may not be possible due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

We’ll keep our eyes on the NHL as discussions for the upcoming season should begin today or at least some point this week. 

Welcome to the 16-team MLB Playoffs! 

Are you ready for a 16-team Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason

We are excited about this new format and believe this could be a great way for the league to retain more fans during the postseason, as well as get excited about a sport that has lacked interest over the past few years, especially here in Boston where our beloved Red Sox have not been fun to watch, both this year and last year. 

The 2020 MLB postseason begins today with four contests – we’ll be keeping our eyes on a few, including the Cleveland Indians taking on the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox against the Oakland Athletics