By Matt Noonan
Ah, it’s Friday – we made it!
I hope everyone is ready for another great weekend – crazy to think we have only one more Sunday in October, but I guess that means we’re another day closer to 2021 and 2022, right?
We took a day off yesterday, but are excited to be back to produce a brand new ‘Daily Noontime,’ beginning with welcoming back Big 10 Football!
Yep, Big 10 Football is back – the first week of the 2020 season for the conference begins this evening with the University of Illinois visiting the University of Wisconsin. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.
What Big 10 game will I be keeping my eyes on? Well, I would say a few, but I think I will have to tune into tomorrow evening’s clash between the University of Michigan and University of Minnesota. Both teas are nationally ranked and the game will be played on ABC with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Let’s switch gears to baseball where the third game of the 2020 World Series is set to be played this evening with first pitch scheduled for 8:08 p.m.
Both teams – the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays – have won one game of the best-of-seven series, but many believe whoever wins the third game will most likely go onto win the series. I am still rooting for the Rays, but know these Dodgers are really good!
Here are a few interesting stories (and links) from the series (from the past day or so):
- I believe Mookie Betts is the best player in Major League Baseball (MLB), but is he the second best behind Mike Trout?
- Speaking of Mookie Betts, do you remember when he played for our beloved Boston Red Sox? I do, and apparently ESPN.com has a story about why our hometown team traded him to the west coast.
- Unfortunately, I have not watched any postseason baseball this month, but apparently I am not the only one (it seems?). According to the Associated Press (AP), the second night of the 2020 World Series drew a record-low audience. Uh oh!
So, I mentioned ESPN – well, ESPN.com, to be exact – in one of our World Series links (above!) – and one thing we learned late yesterday was that the company is moving some of its feature content and analysis behind its ESPN + paywall. Will you be paying to read their commentary and analysis?
It is an interesting move given the world wide leaders’ competitors are either behind a paywall – some sites, not every site requires a credit card! – while others are heading in that direction.
Let’s conclude today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ with a few more links and news from the world wide web:
- Sunday’s game between the Las Vegas Raiders and Tom Brady/Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been moved from an evening affair to a late afternoon contest due to “abundance of caution.”
- New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton admitted yesterday to WEEI.com that he needs to improve his play – he certainly has high aspirations for himself, which is a good thing, I promise!
- And finally, here are a slew of links from Blogging the Boys on the Dallas Cowboys – man, something is not right in ‘Big D’ these days!