Noontime Sports the Podcast – Andy Lindberg & Matt Noonan

Andy Lindberg and Matt Noonan convened on Tuesday to discuss on their weekly podcast a few hot topic national and New England based sports issues.

Lindberg and Noonan discussed the latest news on New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk, as well as how he suffered what seems to be a season ending injury. Also, the guys discussed Braylon Edwards arrest, Michael Vick being selected the starter in Philadelphia, along with much more.

Daily Noontime – September 21, 2010

What are your opinions toward Braylon Edwards?

It is another day of the week, Tuesday to be exact, but Noontime Sports has your daily sports needs covered, so do not worry! Here is our Daily Noontime for September 21, 2010, have a marvelous day everyone!

Headlines:

* It was a wild finish in San Francisco, but the New Orleans Saints prevailed by a Garrett Hartley field goal, 25-22. Does this finish sound familiar or ring a bell to all Saints fans?

* Michael Vick is fine with head coach Andy Reid‘s decision to start Kevin Kolb against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

* The New York Yankees have officially unveiled another plaque in centerfield, which honors the “Boss,” George Steinbrenner.

* Denver Broncos receiver Kenny McKinley is reported dead in an apparent suicide.

* Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has made it clear that possibly Charlie Batch could be their starting quarterback in week 3, since Dennis Dixon hurt his knee in his teams win against the Titans on Sunday.

* New York Jets receiver Braylon Edwards was arrested for DWI in Manhattan.

* After LeBron James left Cleveland, Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams admitted he was depressed and considered quitting.

* Los Angles Dodgers skipper, a.k.a. the manager, Joe Torre, has not ruled out managing the New York Mets in 2011.

Games to Watch:

* New Jersey at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:00pm

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

* Atlanta at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

Video of the Day:

While the reports have come out about Jets receiver Braylon Edwards for being arrested, any possibility he did this dance in front of the New York police?


Kevin Tuve, Director of Player Development of the Pittsfield Colonials on Noontime Sports the Podcast

Kevin Tuve, Director of Player Development with the Pittsfield Colonials

Kevin Tuve joined Matt Noonan on Noontime Sports the Podcast to recap the 2010 Pittsfield Colonials season and playoff run.

Unfortunately, the Colonials lost in the 2010 CanAm League Championship to the Quebec Capitales in four games. The Capitales have now won three league titles.

Enjoy our season wrap up and get excited for the 2011 season!

Thank you for all those who tuned into our podcasts this season and keep it here at Noontime Sports for any news throughout the fall, winter and spring regarding the Colonials.

Time to Panic? Why the Cowboys can turn their 0-2 record around!

While Jerry Jones maybe smiling here, deep down, he is worried about his Cowboys!

At this time last season, who would have known that the Dallas Cowboys were going to be one of eight teams remaining in the 2009 season?

Yet, after Sunday’s performance against the Chicago Bears, the Boys have forced their fans into panic mode. Although, knowing that the season has just begun, here are a few things that need to happen in order to start their winning ways again, but also to keep Jerry Jones, the owner, happy.

1.) The Defense – The Cowboys have a “doomsday” defense, which can provide pressure to opposing team’s quarterbacks, running backs and receivers when necessary. Although, where has that pressure been? Why haven’t they attacked the quarterback? Also, why hasn’t Wade Phillips, not allowed his defense to be more physical? Didn’t San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary make it clear in one of his many press conferences that all NFL athletes need to hit their opponents extremely hard and often?

Their defense ranks 19th in points permitted and 11th in yards allowed, which is 279 yards per game. Although fans should know that two sacks thus far belong to both DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.

This defense last season provided a great deal of physical pain and pressure to their opponents early and often, especially when they derailed the New Orleans Saints undefeated season last November. When playing against the AFC South, such as the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts, they need to provide more pressure and energy. They need to appear alert and ready to play too. Also, the Cowboys defense needs to play mentally smart because against the Bears, they looked extremely lost and unsure of their assignments.

2.) Tony Romo – After a record breaking and impressive ’09 campaign, Romo has started the 2010 season with 2 touchdown tosses and interceptions. Although, throwing the ball for close to 700 yards is rather impressive, especially since it is still week two, but in order to start up this offense, especially a very talented one, it all starts with QB-9.

Romo was out of sync on Sunday, especially in an end around pass that was directed toward running back Tashard Choice. Not only did his passes not seem energized, but also his vision appeared rather weak. He was not hitting his receivers in stride and did not come across as the true leader that he usually is on Sunday’s.

If the offense is to turn around, it again starts with Mr. Romo. More film sessions, repetitions in practice and communication with his offensive line, receivers, tight ends and running backs will help the Cowboys start producing more points.

Jason Garrett, Wade Phillips and the rest of the Cowboys coaches need to get on the same page.

3.) Coaching – The coaching has been incredibly sloppy and not good at all. Head coach Wade Phillips has not been too impressive and doesn’t seem in sync with his various coordinators. What has happened with his relationship with the man who calls all the offensive plays, Jason Garrett?

The coaches need to get back on track. Even FOX Sports broadcaster, Joe Buck alluded to how throughout the entire training camp and preseason, the Cowboys kept saying, wait until every player is healthy. Well, despite a few bumps and bruises, this coaching staff needs to utilize the younger and stronger talent to the extreme. Keep drawing up plays that will confuse their opponents, as well as pressure the ball.

If the coaching staff can start working together, wouldn’t the team do it too?

4.) Kicking and Special Teams – This has been the weakest unit for the Cowboys. Not only has the place kicker David Buehler looked completely lost, especially after he missed a game tying field goal on Sunday, but also the entire special teams squad.

Similar to the defense, their leaders needs to pick up, but the only positive note from this group is punter Mat McBriar, who has done a fantastic job with setting up poor field position for the other team.

5.) Penalties – The biggest issue of them all is penalties!

So far this season the Cowboys have hurt their chances to win not only one, but possibly two games by calls against them, especially on offense. Whether it is roughing the passer or holding, the Cowboys need to be more attentive and realize that by seeing yellow laundry on the field is not a good sign. They need to correct their mistakes fast and play smart fundamental football.

Again, these are just a few pointers for all Cowboys fans. The season is still young and there is plenty of time left. Do not panic Dallas, the Cowboys can surely turn it around and it all starts against the 2-0 Houston Texans on Sunday September 26, 20

Daily Noontime – September 20, 2010

Schaub and the Houston Texans maybe too legit.

Good Morning! It is a brand new week and Noontime Sports is excited to kick it off with our Daily Noontime for Monday September 20, 2010. Have a wonderful day and let’s all have a great week!

Headlines:

* The Dallas Cowboys continue to struggle and now are 0-2. Yet, so are the Minnesota Vikings. What is going on with these two teams that were playoff bound last season?

* Did Rex Ryan enjoy a snack after the New York Jets beat the New England Patriots, 28-14? Also, how good was Mark Sanchez on Sunday?

* Michigan State University head coach Mark Dantonio suffered a heart attack after his football team defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday.

* Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub threw for 497 yards in his team’s second win of the 2010 season on Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

* San Francisco Giants regain their lead in the NL West as Jose Guillen and Barry Zito power pass the Milwaukee Brewers, 9-2 on Sunday.

* New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs decided to throw his helmet into the stands on Sunday, as his team lost to the Indianapolis Colts, 38-14.

* Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is playing too awesome. Yet, while the young shortstop is injury prone, Tulowitzki keeps on rolling.

Games to Watch:

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

* Atlanta at Philadelphia (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* New Orleans at San Francisco (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

DJ Steve Porter did a great job with this pre-game video, so here is his latest installment that was for the Manning Bowl on Sunday. Yet, Peyton Manning defeated his younger brother Eli, 38-14 in Indianapolis.


NFL Week 2 – Games to Watch

Is Rex Ryan ready to snack on the Patriots this Sunday?

Another week of NFL football is upon us. Are we excited? Amped up? Ready to strap on our chinstrap and run out of the tunnel?

Noontime Sports is ready, especially since our predictions from last week ended in a 2-1 record. Of course, as a side note, there is a lot to work on from our end that needs to be improved, especially if we want our blog Super Bowl bound, but in the meantime, here are our three games to watch on Sunday.

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals – 1:00pm: The Ravens are coming off an interesting victory on Monday Night against the Jets, 10-9. Yet, their offense seems almost too powerful for a Bengals secondary that allowed 38 points against the Patriots in week one.

How does the Bengals secondary stop a three-headed attack of Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh? The Jets did somewhat of a decent job, holding them in check all game, but in the end, the Ravens offense recorded 282 total yards of offense

Carson Palmer had a decent outing against the Patriots, throwing for only two touchdowns and one interception. Despite the loss, Palmer recorded 345 yards through the air, which needs to happen again. The Jets had some success against the Ravens secondary, but Palmer will need to rely heavily on the 10 other offensive players to be successful.

Look for both teams to establish the running game early, especially the Bengals because Cedric Benson tallied 237 yards on the ground and two touchdowns against the Ravens in ’09. Benson will be a major benefactor in this game if he receives the correct blocking schemes, as well as uses his vision to find holes in the Ravens defense. Prediction: Bengals 27 – Ravens 23

New England Patriots at New York Jets – 4:15pm: Rex Ryan seems to be rather hungry for a victory, especially since all Patriots fans know now that his favorite saying is “Let’s go eat a goddamn snack!” That is plenty of bulletin board material for coach Bill Belichick.

Quarterback Mark Sanchez wasn’t impressive in his week one affair against the Ravens, especially since he threw for a total of 74 yards. Although, against a Patriots defense that isn’t so great, Sanchez and his receivers, Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards, along with tight end Dustin Keller, should put more points on their brand new scoreboard at the New Meadowlands Stadium.

The defense will miss nose tackle Kris Jenkins, who was excellent at clogging the middle, but don’t think that Ryan is too worried about his defense providing pressure for Justin Bieber look alike, Tom Brady.

Brady and his offense looked like a mirror image of their ’07 squad last Sunday, which put points on the board ever so easily. Although against a Jets team that has been talking all week long about covering Randy Moss, expect cornerback Darrelle Revis to receive a great deal of attention from Brady.

This matchup should be much closer than expected, so don’t assume any blowouts, but in the end, the Patriots will walk away with a victory and 2-0 record. Prediction: Patriots 23 – Jets 16

Are you ready to watch two brother's play some football?

New York Giants at Indianapolis 8:20pm: Are you excited for the Manning Bowl? It is game two of Eli versus Peyton and I am almost certain that the Manning family circled this game on their calendars when the 2010 schedule was released.

Last time the two brothers met was opening night of the ’06 season and Peyton Manning not only led the Colts to victory in New York, but also, he guided them toward a Super Bowl championship too.

As for the game itself, it features two teams headed in completely different directions. The Colts looked dumbfounded against the Texans, especially when it came to stopping the run. Texans running back Arian Foster ran all over the Colts defense for 231 yards, along with three touchdowns too. The Giants won’t beat their opponent by running, but instead, airing it out to Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham or Steve Smith. Currently, the Giants rank fourth in points, but it will be somewhat challenging for Eli Manning to lead his offense to score more than 31 points.

Expect a possible shootout in Indianapolis, but once the final whistle is blown, the winner should be the home team. Prediction: Colts 31 – Giants 17

Daily Noontime – Friday September 17, 2010

The San Diego Chargers are in trouble and looking at a possible NFL blackout!

Thank goodness it is Friday! It is the end of the work week and the weekend… well … that is upon us! Have a wonderful day and weekend, here your Daily Noontime to kick off another September weekend!

Also, for those observing Yom Kippur on Saturday, may you all have a good fast!

Headlines:

* Floyd Mayweather continues to add on a few more charges related toward his domestic violence incident.

* San Francisco Giants pitcher Jonathan Sanchez struck out 12 batters in their 10-2 win against the Los Angles Dodgers on Thursday. The Giants now have sole possession of first place in the NL West.

* Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan reflects on New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Did he actually get hit by a pitch on Wednesday?

* The San Diego Chargers are in trouble because they are 7,000 tickets short of not having a television blackout for their home opener against Jacksonville.

* Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown wrote a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about how the league needs to stop having blackouts, as well as understand America is currently in a recession.

* The Seattle Storm have officially won their second WNBA Championship. Did you know that?

* Apparently Tom Brady makes more than his wife.

* San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich wants NBA fans to consider his team a contender to win the Western Conference in 2011.

Games to Watch this Weekend:

* Toronto at Boston (MLB) (Friday – Sunday)

* San Diego at St. Louis (MLB) (Friday – Sunday)

* Los Angles Angles at Tampa Bay (MLB) (Friday – Sunday)

* UMass at Michigan (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 12:00pm eastern

* Notre Dame at Michigan State (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 8:00pm eastern

* Baltimore at Cincinnati (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

* Chicago at Dallas (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

* New England at New York Jets (Sunday) – 4:15pm eastern

* New York Giants at Indianapolis (Sunday) – 8:20pm eastern

Video of the Day:

For all those “Community” fans, the show that airs on NBC, well this video should get you excited about the show or even attending community college.