Daily Noontime – October 19, 2010

Cliff Lee helped the Texas Rangers earn a 2-1 lead on Monday.

Good morning to everyone! It is Tuesday October 19, 2010 and it is going to be a great day! Here is your Daily Noontime for the day and remember to keep it here with Noontime Sports.

Headlines:

* Texas Rangers Cliff Lee pitched lights out against the New York Yankees on Monday to help his team take a 2-1 lead in the American League Championship Series.

* The Tennessee Titans defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 30-3, but Kerry Collins and Trent Edwards were forced to fill in for the two starting quarterbacks that were knocked out of the game.

* The NFL will most likely come down hard on players such as James Harrison and Brandon Meriweather for their violent hits.

* New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent some time with his 3-year old son, but did not wear a helmet when they were off scootering and biking around Boston. Shouldn’t he be setting a better example for his son?

* Did the former New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau fall asleep at the wheel of his car?

* The NBA has not changed any rules in regards to technical fouls, which could be a problem for many players once the season tips off next week.

* Allen Iverson is close to signing a deal with a Turkish basketball team.

* The NHL is waiting to hear if the Phoenix Coyotes will have a new manager by December 31 or if the team will relocate.

Games to Watch:

* Philadelphia at San Francisco (MLB Playoffs) – 4:19pm eastern

* Boston at Washington (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Texas at New York Yankees (MLB Playoffs) – 8:07pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Here is Dallas Cowboys song, which possibly should be played to help the team climb out of the NFC East basement!


A Rocky NFL Start can still mean a Playoff or Super Bowl Appearance

The Patriots started slow, but won the Super Bowl in 2001!

The 2010 NFL season has been exciting for some fans, but others, dreadful. Take it from me, a Dallas Cowboys fan who is not willing to jump ship to the St. Louis Rams or throw in the towel on the team’s [1-4] start. So, with it still being somewhat early in the current season, here are just a few teams that started off extremely slow, but finished with either with a division crown, a playoff victory or even, a Super Bowl trophy.

Miami Dolphins [2008] – The Dolphins started the 2008 season [1-2] and then only won one game after their early bye week. They were [2-4] after seven weeks of the NFL season, but went onto win the AFC East with an overall record of [11-5], yet, despite their late success, lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 27-9 in the Wild Card round.

Dallas Cowboys [2006] – The Cowboys looked good on paper and were considered a favorite to win the NFC East, but after starting the season [3-3] all bets were off until an untested quarterback by the name of Tony Romo emerged and replaced veteran signal caller, Drew Bledsoe. The Cowboys finished the season [9-7] and earned a wild card spot in the NFC, but lost to the Seattle Seahawks on a botched snap, 21-20.

Kansas City Chiefs [2006] – After losing to the Steelers in week six, the Kansas City Chiefs rebounded from a [2-3] start to finish [9-7]. They earned an AFC wild card spot in the playoffs, but would up losing to the soon to be Super Champions in ’06, the Indianapolis Colts, 23-8, during the Wild Card round.

New England Patriots [2005] – After being crowned a dynasty in 2004, the Patriots struggled through their first six games of the ’05 season and entered their bye week with a record of [3-3]. The Patriots eventually rebounded from their slow start to win the AFC East division with a record of [10-6], as well as earn a trip to play the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional playoff round, 27-13.

Chicago Bears [2005] – The Bears were [2-3] entering their week seven contest against the Baltimore Ravens, which was a must win. Quarterback Kyle Orton engineered only one touchdown drive, as well as set up an additional field goal to help the struggling “Monsters of the Midwest” earn their third win of the season. The Bears ended the regular season with a record of [11-5], which was good enough to earn the NFC North crown, but led to an early exit in the ’05 playoffs when they lost to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Divisional round, 29-21.

Seattle Seahawks [2004] – The Seattle Seahawks were a team that only needed nine wins to earn the NFC West crown, but their rocky start was surely noticed. After their week seven loss to the Arizona Cardinals, they would rally to earn six wins through ten games to win, as well as the division too with a record of [9-7], but then lost to a divisional foe in the Wild Card round, the St. Louis Rams, 27-20.

Green Bay Packers [2004] – The Packers had only one win through five weeks and with a record of [1-4] it seemed that their chances of winning the NFC North, as well as earning a playoff spot were slim. Yet, they rebounded in week six, beating the Detroit Lions, as well as won six games in a row to turn their entire season around. After a dismal start, the Packers finished atop the division with an overall [10-6] record, but lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the opening playoff round, 31-17.

Green Bay Packers [2003] – When the final whistle was blown, the Green Bay Packers were [3-4] after seven weeks of NFL football. They lost four of their first seven contests, which looked ominous for the rest of the season, but following a much needed bye week, they turned their season around to earn the NFC North crown with a record of [10-6], but lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of ’03 playoffs, 20-17.

New York Jets [2002] – The Jets looked horrible in 2002 and when they walked into their week seven match up against the Minnesota Vikings, they knew that a win was a must to keep their season alive. Beating the Vikings 20-17, the Jets earned only their second victory of the season and would go onto win the AFC East with a record of [9-7]. They blew out the Indianapolis Colts in the first round of the ’02 playoffs, 41-0, but then fell short to the Oakland Raiders, 30-10 in the AFC Divisional round.

Tennessee Titans [2002] – The Titans entered week seven with a [2-4] record. Following their bye week, they went on a four game winning streak, which led to winning their division, the AFC South with an overall record of [11-5]. The Titans won their first playoff matchup, but lost to the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Championship, 41-24.

New England Patriots [2001] – After earning an important divisional win against the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots ended week seven with their fourth loss of the ’01 season. The Patriots would continue to seesaw in the win and loss column, but did not lose another game after November 18, 2001. The Patriots finished the regular season with an overall record of [11-5] and would go onto win their first Super Bowl in franchise history.

Daily Noontime – October 18, 2010

Patriots fans can rejoice because our next Adam "Automatic" is Stephen Gostkowski!

Well how about another week here in October! It is Monday and Noontime Sports is kicking off your day with what else, but the Daily Noontime for October 18, 2010! Have a fantastic day and keep it here for great blogs and podcasts.

Headlines:

* Talk about a rather close contest! The Indianapolis Colts avoided another loss on Sunday to the Washington Redskins and head into their bye week with a [4-2] record.

* Speaking of the Washington Redskins, what will they do with defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth who did not play on Sunday against the Colts?

* Wade Phillips still remains the Dallas Cowboys head coach, but for how much longer? The Cowboys lost their fourth game on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings and are in a great deal of trouble.

* The latest College Football polls are out and who is number one? Oklahoma!

* The Philadelphia Phillies head to San Francisco with the National League Championship Series tied, 1-1.

* Kobe Bryant has made it clear that Orange County, California should have an NBA basketball team.

* In 1972, the Cincinnati Royals left the NBA for good, but could the city see another NBA team return soon?

Games to Watch:

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

* Ottawa at Pittsburgh (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Texas at New York Yankees (MLB Playoffs) – 8:07pm eastern

* Tennessee at Jacksonville (NFL) – 8:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Looking for a good way to start your day? How about a song from John Legend singing about the morning!


NFL Week 6 – 3 Games to Watch

Tony Romo and the Cowboys yet again face a MUST WIN on Sunday!

This is a critical weekend in the NFL. A few seasons could be decided for some team’s such, as those Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings who need to put up or shut up. The San Francisco 49ers are in trouble, along with the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills, but can the Washington Redskins pull another shocker on national television against the Colts?

Lots of questions, three games from Noontime Sports along with a few answers too because it is our weekly NFL- 3 Games to Watch on a Football Friday! Have a great weekend and root for Noontime Sports and our football guru Mr. Matt Noonan and his pigskin picks.

Baltimore [4-1] at New England [3-1]: It is pretty clear that the Patriots have been reminded all week that the Baltimore Ravens embarrassed them in the opening round of the 2009 NFL Playoffs, 33-14. The rematch is set to begin just nine months after the horrific playoff loss, but who has the edge in this game?

The Ravens have clearly demonstrated to all NFL fans why they are the best team in football, as well as a squad that needs to be beat sooner rather than later. They have won two critical road contests this season, beating a divisional foe, the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, as well as the New York Jets, but can they beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium to make it three-in-a-row? The last time the Patriots lost at home during the regular season was on November 30, 2008, when quarterback Matt Cassel and his team fell to the soon to be Super Bowl champions, Pittsburgh Steelers, 33-10. Ever since the loss, the Patriots have won 11 games at home, which include every game during the ’09 campaign.

The Ravens strongest unit without a doubt is their defense, which ranks fourth in points allowed (14.4), third in yards allowed (257.8) and second against the pass (156.6). It will be interesting to see if this incredibly strong unit can stop a Patriots offense that ranks first in points (32.8) and averages (344.2) yards of offense.

Quarterback Tom Brady has completed 85 of his 122 passes for 911 yards and nine touchdowns, but can he rely on a questionable ground game? The Patriots weakest link may not just be their young secondary, but instead, the running game because ever since Kevin Faulk became sidelined with a season ending injury, the rushing role has fell on the shoulders of newcomer Danny Woodhead and third year back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The Ravens have held their opponents run game in check, which could force Brady to utilize the air attack quite frequently, so look for his new favorite target, Deion Branch to play a factor.

Expect this one to be close and possibly come down to one final Patriots drive. The Patriots defeated the Ravens in a rather long and unbearable game that took nearly four hours last fall, but once the final whistle blows, expect the Patriots to have added another win to their win column. Prediction: Patriots 23 – Ravens 20

Dallas [1-3] at Minnesota [1-3]: Talk about two teams that were supposed to be much better than their current records. Both the Cowboys and Vikings were prepared to pick up where they left off in 2009, as winners, but instead they are currently a bunch of losers.

Quarterback Brett Favre is supposedly a game time decision on Sunday due to elbow tendonitis and possibly shame too. Favre’s off the field behavior is currently being investigated by the league and scrutinized by all football fanatics, but it is Brett Favre, so don’t expect the league to punish the 20-year veteran, as well as the face of the NFL. Besides Favre, the Vikings secondary is banged up, which should prompt Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to continue to pile up another 300 yard day through the air. Romo this season has been impressive and has already piled up 1,346 passing yards and seven touchdowns.

The Cowboys offense and defense has not looked at all intelligent or even aware of league rules. They have allowed way too many penalties against themselves through four games and the question is, can they remain mistake free for sixty minutes and play smart football?

The Vikings running game has been the bread and butter of this offense, but when these two teams last met in the 2009 playoffs, running back Adrian Peterson only recorded 63 yards on 23 carries and did not even reach the end zone. Overall, these two teams know how important this game is, but with so many questions on both sides of the ball, I am going to show that I am biased and pick “Big D” in this one. Prediction: Cowboys 28 – Vikings 21

Collie has five touchdown receptions, so any chance he has another big game on Sunday?

Indianapolis [3-2] at Washington [3-2]: The Washington Redskins have been a surprising story this year. Running back Ryan Torain has also been a sensational story too, not just because he is replacing Clinton Portis, who is sidelined with an injury, but, because he has helped open up the passing game for quarterback Donovan McNabb. McNabb has thrown for 1,315 yards and has tossed just four touchdowns through five games. Against a Colts defense that doesn’t fare well against defending the pass, expect the Redskins to test a banged up secondary and air it out quite often. Besides, when the game was on the line against the Packers, McNabb showed off not only his arm, but also the ability to throw the ball 40-50 yards down field.

The Colts have also been a surprise too this season and certainly the injury bug has hit them rather hard. Players such as Bob Sanders and now even Joseph Addai being sidelined are hurting the team’s chances to continue to be the dominant horse in the AFC regular season race, yet, besides the offensive and defensive struggles against the Kansas City Chiefs, quarterback Peyton Manning continues to demonstrate why he is the greatest quarterback to play the game.

This one should be a lot closer than expected and consider it a chance for Colts place kicker Adam Vinatieri to replicate his late heroic game winning kicks from his earlier days in New England. Prediction: Colts 20 – Redskins 17

Daily Noontime – October 14, 2010

So if KG and any other player complains in the NBA, it is a Tech? What?

It is Friday and that means… it is officially the weekend! Happy end of the week from all of us here at Noontime Sports! Have a great day, as well as weekend too and here is our Daily Noontime for Friday October 14, 2010.

Headlines:

* The NBA will be getting sued by the players association for their calls about complaining that result in either an ejection or a technical foul.

* Peter King of Sports Illustrated has his NFL week six picks, but did he choose your team to win this weekend?

* Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is most likely to play on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, despite showing signs of a concussion after the team lost last week against the Washington Redskins.

* The New York Yankees and CC Sabathia look to take game one of the American League Championship Series on Friday against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Besides Friday Night Football, there will be an extra “BIG” game in the state of Texas on Friday.

* The Dallas Cowboys have head coach Wade Phillips worried not about his job, but instead, his rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant who still is battling a high ankle sprain.

* The San Francisco Giants fans maybe in for more of a treat this year with a great National League Championship Series between them and the Philadelphia Phillies, although it does seem that the fans are putting away their cellphones and watching the action.

* Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy will start against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

* Hey, Maple Leafs fans, here are three players that your team will rely on this season!

Games to Watch this Weekend:

* New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (MLB Playoffs) (Friday) – 8:00pm eastern

* Cincinnati at Louisville (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 8:00pm eastern

* Texas at #5 Nebraska (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 3:30pm eastern

* #20 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 3:30pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (MLB Playoffs) (Saturday) – 4:00pm eastern

* Pittsburgh at Philadelphia (NHL) (Saturday) – 6:00pm eastern

* #1 Ohio State at #18 Wisconsin (NCAA FB) (Saturday) – 7:00pm eastern

* San Francisco at Philadelphia (MLB Playoffs) (Saturday) – 7:30pm eastern

* San Francisco at Philadelphia (MLB Playoffs) (Sunday) – 8:00pm eastern

* Seattle at Chicago (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:oopm eastern

* Miami at Green Bay (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

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

* Atlanta at Philadelphia (NFL) (Sunday) – 1:00pm eastern

* Dallas at Minnesota (NFL) (Sunday) – 4:15pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Hopefully this cheerleader or “Laker Girl” is okay after this collision!



Matt Boutwell (The Big Jab 96.3FM/1440AM Portland, ME) on Noontime Sports the Podcast

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