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As usual, we hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and holding the line – we’re almost there, so please remain calm! And in the meantime … let’s dish out today’s Daily Noontime for Thursday, January 29.
Have a great day, everyone, and enjoy the flurries (like we did earlier this morning) in Boston.
This was a crazy story to follow – perhaps we see more twists and turns later today?
The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) gained some eyeballs yesterday (and earlier this week) for firing back at Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini, who apparently “called out her critics” in a Twitter video that many have watched over the past few days.
The NWHL began a two-week sprint to its Isobel Cup last Saturday in upstate New York – the league is currently in its sixth season since they initially dropped the puck in 2015.
Yes, I know I am not the first to wish you, as well as your family and friends, a very happy and healthy new year, but hopefully this post – the first of many, of course! – will fill you with some much-needed joy and happiness on a rather gray and overcast day here in Boston, Massachusetts.
As promised in my year-end video, I am eager to produce some new (and old) content, including my first-ever ‘Noontime’s Sunday Thoughts’ column, which will be a mix of thoughts, ideas, and links from the sports world, along with some other topics, too.
I am excited for this column and hope you are, as well – I am sure it will look different each week, but that is the beauty of trying new things, right?
So, without further ado, here comes my first post of 2021 – I am excited and optimistic for a much better year for everyone!
Thought No. 1: 2021 will be much better than 2020: Yes, this is an understatement, but I believe better days are ahead – I am an optimist.
However, I don’t expect an immediate bounce back now that it is January 3, 2021. We still need to wear our masks, social distance, and wash our hands. And we need to “hold the line,” so we can finish strong.
We can do this – I believe in my fans and friends!
As we get closer to the spring and summer, I expect some sense of normalcy will return, but that feeling of gathering or watching a game safely won’t truly happen until late September or early October. Maybe early November?
This is an educated guess – I am not a scientist, so I could be wrong (fingers crossed!) – but once we are able to assemble safely at a future sporting event, I will breathe a sense of relief. I know that day will come and it will be an exciting occasion for everyone.
Thought No. 2: The NFL’s 2020 Season: To be honest, I did not expect the National Football League (NFL) would be able to play a full 17-week season during a pandemic. But somehow, they persevered.
Yep, I was wrong – sorry, everyone!
I was shocked that the league was able to play three weeks without an outbreak, but somehow, they overcame a hurdle of obstacles from the Tennessee Titans to Cam Newton to moving the Pittsburgh Steelers–Baltimore Ravens game from Thursday to Sunday to Monday to Tuesday.
The NFL seemed unprepared for its 2020 season after successfully conducting their collegiate draft in April via Zoom, but somehow they proved me wrong, so let’s enjoy the final day of the regular season because who knows what happens next week once the postseason begins.
Thought No. 3: The 2020 College Football Season: I am not the biggest college football fan, but I did watch a few games this past fall, including a pair of must-see Boston College contests against Clemson University and Notre Dame.
But what I witnessed outside of the Boston College matchups I watched was poor play by numerous teams, including various student-athletes, as well as coaches acting as if they were invisible to the coronavirus – did anyone actually wear a mask on the sidelines this year? I give my buddy Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle credit for the mask comment.
In addition to the playing field being mediocre, I have also found some of these bowl games rather boring – to be honest, I would rather watch bull-riding than some of these games, but again, what do I know?
The 2020 season was a wild ride for the college sports world – remember, not many of us knew if and when games would begin last fall – but similar to the NFL, the college football world deserves some credit for finding a way to play games safely. Hopefully the championship game between Alabama and Ohio State will be a good finale for the 2020 season.
Thought No. 4: Podcasts will continue to grow in 2021: If there is one thing 2020 taught us, it is that podcasts will continue to be a go-to medium for many of us working from home until at least the summertime, maybe the fall?
And while podcasts under big-time brands like Barstool Sports and The Ringer will continue to flourish, I do expect some smaller to medium size shows to gain more listeners (and yes, followers, too).
Our podcast – the Noontime Sports Podcast – has grown immensely, thanks to our fans and friends, but also because of the amazing guests that have joined me over these past few months (thank you to everyone that has joined me – can’t wait to have you all back again soon!).
I am excited to produce more shows this month while continuing to listen to new shows (and podcasts) I discovered last year.
Here are a few shows I would recommend listening to (and yes, hitting the subscribe button, too!):
I’ll definitely be highlighting podcasts more in the coming days and weeks, so stay tuned for future posts!
Final Thought: Could we see some new hyper-local blogs, websites or podcasts emerge this year, especially in New England?
My answer: Yes.
As many know, 2020 was not a good year for media, especially newspapers, that have shuttered or reduced their newsroom. There were also some big-time outlets that let-go of some well-established (and up-and-coming) writers, producers and on-air hosts, which leads me to think that many would be willing to take their following from social media to their own respective website, blog or podcast.
Here in Massachusetts, we have seen some smaller digital outlets grow over the past few weeks and months, including the New England Football Journal, which has done a good job with online shows to complements their high school and college football coverage. John Sarianides has hosted some video shows, including coaches chats that I have enjoyed and know my fans would, as well.
Pending high school football occurs (and is played) next month, the NEFJ will be a site to follow for coverage – make sure to follow the site’s co-owner Kevin Stone, who is very passionate about hyper-local sports coverage.
Speaking of college and high school football, make sure to follow Adam Kurkjian‘s coverage through MassVarsity – similar to John and Kevin, Adam has done a good job with providing Massachusetts football fans with content to consume with very few games being played – while Ryan Lanigan and Josh Perry have done a phenomenal job with their coverage through HockomockSports.com.
These are just three sites – yes, I know there are more – but these outlets have provided future content producers, writers, and editors with a blueprint of what they could create in certain pockets of the state of Massachusetts, along with the region for areas that have lost or need additional college and high school sports coverage.
Alright, that will do it for my first-ever ‘Noontime Sunday Thoughts’ column – hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any thoughts or ideas for next week’s post, please let me know. Send me a tweet message to @NoontimeSports or an email to MattNoonan@noontimesports.com.
Ah, it’s Wednesday – man, this week is flying by and I hope everyone is continuing to do well while staying safe and optimistic!
We’re posting a bit later due to my flu shot this morning (and walking the dog!), but let’s get to the news beginning with some uncertainty surrounding the upcoming week of the National Football League (NFL).
Here is what we know (or is happening as of late this morning on the east coast):
The upcoming Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints contest could be moved to Indianapolis, due to Hurricane Delta Path, which is scheduled to hit Louisiana on Friday.
Two new members of the Tennessee Titans have tested positive, which means the facility is closed today and the team’s upcoming contest against the Buffalo Bills is in jeopardy.
Stephon Gilmore became the third member of the New England Patriots to test positive for the coronavirus. So, what does that mean for the team’s fifth game of the season on Sunday against the Denver Broncos? Who knows!
According to our go-to football site – that would be ProFootballTalk.com – NFL coaches are not happy with how the league is handling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Maybe it is time to switch to a bubble?
LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from winning the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals – LA beat the Miami Heat last night by a score of 102-96.
While we anxiously await for the fifth game to tip-off, we did learn this morning that LeBron James will now be the face of Wheaties, which many consider “the breakfast of champions.” Serena Williams was previously on the front of the cereal box.
With the win, Kansas City improves to 4-0 overall while New England dips to 2-2. Kansas City is one of six teams that remains unbeaten through the first quarter of the season – can they continue their winning ways later this week against the Las Vegas Raiders? We’ll have to wait and see!
Staying with the National Football League (NFL), the league announced yesterday in a memo that if teams continue to not adhere to the current protocols in place to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, then they could lose a draft choice or even be forced to forfeit a game. The pandemic certainly through a wrench into the league’s plans last week with postponing a game to moving the Kansas City-New England contest from Sunday to Monday.
And of course, here are some more news and links to share from the world wide web:
Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini has been named to the WWE board. This is super-exciting news and perhaps this means we could see the wrestling league and Barstool Sports work together down the road for future shows and new content.
Amazon will unveil some new features for its “Thursday Night Football” streaming package with upcoming games available on Prime Video and Twitch.
Finally, the Sports Business Journaldoes not want you to worry about the NFL’s ratings – everything will be OK!
Ah, the ‘Daily Noontime’ has officially returned – yay!
Yes, that is correct, everyone. The ‘Daily Noontime’ is back and will be with you going forward every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Are you excited?
The format will be somewhat the same – maybe we can mix in some new links, etc. – but this is a post that has significant meaning to our blog when we launched/got started with creating content in May 2009.
So, let’s kick off a brand new day – and yes, a brand new week, too! – with the revamped ‘Daily Noontime.’ Have a great day, everyone!
Russell Wilson shines against the New England Patriots
Russell Wilson matched a career-high with five touchdown passes last night as the Seattle Seahawks topped the New England Patriots, 35-30.
Wilson and the Seahawks improved to 2-0n while the Patriots dipped to 1-1.
This is the second time PFT has blogged about this issue after seeing a slew of coaches – and yes, personnel, too – not cover their noses and mouths last week during the opening week of the 2020 season.
Just a reminder to everyone … we are living in a pandemic, so make sure to mask-up!
The Dallas Cowboys’ comeback was … incredible!
Yes, our site’s editor and founder (Matt Noonan) is a life-long Dallas Cowboysfan, but for some reason, he didn’t worry too much when ‘America’s Team’ was trailing by 20 points.