Celebrating 10 Years of Noontime Sports

NS 10 Years

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

10 years ago I started a blog in my college dorm room.

It wasn’t the site you see today that offers a variety of content from podcasts to videos to polls on New England Division III basketball, football, and lacrosse teams, and much more, but instead just one person’s opinion on sports, both locally and nationally.

My goal was to ditch my little site after I graduated college in May 2010, but unfortunately, that plan never happened.

Instead, I continued blogging on local and national sports. I started a podcast and interviewed anyone that was willing to give me 15, 20 or 30 minutes to discuss a few hot stove topics over the phone – I am still amazed at the people that responded to a no-name blogger that was eager to interview them, but I am extremely thankful to folks like Bill Hancock (Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series), Damon Amendolara (CBS Sports) and various SB Nation bloggers that made the beginning of this journey so much fun.

When I wasn’t podcasting or blogging, I was creating videos on a slew of topics from ‘March Madness’ to National Football League (NFL) news to asking strangers in Norwood, Massachusetts their thoughts on the 2011 Boston Celtics.

Of course, there were other videos, too, including me running around in my parents’ backyard with a soccer ball – what was I thinking?

As time went on, I decided to expand my content coverage map to hyper-local sports in New England, including stories on Massachusetts high school football games at Gillette Stadium to the Hockey East championships at the TD Garden. Additionally, I got to cover other events at Gillette and the Garden over the past few years, as well, while also finagling my way into Fenway Park to blog about ‘Frozen Fenway’ and the Harvard-Yale Football introduction for their 135th playing of ‘The Game’ last November.

Of course, there are other memories from the past 10 years that make me simile, including a post-game standup with one of my good friends from college, Dan Libon, following an important Massachusetts high school basketball tournament game in Brockton, Massachusetts. There was also the time I covered the ‘world’s most expensive hot dog‘ prior to a Brockton Rox contest, too – I didn’t eat it in case you were wondering, but it did look yummy.

Starting Noontime Sports was truly the best thing for my career – I mean it. The sports journalism and media worlds are not the easiest to crack so having my own site with the freedom (and flexibility) to produce content on daily, weekly or monthly on whatever I want is certainly a luxury, but something I don’t take advantage of. This site has allowed me to experiment and try new things, which has helped me pitch ideas that worked here to editors or colleagues for other outlets.

Additionally, Noontime Sports has allowed me to pursue my love of producing content for social media to building a brand and identifying an audience – that is essential for any blogger, podcaster and producer. Once you know what your fans and friends crave, then produce it so they will keep coming back eager for more content.

I can promise you, the fans and readers of Noontime Sports, that I will continue to do my absolute best to provide you with content going forward on small colleges and high schools to the occasional Boston sports piece to interesting conversations on my podcast.

I can’t believe it has been 10 years, but today, I am thanking my 20-year-old self for starting this site and paving this journey, which has allowed me to pursue my love of sports media.

Here is to another 10 years – maybe more – of fun and engaging content on hyperlocal sports to anything else that makes this job so much fun!

Daily Noontime – December 17, 2010

Happy Friday everyone and lets get this weekend started with a bang, but what kind you ask, well the Daily Noontime, duh! Anyways, here it is, have a fantastic weekend and make sure to get that holiday shopping done too!


* The San Diego Chargers showed that they are for real against a very bad San Francisco 49ers team on Thursday, winning by a score of 34-7.

* How about the Boston Celtics, what a team, right? The Green and White defeated the Atlanta Hawks and advanced their current winning streak to 12-games.

* The Denver Broncos have a new coach and possibly may see a new quarterback on Sunday when they face the Oakland Raiders. Let’s all get ready for Tim Tebow time, wahoo!

* The Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears will play outdoors on Monday, but frigid temperatures and a frozen field could be a bad thing.

* The Boston Red Sox made another BIG move again, adding relief pitcher, Bobby Jenks to their bullpen.

* Executive Director for the Bowl Championship Series, Bill Hancock continues to defend his system.

Games to Watch:

* Miami at New York (NBA) – 7:00pm eastern

* Buffalo at Florida (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* Utah at New Orleans (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Detroit at Chicago (NHL) – 8:30pm eastern

* Phoenix at Dallas (NBA) – 9:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

So Tim Tebow could possibly start this weekend against the Oakland Raiders, but if his team loses, will he do what he did with the Gators, pledge to play better?

Bill Hancock (Executive Director for the BCS) on Noontime Sports the Podcast

Bill Hancock, the Executive Director for the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) for College Football, joined Noontime Sports the Podcast on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, to discuss the upcoming bowl season, as well as recap the year.


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Bill Hancock (Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series) on Noontime Sports the Podcast

Bill Hancock, the executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series, (BCS), joined Noontime Sports the Podcast on Tuesday October 26, 2010, to talk about the current BCS standings, the college football season thus far, as well as answer the question if there will ever be a playoff system.

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