Daily Noontime (Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone.

Today is Veteran’s Day so please take a moment to thank those that have and continue to serve our great nation.

Let’s get to some news, beginning with yesterday biggest headline as Tommy Heinsohn, who played and coached for the Boston Celtics, passed away at his home in Newton, Massachusetts. Heinsohn was 86.

Heinsohn is also being remembered for his passionate and insightful color commentary – fans will certainly miss his insight this upcoming season as a broadcaster. The New Jersey native, who guided the Celtics to 10 National Basketball Association (NBA) championships and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a player (1986) and coach (2015), is someone his former colleague Mike Gorman believes will never be replaced.

Prior to coaching and playing for the Celtics, Heinsohn competed locally at at Holy Cross where he led the Crusaders to the 1954 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship. He earned a pair of first-team All-American honors with the Purple and White, and was inducted into the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1962.

Numerous Celtics players, both current and past, shared memories of Tommy Heinsohn on Twitter, including Marcus Smart and Cedric Maxwell.

Switching gears to football, the National Football League (NFL) could welcome two more teams to the postseason this winter, pending upcoming contests get canceled due to the coronavirus.

Speaking with owners during a Tuesday video conference, Roger Goodell, who is the league’s commissioner, said the NFL is “committed” to completing the league’s current schedule. The NFL was not impacted by the virus until the third week of the season concluded.

As of now, seven teams from each conference will compete in the upcoming NFL postseason, which is scheduled to kick-off next January, with the top seed securing a first-round bye.

Here are a few more stories to read either later this morning or afternoon:

That will do it for now, but as always, make sure to smile and think happy thoughts – have a great day, everyone!

Daily Noontime (Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

Hopefully everyone is doing well and thinking optimistically as we anxiously await the outcome of the election. Can it please end today?

Alright, let’s get to some news, beginning with the National Football League (NFL) as part two of the 2020 season begins tonight in Santa Clara, California with the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Green Bay Packers at 8:20 p.m. (eastern).

Here are some pregame reads to get you excited for tonight’s matchup:

Let’s switch gears to basketball – I prefer to call it hoops (😉)! – as we may know later today if the 2020-21 National Basketball Association (NBA) will tip-off next month or perhaps in mid-January.

As we all know, the 2019-20 season concluded last month in the Orlando, Florida, so the turnaround time would be much shorter than a typical offseason, but according to a few reports, the league is planning to play 72-game season instead of the typical 82-game season.

And finally, here are some additional news and links from the world wide web – have a great day, everyone!

  • According to Sportico‘s Anthony Crupi, ESPN is eliminating 500 jobs.
  • Apparently the first Mid-American Conference (MAC) football game of the 2020 season took place last night and featured a power outage – yikes!
  • While we anxiously await the outcome of the 2020 election, we did learn recently that three more states – Louisiana, Maryland, and Soith Dakota – will allow wagers “on sporting events,” which is good news for DraftKings and FanDuel.
  • Could Alex Cora become the next manager of the Boston Red Sox? It seems like a second stint is possible, according to multiple reports over the past few days, including MLBTradeRumors.com.

Enjoy a BRAND new Noontime Sports Podcast this morning (or afternoon) – today, we welcomed Darryl Konicki, who is the associate commissioner of the Little East Conference (LEC), to discuss the content he and his the league have produced over these past few weeks and months without games being played.

You can listen to today’s podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor and wherever you get your podcasts!

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Good morning, everyone!

I hope this post finds everyone doing well, staying safe, and drinking an extra cup of coffee as Tuesday was a LONG night for those that elected to stay up to watch Election Day (and night) 2020.

While we are still awaiting the outcome of the election – will we know today or tomorrow? – allow me to entertain you with a brand new Daily Noontime!

You know me, I like to share positive news, but the coronavirus is not making things easy for the University of Wisconsin‘s football program, which had to cancel its second-straight contest. The Badgers were scheduled to compete against Purdue University this weekend and it appears as if that game will not be made-up. But who knows, right?

The situation with the Badgers is not good and we certainly don’t want to see any athletic department sidelined or impacted by the virus, but I will be keeping my fingers crossed for the men dressed in Red and White to return to the field next weekend against the University of Michigan.

Staying in the midwest – apparently, we’re covering the midwest stories these days? – a few members of the Durand/Pecatonica High School (Du-Pec) football team have enjoyed a successful fall semester running cross country.

With football games not occurring this fall in Illinois due to the coronavirus, student-athletes have been given an opportunity to try another sport such as golf and cross country. And it appears as if one member of the Du-Pec football team – that would be Liam Hammond, who plays wide receiver and cornerback – has gained great deal of respect for his classmates that compete for his school’s cross country team.

Let’s switch gears to baseball where Mookie Betts, who used to play for the Boston Red Sox, won his fifth Gold Glove Award after leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last month.

Anthony Rizzo, who plays first base for the Chicago Cubs, won his fourth Gold Glove while a few players earned their initial honor, including Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs), Tyler O’Neill (St. Louis Cardinals), and Griffin Canning (Los Angeles Angels).

And finally, let’s go back to football where my beloved Dallas Cowboys will not be starting Ben DiNucci this week at quarterback, but perhaps Garrett Gilbert?

Whoever they start, they better be prepared as Dallas will be hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers in what could be a real beatdown on national television.

Alright, that will do it for now, but as usual, be well, stay safe, and have a wonderful day, everyone!

Daily Noontime (Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

As usual, I hope this blog post finds everyone doing well, staying safe, and thinking optimistically.

Before we get to some news and links, I just wanted to pass along a friendly reminder that Election Day is five days away so please make an effort to vote. No matter who you support, your voice matters, and you can visit Vote.org to learn more about how and where to vote.

Alright, let’s get to some news and links, beginning with Major League Baseball (MLB) which is currently investigating – well, more trying to understand exactly why Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgersrefused to comply‘ with league officials during his team’s championship celebration on Tuesday evening.

As for Turner’s teammates (and coaches), they returned safely to the City of Angles yesterday after testing negative for the coronavirus. And hopefully Turner (and his wife) will return to California soon – safely, of course! – but for now, he and his teammates, along with the organization remain “under fire” for their World Series celebration.

The Dodgers are currently the favorites heading into the 2021 season, according to a ‘way too early‘ power rankings from ESPN, while our hometown Boston Red Sox were picked 19th (ouch!). Yes, the Red Sox were not great this summer and fall, but hopefully things change for the better next season (fingers crossed!).

Let’s switch gears to basketball – the college basketball world, to be exact – where this year’s women’s basketball teams may look the same, both this season and next season, due to NCAA allowing student-athletes an extra year of eligibility. Yet, for student-athletes to receive this additional year, they must compete during the current academic school year.

The 2020-21 college basketball season begins next month and promises to be perhaps one of the strangest seasons.

We’ll be back for more later, but don’t forget to listen (and subscribe) to our Noontime Sports Podcast on Apple Podcast and Spotify!

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

As usual, hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and having a great week thus far.

Let’s begin today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ with a tip of the cap – no pun intended, of course! – to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who captured their first World Series crown in 22 seasons last night with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Prior to the Dodgers celebrating their city’s second championship this month – the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals a few weeks earlier – Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus. Had the Rays beaten the Dodgers last night, then the seventh game of the Fall Classic, which was scheduled for this evening, may have been postponed to Thursday or Friday. Maybe Saturday?

And just for those keeping track at home, Mookie Betts, who helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2018 World Series, capped the best-of-seven game series by smacking a home run last night. Can someone please call Bob Lobel and ask him the following: why can’t we get players like Mookie Betts?

According to Scott Soshnick of Sportico, the final-out ball from last night’s sixth game of the World Series is worth $250.000. Anyone interested in purchasing it?

While the Dodgers will certainly receive a great deal of attention, both today and over the next few days for ending one of the craziest seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) history, one storyline that may not disappear for quite some time will be Kevin Cash‘s decision to yank Blake Snell off the mound in the sixth inning. Was it the right decision?

Perhaps this move will haunt the Rays for weeks and months – maybe years? – but I guess the only way the Tampa Bay fans can forgive Kevin Cash is by having the team capture the World Series next October. Maybe Tom Brady could help the Rays win some games?

One last baseball story – sorry, I know this is a very heavy-duty World Series post! – but one more tip of the cap to the home of the Texas Rangers, which I will always consider the finish line for the weirdest and strangest baseball season in my lifetime.

Alright, that will do it for today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ – remember, you can stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by searching “Noontime Sports” and follow us on Instagram at @NoontimeNation!