I am excited to announce that I am re-launching my weekly column: Noontime’s Take.
Noontime is my nickname – well, one of many to be exact – so hopefully this works for you, the fans and readers of this site.
My goal is to post this column once a week – most likely I will aim to have it posted on Sundays, but don’t be surprised to see it posted before or after. Maybe I will post it on Mondays or Thursdays going forward? I guess it depends on the topics or ideas that I want to dive into, but you will certainly know when a new column is posted – I will make sure to engage with all of you through social media.
The column will be a variety of thoughts and opinions on the local and national sports – yes, some tough topics that we constantly see or read about through the news to some fun ones like are the Boston Red Sox really this good?
Additionally, the column may shed some light on some non-sports topics like the constant national anthem debate – will it ever go away?
All in all, I am really excited to restart my column and share some thoughts on sports, life and more through Noontime’s Take. And if you have an idea or thought for this column, please feel free to email me at MattNoonan@noontimesports.com.
Have a great rest of your weekend, as well as a tremendous week – stay cool, New Englanders because it is supposed to be HOT this week – and I will look forward to sharing my first column later this week, as well as over the next few weeks and months.
The current morning show – “Kirk and Callahan” – will continue to be heard from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. from Monday through Friday and will be followed by “Dale and Keefe” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dale Arnold, who is one of the hosts of “Dale and Keefe,” used to be heard during the midday time slot when he was paired with Michael Holley, who left the station in February to join NBC Sports Boston in a full-time role.
“Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” will be heard from 2-6 p.m., while “Mut at Night” will take place rom 6-10 p.m. Mut at Night could be short some nights, however, as the station does carry the Boston Red Sox games.
“WEEI Late Night” will follow “Mut at Night” – listeners can hear that show from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Currently, “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” is being heard from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while “Dale and Keefe” is taking place from 2-6 p.m. It will be interesting to see how both shows do in opposite time slots. Both shows will challenge the 98.5 Sports Hub (Boston) line-up, which recently secured the top spots in multiple categories the past few months, per The Boston Globe.
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Harvard University and Yale University are set to renew their historic football rivalry later this fall at historic Fenway Park as the 135th playing of “The Game” is scheduled for Saturday, November 17th.
Both teams meet in the final week of the regular season annually, but this year’s game will mark the first time “The Game” will be played on the same playing surface as the Boston Red Sox.
“This year, it is our distinct privilege to host what is arguably one of the most celebrated rivalries and marry one of college football’s most classic games with one of America’s most classic venues,” said Fenway Sports Management Managing Director Mark Lev.
Harvard is no stranger to Fenway Park – in fact, the baseball team was the first athletic program to compete at the historic ballpark 106 years ago when the Crimson faced the Red Sox on a rainy-snowy day. The game marked the first-ever contest at Fenway Park.
Additionally, Harvard’s George “Iron” Davis, who pitched for the Boston Braves, was the first-ever ballplayer to toss a no-hitter at Fenway Park on September 9, 1914. Six years later, the Crimson baseball team beat the Bulldogs at the park by a score of 6-3, thanks to pitcher Babe Felton, who quarterbacked the Harvard football team earlier in the school year.
Yale currently leads the all-time football series (67-59-8), but has tied the Crimson eight times over the past 134 years, including in 1968 when Harvard rallied to even the score at 29-29. Those eight ties, according to Harvard Athletic Director Bob Scalise, are considered wins around the Cambridge campus.
“We think (this game at Fenway Park) will be a terrific experience for our student-athletes and fans,” said Scalise.
“We hope that this rendition of ‘The Game’ will be an instant classic to add to the rivalry and rich tradition,” he added.
This year’s contest certainly has a special meaning to Harvard coach Tim Murphy, who grew up in Kingston, Massachusetts and idolized Rico Petrocelli, who played shortstop for the Red Sox for 13 seasons.
“It’s such an iconic place whether we come here for Red Sox games or concerts it’s always an amazing experience,” said Murphy. “I think it is going to be a great event for any of the alumni fans or players who were involved (with this rivalry).”
Added Harvard captain Zach Miller, “To be able to (have the game played) here (is) awesome, it’s so amazing for us.”
Miller said he and his team had a chance to watch Brown University and Dartmouth College compete at Fenway Park last season under the lights on a chilly Friday evening in November. Harvard-Yale will most likely be an afternoon game, however, the start time of this year’s game has yet to be announced.
“It was very cool (seeing Brown-Dartmouth) on tv and just knowing we were going to be playing there next year was very cool,” said Miller, who was elected the program’s 145th captain. “Just the opportunity to be at Fenway, this historical park, our team – it’s huge for Harvard football, Yale football and this rivalry. It means a lot to us.”
Similar to Miller, Yale captain Kyle Mullen is also excited about competing this fall at Fenway Park. “I’m really excited for the game,” said Mullen, who hails from New Jersey and roots for the New York Mets, not the Red Sox.
Ah, the return of baseball – welcome back, Major League Baseball (MLB) … you have been missed!
In anticipation of a brand new season, which gets underway tomorrow with the Chicago Cubs visiting the Miami Marlins, here are my picks for the 2018 year, including who will win the World Series – or at least an attempt. Please be kind on social media, everyone! 🙄
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David Ortiz has never been camera shy, so it shouldn’t come as a total shock that the former Boston Red Sox slugger will return to the spotlight next month when he stars in a brand new reality television show called “Big Papi Needs A Job” on Fusion, according The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
The show (10 episodes), which is scheduled to debut on Wednesday, January 31st, will feature Ortiz trying out various professions, including a stadium tour guide, dog groomer, manicurist and musician, per the report.
Which job will be the ideal fit for Ortiz? Who knows, but this show certainly has potential to succeed because the protagonist is extremely well-liked in the city of Boston and should attract some non-baseball fans that follow his brand, too. Additionally, his work in these various roles (or assignments) could help local business or companies, too – maybe viewers that are seeking new opportunities or career-switches will apply to these places after watching their all-time favorite Boston Red Sox slugger attempt to become the next-best musician or dog groomer – hey, anything is possible, right?
I do have a few questions regarding this BIG announcement/10 episode series, and they are the following:
Will Ortiz consider doing another season after the show concludes in late winter/early spring?
Will Ortiz actually take accept (or take on) a new role that is not related to baseball?
And finally, will this series inspire other former athletes to star their own show or perhaps attempt to pick-up a side gig in their retirement?
All in all, I am certainly interest in tuning in and seeing which job he excels at, and perhaps if he accepts an offer at one of these companies, too. Expect a few blog posts (or maybe a podcast or video) about the show once it begins next month!