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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!

Extra, Extra: WEEI Shakes-Up Daily Radio Lineup

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WEEI, a Boston sports radio station under the Entercom umbrella, announced a new programing schedule for its daily listeners, which will officially begin on Monday, August 13th, 2018.

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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Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 19 (Dan Libon | Patch.com)

noontime-sports-podcastBy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports

Ah, Noontime Sports the Podcast has officially returned. And for our 19th episode, Matt Noonan welcomes an old friend and colleague of the blog, Dan Libon, who is a reporter for Patch.com.

Noonan and Libon reminisce about their college radio show Get In The Game and their first few years of covering sports for NoontimeSports.com.

Additionally, the two discuss Libon’s current role with Patch, which includes covering the New England Patriots – what is that like, Dan?

Finally, both Noonan and Libon voice their thoughts on what Boston sports team will celebrate a title (hopefully) this year or next year.

Make sure to follow Dan on Twitter (@DLibon)!

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Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 18 (Andy Mahoney | BostonGlobe.com Sports Producer)

noontime-sports-podcastBy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports

In anticipation of this upcoming weekend’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, Noontime Sports the Podcast featured some quality pigskin chatter between host Matt Noonan and Andy Mahoney, who is the sports producer for BostonGlobe.com.

Mahoney gave his ‘two-cents’ on the Patriots-Falcons matchup, why there hasn’t been too much news (or noise) from the so-called ‘media week,’ while giving some thought to where New England would stand in Boston sports history if they earn a fifth championship.

Would they be better than the early 20th century Boston Red Sox or the Celtics of the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s – let’s also not forget about the Green and White of 2008, too.

Either way, get pumped (or excited) for this weekend’s big game with a fun pre-Super Bowl podcast, while following Mahoney (@GlobeMahoney) and the Boston Globe Sports section (@BGlobeSports) on Twitter.

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Mass. College Hoops: Thursday Schedule Changes

By NoontimeSports.com

Due to weather, there have been changes for tomorrow’s men’s and women’s basketball game times. Below is an updated list of time changes.

We will make sure to update any changes that may be announced between now and tomorrow.

Men’s Basketball: 

* Holy Cross at BU, 1 p.m.

* Wheaton at Gordon, 1 p.m.

* Maine-Presque Isle at Eastern Nazarene, 2 p.m.

* Worcester State at Regis, CANCELLED

Women’s Basketball: 

* Maine-Presque Isle at Eastern Nazarene, 12 p.m.

* UMass Boston at Salve Regina, 1 p.m.

* BU at Holy Cross,  3 p.m.

* Roger Williams at Wheaton, 3 p.m.

* Curry at Coast Guard, CANCELLED

* Plymouth State at Wentworth, POSTPONED

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