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Football Friday Notebook: Friday, February 19, 2021

By Matt Noonan

Happy Friday, everyone!

I am excited to cap the work week with a brand new Football Friday Notebook – it is a piece of content I look forward to producing, so hopefully the stories (and news below) is something you enjoy reading.

Additionally, make sure to enjoy a brand new Football Friday Podcast, which you can listen to in this post, thanks to our friends from Spotify!

Listen to the Football Friday Podcast with Matt Noonan, Andrew Pezzelli and Zach Weiss every Friday!

Alright, let’s share some news and links from the gridiron – as usual, be well, stay safe and have a wonderful weekend!


Football Friday Notebook: Friday, February 19, 2021

  • Carson Wentz will be playing for a new team next season, but according to various reports, including SB Nation, the former Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller had some serious fall out in the locker room. Additionally, he stopped talking with former head coach Doug Pedersonfor weeks.”
  • Sticking with Carson Wentz – I mean, what else happened these past few days? – he was quite happy to be a member of the Indianapolis Colts, according to Kenny Moore II.
  • This will be an interesting offseason for every National Football League (NFL) team, which may have less money to spend, due to the potential salary cap. And this is certainly is not good news for my Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott.
  • Speaking of Dak, he donated meals to 1,000 homeless people that are “freezing” in Dallas, Texas, due to the bad weather that barreled through the state this week.
  • Alex Smith, who was named the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, told Kyle Brandt on the 10 Questions podcast that the country was apparently not ready for Colin Kapernick, who the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback claimed “was ahead of his time” when it came to social injustice.
  • The third week of the spring football season begins this evening and there are some enticing storylines to follow in the FCS world, including tonight’s clash between South Dakota State and Northern Iowa.
  • Get ready for high school football in California, beginning Friday, February 26.

    Today’s announcement about high-contact sports being able to be played next week certainly excited Ron Gladnick, who is the head coach at Torey Pines.
  • The Lehigh Valley will welcome a new high school football program to its league next fall as the Allentown charter school will become the ninth member of the league.
  • James Madison University is eager to begin its first of two seasons tomorrow when they host Morehead State.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone!

The sun is shining here in Boston, which makes me think that today is going to be an awesome day for everyone, so let’s get after it and have some fun!

The Daily Noontime is back – yes, I am pumped to bring it back and highlight some stories from the sports, tech, and innovation world, so you have something to read (and consume) every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Let’s get after it with today’s Daily Noontime for Tuesday, January 26, 2021 – be well, stay safe, and please hold the line!


Tuesday’s Headlines (Jan. 26, 2021)

In case you missed it (ICYMI): We unveiled our Small College Basketball Team of the Week yesterday – all 10 student-athletes recently competed for the first time this winter last Saturday.

Noontime’s Tech Tuesday (Jan. 19, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

And welcome to our second ‘Tech Tuesday’ post of 2021!

Today, we’re highlighting some sports startups that we’re excited to follow (and watch from afar this year) – we also did our best to list a few New England places, too.

As noted last week, ‘Tech Tuesday‘ is a new piece of content we’ll be producing every week, but our goal for this post is to highlight the exciting changes that are occurring in both sports and athletics, as well as health and fitness.


Let’s get to know some new (or recently launched) startups that you should definitely learn more about this month:

  • Voltout, which is based in Los Angeles, California, is a mobile app that connects sports trainers and coaches with individuals that are eager to explore new cool activities for themselves. The app is available on the App Store – you can also learn more about this exciting company by visiting their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter channels while finding them on LinkedIn, too.
  • Bout It Boxing is a boutique management firm based in Chicago, Illinois that is for boxers by boxers.
  • Sideline Swap is a Massachusetts based start-up – well, more a growing company – that both buys and sells athletic gear. Stay connected with them on social media, especially Instagram – they’re posting some great content on numerous sports, including lacrosse.
  • Notemeal is another Massachusetts start-up with connections to Tufts University – Go Jumbos! – and is focused on combining sports dietitians and kitchens to “optimize athlete nutrition through a new fueling experience.”
  • Chalkboard, which is based in San Francisco, California, has created an app that allows sports bettors to connect through a messaging and scoring platform. Interested in learning more about Chalkboard? Then visit the App Store now so you can download their product – you know I will once this post is published!
  • Podium is another California company – they also have an office (it appears in Oxford, UK) – that is bringing together mountain-bikers, surfers, snowboarders, skiers, and skaters.
  • ZoneIn, which is based in New York City, is on a mission to creating a healthier and higher performing athlete with the goal – and yes, motto, too – of “one user at a time.”

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

By NoontimeSports.com

Good morning. And welcome to Tuesday, everyone. 

We have a few things to get to this morning, beginning with some big news from California yesterday regarding the state postponing the start of its upcoming high school football season to December

Maybe the season will be punted to next January? That could happen, but it all depends on how things shake out with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

California went from “bending the curve” to becoming a hotspot, so pushing back the start of fall sport was the right decison (in our opinion).

According to CBS Sports, three states have postponed the start date of its high school football season until January 2021, while eight states, including New Jersey plan to delay the start of their respective seasons until later this year.

Georgia will begin playing high school football on Friday, September 4, according to Fred Kalil, who is a reporter in Atlanta. The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) voted “unanimously” to provide all of its teams with a 10 game season, along with a five-week playoff.

It seems like high school sports will start on time in Florida as the Florida High School Athletic Association Board of Trustees decided to go against the organization’s medical advisory, which reccomended pushing back the start of football and volleyball.

Here in New England, there is still a lot of unknowns about the upcoming high school football season, but we should know more later today, as well as over the next few days and weeks. A new school year is on the horizon and yesterday’s decision by California to postpone the start of high school football, along with other fall sports could impact other states to do the same.

The CCAA Suspends Fall Sports

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California State Flag. (PHOTO COURTESY: Wikipedia)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Following yesterday’s announcement by California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White about a majority of classes for the upcoming school year expected to be held online, the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) announced they will suspend its upcoming fall sports season

The 13 member NCAA D-II conference, which has campuses in various California cities and towns, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, will not crown champions this fall in men and women’s soccer, men’s cross country, and women’s volleyball.

As noted in yesterday’s announcement, the CCAA member institutions felt it was best to protect the “health and welfare of our students, coaches, staff, faculty, and communities.” The CCAA does hope to provide its student-athletes with an opportunity to compete in the upcoming school year, but only when it is deemed safe for its student-athletes.