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World Cup Links: Could Boston Be One Of 16 Cities To Host The 2026 World Cup?

The 2018 World Cup begins today in Moscow. (PHOTO CREDIT: CBS Sports)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

The 2018 World Cup officially kicks-off today with excitement for the tournament to return to North America (Canada, Mexico and the United States) in 2026.

And while the new tournament is barely one day old, there is certainly some excitement for it here in Boston, especially because we are one of the cities being considered to host some games, specifically at Gillette Stadium.

Boston is one of 23 cities being considered – the list will be whittled down to 16 locations in a few years. Other locations throughout North America include New York/New JerseySan FranciscoLos AngelesDenverKansas CityMiamiEdmontonToronto and Mexico City.

Sure, it would be great to have Boston be one of the 16 cities hosting the 2026 World Cup, but most likely games would be played in Foxboro, not Boston, as noted in a piece on Boston.com by Hayden Bird.

In addition to games being held in Foxboro, Bird also noted in his piece that Harvard UniversityNobles and Greenough School, Wellesley College and the New England Revolution’s practice field would be potential training facilities for teams that would be housed in Boston.

WBZ-TV sports producer Joe Giza tweeted a video yesterday of Revs President Brian Bilello, who likes Boston’s chances of hosting the 2026 World Cup.

Again, we will have to wait a few years before FIFA announces the final 16 cities – we should know by 2020 or 2021 – but their goal is to make the 2026 World Cup a “North American event from coast to coast.”

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Rubin: Why Vancouver Doesn’t Deserve the Stanley Cup

The Canucks are one game away from winning the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, but really, do they deserve the crown?

By Dan Rubin 

There’s a part of me that, at the beginning of the Stanley Cup Final, didn’t mind losing to Vancouver.

As badly as I wanted the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup, I didn’t mind it if the Vancouver Canucks were the team they might lose to. I looked at Vancouver as a city that never really won anything, save for two other Western Conference championships. I remembered Vancouver’s shining moment when Canada took the gold medal out of American hands in the Olympics and thought, “This city is a great hockey town. I really want the Bruins to win, but if they have to lose, at least it’s to a hockey town with a hockey tradition.”

That whole feeling evaporated since Game 5.

When the Bruins lost Game 1, I didn’t know a whole lot about the Alexandre Burrows biting incident. I didn’t really know about all their unnecessary physical play and I felt the emotion was riding high, but it was right where it needed to be. But then, after Game 1 and going into Game 2, something totally changed, taking my positive attitude towards the Canucks, their organization, their fans, and the entire nation of Canada with it.

I realized the Vancouver Canucks do not deserve to hoist the most storied trophy in sports. They do not, and if the game expects to maintain its integrity, the Gallery Gods need to shine down and deliver the Cup to Boston, a place where it can have restored integrity and respect.

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Bruins Even Series with Canucks on Wednesday with 4-0 Win

Boston did everything they could, as the Bruins officially tied the NHL Stanley Cup Finals series, 2-2!

By Matt Noonan 

No one gave this team a chance, but after two nights of “home-cooking” at the TD Garden, Boston has made this a series, as they swept Games 3 and 4 against the Vancouver Canucks by a combined score of 12-1.

Wednesday’s game was physical, intense and yes, you guessed it, “in your face.” The Bruins registered four goals thanks to Rich Peverley, Michael Ryder and Brad Marchand, while the defense helped goaltender Tim Thomas preserve yet another shutout in the postseason.

The TD Garden rocked, as well as chanted, “We Want the Cup, We Want the Cup!

What the Boston Bruins have done over the course of the last 72-hours is restore hope and faith in the Hub. Indeed, we were all worried and scared about the men who sport the spoked-B on their chest, but after two enormous “butt-whooping’s,” I think it’s fair to say that the Bruins are ready to invade Canada and return to Boston with a 3-2 series lead.

However, who exactly knows what will happen in Game 5 because this series has gone from a best-of-seven to best-of-three. It’s no longer about home ice, crowds or “raw-raw” supporters, but instead, heart, agility, speed, quickness and toughness.

The Bruins and Canucks have baffled us through four games and now, it’s finally time to see who is destined to be one step closer to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup.

For Bruins supporters, Games 3 and 4 were joyful, but those who bleed blue and green, they’ve been the absolute opposite. In fact, they’ve been nightmares and yes, Vancouver and its fans want the Canucks to rebound, but can they win Game 5?

I’m positive that Game 5 will be a completely different atmosphere, especially since it will be held in a hostile environment called the Rogers Arena. Most likely, they’ll taunt the Bruins for three or more periods. They’ll scream, yell and possibly, bite?

Hmm… not sure I should have said, “bite,” right?

Expect Claude Julien’s bunch to be prepared, but now the question is, can they steal a game on the road? Who knows, but while we ponder that particular question, let’s at least embrace the fact that the Bruins tied the series, 2-2 on Wednesday evening and are now headed to Vancouver for what should be considered a “must-win” game.

Alex Burrows Helps Vancouver Secure 2-0 Series Lead Against Boston

Alex Burrows scored two goals, as well as assisted one of his teammates in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals!

By Matt Noonan 

After Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Vancouver’s Alex Burrows officially joined the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant, yet, why was he chosen to be on the “Boston sports-fan hate list?” Well that’s because he chomped on Patrice Bergeron’s hand this past Wednesday and yep, he wasn’t fined or suspended by the league.

The NHL reviewed the play and felt that Burrow’s actions were incredibly normal, but I bet league commissioner Gary Bettman is saying to himself, “I’m glad I didn’t have Colin Campbell’s replacement suspend him” because Burrows is the reason why the Canucks are headed back to Boston with a 2-0 series lead.

Vancouver kicked-off Game 2 with a first period goal at 12:12, as Christopher Higgins and Sami Salo set up Burrows for his eighth playoff goal, which sparked the Canucks offense and extreme die-hards, (yep, go ahead blue and green fans, start cheering).

After his quick strike, the Rogers Arena watched the Bruins score their first Stanley Cup points since their 1990 series against the Edmonton Oilers, as Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi chipped in goals two minutes apart during the second period to give Boston their first lead of the series.

In the third period, Tim Thomas continued to his playoff excellence, but his magic wore off once Burrows and Alexander Edler set up Daniel Sedin for Vancouver’s second goal of the contest, which propelled the game into overtime.

After a third intermission, Vancouver rushed onto the ice determined to win and yep, they did and it only took 11-seconds. Burrows raced down the left wing and forced Thomas out of his crease. The Bruins goaltender went flying to his right while Burrows wrapped himself around Boston’s net and forced a backhander past Zdeno Chara to secure the Canucks 14th win of the 2011 postseason.

With the win, Vancouver is now two games away from winning their first ever Stanley Cup trophy and yes, it would be exciting to see a Canadian team win the award, especially since it hasn’t happened for 18-years, but for Boston, this is just another chapter in their miserable history. The Bruins have come so far and now, they’re starring at a 0-2 hole. They need to rally or do something because otherwise, they’ll have to make history and win four games in a row, which won’t be enjoyable, right?

Game 3 is slated for Monday evening at the TD Garden and I’m sure the Black and Gold supporters will be ready to cheer on their local hero’s.

Daily Noontime – Wednesday June 1, 2011

What didn't LeBron do during Game 1 of the NBA Finals?

Happy Wednesday to everyone! It’s “hump-day,” which means, yes, the week is almost over! Have a great day and of course, enjoy today’s headlines and news! 


* LeBron James did everything on Tuesday, as he and his Miami Heat won Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks.

* Tuesday wasn’t a good night for Dallas, as the Mavericks apparently gave up on both ends of the court.

* The Winnipeg Jets will return to the NHL next season, but unfortunately tickets will coast a decent amount of money, but hey, that’s common, right?

* Game 1 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals begins Wednesday between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks.

* According to reports, Dirk Nowitzki tore a tendon in his middle finger, which luckily is on his non-shooting hand.

* It is indeed official, Kevin McHale is headed to Houston to become the next head coach of the Rockets, but will he turn the team around?

Games to Watch: 

* Chicago White Sox at Boston (MLB) – 1:35pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Oakland (MLB) – 3:35pm eastern

* Boston at Vancouver (NHL Stanley Cup Finals) – 8:00pm eastern

* San Francisco at St. Louis (MLB) – 8:15pm eastern

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The NHL Stanley Cup Finals begins Wednesday and yes, we are excited to watch some hockey, despite it being June!