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Daily Noontime: Monday, February 1, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Monday, everyone, and welcome to the first day of February!

We’re expecting a nor’easter to arrive in our neighborhood shortly, so please make sure your car is parked on the correct side of the street as we certainly don’t want complaints of parking tickets flooding our email inbox tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

Yet, before the snow, rain, and slush arrive, allow us to kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime for Monday, February 1, 2021.

As usual, be well, stay safe, hold the line, and smile – we’re almost there!


Monday’s Headlines & Links (February 1, 2021)

  • Let’s start the day with perhaps the biggest news blast (and update) in our email this morning: Theo Epstein, who guided both the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs to World Series victories as en executive for both ball clubs, has joined Arctos Sports Partners, which is a firm that buys minority shares of pro clubs.

    Today’s announcement comes just one day after an SB Nation shared an interesting post (and read) from The Athletic, which asked the following question: who should be the next Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner?

    As we all know, Rob Manfred is the current MLB Commissioner, but putting Theo Epstein in charge may not be a bad idea as the sport could certainly use his help with being just as innovative as the other professional leagues.
  • Welcome to Super Bowl week, which promises to be quite different due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as one sports writer – Jay Mariottiwonders (and writes), is reaching the championship game a win for the National Football League (NFL) or perhaps a sign that our country has turned a blind eye to this deadly virus?
  • College basketball conference championships are on the horizon, which seems crazy, right? But as one west coast reporter write, the Pac-12 is not planning to cancel its conference tournament next month.

    Similar to NCAA D-I college football, the college basketball season has not been pretty – we have seen a lot of starts and stops, along with some programs calling it quits, but don’t be surprised if you see some teams or conferences pull the plug on their respective postseason.
  • The Los Angeles Rams apparently have a new quarterback for the 2021 season as they sent Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford. But prior to acquiring Matthew Stafford late Saturday evening, the Rams tried to trade for Aaron Rodgers, but the Green Bay Packers said, “no way!”

Monday’s Podcast Alert ūüö®

  • Today on the Noontime Sports Podcast, Matt Noonan welcomes Scottie Rodgers, who is the director of communications with the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

    Noonan and Rodgers discuss how the sports communication world has changed due to the pandemic, including how Zoom press conferences could be part of the “new normal.” Rodgers also discussed his role (and involvement) with the Racial and Social Justice Initiative Planning Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • You can listen to today’s interview, as well as past shows by visiting our Anchor page!

We’ll be back with more later today, but for now, be well, stay safe, and smile, everyone!

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!

On This Date In History: Monday, April 20th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Welcome to a brand new week, everyone – well, technically the second day of the week as Sunday marked the beginning of the second to last week of April, which is crazy, right?

From a quick glance outside our window, it appears to be a cloudy and overcast day here in Boston. Did we just see the sun?

Either way, stay calm and positive, and make sure to smile – we got this!


On This Date in History: April 20th, 2020 

  • 1986: Michael Jordan¬†recorded an¬†NBA¬†Playoff record of 63 points in a double-overtime loss to the¬†Boston Celtics.

    Jordan connected on 22 of 41 shots while sinking 19 of 21 freebies. He also recorded five rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks.

    Boston would clinch the best-of-five game series two days later in Chicago by beating the Bulls, 122-104.

  • 1988:¬†The¬†Baltimore Orioles¬†lost their 14th straight contest, falling to the Milwaukee Brewers¬†by a score of 8-6.

    The Orioles, which finished the 1988 season with a 54-107 record, would only win one game in the month of April when they beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-0, on the second to the last day of the month. The win against the White Sox snapped a 21-game losing streak.

  • 1996:¬†With the first pick in the 1996¬†NFL¬†Draft, the¬†New York Jets¬†selected wide receiver, Keyshawn Johnson. The¬†Jacksonville Jaguars¬†selected linebacker¬†Kevin Hardy second while the Arizona Cardinals picked defensive end Simeon Rice.

    The New England Patriots had the seventh pick and selected wide receiver, Terry Glenn.

  • 1997:¬†The¬†Chicago Cubs¬†win their first game of the 1997 season against the¬†New York Mets, snapping a 14-game losing streak to begin their new campaign. Four Chicago batters recorded a run in the 4-3 win over the Mets, including¬†Sammy Sosa, who finished with three hits and two strikeouts.
  • 2002:¬†The¬†Houston Texans¬†selected quarterback David Carr¬†as their first-ever pick in franchise history on the initial day of the 2002¬†NFLDraft. Defensive end Julius Peppers¬†was selected second by the¬†Carolina Panthers¬†followed by quarterback Joey Harrington¬†third by the¬†Detroit Lions.

    The New England Patriots selected tight end, Daniel Graham with the 21st pick.

 

On This Date In History: Thursday, April 16th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

As usual, we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe – we know better days are ahead, of course.

Let’s kick-off a brand new day – well, more your mid-to-late morning (or afternoon) – with a new historical post.


On This Date in History: April 16th, 2020

  • 1987:¬†Michael Jordan¬†netted 61 points in a 117-114 setback to the¬†Atlanta Hawks¬†and became the first player in 24 seasons to score 3,000 points in a single-season since¬†Wilt Chamberlain¬†accomplished the feat.

    “I think it’s a great compliment to be mentioned in the same sentence as Wilt and a great achievement,” Jordan said, via the Los Angeles Times. “It caps off a great season for me.”

  • 1990:¬†The¬†Milwaukee Brewers¬†pounded the¬†Boston Red Sox¬†at Fenway Park by a score of 18-0. The game, which took place at 11:06 a.m. on Monday, April 16th, saw the visitors produce 18 runs on 20 hits while recording just one error. Boston registered just three hits in nine innings.
  • 1992:¬†The¬†New York Rangers¬†concluded their 1991-92 regular season campaign with 50 wins, thanks to a commanding 7-1 victory over the¬†Pittsburgh Penguins. The Rangers would advance to the 1992 postseason, winning just one round – their opening series against the¬†New Jersey Devils¬†– before falling to the Penguins in six games in the semifinals.

    The 50 wins translated into 105 points, which was the most recorded by any team in both the Patrick Division and Wales Conference.

  • 1997:¬†The¬†Chicago Cubs¬†lost their 12th consecutive contest, falling to the¬†Colorado Rockies¬†at home by a score of 4-0. Chicago would not register a win until Sunday, April 20th when they beat the¬†New York Mets¬†in the second game of a double-header. Chicago would conclude its 1997 campaign with a 68-94 record.
  • 2018: Yuki Kawauchi¬†won the 122nd running of the¬†Boston Marathon¬†with a time of 2:15.58 while¬†Desiree Linden¬†finished first in the women’s race with a time of 2:39.54.
  • 2019: Seattle Seahawks quarterback¬†Russell Wilson¬†becomes the highest-paid signal-caller, inking his name on a $140 million, four-year extension. The new deal, which runs through the 2023 season, includes a $65 million signing bonus, along with a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, February 20th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone – we’re one day away from the start of a brand new weekend!

The sun is shining outside my window, but it is VERY cold, so make sure to bundle up and maybe wear an extra hat (or gloves). But luckily this cold spell will pass as the mild temperatures will return this weekend (and even next week, too). So get excited!

Alright, without further ado, here is a brand new Daily Noontime, but remember … make sure you smile, laugh, eat a cookie, drink some hot cocoa, and read something interesting today.


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • The¬†Boston Bruins¬†kicked-off their road trip with a 2-1 (overtime) win last night over the Edmonton Oilers.¬†David Pastrnak¬†and¬†Patrice Bergeron¬†each lit the lamp for the Bruins, who improve to 38-11-12 overall.

    Boston will visit the Calgary Flames tomorrow night (Friday, Feb. 21st) with puck drop scheduled for 9 p.m.

  • The Boston¬†Celtics¬†will commence the second half of their season tomorrow when they visit the¬†Minnesota Timberwolves¬†for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Chris Kreider remains on the market and could be a target for not just the Bruins at the¬†NHL¬†Trade Deadline.¬†(NBC Sports)
  • According to a report, the¬†NFL¬†would add an extra playoff team under the Collective Bargaining Agreement beginning this season.¬†(ProFootballTalk.com)

  • Brock Holt¬†won’t be playing for the¬†Boston Red Sox¬†this season – he recently joined the¬†Milwaukee Brewers¬†– but one Boston journalist pondered the question if he was the greatest utility player in the team’s history.¬†(Boston.com)
  • According to¬†Colin Cowherd, the¬†New England Patriots¬†could sign¬†Derek Carr¬†if¬†Tom Brady¬†inks his name on a contract with the¬†Las Vegas Raiders.¬†(NESN.com)

  • Robert Williams¬†will be returning to the hardwood soon for the Celtics.¬†(Boston.com)
  • The¬†NBA¬†postseason will be here before we know it, which means its time to highlight a few teams that could provide the Celtics with some challenges over the next few weeks.¬†(Fansided)

VIDEO OF THE DAY:¬†In honor of ‘Throwback Thursday’ here is my audition tape for the¬†Chicago Cubs¬†PA Announcer position from 2011. (Feel free to laugh – I won’t get upset!)¬†