Daily Noontime – December 21, 2011

Derrick Rose won't be leaving Chicago anytime soon, as he recently signed his name on a new contract! (Photo Credit: Fanbase.com)

Happy Wednesday y’all, and welcome into another tremendous Daily Noontime! Here’s some kick-butt news stories and headlines, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* According to sources — the Chicago Bulls have inked Derrick Rose‘s name on a five-year, $94 million contract.

* Through 14 games this season, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has recorded just 930 yards, but is determined to earn 1,000 yards before the season concludes.

* Denver Broncos team president John Elway confirmed on Tuesday that his plan is to keep Tim Tebow as their quarterback for next season.

* Saturday’s game between the New York Giants and Jets will certainly be pivotal for both teams, especially if they’d like to make the playoffs.

* The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up an important win on Tuesday, as they defeated the scorching hot Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2. The loss marks the end of a five-game winning streak for the Hawks.

Games to Watch: 

* Montreal at Chicago (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Dallas (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Detroit at Vancouver (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Now this is a unique way to score a goal in soccer, eh? 

NBA Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

The "Stars" will be shinning brightly in the Eastern Conference Finals, but really, who has the edge in this series?

By Matt Noonan

So, it’s Chicago (1) vs. Miami (2), which I guess is what we all wanted, right?

Didn’t we want to see Derrick Rose challenge LeBron James and Dwyane Wade? I guess, but maybe, we all wanted to see Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen take on the Bulls?

Either way, this series features the best and second best in the Eastern Conference standings, so make sure to pay attention to this particular series, which should feature a great deal of fireworks, electricity and lots of highlight reel moments.

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Daily Noontime – May 4, 2011

Consider it the first of possibly more "no-no's" to come in the MLB!

Happy Wednesday to everyone and welcome to the one and only Daily Noontime! It should be yet another awesome and exciting day, so sit back, relax and enjoy today’s headlines and news!

Headlines: 

* It’s official, MLB has seen their first “no-no” of the year, as Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano silenced the Chicago White Sox, 1-0 on Tuesday.

* Is it possible to say that the Miami Heat won’t be stopped? The Heat beat the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of their semi-final series on Tuesday.

* The Tampa Bay Lightning are making it look too easy, as they now lead the Washington Capitals, 3-0 in their Eastern Conference semi-final series.

* Apparently sources are reporting that the NFL will return to court and ask for the lockout to be “upheld!

* Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose becomes the youngest player to receive the NBA’s MVP award.

* Apparently Drew Brees texted Reggie Bush telling him that the New Orleans Saints want him on the team.

Games to Watch: 

* Philadelphia at Boston (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Washington at Tampa Bay (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* San Jose at Detroit (NHL Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

* Atlanta at Chicago Bulls (NBA Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

* Dallas at Los Angles Lakers (NBA Playoffs) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Nothing like a “no-hitter” in baseball! 


Daily Noontime – May 3, 2011

Good news came to Mark Herzlich, as he was drafted by the UFL on Monday!

Happy Tuesday to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! Let’s get your day jumpstarted with some news, headlines and more, so enjoy!

Headlines: 

* Former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich may have not been drafted by a NFL team, but instead a UFL squad.

* It’s official, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has officially won the NBA’s MVP award, which we all knew would happen, right?

* The Sacramento Kings will stay put, but now they need a new arena. Yet, will that happen? We’ll see!

* According to reports, Tom Brady is making progress after his foot surgery, which is good news for Patriots fans.

* Apparently the Los Angles Dodgers will be giving away free tickets to their home games to the U.S. Military for the entire month of May.

* Speaking of Los Angles, the Lakers lost Game 1 to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday and now are staring at 1-0 series deficit.

* The Boston Bruins won yet another overtime classic against the Philadelphia Flyers and currently lead the series, 2-0.

Games to Watch: 

* Washington at Tampa Bay (NHL Playoffs) – 6:30pm eastern

* Boston at Miami (NBA Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* New York Yankees at Detroit (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Vancouver at Nashville (NHL Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern

* Memphis at Oklahoma City (NBA Playoffs) – 9:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Usually when Lauren Hart sings “God Bless America” in Philadelphia, the Flyers win, but not on Monday, as the Bruins won, 3-2 in overtime. Philadelphia may need to find a new singer or tradition now!



NBA Playoffs: Second Round Predictions

The Lakers are one of eight teams entering round two, but do they have what it takes to beat Dallas?

By Matt Noonan

Round two of the NBA Playoffs are set to begin on Sunday, so without further ado, here is our Noontime Sports preview, as well as series predictions.

Eastern Conference – Second Round Predictions:

(1) Chicago Bulls vs. (5) Atlanta Hawks – Everyone and their grandmother expected the Chicago Bulls to advance past the Indiana Pacers, which indeed happened. Now they face a very competitive, talented and youthful Atlanta Hawks team that will certainly push them to the limits.

First, the Bulls need to make sure Derrick Rose is healthy and ready to lead his teammates because otherwise Atlanta will force the ball out of his hand and attempt to score off turnovers.

Joakim Noah leads the team in the playoffs with roughly 10.6 rebounds per game, as well as 13 blocks, while Rose has taken care of the points, assists and steals.

Winning against the team from Disney World, (Orlando Magic) was certainly a statement by the Hawks, but they’ll indeed need Jamal Crawford, Al Horford and Josh Smith to be at their very best if they want to beat the Bulls. Atlanta also needs to continue to shoot well inside the paint and from the free-throw line.

If the Bulls can utilize their full-court transition game and lock down their opponent on defense, they’ll easily win this series.

As for the Hawks, they need to be smart with the ball on offense, but also get the Bulls in foul trouble. Atlanta converted 15.7 percent of their free throws against Orlando, so expect that number to increase, but by how much? Chicago wins the series, 4-3.

(2) Miami Heat vs. (3) Boston Celtics – This is the matchup that every NBA fan wanted. No matter if one is a die-hard or a casual fan, everyone wanted to see Boston and Miami meet in the playoffs.

The Celtics won three of their four regular season meetings, which may or may not give them momentum heading into this particular series. Against the New York Knicks, Boston watched their starting-5 gel, but saw their bench fail miserably. Besides the play of Glen Davis in Game 4 against the Knicks, “Big Baby” was awful. He didn’t score enough points and struggled to record rebounds. So, against the Heat, the Celtics will need Davis, Jeff Green and the rest of Boston’s bench to step up at certain times.

On the other side, the Heat enter Game 1 ready to roll, especially Chris Bosh, who actually was a major factor for Miami against the Philadelphia 76ers. Who knows what got into Bosh, but besides LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the Celtics may want to focus their attention on the Heat’s star forward.

Neither team has a star center, but would you choose Jermaine O’Neal or Zydrunas Ilgauskas to be the anchor on your team?

This series will come down to defense and rebounds. The Celtics indeed showed flashes of great Doc Rivers defense against the Knickerbockers while the Heat limited the 76ers to offensive or defensive boards, but can they continue that against Boston? Boston wins the series, 4-2. 

Western Conference – Second Round Predictions:

(2) Los Angles Lakers vs. (3) Dallas Mavericks – Both teams had their moments during their opening round series, but now the two teams who fought for the second and third spot in the Western Conference standings will duke it out and decide who moves on and who heads home.

Dallas cannot win on the road; yet, they did manage to defeat the Trail Blazers in Game 6 in Portland miraculously. Dirk Nowitzki averaged 27.3 points per game against Portland in six games, so again, he will be a factor, but also a player the Los Angles Lakers will need to stop.

Against the New Orleans Hornets, especially through the first four games, Los Angles looked extremely tired. Their age is certainly a factor, but so is the health of Kobe Bryant too. Yet, Bryant averaged 22.5 points per game against the Hornets, so it’s an obvious that the Mavericks need to stop him.

My two players to watch in this series will certainly be Lamar Odom for the Lakers and Jason Kidd for the Mavericks.

Odom’s size, speed and quickness will be a factor against the Mavericks defense. Expect Odom to challenge Dallas’s defense in the paint, but also be a major part of Los Angel’s defensive pressure, while Kidd needs to act like a true floor general. He has a talented team that many NBA followers thought was championship bound earlier this season, so why not ask Kidd to lead the charge and continue to improve his assist average, which currently sits at 6.5 per game. Los Angles wins the series, 4-2.

(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (8) Memphis Grizzlies – Both squads have very little playoff experienced between them, so consider this matchup the equivalent of two March Madness teams who weren’t supposed to make the “elite eight.” Memphis indeed shocked the NBA world by beating the San Antonio Spurs and becoming the fourth team in league history to beat a number one seed.

The major factor Oklahoma City will need to shut down is the tandem of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. If the Thunder’s defense can stop those two, then expect the series to favor Oklahoma City. Although, don’t underestimate the power of Shane Battier, who has blossomed with Memphis since being traded in February.

Oklahoma City is young and talented, as well as likes to play an up tempo game. Between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Memphis will certainly have their hands full. Oklahoma City wins the series 4-2.