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Daily Noontime (Monday, September 28, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Monday, everyone! 

We hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and ready for a great week. And speaking of a new week, did you know we’re just a few days away from a brand new month? Yep, October is on the horizon – perhaps 2020 is moving a bit quicker than previous years? 

Anywho, let’s kick-start a brand new day with the ‘Daily Noontime.’ 

Sunday was a WILD day in the NFL 

Week three of the 2020 National Football League (NFL) was wild – would crazy be a better word to describe some of Sunday’s outcomes?

For starters, you had the Chicago Bears erasing a 16-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons to the Buffalo Bills halting a crazy comeback by the Los Angeles Rams with a game-winning touchdown pass from Josh Allen to Tyler Kroft.  And then there was the Detroit Lions beating the Arizona Cardinals to Russell Wilson throwing five touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys

Finally, did you watch the Cincinnati Bengals‘ game against the Philadelphia Eagles? The game concluded with a 23-23 tie (in overtime) – did anyone want to win this game? 

The Bengals and Eagles played to a 13-13 tie in 2008, which was something former Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb did not know could happen in the NFL. 

The third week of the season concludes this evening with a tremendous Monday Night Football (MNF) clash between the Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs

Are you ready for some postseason baseball? 

The 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) season is over, which means it is time to move onto a 16-team tournament – yay! 

Unlike past seasons, MLB will have 16 teams compete for the ultimate prize – eight teams on each side – beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29 with Wild Card matchups, which will be followed by the Divisional and Championship rounds. 

The Tampa Bay Rays are the top team in the American League while the Los Angeles Dodgers secured the number one position in the National League. 

Who do we think will win the fall classic? That is a good question, but our gut instinct is either the Rays or Dodgers, but definitely not the New York Yankees

Miami tops Boston in Game 6, Advances to NBA Finals on Wednesday

The Miami Heat secured a date with the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) 2020 Finals last night by defeating the Boston Celtics in the sixth game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami outlasted Boston, 125-113, to clinch the Eastern Conference championship despite some NBA folks thinking the Green and White would come back and beat the Heat after winning the fifth game of the series last Friday. 

Highlights from the sixth game of the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals is below courtesy of the NBA’s YouTube channel


Other news and links from the world wide web: 
  • After leading the New England Patriots to its second win of the 2020 season yesterday against the Las Vegas Raiders, quarterback Cam Newton told the media that he wants opposing defenses to be worried about his team’s offense. 
  • Keep your eyes on the college of William & Mary this week, which made headlines over the weekend for its announcement regarding cuts to its athletic department, specifically “seven varsity athletic teams,” which would violate “Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.” 
  • Finally, the 28th season of South Park is set to hit the airwaves this Wednesday, September 30 with a one hour special about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This should be interesting, right? 
 

On This Date In History: Friday, April 17th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Friday – we made it!

Hopefully, everyone is having a wonderful start to their morning (or afternoon or whenever you will be reading this) and looking forward to some snow in the forecast. Yes, snow will be arriving overnight here in Massachusetts, but luckily warmer weather will follow, which means better days are ahead, right?

In the meantime, take a work break or a reading break to enjoy a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ from your friends at NoontimeSports.com.


On This Date in History: April 17th, 2020 

1947: Jackie Robinson recorded his first major league hit with a bunt going toward third base. Robinson started the game at first base and batted second in the lineup for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Brooklyn won the game by defeating the Boston Braves, 12-6.

1951: Mickey Mantle made his major league debut with the New York Yankees and finished his team’s initial contest of the 1951 season with one RBI, one hit, and one run. New York won its opening day clash against the Boston Red Sox by a score of 5-0 and would go onto win the World Series months later against the New York Giants.

1972: Olavi Suomalainen won the 76th running of the Boston Marathon by finishing the 26.2-mile course in 2:15:39. Victor Manuel Mora finished second with a time of 2:15:57 while Jacinto Sabinal placed third with a time of 2:16:10.

Nina Kuscsik won the women’s race with a time of 3:10:26 while Elaine Pedersen finished second (3:20:25) and Kathrine Switzer placed third (3:29:51).

1987: Julius Erving, who was commonly known as Dr. J to many basketball fans, joined a pair of NBA greats (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419)) by reaching 30,000 points in a 115-111 setback to the Indiana Pacers. Erving, who netted 38 points in the setback to the Pacers on 17 of 31 shooting, would conclude his career with 30,026 points.

Erving spent his entire NBA career competing for the Philadelphia 76ers but did begin competing professionally in the ABA with the Virginia Squires and New York Nets.

1999: With the first pick in the NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Tim Couch, a quarterback that competed for Kentucky.

The Philadelphia Eagles, which had the second pick, selected Donovan McNabb from Syracuse while the Cincinnati Bengals selected Akili Smith, who played quarterback for Oregon. 

The New England Patriots selected center Damien Woody, who played locally at Boston College with the 17th pick.

Analyzing Three NFL QB Controversies

Can Tim Tebow save Denver's season? We'll find out on Sunday against Miami!

By Brian Willwerth 

We’re just past the one-month mark of the NFL season, and several teams are either changing their starting quarterbacks, or thinking about it.

Here’s a look at three such cases.

DENVER BRONCOS – It’s Tebow time, as the much-hyped QB will start for the Broncos on Sunday against the winless Dolphins in Miami. The fans have been screaming for Tim Tebow since day one. Kyle Orton was doomed from the start, and his performance against the Chargers, (6-of 13 for 34 yards) was the icing on the cake. Head coach John Fox had to do something to spark his team. Denver is ranked 27th in passing offense and 22nd in rushing. Tebow has the ability to improve both of those numbers. He’ll be returning to the state where he had so much success in college.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS – The Vikes are 1-4, and Donovan McNabb may have seen his last action for quite some time. He was benched in the second half of Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Bears in favor of rookie Christian Ponder. Of course, you can’t blame McNabb for letting Devin Hester do what he does best, and you can’t blame him for letting Jay Cutler light up the secondary. That said, Minnesota has already blown two big leads already this season vs. Tampa Bay and Detroit. Head coach Leslie Frazier is expected to decide Wednesday whether Ponder will make his first career start against the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS – Washington is over .500 [3-2] but when you have Rex Grossman on your team, well I think you know where I’m heading with this. After playing decent football through the first four weeks of the season, Grossman threw four interceptions in the loss to the Eagles – three of them to Philadelphia safety Kurt Coleman. Mike Shanahan benched Grossman in the second half in favor of John Beck. Will this be a permanent change? We’ll see who lines up under center on Sunday in Carolina.

NFL 2011: NFC North Predictions

Can Aaron Rodgers and his Green Bay Packers win another Super Bowl?

By Matt Noonan 

One of the toughest divisions in the NFL just got a tad bit better. In fact, all four teams will compete against one another, but when it’s all said and done, Chicago and Minnesota should rue the day, while Detroit leaps past them in the standings. Green Bay is most likely the favorite, however, any injuries or Super Bowl hangover could allow the Lions a chance to sneak into the top spot.

1.) Green Bay Packers [11-5] – It’s hard to think that the Packers won’t experience a “Super Bowl” hiccup, but then again, anything’s possible. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is primed to improve this year, as well as build off the success he experienced last year. The Packers also get a few key components back to their offense, tight end Jermichael Finley and running back Ryan Grant, who sustained serious season ending injuries last season. Expect the defense to ramp up their intensity, as well as support their offense too, especially if they’re in trouble, but all in all, the Packers are certainly a lock to make a run toward Super Bowl XLVI.

2.) Detroit Lions [9-7] – The key for the Lions is to remain healthy. Quarterback Matthew Stafford hasn’t finished an entire season, so here’s hope that he, as well as running back Jahvid Best can overcome any bumps and bruises this year. Also, expect their defense to provide loads of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, especially defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

3.) Chicago Bears [8-8] – Does anyone truly believe that Jay Cutler is a legit quarterback in this league? Seriously, who thinks he’s amazing? Cutler isn’t exactly a leader or Mr. Clutch, but this season, expect him, as well as his Bears teammates to take a step backward. There are injuries and other issues, as well as linebacker Lance Briggs’s “trade drama.” Also, does anyone expect Roy Williams to make a major impact on offense? Overall, it should be another typical year in the “Windy City” for the Bears and their fans.

4.) Minnesota Vikings [6-10] – Who truly believes that Donovan McNabb is the answer for this team? Anyone else believe that Christian Ponder will earn the starting job mid-way through the season? The Vikings have a lot of questions marks on offense and defense, but hopefully first year head coach Leslie Frazier can salvage six or seven wins.

NFL Preseason Week 4 – News and Notes

Troy Aikman and Skip Bayless apparently aren't seeing eye-to-eye these days!

By Matt Noonan 

Week four of the NFL preseason concludes on Thursday, which means the regular season is right around the corner

Here’s a couple of headlines and news from Wednesday afternoon and evening, which you’ll certainly enjoy.

* According to a recent report, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman admitted on the radio that the next time he sees ESPN’s Skip Bayless, he might take a swing at him. Yet, what exactly prompted Aikman to say these fine words? Well, because Bayless stated in his book, Hell Bent that Aikman was gay. Of course, this statement is incredibly false, so obviously, Aikman does have the right to be angry, however, shouldn’t Bayless apologize for his error? Who knows, but seriously, this isn’t exactly football news, but instead, juicy commentary and gossip.

* The Washington Post published an interesting piece on the Redskins head coach Mike Shannahan, who apparently isn’t “Mr. Nice Guy.” Although, what exactly does that mean? Shannahan didn’t experience the greatest amount of success last season, especially since defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth stole a majority of the headlines before quarterback Donovan McNabb threw a tantrum in October and November. Shannahan knows how to win, so hopefully, this is a sign that things are turning around because otherwise, he, as well as his team will falter, again.

* New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker won’t play on Thursday against the New York “Football” Giants due to a recent head injury, which he sustained after a tackle in Detroit last weekend. Although, Welker admitted that the decision to play falls on the shoulders of head coach Bill Belichick and the training staff. Keeping Welker out of Thursday’s game is probably a good decision, especially since it’s the least important preseason game.

* Last Wednesday, I mentioned an interesting story about Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his starting job. Well, once again, he’s another important figure this week, especially since Thursday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers will decide his role with the team. Yet, no matter the outcome, expect Newton to play a majority of the second half of the upcoming regular season, especially since they’ll have to play him at some point this year, right?