Noontime’s Sunday Thoughts (Jan. 10, 2021)

By Matt Noonan

Happy Sunday, everyone – I hope this post finds everyone doing well, staying safe, and enjoying a busy weekend of football.

I am back for my second-straight ‘Noontime’s Sunday Thoughts’ column – thank you to everyone that stopped by last week, and I hope you enjoyed my thoughts and opinions on a few sports items, along with some podcast suggestions, too.

As mentioned last week, I am excited to produce some new content and look forward to writing this post every week. Additionally, I hope you look forward to reading this column, too – any suggestions or ideas are welcome!

So, without further ado, here is my thoughts and ideas on sports, life, and more for Sunday, January 10 – be well, stay safe, and think positive thoughts, everyone!


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Last week, I went into a bit more depth on my thoughts, but today, I am going to dish out a few more thoughts – 10, to be exact – and get right to the point, so here we go:

  • Thought No. 1: Is it just me or is watching Tom Brady in the postseason with another team difficult to watch? To be honest, I found myself rooting for the Washington Football Team last night because of Taylor Heinicke, but deep down, I knew the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to win. And last night’s win proved that Brady can win a postseason game without Bill Belichick.
  • Thought No. 2: I give Taylor Heinicke a lot of credit – that was a crazy spot to be put in last night against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, but the former Old Dominion quarterback deserves an opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job this summer with the Washington Football Team.
  • Thought No. 3: Josh Allen is hands down the best quarterback taken in the 2018 National Football League (NFL) Draft. Yes, I know that is an opinion, but he found a way to lead his team to its first postseason win yesterday since 1995. Allen has played great this season and deserves more credit for his improvement under Brian Daboll.
  • Thought No. 4: Due to Covid-19 protocols, NBC’s Mike Tirico was forced to call last night’s Tampa Bay-Washington contest from his house. And to be honest, he sounded great – I mean, he always sounds good, right? Tirico will be heard more over the next few weeks with the National Hockey League (NHL) starting-up its season later this week, but I think what we witnessed last night is the opportunity more networks (and maybe streaming services?) to allow their broadcasters to call games remotely. Of course, there is nothing better than calling a game in an actual arena or stadium – you do miss certain things when you’re not in the building – but if there is one thing we have learned these last few months it is that broadcasts (and other work) can be done from homes and apartments, along with studios, too.
  • Thought No. 5: A few days ago, I saw a great tweet – well, more some amazing career advice from Imry Halevi, who is the assistant director of athletics, multimedia, and production at Harvard University, about finding your way in this very competitive (and yes, crowded) sports world: “There is no ‘right way’ to get that perfect job. No straight line from A to Z.” I encourage everyone to read this tweet and share some thoughts (below!). Imry is someone I admire – he is innovative, as well as a great follow with tons of tremendous advice on the field.
  • Thought No. 6: The National Basketball Association (NBA) has a Covid-19 problem. And they need to do something about it as soon as possible. I am not saying this because of the Boston Celtics injury report, which was released last night – is that game still happening later? – but because it is extremely hard to play basketball in a different city three or four nights each week. But as Austin Rivers of the New York Knicks explained, “If we do our job and remain available, it gives us a chance to win every night.”
  • Thought No. 7: Literally one week after leaving ESPN, Dan Le Batard is teaming-up with his former boss John Skipper for a new venture that will certainly be worth keeping your eyes on.
  • Thought No. 8: Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are my heroes for what they did for a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan that is “terminally ill with kidney cancer and is currently in hospice care.” I am rooting for Mayfield and the Browns this evening against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Thought No. 9: Toss a follow to Emerson Lotzia, Jr. – you will enjoy the content this guys is pumping out on a daily basis, including his thoughts on tonight’s Boston Celtics-Miami Heat contest.
  • Thought No. 10: I’ll take Alabama over Ohio State tomorrow night in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Go Tide!

Podcast Interview Suggestion: Listen to Paul Liberman, who is the co-founder of DraftKings, on The VentureFizz Podcast, which is hosted by Keith Cline. It is a great interview that tells the story of DraftKings – you also gain some tremendous insight on starting your own venture, too.

Daily Noontime (Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Thursday, everyone!

Hopefully everyone is doing well and thinking optimistically as we anxiously await the outcome of the election. Can it please end today?

Alright, let’s get to some news, beginning with the National Football League (NFL) as part two of the 2020 season begins tonight in Santa Clara, California with the San Francisco 49ers hosting the Green Bay Packers at 8:20 p.m. (eastern).

Here are some pregame reads to get you excited for tonight’s matchup:

Let’s switch gears to basketball – I prefer to call it hoops (ūüėČ)! – as we may know later today if the 2020-21 National Basketball Association (NBA) will tip-off next month or perhaps in mid-January.

As we all know, the 2019-20 season concluded last month in the Orlando, Florida, so the turnaround time would be much shorter than a typical offseason, but according to a few reports, the league is planning to play 72-game season instead of the typical 82-game season.

And finally, here are some additional news and links from the world wide web – have a great day, everyone!

  • According to Sportico‘s Anthony Crupi, ESPN is eliminating 500 jobs.
  • Apparently the first Mid-American Conference (MAC) football game of the 2020 season took place last night and featured a power outage – yikes!
  • While we anxiously await the outcome of the 2020 election, we did learn recently that three more states – Louisiana, Maryland, and Soith Dakota – will allow wagers “on sporting events,” which is good news for DraftKings and FanDuel.
  • Could Alex Cora become the next manager of the Boston Red Sox? It seems like a second stint is possible, according to multiple reports over the past few days, including MLBTradeRumors.com.

Enjoy a BRAND new Noontime Sports Podcast this morning (or afternoon) – today, we welcomed Darryl Konicki, who is the associate commissioner of the Little East Conference (LEC), to discuss the content he and his the league have produced over these past few weeks and months without games being played.

You can listen to today’s podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Anchor and wherever you get your podcasts!

Daily Noontime (Friday, October 16, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone!

We hope everyone is doing well and having a great ending to the work week.

Any fun plans for the weekend?

We know two local athletes have plans for this weekend – that would Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore, who will be on the field Sunday when the New England Patriots host the Denver Broncos.

According to the Boston Globe yesterday, Newton’s presence on the practice field seemed to excite his teammates, including Gunner Olszewski, who told Jim McBride that he’s “fun to play with.”

With Newton on the sidelines earlier this month due to testing positive for the coronavirus, the Patriots suffered their second setback of the season to the Kansas City Chiefs, who recently signed Le’Veon Bell, per multiple reports. Yet, with why exactly did the Chiefs sign a player at a position that seems to be “replaceable” this year?

Let’s switch gears to sports betting where Turner Sports has signed some deals with both DraftKings and Fanduel. However, it does seem like DraftKings was the real winner in this big announcement.

Did you watch the end of last night’s American League Championship Series (ALCS) between the Houston Astros and Tampa Bay Rays? Well, in case you did not, the Astros won and might be poised to win the next two games after falling behind, 3-0.

Let’s go back to football for our final story and headline of the day – do you know who Arch Manning is? If not, he’s the nephew of Peyton Manning and is a pretty good high school quarterback!

That’s it for now, but you know we’ll be back for another blog post (or two) later today, so stay tuned!

Daily Noontime (Monday, October 5, 2020)

 

 

 

 

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Monday, everyone! 

As usual, we hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and ready for a great week, despite the gray skies outside our window Рhey, Mr. Sun, please come out and play! 

Let’s kick off a brand new week with a … sigh of relief: the¬†New England Patriots¬†will play their fourth game of the 2020 season this evening against the¬†Kansas City Chiefs. However, the Patriots will take the field this evening without¬†Cam Newton, who tested positive this past weekend for Covid-19.¬†

Newton broke his silence yesterday on Instagram Рmany outlets blogged about his post! Рand hopefully, we will see him back on the field next weekend when the Patriots host the Denver Broncos.

Back to the Pats-Cheifs game, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe wrote a column that asked the following question: Did we learn anything from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans postponement?

As of this morning, the Patriots – well, everyone, except Cam Newton – tested negative, which means tonight’s game will happen. But if we learned anything from yesterday’s¬†Detroit Lions¬†and¬†New Orleans Saints¬†contest, things could change quickly, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that 7 p.m. can get here quickly!¬†

In other news, former Pats quarterback Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes yesterday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers, 35-31. 

Brady and the Buccaneers have won three straight and seem to be trending in the right direction. Tampa Bay will visit the Chicago Bears on Thursday, October 8 before returning home ten days later to host the Green Bay Packers. 

Other news and notes from the world wide web: 

We’ll be back later today with some new content, but as always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube – have a great day, everyone!¬†

Daily Noontime (Tuesday, September 22, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone! 

As you know, we’re back to producing a ‘Daily Noontime’ every day – well, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to be exact – and we are excited.¬†And speaking of being excited – yes, we’re smiling while writing this post! – let’s kickstart a brand new day with the Daily Noontime for Tuesday, September 22, 2020.¬†

Be well, stay safe, and keep smiling, everyone! 

Viva Las Vegas (Raiders)! 

After scoring a wild Рand yes, crazy Рopening day win against the Carolina Panthers, the Las Vegas Raiders won its first-ever contest in the state of Nevada as the Silver and Black topped the New Orleans Saints by a score of 34-24. 

Derek Carr highlighted his team’s second-straight win by completing 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns while Darren Waller led all receivers (and yes, tight ends) with 12 catches for 103 yards and one score.

Las Vegas has posted 34 points in back-to-back games and will look to continue its early-season momentum on Sunday when they visit the New England Patriots.  

DraftKings continues to expand its portfolio 

While 2020 has been a year of ups and downs, it has also been a year of positives for DraftKings, which not only when public in the spring, but has continued to expand its daily fantasy (and yes, sportsbook) empire. 

Recently, the Boston-based daily fantasy company inked a new deal with¬†Athletes Unlimited¬†to expand the league’s fan experience as they head into the final days of their initial softball season.¬†

Athletes United has been in the news lately for its professional women’s softball league, which concludes September 28, but they will also have an indoor volleyball league that will startup next February.¬†

More headlines (and yes, links!):