With great excitement, I am happy to share (and introduce) our Noontime Sportshigh school football coverage plan, which will begin this month with some features (and previews) on a slew of Eastern Massachusetts football teams.
These previews will provide some early insight on each team heading into the upcoming season, as well as what they must do to reach Gillette Stadium in early December to compete in a Super Bowl.
Our previews will be posted here, but also promoted through our social media channels, too, including Twitter – make sure to follow @NoontimeSports (our site’s main handle) and @Noontime_FB for in-game coverage, scores, and future football posts.
Once the 2019 season begins, my goal is to cover one game per week – possibly two. We will let you (the fans and friends of our site) pick our ‘Game of the Week’ through a Twitter poll, which will feature four different contests. The poll will be posted every Tuesday morning on our site’s main Twiter handle, so again, make sure to follow @NoontimeSports so you can cast your vote for upcoming coverage.
We will announce our ‘Game of the Week’ every Thursday – I can’t wait for our first game!
In addition to game-day coverage, my plan is also to produce some weekly (or bi-weekly features) on teams, players and coaches. All ideas are welcome – please send pitches or story ideas to MattNoonan@noontimesports.com.
With another high school football season fast approaching, I am super excited to get started with coverage – additionally, I am eager to meet with coaches and student-athletes to learn more about their upcoming campaigns, which begin in just a few weeks.
The Greater Boston League (GBL) is back in business.
As confirmed through a press release this morning, the league is ready to begin a new era with five schools beginning next school year.
The five schools that will make-up the GBL are Everett, Malden, Medford, Somerville, and Revere.
All five schools currently compete in the Northeastern Conference (NEC) but elected to reform the GBL following a two-year trial merger, which began in the spring of 2017.
Prior to merging with the NEC, the GBL was considered one of the state’s top leagues, which featured some impressive competition at all levels that would be represented in both the college and professional sports worlds.
The league’s reformation certainly has excited many, including the coaches, student-athletes, and administrators, who are ready to restart the competition between the five communities this fall.
Stay connected with our Noontime Sports high school coverage on Twitter by following @Noontime_HS.
10 years ago I started a blog in my college dorm room.
It wasn’t the site you see today that offers a variety of content from podcasts to videos to polls on New England Division III basketball, football, and lacrosse teams, and much more, but instead just one person’s opinion on sports, both locally and nationally.
My goal was to ditch my little site after I graduated college in May 2010, but unfortunately, that plan never happened.
Instead, I continued blogging on local and national sports. I started a podcast and interviewed anyone that was willing to give me 15, 20 or 30 minutes to discuss a few hot stove topics over the phone – I am still amazed at the people that responded to a no-name blogger that was eager to interview them, but I am extremely thankful to folks like Bill Hancock (Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series), Damon Amendolara (CBS Sports) and various SB Nation bloggers that made the beginning of this journey so much fun.
As time went on, I decided to expand my content coverage map to hyper-local sports in New England, including stories on Massachusetts high school football games at Gillette Stadium to the Hockey East championships at the TD Garden. Additionally, I got to cover other events at Gillette and the Garden over the past few years, as well, while also finagling my way into Fenway Park to blog about ‘Frozen Fenway’ and the Harvard-Yale Football introduction for their 135th playing of ‘The Game’ last November.
Starting Noontime Sports was truly the best thing for my career – I mean it. The sports journalism and media worlds are not the easiest to crack so having my own site with the freedom (and flexibility) to produce content on daily, weekly or monthly on whatever I want is certainly a luxury, but something I don’t take advantage of. This site has allowed me to experiment and try new things, which has helped me pitch ideas that worked here to editors or colleagues for other outlets.
Additionally, Noontime Sports has allowed me to pursue my love of producing content for social media to building a brand and identifying an audience – that is essential for any blogger, podcaster and producer. Once you know what your fans and friends crave, then produce it so they will keep coming back eager for more content.
I can promise you, the fans and readers of Noontime Sports, that I will continue to do my absolute best to provide you with content going forward on small colleges and high schools to the occasional Boston sports piece to interesting conversations on my podcast.
I can’t believe it has been 10 years, but today, I am thanking my 20-year-old self for starting this site and paving this journey, which has allowed me to pursue my love of sports media.
Here is to another 10 years – maybe more – of fun and engaging content on hyperlocal sports to anything else that makes this job so much fun!
Hope you are all ready for some snow, sleet, rain and ice later – don’t you love this weather? Warmer weather is on the horizon, but before our evening commute gets messy, let’s dish out a brand new Daily Noontime – have a great day and be safe in the snow!
In The News
As noted in the Boston Globe, we – that would be the City of Boston – have the worst gridlock in the United States of America.
Happy Tuesday (and almost Fourth of July)! Hope everyone has some great plans in-store to celebrate America’s Birthday with family and friends tomorrow.
It has been a while since I did a quick check-in, so I thought, why not today?
The sports world is somewhat in a holding pattern as we anxiously await the start of another football season, but there is some news from the NBA about two well-known players changing teams: LeBron James is now a member of the Los Angeles Lakers while DeMarcus Cousins inked his name to a contract with the Golden State Warriors.
Sure, more news will come from the NBA world over the next few days and weeks, and hopefully my Boston Celtics can lock-up Marcus Smart for another year or two, so he can help the Green and White take down the Philadelphia 76ers in next year’s Eastern Conference Finals.
But enough about the NBA, let me switch gears to an update on where Noontime Sports is headed over the next few months and what you can expect from both our blog and social media channels going forward.
More Feature Stories: We will be producing long-form stories from the New England (and northeast) baseball, basketball, football, hockey, lacrosse and soccer worlds, which will be similar to what I produced over the past three years on the Amherst College football and Babson College field hockey teams.
New England Top 10 Polls: The New England Top 10s on basketball, football and lacrosse will return once again this school year, so make sure to stay tuned for our initial poll of the 2018-19 school year next month.
Stay Social: In case you missed it (or did not know), we recently launched a few new Twitter handles that focus on baseball, hockey and soccer. You should definitely click follow because these channels will be producing content all about their sports. Additionally, these channels will be our go-to for game coverage, stories, links and videos. We will make sure to give you a heads-up on our main Twitter handle (@NoontimeSports) which handle you should follow for in-game updates, scores and news.
Pro, Prep School and High Schools will be included in our 2018-19 content coverage plan: When I first launched Noontime Sports in May 2009, my friends and I initially wrote blogs about pro sports. And while we used to include pro coverage before switching to just college sports, my thought is to welcome it back, but more in short or long-form pieces. Consider them more columns or opinion pieces. We also used to cover some high school sports when we launched, too, so one should expect some features on prep and high school teams this coming school year, as well. Our focus will remain on the college sports world, but expect to see some additional content on professional, prep and high school world.
We welcome story ideas or pitches for podcasts: Have a story idea or an idea for a podcast? Then let me know! Feel free to send me an email to MattNoonan@noontimesports.com. I would love to hear from you – any input is always welcome!
Well, that concludes my ‘editor’s note’ about some exciting content changes for Noontime Sports. I am really excited to branch out and tell some different stories, beginning later this summer. And as always, thank you for being amazing fans, friends and readers – I never would have imagined my tiny blog becoming what it is today, but that is due to the amazing support from all of you!
Have a great Fourth of July, as well as a wonderful summer, and I look forward to keeping you updated on the New England sports world later this week and beyond!