And welcome to the first Friday of February – let’s celebrate.
It’s a BIG weekend for so many of us as the final game of the 2020 National Football League (NFL) is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Can you believe it?
Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will compete in Super Bowl on Sunday, which is one of many subjects – and yes, topics, too – discussed on today’s Football Friday Podcast (listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor).
Alright, let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, be well, stay safe, and hold the line, everyone!
We missed this story earlier this week, but according to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports (FOS), ESPN is apparently interested in luring Jim Nantz away from CBS to become the network’s face of “its NFL and Masters golf coverage.”
Nantz’s could become a free agent broadcaster this summer, pending current contract negations, but this would be a BIG hire for the world-wide-leader.
Holy Cross will play its first game of the spring season on Saturday, March 13, but the initial FCS spring contest will occur next weekend when McNeese State visits Tarleton State University.
Finally, our Black History Month celebration on the men and women that have and continue to make an impact on the sports world continued yesterday with getting to know Paul Robeson, who starred as a defensive end with the Rutgers University football team.
Maine and New Hampshire will also compete this spring – the two teams will compete against members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) North Division. The CAA’s spring season is slated to begin on Saturday, February 20 with Davidson visiting Elon and James Madison hosting Morehead State.
Rhode Island, which is one of seven teams that makes-up the CAA’s North Division, will also be in action this spring – the Rams are currently scheduled to compete against Bryant on Saturday, February 27.
The CAA will not have a championship game like the Patriot League. Instead, the team with “the best overcall conference record” will secure the league’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Football Championship, which will begin Saturday, April 24.
The Northeastern Conference (NEC) plans to play a four-game conference schedule, which is good news for fans of Bryant, Central Connecticut, Merrimack, and Sacred Heart. Games will be played on Sundays or midweek with a conference championship expected to take place on either Friday, April 16 or Saturday, April 17.
As noted on Twitter, by Brett McMurphy of Stadium, the FCS national title game will be played Sunday, May 16 in Frisco, Texas.
There will be a Patriot League football season taking place this school year.
As announced earlier today, the Patriot League plans to play a shortened season this spring, beginning Saturday, March 13 and concluding Saturday, April 14 with a championship game between the winner of the North and South Divisions. Colgate, Fordham, and Holy Cross will compete in the North Division while Bucknell, Lafayette, and Lehigh will makeup the South Division.
All six teams will play four contests, including two non-divisional games.
The Patriot League scheduled a make-up date for Saturday, April 17.
Football is just one of many sports that is currently slated to occur this spring, pending it is safe to compete due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Other fall sports are expected to take place this spring, including field hockey, soccer, and volleyball.
Make it two-straight for the Boston University women’s basketball team, which secured its first home-and-home sweep of the 2020-21 season this afternoon with a 72-56 victory over Holy Cross in Worcester.
Katie Nelson netted double-figures for the second-straight day, finishing with a game-high 20 points on 7 of 10 shooting to go with six assists, two steals, and one block. Maggie Pina chipped in 11 points while Kelsi Mingo added eight points, two assists, and one steal off the bench.
Cara McCormack led the Crusaders with 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting while Oluchi Ezemma led all players with 10 rebounds.
The Terriers led by five points after one quarter before securing a 35-17 lead at the break, but the Crusaders would reduce the deficit during the final two sessions, as well as outscore the visitors, 24-17, during the final frame. Boston University limited Holy Cross to just seven points in the second quarter, which was the lowest amount of points the Purple and White have produced in eight quarters this winter.
As of this evening, Boston University is one of three teams in the Patriot League without a setback – the Terriers will look to continue their early season momentum on Saturday, January 9 when they visit Colgate for a 1 p.m. tip-off.
Holy Cross is scheduled to compete in a home-and-home series with Army this weekend – the two teams will begin the series in New York on Saturday, January 9 with tip-off scheduled for 3 p.m.
Austin Butler‘s final basket – a free throw with four seconds remaining in the second half – helped the Holy Cross men’s basketball team secure its first win of the 2020-21 season with a 68-66 victory over Boston University.
Butler finished his team’s second contest of the season with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting to go with seven rebounds, two steals, and one block, while Gerrale Gates netted a game-high 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.
As a team, the Crusaders converted 27 of 59 shots while the Terriers netted 24 of 65 buckets. BU held an advantage in field goals beyond the arc, sinking 7 of 26 attempts. Holy Cross converted just 6 of 18 trifectas as a team. The Terriers did win the battle of the boards, however, by finishing with 44 caroms, including 16 offensive rebounds.
Jack Hemphill led Boston University with 16 points off. the bench while Javante McCoy finished with 15 points.
The two teams will meet later this month for their second home-and-home series.
Both teams will return to the hardwood this Saturday, January with Holy Cross hosting Army for a 2 p.m. tip-off while Colgate will visit Boston University for a 6 p.m. start. All four teams make-up the Patriot League‘s North Division.