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Noonan: Thoughts on the NBA All-Star Game

I’d say the best way to begin this particular article is to ask a simple question; what exactly is so appealing about All-Star games?

Perhaps, it has something to do with celebrities, bizarre contests and of course, a game that absolutely means nothing, but instead, just showcases extremely out of control plays that would never occur during an actual regular season matchup.

In the case of the NBA All-Star game, this particular event is more of an attraction and showcase, rather than an actual contest itself. Don’t watch this game and think, “Gee, this is what the NBA must be like every night,” because clearly, it is the absolute opposite of what basketball represents. The various men who not only suit up to represent their teams and conferences are not interested in sustaining an injury or playing fundamental defense, but instead, they just want to score as many points as possible.

Does anyone remember when Tracy McGrady tossed the ball off the backboard from the free-throw line and then dunked it a second later? There is an example of what the NBA All-Star game represents, “playground basketball.”

Again, why do Americans choose to turn their attention to a game that means absolutely nothing? Is it fair to take a few hours out of your evening to watch Kobe Bryant drive the baseline against five perennial all-stars? What does watching LeBron James outrun his opponents tell fans and is it really enjoyable to watch both squads not play defense, but instead, wait for multiple “alley-oops” or ridiculous three-point shots?

From my vantage point, I feel that the NBA All-Star game is useless and not necessary, so maybe, David Stern should just reward his players and coaches with a few extra day of rest instead of a circus or fiasco. In fact, it just seems that this entire event has turned into a weekend of partying, chaos and out of control activities. The game itself has no meaning, but so do the various activities that occur throughout the entire three-day period.

Sure, it may seem fun to kick back, relax and watch your favorite celebrities, television stars and rap artists face-off against one another in a game of hoops, but is it really enjoyable? Besides, did we all choose to watch this particular event last Friday due to Justin Bieber’s involvement? It may have been fun to see the 16-year old star blocked by Scottie Pippen, but again, why are we choosing to watch this game? Come on fans, I know not everyone wants to see Jason Alexander cheer from the sidelines or Magic Johnson’s coaching skills.

Then there’s Saturday’s showcase of talented exercises and obstacle courses that can  clearly put one to sleep. How is it so enticing to watch players like Steve  Nash or Chris Paul run up and down the court, weaving in and out of cones, as    well as bouncing the ball into a device that resembles a megaphone? Does anyone  really want to watch their favorite players show off various dunks or the ability to  shoot the long ball 20-times in a row? Come on, who really enjoys the “three-point  challenge?”

As for the game itself, it’s just all around awful basketball. Don’t expect any defense,  plays, sets or formation, but instead, the various athletes showing off their power,  strength and ability to be classified as, “not-human,” but instead, someone with  superb powers. So, how would one describe this game, simply a contest that features  no fundamental basketball, but instead, just a bunch of guys having way too much  fun?

All in all, why is this entire weekend so exciting? What exactly creates the desire to  watch or listen? Is it just because everyone’s favorite players are competing on the same court or could it be just because everyone needs a little more fun added to their lives? Either way, I leave you with the fine understanding that I am not a fan of the NBA All-Star game and would much rather choose to spend my time elsewhere, instead of spending countless hours watching skills competitions and the next “And-1 mixtape” YouTube video.

Happy Holidays Boston Sports 2010!

In 2009, Noontime Sports assisted Santa Claus with his naughty or nice list in regards to the various Boston athletes, coaches and owners, so why not do that once again, especially on Christmas Day. So, while you are in the midst of drinking eggnog, unwrapping presents and singing “Jingle Bells,” here is our updated 2010 holiday list, enjoy!

Theo Epstein: Maybe we shouldn’t call this guy, especially since he just dished out a couple million dollars to sign both Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, but are the Red Sox World Series bound in 2011? Quite possibly, but overall, we would consider Theo somewhat… NICE!

Tom Brady: Despite his Justin Bieber haircut, Brady has been a machine this entire season and has led the Patriots to a current record of [12-2]. The Patriots are back on top of the NFL as the best team in the league, but while Brady may not take all the credit, he certainly deserves it. So, how would we classify this man on a holiday … definitely NICE!

Randy Moss: A former Patriots receiver, then a Minnesota Viking for four games and now a member of Jeff Fisher’s Tennessee Titans … gives him a NAUGHTY award!

The Big Three (Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett): The Boston Celtics have won 14 in a row and will look to make it 15 on Saturday, as they take on the reconstructed Orlando Magic, but overall, these three players or should I say, the real “Big Three,” have helped the green and white dominate their opponents. So, overall, we believe that these guys are…NICE!

Los Angles Lakers: After writing about the 2010-2011 Boston Celtics, primarily their “Big Three,” you knew that the Lakers were next on our NAUGHTY or NICE list, so what is our answer…NAUGHTY! After sending the Green and White home in June from California without a trophy certainly left the impression that Los Angles is all about causing trouble and havoc for Boston, which makes them not nice at all, but instead, VERY NAUGHTY!

Philadelphia Flyers: If we listed one team, why not list another, the Philadelphia “Knock-em-out” Flyers. After trailing the Boston Bruins 3-0 in the second round the 2010 NHL playoffs, the Flyers fought back to beat the black and gold, as well as eventually earn a trip to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL Stanley Cup. So, without further ado it is rather easy to sat that this team is serious and definitely… NAUGHTY!

Other NAUGHTY notables include: Jonathan Papelbon (Boston Red Sox), John Lackey (Boston Red Sox), Jermaine O’Neal (Boston Celtics), Colin Campbell (NHL Vice President & Director of Operations) and Laurence Maroney (Former New England Patriot/Current Denver Bronco).

Other NICE notables include: Shaquille O’Neal (Boston Celtics), Deion Branch (New England Patriots), Danny Woodhead (New England Patriots) and Tyler Seguin (Boston Bruins).

Stop Complaining Tom Brady!

Was Tom Brady wrong to call out the fans?

I presume we all read the newspaper(s), listened to the call in radio shows, as well as considered exactly what Tom Brady meant when he criticized the Patriots fan base on Thursday.

Being at Sunday’s game, every fan’s realized the Cincinnati Bengals had no chance to win their first ballgame of the 2010 season. They weren’t going to win after an early halftime exit from “Batman and Robin,” (a.k.a. Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco) or after Brandon Tate’s 97-yard touchdown return in the second half.

Quarterback Carson Palmer seemed confused at times, as well as was not in sync with his receivers. I am pretty sure that all the Bengals fans realized that this was not their week.

With all of this in mind, then why must Brady call out the hometown faithful? Can’t every person remain seated in his or her seats or do they all need to be standing constantly for 60 minutes? Come on Tom, what did you expect?

Chastising Patriots fans, especially those who have been apart of the team through their “dark years” and rebuilding seasons is unnecessary.

Tom, how long have you lived in Massachusetts? Do you feel it is right to call out ticket holder’s who want to just watch football? Can’t you give them a break?

As a season ticket holder, I find it completely unnecessary for an athlete to challenge the way I want watch a game. I don’t intend to show up and stand around screaming throughout the course of every game because I need to save my vocal chords.

I show up to the game because I am (A.) a fan and (B.) in the stands to cheer you, as well as the rest of your teammates onto victory.

Don’t challenge the fans in Boston. Just because some decided to leave early on Sunday, especially when the Patriots were up by a gigantic margin, doesn’t mean it is necessary to challenge their decisions.

Tom, stop complaining about the fans and concentrate on football. As the season progresses, I can promise you, myself and all the fans will be cheering for your team to keep on marching toward the Super Bowl, but this was completely uncalled for.

Also, is there any chance you could give Justin Bieber his hair back?

Daily Noontime – September 2, 2010

Another Good Day from Noontime Sports! Have a great day and here is your Daily Noontime!

Headlines:

* The Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins decided to do more than just baseball, as Nyjer Morgan caused some controversy.

* Nike has decided to step up their game with brand new, battle field jersey’s for college football.

* The BIG TEN has decided to split up Michigan and Ohio State in new six team divisions in 2011. Yet, the rivalry between the two schools will remain.

* Andy Roddick is upset over a foot-fault yesterday at the U.S. Open. Roddick lost in the second round and has packed his bags to go home.

* Will New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter want to increase his contract and earn A-Rod money?

* Now that Delonte West is back in Boston, will he cause chaos or help the Celtics be Finals bound?

* New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has Justin Bieber fever!

Games to Watch:

*New England Patriots at New York Giants (NFL) (7:00pm eastern)

*Rhode Island at Buffalo (NCAA FB) (7:00pm eastern)

*Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles (MLB) (7:05pm eastern)

*Philadelphia Phillies at Colorado Rockies (MLB) (7:10pm eastern)

*Marshall University at Ohio State University (NCAA FB) (7:30pm eastern)

Video of the Day:

Enjoy Nyjer Morgan‘s fight from Wednesday evening in Florida!