Daily Noontime – November 1, 2011

Julian Edelman is in trouble with the law, and most likely the New England Patriots too!

Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime! Oh – it’s also November – Rabbit, Rabbit! 

Headlines: 

* According to reports on Tuesday morning, New England Patriots wide receiver and punt returner Julian Edelman was arrested for assault and battery.

* The Kansas City Chiefs rallied late Monday evening to defeat the San Diego Chargers, and forced a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West.

* Apparently the Oakland Raiders are interested in signing former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

* Good news for Atlanta Falcons fans, rookie wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice, and could be in the line-up on Sunday.

* More news is being leaked about Shaquille O’Neal‘s new book, which is due out in November, and one of the biggest topics was his relationship with Kobe Bryant.

* The NBA Lockout continues, but according to a recent Yahoo! Sports report, Players Association president Derek Fisher denied trying to cut a side deal with the league.

Games to Watch: 

* Ottawa at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Tampa Bay at Carolina (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Anaheim at Washington (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

It’s the day after Halloween, and yes, we have a leftover treat – a video about Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – July 22, 2011

The NFL owners are ready for some football!

It’s hot today… WICKED hot! In fact, it’s almost too hot for a Daily Noontime, right? NO… NEVER! Well, anyways, here’s the day’s headlines and news, enjoy!

Headlines:

* On Thursday the NFL owners ratified a new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), yet, what exactly did they approve?

* Sadly, the NFL lockout has yet to be lifted because of the players, yet, once they officially vote, football will return to normal… hopefully.

* Good news for Boston Red Sox fans, they want to keep Jacoby Ellsbury in centerfield for a while.

* As of now, Kobe Bryant and Deron Williams are just a few of the big NBA names that are either planning or considering going abroad, but why is that a bad thing?

* According to sources, two new suspects who were involved with beating a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodgers stadium were arrested.

* This sounds interesting, Chad Ochocinco explaining why he’s “allergic” to the sun. Again, fascinating stuff, right?

Games to Watch: 

* St. Louis at Pittsburgh (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

Milwaukee at San Francisco (MLB) – 10:15pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Get excited because “Sunday Night Football” looks like it’s on the way! 

Yet Again, LeBron James Comes Up Short

Yet again, LeBron James suffered another sour ending to the NBA Playoffs!

By Matt Noonan 

Remember when the “Broad Street Bullies” saved the National Hockey League from the Soviet Union in 1976? Well, doesn’t that particular game have some parallels to Sunday’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks?

I’d say, yes!

In case you don’t know, LeBron James and his Heat teammates came up short in this year’s NBA Finals. Yep, despite promising, “not one, not two, not three…” championships, the Heat found themselves in a position they weren’t used to, which is second place.

They didn’t win a championship and now, every NBA fan has more reasons to insult the leagues most hated squad. Although, this is what the basketball die-hard’s wanted, right? They wanted Miami to lose and Dallas to win, correct?

I know this is true because everyone jumped aboard the Mavericks bandwagon and cheered for Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler. In fact, some fans admitted that their blood was not red, but instead, blue and white. They also felt connected to the Mavericks because they wanted this group of “over the top” stars to beat Miami and well, that mission was accomplished.

Beating Miami was what everyone wanted. Seriously, did you want to watch James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh dance around the American Airlines Arena chanting, “We’re number one, we’re number one?” I doubt it.

Miami was labeled the “bad-boys” from day one of the ‘10-‘11 season, but now, they probably should receive a new name, “fakers.” They’re fake, non-believable and certainly, not that good. They may think that having a variety of talent on their side will result in championships galore, but really, it won’t. Instead, they need to improve mentally, physically and emotionally.

For starters, they may want to discover why James was star-struck in the Finals. Against the Mavericks, he averaged 17.8 points, 4.0 turnovers, 1.7 steals and 7.0 rebounds, as well as imploded in various fourth quarters. Yet, are those numbers that good? Seriously, besides 17-points, he failed offensively and defensively. So, if they do return to the Finals, James needs to stay focused.

Second, Miami needs more experience. Between James, Wade and Bosh, they need other experienced veterans who know how to win. Also, they need someone who can take the pressure off Wade, especially in the closing minutes. Players like Mike Bibby, Erik Dampier, Eddie House, Juwan Howard and Jamaal Magloire aren’t exactly true “studs.” Yes, all five of them have a boatload of NBA experience, but certainly, not enough. Had they been more vocal or stressed the importance of “team basketball,” they might have won this series, but again, that’s a thought.

Overall, these are just a few quick ideas on the Heat, but allow me to return to my original point, beating Miami and what exactly does that mean?

It’s a sweet feeling, especially as a basketball lover. I couldn’t be happier, but this also proves that James should never be in the same sentence with Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. Those guys all won championships, as well a persevered over the years.

Also, Dallas’s win helped the city of Cleveland, as well as the people of Ohio rejoice in song and dance. Hey, I doubt everyone held hands and sang, “kumbaya,” but I am sure the Cavaliers are elated.

All in all, this win is special because it proved the point, you can’t buy championships. It’s going to be a long off-season for the men dressed in black and red, but in the end, I think it’s fair to say that everyone across the country and world will sleep much better knowing that once again, James choked.

Alex Burrows Helps Vancouver Secure 2-0 Series Lead Against Boston

Alex Burrows scored two goals, as well as assisted one of his teammates in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals!

By Matt Noonan 

After Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, Vancouver’s Alex Burrows officially joined the likes of Alex Rodriguez, Peyton Manning and Kobe Bryant, yet, why was he chosen to be on the “Boston sports-fan hate list?” Well that’s because he chomped on Patrice Bergeron’s hand this past Wednesday and yep, he wasn’t fined or suspended by the league.

The NHL reviewed the play and felt that Burrow’s actions were incredibly normal, but I bet league commissioner Gary Bettman is saying to himself, “I’m glad I didn’t have Colin Campbell’s replacement suspend him” because Burrows is the reason why the Canucks are headed back to Boston with a 2-0 series lead.

Vancouver kicked-off Game 2 with a first period goal at 12:12, as Christopher Higgins and Sami Salo set up Burrows for his eighth playoff goal, which sparked the Canucks offense and extreme die-hards, (yep, go ahead blue and green fans, start cheering).

After his quick strike, the Rogers Arena watched the Bruins score their first Stanley Cup points since their 1990 series against the Edmonton Oilers, as Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi chipped in goals two minutes apart during the second period to give Boston their first lead of the series.

In the third period, Tim Thomas continued to his playoff excellence, but his magic wore off once Burrows and Alexander Edler set up Daniel Sedin for Vancouver’s second goal of the contest, which propelled the game into overtime.

After a third intermission, Vancouver rushed onto the ice determined to win and yep, they did and it only took 11-seconds. Burrows raced down the left wing and forced Thomas out of his crease. The Bruins goaltender went flying to his right while Burrows wrapped himself around Boston’s net and forced a backhander past Zdeno Chara to secure the Canucks 14th win of the 2011 postseason.

With the win, Vancouver is now two games away from winning their first ever Stanley Cup trophy and yes, it would be exciting to see a Canadian team win the award, especially since it hasn’t happened for 18-years, but for Boston, this is just another chapter in their miserable history. The Bruins have come so far and now, they’re starring at a 0-2 hole. They need to rally or do something because otherwise, they’ll have to make history and win four games in a row, which won’t be enjoyable, right?

Game 3 is slated for Monday evening at the TD Garden and I’m sure the Black and Gold supporters will be ready to cheer on their local hero’s.

Daily Noontime – May 11, 2011

Good day to everyone and welcome to the Daily Noontime for Wednesday May 11, 2011. How’s everyone doing? Well, while you answer that question, enjoy today’s headlines, news and much more! 

Headlines: 

* The Carolina Panthers selected Cam Newton as their first overall draft pick, but now an Auburn coach has some things to say about the gunslinger.

* Game 5 between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks was played on Tuesday. The series was tied, 2-2, but once the buzzer sounded, the Bulls escaped with an important 95-83 victory.

* According to sources, NBA commissioner David Stern and league executive director Billy Hunter have met face-to-face in regards to negotiating a new CBA-contract.

* It’s been a few days since the Los Angles Lakers were eliminated, but now the question remains, what will happen to the team next season?

* Apparently the Houston Astros are in the process of selling their team to a businessman named Jim Crane.

* Los Angles Lakers forward/center Andrew Bynum will officially be suspended for five games next season due fouling J.J. Barea in Game 4 of the Western Conference semi-finals.

Games to Watch: 

* Oakland at Texas (MLB) – 2:05pm eastern

* Boston at Miami (NBA Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Kansas City at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Memphis at Oklahoma City (NBA Playoffs) – 9:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is something you rarely see in the NBA, a player following their own shot, securing a rebound and attempting a second shot!