Daily Noontime (Monday, Oct. 12, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Happy Monday, everyone! 

We hope EVERYONE is doing well while having a nice ending to a LONG weekend – crazy to think it is the 12 of October, but I guess we can say we’re now another day closer to the end of 2020. 

Let’s get after it and set the tone for the week with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ beginning with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers topping the Miami Heat, 106-93, to clinch the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals last night. 

Highlights from last night’s game are below, courtesy of the NBA YouTube channel! 

With the win, the Lakers have now captured 17 NBA Championships – our hometown Boston Celtics have also won 17 titles, too. LeBron James, who finished with a game-high 28 points, was named the Finals MVP. 

The Lakers were pegged the “way too early” favorite for the upcoming 2020-21 season, according to ESPN.com – not sure when that season will officially tip-off – while the Celtics were picked seventh on the list while the Los Angeles Clippers checked in second and the Milwaukee Bucks secured the third spot.

As you probably know by now, today’s game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos has been moved to next Sunday, October 18. Yesterday – Sunday, October 11, to be exact – was the Patriots bye week, as well as the Broncos. 

Monday’s game between the Patriots and Broncos was canceled yesterday due to the Patriots having a fourth member of the team (or organization?) test positive. 

As of this morning, none of the Patriots coronavirus tests came back positive, which is good news. Yet, what does that mean for Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore remains an unknown? It is likely the duo that supposedly dined out in Boston earlier this month would be able to play next weekend against Denver, but we’ll just have to wait and see. 

Sticking with football, my other favorite team – that would be the Dallas Cowboys scored a much-needed win yesterday over the New York Giants, but suffered a major setback in the third quarter as Dak Prescott suffered a serious ankle injury that will keep him sidelined until next season. 

Andy Dalton will lead the Cowboys for the remainder of the season – let’s keep our fingers crossed for him, while wishing Dak a smooth and healthy recovery! 

Other news and links from the world wide web: 

  • The National Football League (NFL) maybe forced to add an additional week – “Week 18” – to its schedule due to the potential of more games being canceled or postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 
  • The Tampa Bay Rays won the first game of the 2020 American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the Houston Astros last night. Are the Rays the new Major League Baseball (MLB) Playoff Villian Slayer?” 
  • Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders handed the Kansas City Chiefs their first loss since last November yesterday
  • Things are not going well for Jimmy Garoppolo or Kyle Shanahan these days. 

We’ll be back for more later, but in the meantime make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube – have a great day, everyone! 

Daily Noontime (Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020)

By Matt Noonan 

Welcome to Thursday, everyone – man, is it just me, or is this week flying by? I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday. This weekend is also a three-day weekend, too – it just seems like 2021 will be here before we know it. And I think that is a good thing, right? 

Anywho, let’s start the begin the day (like we usually do) with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime’ from myself (and the crew) here at NoontimeSports.com! 

Unfortunately, we must begin with some bad news from the sports media world. According to Front Office SportsESPN, which many know as the worldwide leader in sports, will layoff “hundreds of employees in the coming weeks.” 

How many employees will be laid off from ESPN? Well, it could be between 300 and 400 or possibly 700, which again is not good news. 

Additionally, who could be impacted by these layoffs? Most likely it will be individuals behind the scenes (and camera), along with some TV or radio folks that may have contracts expiring later this year. 

Let’s switch gears to college sports, specifically football where fans don’t seem to be “deterred” by recent upticks of the coronavirus. According to Sportico, fans continue to flock to stadiums, pending they are allowed to attend games, of course, and there have been 25 games canceled or postponed over the last five weeks. 

This week, college football fans will be treated to a slew of games, beginning this evening with the University of Houston hosting Tulane University for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. 

As of now, only one game for week six has been canceled. And that contest is the following: the University of Alabama at Birmingham vs. Rice University. As of this morning, no makeup date has been announced. 

Here in Massachusetts, we woke up to some positive news – we all need some positive reports to share these days, right? – about the New England Patriots: the team has NO new positive tests

This morning’s report about NO positive tests from the Patriots should hopefully mean we’ll see the hometown team in action this weekend against the Denver Broncos. But as we all know, things could change due to the pandemic! 

Other news and links from the world wide web: 

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020)

By Matt Noonan 

Ah, it’s Wednesday – man, this week is flying by and I hope everyone is continuing to do well while staying safe and optimistic! 

We’re posting a bit later due to my flu shot this morning (and walking the dog!), but let’s get to the news beginning with some uncertainty surrounding the upcoming week of the National Football League (NFL)

Here is what we know (or is happening as of late this morning on the east coast): 

  • The upcoming Los Angeles Chargers and New Orleans Saints contest could be moved to Indianapolis, due to Hurricane Delta Path, which is scheduled to hit Louisiana on Friday. 
  • Two new members of the Tennessee Titans have tested positive, which means the facility is closed today and the team’s upcoming contest against the Buffalo Bills is in jeopardy. 
  • Stephon Gilmore became the third member of the New England Patriots to test positive for the coronavirus. So, what does that mean for the team’s fifth game of the season on Sunday against the Denver Broncos? Who knows! 

According to our go-to football site – that would be ProFootballTalk.com – NFL coaches are not happy with how the league is handling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Maybe it is time to switch to a bubble

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from winning the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals – LA beat the Miami Heat last night by a score of 102-96.  

While we anxiously await for the fifth game to tip-off, we did learn this morning that LeBron James will now be the face of Wheaties, which many consider “the breakfast of champions.” Serena Williams was previously on the front of the cereal box. 

Switching gears to tech and sports business, Benita Fitzgerald Mosley has been named the Head of Community and Impact, as well as the first-ever FundPlay for LeagueApps, which is “a tech operating system for youth and local sports.” To learn more about LeagueApps, hop here

And finally, it appears as if the Barstool Sports’ SiriusXM channel may be no longer, according to both Awful Announcing and Dave Portnoy, who tweeted yesterday afternoon the following: “I’d say we’re 99.9% out of Sirius.” 

We’ll be back more another blog or two later, but as usual, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube – have a great day, everyone! 

Daily Noontime (Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Thursday, Noontime Sports fans and friends! 

We’re posting a bit later than usual – yes, we know we usually post between 8-10 a.m. eastern time, but sometimes we like to shake it up and press the publish button a bit later in the day. 

So, what exactly is happening in the sports world? 

Let’s begin with the BIG news from earlier today regarding the Pittsburgh SteelersTennessee Titans game: it has been postponed

As for when the game will be made-up remains an unknown – maybe week seven or week eight? – but as Pittsburgh’s head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters, he is “disappointed” by the decision, but understands” why the National Football League (NFL) made this decision.   

The Titans and Steelers will return to action next week with Tennesse hosting the Buffalo Bills while Pittsburgh will entertain the Philadelphia Eagles. Both games are scheduled to kick off on Sunday, October 11 at 1 p.m.

Let’s switch gears to basketball where the two teams that are competing in the National Baseball League’s (NBA) Finals this year – well, more this month and the last day of September, to be exact – did not make the playoffs last year. 

As noted by FiveThirtyEight.com, both teams – the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat – were not very good last year, but managed to reshape “its roster during the 2019 offseason.” 

The Lakers scored a game one victory, thanks to an impressive showing last night by Anthony Davis, who netted 34 points to go with nine rebounds while LeBron James registered 25 points and 13 caroms. 

Let’s go back to football where the XFL is planning to return to the gridiron in 2022. The exciting news for the league’s third season was announced through the XFL’s YouTube channel

As far as a television deal, along with more information, we will have to wait patiently, according to Sportico

And finally, it appears as the ratings for at least two Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason games yesterday were not good, according to Awful Announcing. Uh oh! 

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, September 30, 2020)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s the final day of September – man, this month moved quickly! I guess it is time to begin the countdown for Halloween, right? 

We hope it has been a great month for you (and your families), as well as your friends – we have enjoyed hosting a slew of podcasts to generating some new content on football and other subjects over the past few weeks. And as we head into the final stretch of 2020, we’re excited to produce even more football content, along with some other blogs, podcasts, and videos, so stay tuned, Noontime fans and friends! 

Alright, let’s kickstart a brand new day with the ‘Daily Noontime’ for Wednesday, September 30, 2020 – have a great day, everyone! 

NFL vs. Covid-19

News broke yesterday morning regarding the National Football League‘s (NFL) enduring its first official coronavirus hurdle with eight members of the Tennessee Titans, including three players testing positive.

Both the Titans and Minnesota Vikings, who was Tennessee’s most recent opponent, have closed their respective facilities and will be working remotely this week – how do you work remotely in professional sports? I don’t know, but I am guessing there will be a LOT of Zoom meetings. 

As of now, it appears both teams will be back on the field this weekend but stay tuned. 

Just a short time ago, we learned of fourth player testing positive, which is NOT good news. However, no member of the Vikings tested positive, which is good news, right? 

Two former Harvard University football players start a $55 million sports-focused venture fund

Just a short time ago, Scott Soshnick of Sportico reported that two former Harvard football alums, including Isaiah Kacyvenski, who was one of the founders of the Sports Innovation Lab here in Boston, has formed a team to start “the first early stage, institutionally-backed ventured fund.”

The firm believes sports will fuel “the next great wave of technological innovation,” and we certainly will be keeping our eyes on this group, which was raised $55 million has some impressive partnerships in place already.

The 2020 NBA Finals tips-off this evening

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers will compete against the Miami Heat this evening in game one of the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals.

James and the Lakers outlasted the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, while the Heat beat our beloved Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Miami enters the championship round with a great deal of momentum and should not be taken lightly. 

But what makes this matchup so intriguing is James used to play for the Heat – remember when promised multiple championships?  

Finally, are you excited for day number two of the MLB playoffs? 

The first official day of the 2020 Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason is in the books. And in case you were curious, the New York Yankees won their first game against the Cleveland Indians

More games are on the docket today, New York-Cleveland, as well as Los Angeles DodgersMilwaukee Brewers at 10 p.m. eastern. 

While it is upsetting to not see the local nine in the playoffs – that would be the Boston Red Sox – it is nice to have playoff baseball on your television!