Daily Noontime (Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020)

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

As usual, hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and having a great week thus far.

Let’s begin today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ with a tip of the cap – no pun intended, of course! – to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who captured their first World Series crown in 22 seasons last night with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Prior to the Dodgers celebrating their city’s second championship this month – the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals a few weeks earlier – Justin Turner tested positive for the coronavirus. Had the Rays beaten the Dodgers last night, then the seventh game of the Fall Classic, which was scheduled for this evening, may have been postponed to Thursday or Friday. Maybe Saturday?

And just for those keeping track at home, Mookie Betts, who helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2018 World Series, capped the best-of-seven game series by smacking a home run last night. Can someone please call Bob Lobel and ask him the following: why can’t we get players like Mookie Betts?

According to Scott Soshnick of Sportico, the final-out ball from last night’s sixth game of the World Series is worth $250.000. Anyone interested in purchasing it?

While the Dodgers will certainly receive a great deal of attention, both today and over the next few days for ending one of the craziest seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) history, one storyline that may not disappear for quite some time will be Kevin Cash‘s decision to yank Blake Snell off the mound in the sixth inning. Was it the right decision?

Perhaps this move will haunt the Rays for weeks and months – maybe years? – but I guess the only way the Tampa Bay fans can forgive Kevin Cash is by having the team capture the World Series next October. Maybe Tom Brady could help the Rays win some games?

One last baseball story – sorry, I know this is a very heavy-duty World Series post! – but one more tip of the cap to the home of the Texas Rangers, which I will always consider the finish line for the weirdest and strangest baseball season in my lifetime.

Alright, that will do it for today’s ‘Daily Noontime’ – remember, you can stay connected with us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by searching “Noontime Sports” and follow us on Instagram at @NoontimeNation!

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 (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 (Monday, October 5, 2020)

 

 

 

 

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Monday, everyone! 

As usual, we hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and ready for a great week, despite the gray skies outside our window – hey, Mr. Sun, please come out and play! 

Let’s kick off a brand new week with a … sigh of relief: the New England Patriots will play their fourth game of the 2020 season this evening against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, the Patriots will take the field this evening without Cam Newton, who tested positive this past weekend for Covid-19. 

Newton broke his silence yesterday on Instagram – many outlets blogged about his post! – and hopefully, we will see him back on the field next weekend when the Patriots host the Denver Broncos.

Back to the Pats-Cheifs game, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe wrote a column that asked the following question: Did we learn anything from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans postponement?

As of this morning, the Patriots – well, everyone, except Cam Newton – tested negative, which means tonight’s game will happen. But if we learned anything from yesterday’s Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints contest, things could change quickly, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that 7 p.m. can get here quickly! 

In other news, former Pats quarterback Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes yesterday as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rallied to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers, 35-31. 

Brady and the Buccaneers have won three straight and seem to be trending in the right direction. Tampa Bay will visit the Chicago Bears on Thursday, October 8 before returning home ten days later to host the Green Bay Packers

Other news and notes from the world wide web: 

We’ll be back later today with some new content, but as always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube – have a great day, everyone! 

Daily Noontime (Friday, October 2, 2020)

By Matt Noonan 

Happy Friday, everyone! We made it to the end of another work week – wahoo! 

Let’s cap the week – well, more the workweek, to be exact – with a brand new ‘Daily Noontime.’ And as always, remember to smile and think positive thoughts as better days are ahead, we guarantee it and also believe it

We begin today’s Daily Noontime with some exciting news: the XFL is coming back

Yep, the XFL, which saw its 2020 season cut short due to the coronavirus earlier this year, will return in the spring in 2022.

The league is under new leadership and will hopefully be more successful than it was originally when Vince McMahon introduced his spring league in 2000.

The first season of the XFL – did it even finish? – was wild and felt like a real-live version of NFL Blitz the videogame. But a lot has changed since that initial contest so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for an exciting product – something to look forward to, right? 

The 2020 Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Finals tip-off this evening as the Seattle Storm take on the Las Vegas Aces with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.

The best-of-five game series be played without fans in the stands similar to the 2020 National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers

If you have not already, make sure to read this great piece from ESPN.com about how WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert was instrumental in saving the 2020 season

Are you watching football these days? 

Well, let me try that again … are you the National Football League (NFL)?

My answer: Yes, I am. And so are millions of Americans. But for some reason, there seems to be a fascination with the league’s current ratings, which NBC‘s Al Michaels believes is crazy. 

Michaels recently spoke with Sports Illustrated’Jimmy Traina to discuss the ongoing NFL ratings debate, which he again thinks is crazy, as well as probably nuts, too. 

Speaking of television ratings, the 2020 NBA Finals saw a serious dip, especially earlier this week when the Heat and Lakers met in the first game of the best-of-seven game series. Uh oh! 

Finally, let’s end with some exciting news from the tech world: “FuboTV has filed to raise $150 million in an IPO of its common stock,” according to seekingalpha.com.