Daily Noontime – December 22, 2011

Should James Harrison be punished by the NFL for his aggressive hits? (Photo Credit: Flickr)

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome to another tremendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s some headlines, news, and more! 

Headlines: 

* According to Cleveland Plain Dealer staff — they all believe that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison should be punished for his actions.

* The New York Giants and Jets have been trading jabs at one another through words this past week, but according to head coach Tom Coughlin, “talk is cheap.”

* MLB.com has confirmed that the Chicago White Sox and pitcher John Danks have agreed to terms on a five-year extension.

* Claude Giroux returned to the Philadelphia Flyers line-up on Wednesday, and recorded four points against the Dallas Stars, which helped the men dressed in orange, black and white secure a much needed victory.

* The Los Angles Clippers picked up an impressive pre-season victory on Wednesday, as Blake Griffin led his squad to a 108-103 victory against the Los Angles Lakers.

Games to Watch: 

* Buffalo at Toronto (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* New York Islanders at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Florida Atlanta at No. 25 Harvard (NCAA Men’s Basketball) – 7:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

In honor of a question from the New York Times crossword puzzle, here’s one of the answers, which is a song by The Beatles, enjoy! 

Daily Noontime – December 14, 2011

The Big-3 have a few thoughts on the NBA offseason! (Photo Credit: Sports Of Boston)

Happy Wednesday to all, and welcome into yet another stupendous and tremendous edition of… wait for it… the Daily Noontime! OK… that may have been a tad bit over the top, but here’s some news, headlines and more to kick-start your day, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The “Big-3,” a.k.a. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce voiced their concerns on Tuesday about the short, quick NBA off-season, as well as gave their “two-cents” toward commissioner David Stern too.

* Tuukka Rask saved 41 shots between the pipes on Tuesday, as the Boston Bruins beat-up the Los Angles Kings, 3-0.

* Despite leading the Minnesota Vikings to just two wins this season, head coach Leslie Frazier was recently assured by management that his job is safe.

* The NFL has officially suspended Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison for one game due to his bone-chilling hit against Colt McCoy last week.

* According to an interesting column from the Philadelphia Daily News on Tuesday, John Smallwood explained that Eagles fans who want change to root for the men dressed in green, white and black to lose.

* The MLB has decided that their new labor deal will actually feature instant replay for players, umpires and managers.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Ottawa (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Chicago at Minnesota (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This may not be sports related, but it’s certainly funny! Here’s the Donald talking about pulling out of his debate!

Boston Celtics — 10 Games To Watch This Season

By Matt Noonan 

Now that the NBA Lockout is officially history, it’s time to list 10 games to watch this season for the Boston Celtics.

However, while we did provide a top-10 list earlier this year, we’ve decided to revamp it, and unleash our newest edition.

Here are the games I, (Matt Noonan) am very excited to watch, and hopefully you are too.

December 25, 2011 — Boston at New York: To commence the end of the NBA Lockout, the league has decided to kick-start their 66-game schedule with rematch of last year’s first round series between Boston and New York. However, who’ll be more motivated for this one — Rajon Rondo or Spike Lee?

December 27, 2011 — Boston at Miami: After the Celtics tangle with the Knicks, they’ll advance to Miami two days later for their first of four meetings, and certainly, it’ll be interesting to see how the defending Eastern Conference Champions play against the men dressed in green and white. Perhaps, they’ll still be distraught from losing the NBA Championship?

December 30, 2011 — Detroit at Boston: After spending a few days on the road, the Celtics will return to the TD Garden for their home opener, and who knows, maybe they’ll be undefeated or winless. Yet, either way, I am sure numerous Bostonians will be happy to see their favorite basketball team play against the Pistons, right?

January 11, 2012 — Dallas at Boston: The Champions are coming; the champions are coming, wahoo! Sorry, but I felt it was necessary to change Paul Revere’s words, so we can welcome the defending NBA Champions to the TD Garden.

January 13, 2012 — Chicago at Boston: The Bulls have always given the Celtics trouble over the past few seasons, but hopefully the lockout will help the aging legs of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.

January 23, 2012 — Orlando at Boston: January should be the Celtics month, especially since they have 11 home games and 5 road contests. One of those various home affairs is against Orlando, and it’s possible that Dwight Howard might not be sporting a Magic uniform on this particular date, especially if he’s traded to Los Angles prior to the start of the season.

February 9, 2012 — Los Angles Lakers at Boston: When was the last time the Lakers came to Boston on a Thursday? It always seems that the NBA schedules Boston-Los Angles games for Thursday’s, but either way, the legendary rivalry between the Celtics and Lakers will occur on this date, and you can bet it’ll be a fun one.

February 22, 2012 — Boston at Oklahoma City: Five of the last six games in February will be on the road, and certainly, this could be one of those games that doesn’t go the Celtics way.

March 11, 2012 — Boston at Los Angles Lakers: The Celtics will kick-off an eight game road trip against the Lakers, and certainly a win could go a long way for an aging club.

April 24, 2012 — Miami at Boston: The great LeBron James returns to the TD Garden for the second to last game of the season, but could this be the first of many trips for him and the Heat after this game concludes? We’ll see!

Daily Noontime – October 19, 2011

Welcome to the Raiders, Carson!

Happy “hump” day to everyone and welcome into yet another great edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kick-off the day with some headlines and news, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* The Oakland Raiders got their man on Tuesday, as they acquired Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, who’ll replace the injured Jason Campbell.

* According to sources, former Buffalo Bills center Kent Hull has passed away, he was 51-years-old.

* Game 1 of the World Series starts on Wednesday and according to ESPNDallas.com, Chris Carpneter will opposes C.J. Wilson on the mound.

* Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is someone many have questioned this season, but according to one source, they’re comparing him to Antonio Bryant.

* The NBA Lockout might be nearing an end, especially since players and owners met for roughly 16-hours on Tuesday and will resume their talks on Wednesday at 10AM.

* According to ESPNLA.com, Los Angles Lakers guard Shannon Brown has told the media that he’s prepared for “no season.”

Games to Watch: 

* Winnipeg at Toronto (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Texas at St. Louis (MLB World Series) – 8:05pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

In case you missed it, here’s Tuesday’s press conference, which saw the Raiders introduce Palmer as their new gunslinger!

Rubin: Thoughts on Ron Artest’s Name Change

So, apparently Ron Artest changed his name, but what's his next plan of attack?

By Dan Rubin 

Ron Artest’s name change was officially approved on Friday, which happened to be an early birthday present to myself because it gives me a laundry list of jokes about ten pages long. Although, I am honestly contemplating buying his jersey, especially since I want to support him, as well as his new name, Metta World Peace.

Artest originally wanted to change his number to 70, but the NBA reportedly denied his request. Apparently, there’s a little known rule that a player has to have one number for approximately five-years before they can change it. I don’t know how he was able to negotiate a change from 37 to 15 in his first two seasons in Los Angeles, but the league denied him the right to change if for a third year.

Yet, Artest’s name changes the game. Chad Johnson’s name change to Ochocinco was funny, but Artest is a different story. He’s just nuts, although, I know he’s going to use this name change for the greater good. So, with that being said, here’s my Top-5 List of things Ron Artest will do with his new name.

1. He’ll quit the NBA and relocate to Zimbabwe to raise unicorns. If Metta World Peace or Ron Artest or whatever we’re calling him these days said, he was going to do this, would you argue with him? It’s like when Mike Tyson retired from boxing to raise pigeons. Bill Simmons from ESPN.com used to talk about how they reached a crazy zone, which was called, “Tyson Zone.” Well, if World Peace said he was going to do this zany move, I don’t think any of us would be shocked.

2. No NBA referee will charge him with a foul. If you were a referee, would you blow a whistle and call a foul against a man named World Peace? I’m not putting anything past NBA officials – they’re so crooked, but they might hate World Peace or his actions. Although, if you’re an NBA official, would you call a foul against him? He’ll never have a foul called on him, especially if he tears a limb off from Amare Stoudamire or Dirk Nowitzki’s body.  

3.  He’ll secretly become the next Secretary General of the United Nations. Over the years, secretary-generals names have included, U Thant and Kofi Annan. If World Peace becomes the new head of the world’s peacekeeping organization, then nobody would ask questions, right? His name fits so perfectly.

4. He’ll star in an Adult Film. This idea might be a tad bit risqué, but if Metta World Peace isn’t the name of some foreign dignitary then it absolutely the name of a man who is destined to appear in the adult film industry. Also, I’m going out on a limb, but I bet he’d win an award for best actor.

5. He’ll lead a cult. I can envision World Peace wearing a long, colorful robe and preaching about how he is the prophet of the God’s earth. I can imagine him moving to a settlement in the middle of nowhere. I can imagine him having this peculiar cult where they farm for a living Also, I can imagine a reporter like Craig Sager donning his ‘84-color suits and going for an exclusive look at life inside the compound.

All in all, I want to thank Metta World Peace for all that he’s done thus far. Also, I think it’s fair to state, he’s a reporter’s dream and we are all eternally grateful for it.