Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Daily Noontime: February 1st, 2019

bill-murray-groundhog-day

February 1st means one thing: Groundhog Day is tomorrow (Feb. 2nd). (PHOTO COURTESY: AcuWeather.com)

By NoontimeSports.com |@NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, everyone! And welcome to February, which is a VERY short month!

Tomorrow we celebrate Groundhog Day – will winter continue or is spring headed here quickly?

Well, let’s not worry about tomorrow because its the final day of the work week, so make sure to turn up the music and have a great day!

Happy Friday (again) and here is today’s (Feb. 1st, 2019) Daily Noontime – stay focused!


In The News


In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)


Video of the DayIn honor of the Super Bowl, enjoy the ‘CRAZIEST Ending’ to a title game a few years ago, which saw the Pats beat the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale, Arizona

Flaherty: BC Eagles Have Pieces In Place For A Successful 2018 Campaign

Steve Addazio

Steve Addazio has some key pieces in place to make an exciting run this fall. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

By Dan Flaherty (@TheSportsNotebo)

Boston College has been as predictable a college football program as any in the country, at least since Steve Addazio became head coach back in 2013.

In Addazio’s five seasons, he’s finished 7-6 four different times, including the last two years. That’s what made the Over/Under win totals released in Las Vegas earlier this month so interesting—BC was listed at 5.5.

Furthermore, this doubt comes in a year when Addazio returns 14 starters. He brings back his entire offensive line. He brings back A.J. Dillon, a sophomore running back who rushed for nearly 1,600 yards last year. He brings a quarterback in Anthony Brown who got valuable experience last year as a freshman.

Defensively, the Eagles can build around defensive end Zach Allen, a disruptor that has the NFL in his future.

The doubt on Boston College also comes at a time when the opportunity to move up the ladder in the ACC’s Atlantic Division is there for the taking. While Clemson is firmly entrenched at the top, the Florida State program is in flux after the departure of coach Jimbo Fisher and Louisville’s rise under Bobby Petrino seems to have crested. Boston College beat both FSU and Louisville last season.

But the Eagles lost decisively to Wake Forest and N.C. State – both teams are divisional rivals. They are each more highly regarded on the Vegas Strip at the moment.

Addazio’s program is a throwback, built on physical football and tough defense that works to overcome mediocre play (at best) from the quarterback position. Brown’s numbers last year—52% completion percentage, 5.3 yards-per-attempt and 11 touchdowns versus nine interceptions—look straight out of the 1970s.

In an era where everything is seen to be about the quarterback, BC is not going to have believers as long as this current trend continues. Nor is there any reason to expect a change of course this season.

While it’s reasonable to expect improvement from Brown, I don’t think there will be too many comparisons to Matt Ryan floating around the Heights. And on the positive side, there is every reason to think Boston College can take what it usually does well under Addazio and simply do it better.

Dillon is one of the best halfbacks in college football. His most impressive number isn’t the yardage totals—you can attribute at least some of that to the workload he gets in this offense. The most impressive number is his 5.3 yards-per-rush. That’s good under any circumstances, and especially when opposing defenses know you’re getting the ball.

Dillon, with that veteran offensive line in front of him, molded by the hard-nosed Addazio, can make a run at ACC Player of the Year. If he breaks 2,000 yards, an invite to the Heisman banquet in early December could be in the offing.

How far Dillon can carry the Eagles will be apparent by mid-October. After tuneup games with Massachusetts and Holy Cross, Boston College faces two road games that will provide a good early gauge on where they’re at. They go to Wake Forest on a Thursday night and then visit Purdue, a Big Ten Conference team on the rise, the following Saturday.

After a game with Temple to close September, BC has a road game at N.C. State and a home date with Louisville. By this point in the schedule, the Eagles need to be 5-2. They’ll go into a bye week and on the far side of that bye are four games in four weeks—against Miami, Virginia Tech, Clemson and Florida State. The Eagles have to hope they can steal one win during this stretch and then close the season at home by beating Syracuse. That gets them to seven wins again.

I’m one who likes old-fashioned football and I really hope Addazio can do it. The schedule is difficult and in a different environment, the head coach might be in real trouble. But in a market where media hype and fan intensity hones in on pro sports, the BC boss can keep people happy if he just keeps winning seven games each season, while  providing a little Saturday afternoon diversion.

As long as the benchmark stays that reasonable, I think he’ll continue to do it in 2018.

Dan Flaherty is the owner of TheSportsNotebook.com and the author of Great 1980s Sports MomentsStay connected with Dan on Twitter at @TheSportsNotebo 

NEWS: Noontime Sports To Produce Mass. High School Lax Podcast In 2018

Mass HS Lax Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It was announced earlier today on Twitter that we will be producing a brand new podcast series next year – that is 2018, to be exact! – on Massachusetts High School Lacrosse!

Our goal for these podcasts is to highlight the numerous programs across the state – yes, this includes Berkshire County, along with the Springfield and Worcester areas, too – through interviews with coaches and players, along with an occasional feature or two.

We’re really excited to provide additional coverage this spring for the sport and look forward to working with all the coaches, student-athletes and programs in Massachusetts.

If you have an idea for a possible feature or upcoming episode, please let us know by sending us a Tweet to @NoontimeSports or an email to our editor and founder Matt Noonan (MattNoonan@NoontimeSports.com).

In the meantime, make sure to check-out our podcast page, which features a trio of shows, including our longest-running show Noontime Sports the Podcast.

 

Mass. High School Football: MIAA South Playoff Brackets (LINKS)

NS HS FOOTBALL

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) released the postseason brackets for the upcoming high school football playoffs, and below is a link to all eight south divisions.

MIAA Division 1 (Top Seed: BC High)

MIAA Division 2 (Top Seed: King Phillip)

MIAA Division 3 (Top Seed: North Attleboro)

MIAA Division 4 (Top Seed: Hopkinton)

MIAA Division 5 (Top Seed: Dennis-Yarmouth)

MIAA Division 6 (Top Seed: Norwell)

MIAA Division 7 (Top Seed: Mashpee)

MIAA Division 8 (Top Seed: Wareham)

Massachusetts High School Lax Round-Up: Checking-In On The West

MASS LAX HS UPDATE NEW

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Our Massachusetts High School Lacrosse Round-Up has returned – yes, we’re officially back for the remainder of the season, so make sure to circle back each week for various posts on the numerous teams, including our various social media round-ups, too.

For this week’s post, we’re shedding some light on Western Massachusetts teams, including Longmeadow, Mount Greylock and others! 

First, congratulations to Longmeadow’s Kristopher Campbell, who was tabbed last week’s Epoch/USL High School Boys’ Player of the Week following an impressive 11-point effort in his team’s 14-10 win over Amherst-Pelham.

Longmeadow, which is in-action today against Northampton (9-1), will visit Harvard Stadium on Saturday, May 6th to face-off against Lincoln-Sudbury.

Last season, the Warriors defeated the Lancers in Amherst by a score of 15-11. The game was followed by a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tilt between Amherst College and Colby College.

Following this season’s meeting, fans are encouraged to stick around and cheer on the Boston Cannons, who will play their home-opener against the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Face-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Jeff Stripp and the Mount Greylock Mounties (10-0) captured their 10th contest on Monday, defeating Pittsfield by a score of 17-6. Reilly Parker and Pat Storie highlighted their team’s 10th win of the season by combining for 12 goals and four assists, while Owen Politis netted a hat-trick.

The Mounties return to the field on Saturday when they host Lee, which also defeated Pittsfield this week – Wednesday, to be exact – by a score of 20-9.

Hoosac Valley received a big-boots from Casey Meczywor on Wednesday as he netted seven goals, while dishing out a pair of assists in his team’s 13-4 win over Taconic. The win was the Hurricanes’ third of the season.

As noted in yesterday’s Berkshire Eagle, Hoosac Valley led 8-0 after the opening session and 9-0 by halftime.

Extra News and Notes from the West!

Games to Watch this Friday, May 5th & Saturday, May 6th: 

  • Westfield at Pope Francis (Friday, May 5th)
  • Chicopee Comp. at Wahconah (Friday, May 5th)
  • Lonmeadow vs. Lincoln-Sudbury (Saturday, May 6th | Harvard Stadium)
  • Minnechaug at Northampton (Saturday, May 6th)
  • Lee at Mount Greylock (Saturday, May 6th)
  • Hoosac Valley at Granby (Saturday, May 6th)
« Older Entries