After a 465 day hiatus, I finally was able to pick up a microphone and lend my voice as a backdrop for a local sporting event here in Massachusetts. And it was an amazing feeling.
Being able to announce this morning’s Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Field of Dreams contest between Massachusetts General Brigham and the Boston All-Stars at Fenway Park was exciting — in fact, it was the most fun I have had on the microphone since I started calling sporting events as a student at Wheaton College (Mass.).
Yes, I have announced this event in the past, along with the organization’s “Hoop Dreams” outing at the TD Garden, but this morning’s contest provided me with a sense of hope and renewal for future coverage in the “new normal” — I am already counting the days until to my next PA announcing gig while circling while plotting my return to the sidelines to cover future college and high school sporting events.
Like many, the past 14-to-15 months was a struggle, both mentally and emotionally — to be honest, I was unsure what I would produce for the blog and podcast when various leagues were sent to the sidelines at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. But despite so much uncertainty, I remained hopeful and optimistic — I knew I would return to the microphone one day, and that day happened to be this morning: Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
It was just one game, but it was the best game that I have announce in 2021.
As we head into the weekend, it is time to share — and yes, promote — a brand new podcast featuring Trevor Haas, who can be read on Boston.com and through the Boston Globe. Additionally, Haas is a sports editor and reporter for the Duxbury Clipper.
The podcast concludes with some hyperlocal sports talk — Haas recaps the content he produced on Duxbury sports at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic to the various game coverage and features he has done over the last 10 to 12 months.
Our old friend (and yes, former co-host for NCAA D-III football coverage in 2018 and 2019) James Baker of In The D3FB Huddle joined our podcast — we recorded the show on Monday, but the show is available now (Tuesday, June 8, 2021).
Baker and host/producer Matt Noonan discussed a variety of topics, including spring football — a handful of Division I teams in the northeast — that is our neck of the woods! — did compete while many Division II and III teams either practiced or scrimmaged a nearby team. Both Baker and Noonan believe the 2021 D-III season should feature some new storylines as most of the student-athletes we covered have graduated or perhaps transferred to another compete at another level.
In addition to some way-too-early D-III football talk — yes, we will have more from Baker and Noonan soon! — the guys also discussed the opening weekend of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), an upcoming Pac-12 football game being played mid-morning in early September, and the Boston Red Sox‘s recent sweep of the New York Yankees.
On Friday, May 28, 2021, Jamie Gatlin joined Matt Noonan for a brand new Noontime Sports Podcast.
Gatlin, who is an alum of both Emerson College and Suffolk University, began the show discussing the content he creates on the Boston Bruins for Causeway Crowd, which is one of many blogs on FanSided. Additionally, Gatlin and Noonan discuss the first-round series win by the Bruins against the Washington Capitals, as well as the outlook for their upcoming series with the New York Islanders.
In addition to some hockey talk, Gatlin shares why he was interested in becoming a sports journalist — well, more joining a competitive content creation and production world. His writing (and content) has appeared on other platforms, as well, including Prime Time Sports Talk where he has produced stories about minor league baseball players.
The show concludes with Gatlin and Noonan discussing individual player branding and marketing — he is currently assisting TorchPro with social media and content creation on the players they represent.
Listen to the show below, courtesy of our Spotify channel or through Anchor and Apple Podcasts.
Robinson-Griggs returns to Cambridge, Massachusetts after spending the past two seasons as the women’s basketball coach at Vassar College. During her first season with the Brewers, she led the team to the Liberty League (LL) championship against Ithaca College. Vassar concluded the 2019-20 campaign with a 19-8 record.
In addition to discussing her time at Vassar, Lu Robinson-Griggs and host/producer Matt Noonan discussed additional topics, including attending the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame induction, playing and learning from Barbara Stevens at Bentley University, and how she grew as a coach, both as an assistant and associate with MIT, and the head coach at Lesley University.
Listen to our interview below, courtesy of our Spotify channel or through Anchor and Apple Podcasts.