Noontime’s Sunday Thoughts (Jan. 10, 2021)

By Matt Noonan

Happy Sunday, everyone – I hope this post finds everyone doing well, staying safe, and enjoying a busy weekend of football.

I am back for my second-straight ‘Noontime’s Sunday Thoughts’ column – thank you to everyone that stopped by last week, and I hope you enjoyed my thoughts and opinions on a few sports items, along with some podcast suggestions, too.

As mentioned last week, I am excited to produce some new content and look forward to writing this post every week. Additionally, I hope you look forward to reading this column, too – any suggestions or ideas are welcome!

So, without further ado, here is my thoughts and ideas on sports, life, and more for Sunday, January 10 – be well, stay safe, and think positive thoughts, everyone!


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Last week, I went into a bit more depth on my thoughts, but today, I am going to dish out a few more thoughts – 10, to be exact – and get right to the point, so here we go:

  • Thought No. 1: Is it just me or is watching Tom Brady in the postseason with another team difficult to watch? To be honest, I found myself rooting for the Washington Football Team last night because of Taylor Heinicke, but deep down, I knew the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were going to win. And last night’s win proved that Brady can win a postseason game without Bill Belichick.
  • Thought No. 2: I give Taylor Heinicke a lot of credit – that was a crazy spot to be put in last night against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, but the former Old Dominion quarterback deserves an opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job this summer with the Washington Football Team.
  • Thought No. 3: Josh Allen is hands down the best quarterback taken in the 2018 National Football League (NFL) Draft. Yes, I know that is an opinion, but he found a way to lead his team to its first postseason win yesterday since 1995. Allen has played great this season and deserves more credit for his improvement under Brian Daboll.
  • Thought No. 4: Due to Covid-19 protocols, NBC’s Mike Tirico was forced to call last night’s Tampa Bay-Washington contest from his house. And to be honest, he sounded great – I mean, he always sounds good, right? Tirico will be heard more over the next few weeks with the National Hockey League (NHL) starting-up its season later this week, but I think what we witnessed last night is the opportunity more networks (and maybe streaming services?) to allow their broadcasters to call games remotely. Of course, there is nothing better than calling a game in an actual arena or stadium – you do miss certain things when you’re not in the building – but if there is one thing we have learned these last few months it is that broadcasts (and other work) can be done from homes and apartments, along with studios, too.
  • Thought No. 5: A few days ago, I saw a great tweet – well, more some amazing career advice from Imry Halevi, who is the assistant director of athletics, multimedia, and production at Harvard University, about finding your way in this very competitive (and yes, crowded) sports world: “There is no ‘right way’ to get that perfect job. No straight line from A to Z.” I encourage everyone to read this tweet and share some thoughts (below!). Imry is someone I admire – he is innovative, as well as a great follow with tons of tremendous advice on the field.
  • Thought No. 6: The National Basketball Association (NBA) has a Covid-19 problem. And they need to do something about it as soon as possible. I am not saying this because of the Boston Celtics injury report, which was released last night – is that game still happening later? – but because it is extremely hard to play basketball in a different city three or four nights each week. But as Austin Rivers of the New York Knicks explained, “If we do our job and remain available, it gives us a chance to win every night.”
  • Thought No. 7: Literally one week after leaving ESPN, Dan Le Batard is teaming-up with his former boss John Skipper for a new venture that will certainly be worth keeping your eyes on.
  • Thought No. 8: Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are my heroes for what they did for a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan that is “terminally ill with kidney cancer and is currently in hospice care.” I am rooting for Mayfield and the Browns this evening against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Thought No. 9: Toss a follow to Emerson Lotzia, Jr. – you will enjoy the content this guys is pumping out on a daily basis, including his thoughts on tonight’s Boston Celtics-Miami Heat contest.
  • Thought No. 10: I’ll take Alabama over Ohio State tomorrow night in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Go Tide!

Podcast Interview Suggestion: Listen to Paul Liberman, who is the co-founder of DraftKings, on The VentureFizz Podcast, which is hosted by Keith Cline. It is a great interview that tells the story of DraftKings – you also gain some tremendous insight on starting your own venture, too.

Could College Football Be Postponed to February 2021?

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Should the 2020 college football season be postponed to next February or March? (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualunt.com)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

The thought of the upcoming college football season starting on time seems to be the thought of many these days, including ESPN’s Chris Fowler, who appeared earlier today on the Dan Patrick Show to discuss the idea of postponing games until next February.

Fowler, who can be heard calling the marquee Saturday evening matchups on ABC and ESPN, told Patrick that he thinks “there are severe challenges with trying to start a season on time.” However, he did propose the thought of having the season start next spring so games could still be played during the 2020-21 school year.

Sure, playing football next February or March might seem strange or odd to all of us, but Fowler’s thought is certainly not a bad one considering most leagues are unsure of when or if their respective seasons will begin or resume.

Others in the college football world have also been pressed about delayed starts, including Notre Dame‘s Brian Kelly, who told Mike Tirico during last week’s Lunch Talk Live that the Fighting Irish could still play a twelve game schedule, even if it meant starting their season in October.

“There’s the potential that we could start as late as October and still get our twelve game schedule in without bye weeks and moving a little bit later into December,” Kelly said, during his interview with Tirico.

As for Alabama‘s Nick Saban, he seems to believe what is best for all of us during this time is to remain positive and “not let the circumstance control us.”

ProFootballTalk.com’s

For now, college football games remain scheduled, but we’ll keep you updated as more news comes out about the possibility of a delayed start to the 2020 season. And a potential delay would almost certainly impact the various New England schools, too.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Hello, Tuesday – how are you?

We hope everyone is having a great day thus far.

Yes, we know we are posting our ‘Daily Noontime’ a bit later this morning, but we’re happy to unveil some interesting and intriguing news (and links) below from the world wide web!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day and remember … never stop smiling!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • After enjoying an off day yesterday, the Boston Celtics are back on the hardwood this evening when they visit the Miami Heat with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

    Tonight’s game marks the end of a three-game road trip for the Green and White, which began with a win over the Orlando Magic but was followed by a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

  • We’re another day closer to the start of the second half of the Boston Bruins season – let the countdown for puck drop on Friday, January 31st against the Winnipeg Jets continue!

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • After losing to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, former Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator (and now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ersKyle Shanahan acknowledged that Bill Belichick reached out to him to talk. (ProFootballTalk.com)

  • NBC Sports announcer Mike Tirico recently shared a “kind gesture made by now Celtics player Gordon Hayward in Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game.” (Boston.com)

  • The death of Kobe Bryant ‘leaves us with poignant images, vivid memories, and disbeliefs,’ writes Chad Finn(Boston.com)

  • Joe Montana has some advice for Tom Brady: “It’s not easy to go to another team.” (NFL.com)
  • LeBron James told members of the media that “he will take on the legacy of the Lakers great as his own responsibility.” (ESPN.com)
  • Kobe Bryant was more than just a basketball player, but someone that helped the NBA ‘conquer the world.’ (New York Times)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Ellie Duncan shares a powerful story about Kobe Bryant being a ‘girl dad.’