Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 20 Hayden Bird (Boston.com)

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Noontime Sports the Podcast returned after a few week hiatus with guest Hayden Bird of Boston.com.

Bird joined host Matt Noonan to discuss his experience covering the Super Bowl during ‘Media Week,’ while also attempting to answer the question: Is Tom Brady the best quarterback in the National Football League (N.F.L.)?

If you’re a New England Patriots fan or just a die-hard football fan, then this is a must-listen to podcast!

Follow Bird on Twitter at @HaydenHBird and make sure to read his various posts and stories on Boston.com, too.

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Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 10 (Erik Frenz | Bill Belichick vs. the NFL: The Case for the NFL’s Greatest Coach)

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Ah, the 10th episode of Noontime Sports the Podcast – we have officially reached double-figures … high five!

For our initial double-digit edition, Matt Noonan caught up with Erik Frenz, the author of Bill Belichick vs. the NFL: The Case for the NFL’s Greatest Coach

Frenz highlights different moments of working on his first-ever book, which recently hit the bookshelves a few weeks ago, as well as why Bill Belichick is hands-down the best coach ever.

In addition to discussing his book, Frenz and Noonan also discussed the first few weeks of the NFL season and why the league’s ratings have plummeted.

Make sure to follow Frenz on Twitter (@ErikFrenz).

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Nine (Matt Noonan on D3 Football, D3 Hoops & NFL)

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Flying solo on a Thursday, Matt Noonan highlighted a pair of big D3 Football games to watch this weekend – Tufts at Trinity and Plymouth State at Bridgewater State – along with some pre-D3 hoops thoughts on the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). Finally, Noonan gives his ‘two-cents’ on the first five weeks of the National Football League (NFL) season – five weeks, seriously? – and who he thinks are contenders and pretenders.

Noontime Minute: King To Set-Up GoFundMe Page For Horse-Collar Tackle

Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King plans to set-up a GoFundMe page for his horse-collar tackle from this past Sunday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bleacher Report)

Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King plans to set-up a GoFundMe page for his horse-collar tackle from this past Sunday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bleacher Report)

By Matt Noonan

The Noontime Minute is a short blog post on one topic that should be read in 60 seconds or less.

If it takes more than 60 seconds, our apology!

We’ll have more of these posts over the next few days, weeks and months, so enjoy the first of many Noontime Minutes.

As noted in various publications over the past 24 hours – maybe 15-20 hours to be exact – Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King is planning to set-up a GoFundMe page following his horse-collar tackle on Sunday, which stopped Eric Weems and the Atlanta Falcons from registering a touchdown late in the second quarter.

The result of the play was a penalty – obviously, because it was a horse-collar tackle – and instead of scoring a touchdown on the ensuing possession, the Falcons settled for a Matt Bryant field goal.

No fine has been handed as of this morning, but that won’t stop King from setting-up a GoFundMe page so he can receive some assistance from Raider Nation.

I am not entirely sure King will need a great deal of assistance from his fans, especially since he recently inked his name on a five-year, $16.5 million contract.

If you do decide to pitch-in (or help King with his fine), please let us know!

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Six (John Rollins | Interim Commissioner / CFO ECAC)

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For the sixth episode of Noontime Sports the PodcastMatt Noonan chats with John Rollins, who is the Interim Commissioner/CFO of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC).

Rollins shared his goals and objectives for the ECAC moving forward, while also discussing past work in the National Football League (N.F.L.). With the NFL, Rollins held the title of Business Manager for both the League Office and League Management Council, as noted in his bio on the conference’s website.

In addition to a little professional football talk, Rollins also shred his excitement for the conference’s upcoming #ECACD3FBFest, which will take place this November 18-20 at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Two (Nick Coit | ABC6 Providence)

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Ah, the second episode of Noontime Sports: The Podcast has arrived!

Matt Noonan chats New England Patriots offseason news – yes, DeflateGate – with Nick Coit, who is a weekend sports anchor and reporter for ABC 6 in Providence, Rhode Island. In addition to some pre-season Patriots chatter, Noonan and Coit share their thoughts on the sports broadcasting business and what they both think will occur in the future.

Make sure to follow Nick on Twitter and Instagram, too.

Noonan: On Sunday, The Patriots Will ‘Ignore The Noise’ Against Seattle

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) and quarter Tom Brady (right) will look to capture their fourth Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (left) and quarter Tom Brady (right) will look to capture their fourth Super Bowl on Sunday. (Photo Credit: Bleacher Report)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s finally Sunday.

One more game remains on the 2014 NFL Schedule: Super Bowl XLIX.

New England versus Seattle, clam chowder and great seafood versus Starbucks and the artists. Bill Belichick against Pete ‘How ‘Bout Our Defense’ Carroll, Tom Brady versus Russell Wilson, and East Coast versus West Coast.

The list goes on and on, but this Super Bowl has a different meaning. Instead of two teams competing for the ultimate prize – the Vince Lombardi Trophy (Yes, I used Lombardi’s first name) – this game is about the Patriots against the World.

Everyone wants to see the Patriots crumble, especially against a defense – The Legion of Boom – that is prepared to burst through the line of scrimmage on each snap. Fans want to see New England – a team that has been under scrutiny for the past two weeks because of “Deflate Gate” – lose.

Enough, people!

This is the NFL, the most popular sport in the North America, and instead of getting excited about two great teams competing for a championship, we’ve been wrapped up in Deflate Gate, as well as pondering the question: Is Tom Brady a cheater?

Belichick’s mantra has always been to ignore the noise, and you can bet New England did that this week while preparing for their final test. Say what you want – go ahead, are they cheaters? – but the Patriots first faced adversity when they finished the month of September with an excruciating loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Tom Brady and the Patriots were "done" after ending September with a 41-14 setback. (Photo Credit: The Big Lead/USA Today Sports).

Tom Brady and the Patriots were “done” after ending September with a 41-14 setback. (Photo Credit: The Big Lead/USA Today Sports)

Against Kansas City, Brady completed 14 of 23 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Brandon LaFell hauled in six catches for 119 yards, including one touchdown reception, while the defense allowed 26 first downs 443 yards.

Yep, the Patriots were done after this game. At 2-2, the “experts” said it was time for Brady to take a seat and make way for Jimmy Garoppolo.

Yet, as I stated above, the Patriots ignored the noise, turned their attention to their week five opponent: Cincinnati Bengals. And in a span of six days, the Patriots went from non-contenders to contenders, blowing out their opponent by a score of 43-17.

Following their win, New England rattled off seven straight wins, including victories against Denver, Indianapolis and San Diego. They finished atop the AFC East again – surprise, surprise! – and claimed home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Still think the Patriots should have folded following their 2-2 start?

In the postseason, they earned impressive wins against Baltimore (35-31) and Indianapolis (45-7). Their win against the Ravens featured a formation that continues to baffle John Harbaugh – Baltimore’s head coach – but again, did that faze these Pats?

The answer: nope!

Say all you want about Belichick, who was punished for SpyGate in 2007, but the man knows the game of football. He knows how to coach a team, which is ready and prepared to compete against the Seahawks, who humiliated Peyton Manning and the Broncos literally one year ago.

So, while you may think that Deflate Gate or SpyGate or any sort-of-gate is going to bring down these Patriots, think again.

Tonight, we could see history play out in Arizona as Brady and Belichick look to capture their fourth Super Bowl crown since the 2001 season. Sure, it is the same playing field that saw these Patriots conclude their almost perfect season to the New York Giants, but this team is clearly different from the 18-1 squad.

My prediction: I like the Patriots against the Seahawks. It will be close, but New England will squeak past Seattle, claiming their fourth Lombardi trophy, setting up an interesting handshake between Patriots owner Robert Kraft and the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell.

Again, say what you want – call them cheaters or benders-of-the-rules, but these Patriots will ignore the noise and figure out a way to conclude a controversial season with some hardware.