It seems hard to fathom, but another year is slowly winding down.
2021 felt more normal than say 2020 — yes, there were some challenges we all faced, along with a few delays for some games to be played earlier this year. But overall, 2021 brought a sense of hope and renewal with perhaps the biggest story for many being the return to the field.
In addition to populating our blog, our podcast — the Noontime Sports Podcast, to be exact! — welcomed a slew of new and old guests to the show. We discussed a variety of topics from mental health to content creation and coaching — we are super-excited for a brand new year of podcasting with shows appearing in your feed every Thursday.
So, before we officially bid farewell to another year of content creation, we invite you to enjoy some of our favorite sounds of the year (as seen above!).
Thank you for the continued support for coverage, and I cannot wait to begin a brand new year of storytelling in just a few days.
With the “workweek” slowly coming to a close — yes, we know this is more a “holiday week” — we have decided to start a new weekly post beginning today that will highlight (and yes, revisit) our podcast episode(s) from each week.
First, let’s tell you about our Monday chat with Kelly Johnson: Johnson, who is the founder of the Kelly Johnson Foundation and executive director (and host) of The Daily Grind podcast, chats with Matt about starting an organization to hosting a podcast with an emphasis on inspiring, but also telling stories of various individuals from various fields. Johnson also shares an important thought for our listeners: make every day count.
Our second show of the week, which was released earlier today (Thursday, December 23) featured Larry Anderson of MIT men’s basketball.
Let’s tell you more about the show: Anderson joins Noonan to discuss a variety of topics, including culture, what it takes for a program like the Engineers’ basketball team to be successful to mentorship, and yes, more. The two also discuss mindfulness and identifying time for oneself, which can help us learn and grow. This show, like the one above, will certainly inspire you.
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.