Daily Noontime – January 18, 2012

When do you expect Carl Crawford to return to the diamond? April? June? Never? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy “Hump Day,” and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime!

Here are some headlines and news to kick-start your day, enjoy.

* On Tuesday, Carl Crawford underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist due to soreness he sustained during his offseason training regimen in Arizona. GM Ben Cherington believes the Boston Red Sox leftfielder should be able to play this season. However, it’s possible that the Sox will have to explore other options, while Crawford recovers. Will he return to the diamond in April? We’ll have to wait and see!

* The Boston Bruins dropped to 1-2 on their current four-game road trip, as the Tampa Bay Lightning handed the Black and Gold a 5-3 loss on Tuesday. Nathan Horton netted two goals, Daniel Paille scored a shorthanded goal, and Tim Thomas saved 26 shots between the pipes. The Bruins will wrap up their road trip on Thursday when they travel to New Jersey to face the Devils.    

* Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell was recently fired after his team finished the season, 2-14, and according to a report on Wednesday morning, it’s possible that Peyton Manning may not return to quarterback the team next year.

* According to an interesting Yahoo! Sports blog report, it’s possible that the Boston Celtics might actually deal Paul Pierce, as well as Ray Allen or Kevin Garnett to clear cap room. Both Allen and Garnett are expected to be free agents after the season concludes, while Pierce has two-years remaining on his current contract. The Celtics are currently ranked third in their division, as well as one and a half games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Daily Noontime – December 23, 2011

The Colts pulled out a dramatic win on Thursday after their owner stated that he expects Peyton to remain in Indianapolis! (Photo Credit: Flickr.com)

Happy Friday to everyone, and of course, Happy Holidays too! Here’s some headlines, news and other things! 


* The Indianapolis Colts earned their second consecutive victory, as they rallied to defeat the Houston Texans, 19-16.

* According to the Colts owner Jim Isray, he believes and expects quarterback Peyton Manning to remain with Indianapolis for the upcoming season.

* Sports Illustrated confirmed that Kobe Bryant is expected to play in the team’s season opener on Sunday against Chicago Bulls.

* According to MLB.com — the St. Louis Cardinals have reached a two-year deal with Carlos Beltran.

* The New York Rangers picked up an important win on Thursday, as they defeated the New York Islanders, 4-2.

Games to Watch: 

* Florida at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at New York Rangers (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

With 2011 slowly coming to a close, here’s a video that recaps the past year of YouTube videos, enjoy! 

Noonan: Quick Thoughts on Week 15 of the NFL

Reggie Wayne pumps his fist on Sunday to celebrate the Colts victory on Sunday! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By Matt Noonan 

Sunday was a wild day across the NFL, but now, literally hours after all the lights have been turned off, and fans have marched home, I, Matt Noonan have a few things to say about one of the most wackiest days in professional football, so here we go…

* The Chiefs-Packers game was quite intriguing, but so was watching the Colts earn their first win against the Titans. It was also nice to see Jim Isray smile too, as well as announce that Peyton Manning won’t play for the remainder of the season. Hmm… I think that was an obvious, right?

* Sunday was also the first time that New England Patriots wide receiver Chad Ochocinco caught a touchdown, as well as provided some necessary blocks on offense too. Ochocinco then took to Twitter a few hours after his team’s game against Denver concluded, and wrote, “Never look down on people. My grandma always said whatever’s on the bottom is holding you up.” I guess his grandmother provided the inspiration for his first official touchdown in a New England uniform, eh?

* The Oakland Raiders celebrated Louis Murphy’s first score of the year, but sadly, they couldn’t control their exuberant emotions, which allowed Detroit the opportunity to rally and win their ninth game of the season, 28-27.

* In case you didn’t know, both New York teams, the Giants and Jets, lost. Yep, those losses will come back to haunt Big Blue and Gang Green at some point, but in the meantime, the city that never sleeps still has the Knicks and Rangers to follow.

* What’s the matter with Ryan Fitzpatrick? After signing a rather lucrative contract a few weeks ago, he hasn’t won a game. Doesn’t that bother Buffalo Bills fans?

* As mentioned above, I did find the Chiefs-Packers game intriguing, but also a great moment for interim head coach Romeo Crennel, who spoke rather highly of his team’s effort and performance against Green Bay. Yet, after this particular win, I have to ask the following… Should he be considered for the head-coaching job for next year? My answer… YES!

* The St. Louis Rams are in a world of hurt, and according to reports on Monday; head coach Steve Spagnuolo’s job is in serious jeopardy. He may not be coaching the men dressed in blue and yellow next year, but overall, I think it’s safe to say, he gave it his best shot.

* So, where have the San Diego Chargers been the past few weeks? Suddenly, they want to win? They’ll need a lot of help these next two weeks, but overall, their affair against Baltimore proved that the Ravens might not be the best squad in the AFC.  

Analyzing Three NFL Winless Teams – Indianapolis, Miami and St. Louis

Can Manning help Painter lead the Indianapolis Colts to one win this season?

By Matt Noonan 

After six weeks, we have one undefeated team, (Green Bay) and three winless squads, (Indianapolis, Miami and St. Louis), but which organization is the absolute worse?

Which squad do you think has the best chance to end the season with no wins?

Is it possible to state that all three teams are vying for the number one spot in the NFL Draft, so they can select Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck?

Well, here are a few thoughts and ideas on all three teams, as well as their remaining schedule.

Indianapolis Colts [0-6] – I think it’s time the Colts throw in the towel and start praying for Andrew Luck’s help.

We all knew once the season began that Indianapolis wouldn’t be the same without Peyton Manning, who’s still recovering from neck surgery. Yet, while he’s not on the field with his teammates, cameras have caught him talking with players, coaches and even backup quarterback Curtis Painter, which is a good thing, right?

Overall, I don’t see this team winning one game this year. They’ll contend against their divisional foes, which include Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee, but again, they won’t secure a single win this season. Opponents have trampled over their defense, while their offense hasn’t secured more than 90-yards on the ground.

Seriously, they’re pathetic, but I guess all teams have to go through tough times, right?

Miami Dolphins [0-5] – The Dolphins are bad, real bad.

Against the New York “Football” Jets, they looked completely unmotivated. Backup quarterback Matt Moore was flustered, despite completing 16-of-34 passes for 204 yards and two interceptions, and the defense struggled to contain Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense, which registered two touchdowns.

Miami has been embarrassed twice on national television this season by New England and New York, but have challenged Cleveland, Houston and San Diego.

Will they win one game this season? I think so, but am not too confident. They have to face New England and New York again, as well as play Buffalo, Oakland, Dallas, and Philadelphia, which won’t be easy. Yet, if I had to make a bold prediction, they’ll finish with one with this season.

St. Louis Rams [0-5] – It’s hard to believe, but the Rams are once again the laughing stock of the NFL.

After a somewhat decent and successful season last year, head coach Steve Spagnuolo doesn’t seem to have an answer for his young squad’s demise. However, the Rams have lost numerous players due to injuries this season and currently are ranked 32nd in points scored per game, while their defense has allowed the most rushing yards.

Looking ahead to the remainder of their schedule, the Rams could certainly muster a few wins against Arizona, Dallas, Seattle and possibly, Cincinnati. I don’t see this team finishing with a winless record, but instead, two or three wins.

Willwerth: Thoughts and Reactions to Week 3 in the NFL

By Brian Willwerth 

Bills 34, Patriots 31 – Look who’s alone atop the AFC East. For the second week in a row, Buffalo [3-0] came back from a huge deficit, capping the comeback with a 28-yard field goal from Rian Lindell as time expired. Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bills’ comeback, throwing for 369 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. New England quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, but was also picked off four times, one of which was returned for a score by Drayton Florence. This was Buffalo’s first win over New England since the ’03 season opener.

49ers 13, Bengals 8 – Running back Kendall Hunter scored the only touchdown of the game by either team late in the fourth quarter to give San Francisco (2-1) the win at Paul Brown Stadium. The attendance was 43,363 – the smallest crowd for a Cincinnati home opener in 30 years.

Browns 17, Dolphins 16 – In Cleveland, Colt McCoy engineered a game-winning, 80-yard drive. He threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 43 seconds left for the Browns [2-1]. Miami is still winless (0-3).

Titans 17, Broncos 14 – In Nashville, Matt Hasselbeck threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner to Daniel Graham with less than five minutes to play for Tennessee [2-1].  For Denver [1-2], quarterback Kyle Orton also threw two touchdown passes, but was picked off twice.

Lions 26, Vikings 23 (OT) – Just as Buffalo is the story right now in the AFC, the same can be said of Detroit [3-0] in the NFC. The Lions rallied from a 20-0 deficit in the second half. Jason Hanson kicked the game-winning 32-yard field goal in overtime. Detroit is [3-0] for the first time in 31 years. Minnesota [0-3] blew a big lead at home for the second week in a row; the Vikes squandered a 17-0 advantage to Tampa Bay last Sunday.

Saints 40, Texans 33 – There are many candidates this weeks “Game of the Day,” but I’ll give this contest the nod. At the Superdome, Drew Brees and Matt Schaub combined to throw for 743 yards and six touchdowns. In the end, New Orleans [2-1] got the last laugh against Houston [2-1].  The teams combined for 37 points in the fourth quarter, and 927 yards of total offense for the game. If you love offensive fireworks, this was the game for you.

Giants 29, Eagles 16Eli Manning spoiled Philadelphia’s home opener. He threw four touchdown passes, including two to Victor Cruz. The Giants improve to [2-1], while the Eagles fall to [1-2]. Also, the team is somewhat concerned about Michael Vick’s health. He left in the fourth quarter with a broken right hand. Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid said Monday that Vick’s hand was just bruised, not broken.

Panthers 16, Jaguars 10 Cam Newton did not throw for 400 yards; he didn’t even come close. But he did find Greg Olsen for the game-winning touchdown with 4:20 left to give Carolina its first win. Newton finished with 158 yards passing. Jacksonville rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert made his first NFL start, throwing for 191 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Raiders 34, Jets 24 –  A Rex Ryan-led defense gives up 234 yards rushing? Rex, meet Darren McFadden. He had 171 of those yards and two touchdowns as Oakland [2-1] won before at home. The Raiders handed the Jets their first loss of the season.

Ravens 37, Rams 7 – After losing to Tennessee last week, Baltimore [2-1] took out some serious frustration against St. Louis [0-3]. The Ravens had a 27-0 lead and over 400 yards of offense – in the first half. It was blowout city from that point on.

Chargers 20, Chiefs 17 – It wasn’t pretty for San Diego [2-1], but the Bolts did enough to keep Kansas City winless on the season. The Chargers got two short touchdown runs from Ryan Matthews to bail out quarterback Philip Rivers, who was picked off twice.

Packers 27, Bears 17 – The Super Bowl Champs are off to a [3-0] start. Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes as Green Bay beat its long-time rival at Soldier Field.

Seahawks 13, Cardinals 10 – In a defensive battle in Seattle, the Seahawks picked up their first win of the season. Tarvaris Jackson scored his team’s lone touchdown on an 11-yard run.

Buccaneers 16, Falcons 13 – In Tampa, the young Bucs’ [2-1] defense was the story, sacking Matt Ryan four times and forcing three turnovers.  Tampa Bay stopped a five-game losing streak to Atlanta. The Falcons [1-2] have already lost as many games this year as they did in the entire 2010 regular season.

Steelers 23, Colts 20 – If you thought this would be a cakewalk for Pittsburgh without Peyton Manning on the field, think again.  It took a Shaun Suisham field goal with 4 seconds left to give the Steelers the win.  Each team scored a defensive touchdown: Troy Polamalu for Pittsburgh, Jamaal Anderson for Indy (0-3.)

NFL Week 2 – News and Notes

By NoontimeSports.com 

Week one of the NFL season is officially in the books, but now, it’s time to get everyone set for the next official “football Sunday!” Here’s the latest headlines and news from Wednesday, enjoy.

*The New England Patriots blew out the Miami Dolphins on Monday, but now Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi are expressing their concern for Chad Ochocinco‘s social media habits, as well as his preparation too.

*It’s a do-or-die week for the Dallas Cowboys, as well as a bounce back one for quarterback Tony Romo, who collapsed during the fourth quarter last Sunday against the New York Jets. ESPNDallas.com provided an interesting story on how Romo can bounce back this week against the San Francisco 49ers.

*According to David Garrard‘s agent, the former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback wants to find a championship squad, so he can win a Super Bowl.

* It’s early, but should the Indianapolis Colts start preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft? Perhaps, they’d want to select Andrew Luck, especially if Peyton Manning remains sidelined because of neck surgery.

Daily Noontime – September 12, 2011

Once again, Tony Romo failed to win a game in the fourth quarter!

Good Monday morning, and welcome into yet another awesome edition of the Daily Noontime! Here’s the headlines and news of the day! 


* Unfortunately, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo couldn’t hold onto the ball in the fourth quarter, as he gave away his team’s lead and the game to the New York Jets.

* Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may have not led his team to their first victory of the season, yet managed to throw for 422 yards and two touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals.

* The slumping Boston Red Sox lost again, as the Tampa Bay Rays swept the weekend series on Sunday.

* Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed to the media on Sunday that he doesn’t want his wide receiverDez Bryant to return kick-offs or punts.

* This is quite fascinating news – Stephen Strasburg pitched only three innings on Sunday, which might be a head scratcher, right?

* How bad were the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday? Well, one thing is certain, they need quarterback Peyton Manning under center.

Games to Watch: 

* New England at Miami (NFL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Tampa Bay at Baltimore (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Detroit at Chicago White Sox (MLB) – 8:10pm eastern 

* Oakland at Denver (NFL) – 10:15pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Wouldn’t it be cool to play against Darth Vader in fantasy football?