Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode Eight (Howard Herman | Berkshire Eagle)

Noontime Sports Podcast

By NoontimeSports.com 

For the eighth podcast of the revamped Noontime Sports the Podcast, Matt Noonan caught up with the Howard Herman of the Berkshire Eagle to chat about multiple topics, including Williams College football and how good New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) basketball is too.

In addition to some New England D3 talk, Noonan and Herman also discussed what’s next in sports journalism, along with who will win the Boston-Cleveland ALDS.

Make sure to follow Howard on Twitter (@HowardHerman) and the Berkshire Eagles sports section too (@EagleSportsZone).

Recapping The Third Day Of Boston Red Sox Baseball (Links)

Alex Avila hit a two-run blast in the bottom half of the 11th, which helped Detroit sweep Boston on Sunday! (Photo Credit: TotalProSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston-Detroit series ended in heartbreak, as the Tigers rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the 11th, which lifted them past the Red Sox, 13-12. Alex Avila‘s two-run blast provided Detroit their third consecutive win.

Here are some links and recaps from Sunday’s afternoon contest.

* After watching their third game conclude with a loss, Boston’s Bobby Valentine apparently is dazed and confused about his ball club.

* Against Boston on this particular date – Avila was the true hero for Detroit.

* Once again, WEEI’s Alex Speier writes about the Sox up and down bullpen that once again didn’t prevail.

* Comcast Sports New England provided an interesting piece about how the Sox blew two leads – one in the ninth and one in the 11th – which allowed the Tigers to win.

* The Detroit Free Press crafted a piece about the Tigers offense, which produced when it needed to.

* After three games – CBS Sports believes that Boston has a closer problem.

The Return Of Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer

By NoontimeSports.com 

Our good friends over at Boston Sports Then and Now recently released an interesting story on Tuesday pertaining toward the Boston Red Sox holiday greeting card, which featured a mythical character named Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer.

According to the article, the Red Sox didn’t exactly have the rights to use the various artistic drawings and pictures from Character Arts, who own the rights to Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.

Last October, a local sports marketing firm had this brilliant idea to obtain licensing for Rudolph and the Boston Red Sox and create a children’s story book where David Ortiz Helps Rudolph Save Christmas. All the proceeds from the sale of the book would support his charitable foundation. They were unable to come to terms with David, so they approached the Boston Red Sox with the story idea instead. Ultimately, however, the deal fell through because Character Arts was unable to provide licensing for Rudolph’s usage.

As explained by Ashish Sharma from Character Arts to the agency: “I spoke with the team and in short, while we love the idea, the charitable component and the baseball players involved, we cannot move forward due to the fact that Rudolph has not never [sic] been brought out of the fictional realm.” Sharma added “When it comes to the brand, we are very careful to safeguard its current mythological reverence and this often leads to having to make tough decisions such as this one.”

The article continued to provide more information on this whole dilemma when it stated following:

Well, it turns out the Red Sox liked the idea too much to let lack of a license slow them down, and they opted to proceed anyhow. According to Sharma later that same evening, there was still no deal. “Nothing has changed (and thank you for bringing this to our attention) – this use is unauthorized and will be dealt with appropriately.”

So, did the Boston Red Sox violate copyright infringement or was this a total misunderstanding?

To read the article in its entirety — CLICK HERE.

Daily Noontime – July 25, 2011

The NFL season rests on the shoulders of DeMaurice Smith, as well as the NFLPA.

Good Day to everyone and welcome into yet another wonderful Daily Noontime! Here’s the headlines and news of the day, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Monday should be an important day in the NFL, as the players and owners should officially shake hands, as well as end the lockout.

* Sunday was a special day, as the Boston Red Sox ended their three-game series with the Seattle Mariners with a win, but also, celebrated Tim Wakefield‘s 2,000th strikeout too.

* Sadly, Michael Phelps and Team USA settled for the bronze medal on Sunday at the 400-meter freestyle relay, which isn’t a great feeling, right?

* More news is currently being released on Monday about Lorenzen Wright‘s death, as well as what the Memphis police department didn’t do right.

* The Mariners extended their losing streak to 15-games, but is that something to be proud of, especially as a M’s fan?

* Sunday was an exciting day, as Cooperstown, New York welcomed a few new members to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Games to Watch: 

* Pittsburgh at Atlanta (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Seattle at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern 

* Kansas City at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

How awesome is it when you watch Shaquille O’Neal show off his puppetry skills? 

Top 10 Boston Red Sox of the 21st Century

Dave Roberts' steal jump-started the greatest comeback of all time.

By Andy Lindberg

In one of Noonan’s grand schemes to get you, the fair reader, involved, he has initiated a top-10 voting spree.  The readers (you) must vote for those who you feel are most worthy of being named Boston’s top-10 athletes of the 21st century, i.e., from 2000 to this very day.  My responsibilities to you are the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots.  I will give you a name, followed by a very short reason why.  I feel you are all big boys and girls out there, and thus need no more instruction.

Top-10 Boston Red Sox of the 21st Century

Honorable mention: Dustin Pedroia.  Pedey will be on this list very, very soon.

10. Dave Roberts.  A short stint to be sure, but without The Steal, the Red Sox go home and the Yankees punish St. Louis for the 2004 World Series win.

9. Derek Lowe. Lowe went 21-8 in 2002, threw a no-hitter, saved 42 games for the Sox in 2000, but most importantly, won the clinching games of the 2004 ALDS, ALCS, and World Series.  2004 playoffs: 3-0, 1,06 ERA after being relegated to the bullpen.

8. Nomar Garciaparra.In a very hard decision, Nomar makes this list.  In 2000 he batted a ridiculous .372 and hit over .300 in 2002 and 2003.  There hasn’t been a fixture at shortstop in Boston since.  What might have been if only Garciaparra could have stayed healthy?

7. Trot Nixon. Hall of Famer?  By no means, but Nixon brought a grit and “never say die” attitude to the Sox for seven seasons in the 21st century, including whacking 118 homers and knocking in 471 runs during that span.

6. Keith Foulke. He only spent three years in Boston, but he only needed one to make this list.  In 2004 he sported a 2.17 ERA and 32 saves during the regular season and wrecked his arm pitching in 11 games that postseason, including finishing all four games of the Word Series (in which he should have arguably been named the MVP).  He never pitched the same again, but gave everything he had and then some for a title.

5. Kevin Youkilis. It’s interesting to see Youkilis here but he’s a proven winner with two rings in his time in Boston from a rookie in 2004 to now.  He has won a Gold Glove, two titles, and has brought stability to virtually every single spot in the lineup when asked, and has hit well in every single spot in the lineup.  Youk is all about the team and it has shown.

4. Manny Ramirez. Manny’s antics get him knocked back to number four, but his impact was undeniable; two Championships, 274 homers, 868 RBI, a 999 OPS and a .312 batting average in eight years with Boston.  For a time, he was the best right-handed bat in the game next to Albert Pujols.

3. Curt Schilling. Schilling spent four years in Boston and won two World Series’ with them, retiring after the 2007 Championship.  He promised to end “an 86-year old curse” and delivered.  In only four years with the Sox, he won 53 games.

2. Pedro Martinez. The only reason Martinez isn’t #1 is because two of his Cy Young’s came before 2000.  In 2000 Pedro went 18-6 with an astonishing 1.74 ERA.  How he ever lost six games is a testament to how weak the offense was.  He went 20-4 in 2002 with a 2.26 ERA (losing the Cy Young to Barry Zito), and went 14-4 in 2003 with a 2.22 ERA.  Martinez led the league in strikeouts in 2000 and 2002.  In five years with Boston this century, he won 75 games and struck out 1,119…in FIVE years.

1. David Ortiz. I was surprised I gave the top spot to Papi, but it had to happen.  In his nine years with Boston he has hit .288 with 308 homers and 980 RBI.  He hit 54 bombs in 2006, breaking the Red Sox club record and has twice led the league in RBI.  Most importantly, he has accumulated walk-off hit after walk-off hit, none more prevalent than in the 2004 playoffs against the Yankees.  In that series alone, he batted .387 with 3 homers and 11 RBI in seven games.  Ortiz left Minnesota a castoff in 2002, but will leave Boston one day as a legend.