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Daily Noontime: Friday, February 5, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Friday, everyone – we made it!

And welcome to the first Friday of February – let’s celebrate.

It’s a BIG weekend for so many of us as the final game of the 2020 National Football League (NFL) is scheduled for Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Can you believe it?

Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will compete in Super Bowl on Sunday, which is one of many subjects – and yes, topics, too – discussed on today’s Football Friday Podcast (listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Anchor).

Alright, let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, be well, stay safe, and hold the line, everyone!

Friday’s Headlines for February 5, 2021

Finally, our Black History Month celebration on the men and women that have and continue to make an impact on the sports world continued yesterday with getting to know Paul Robeson, who starred as a defensive end with the Rutgers University football team.

Noontime’s Black History Month: Paul Robeson

By NoontimeSports.com

Our Black History Month celebration of the men and women that have and continue to make an impact on the sports – and yes, athletic world, too – continues with getting to know Paul Robeson, who played professional football for three teams, including the Milwaukee Badgers.

Paul Robeson was a student-athlete to watch and follow on the Rutgers football team. (Photo Courtesy: Rutgers.edu)

In addition to playing football – he also competed at Rutgers University – Robeson was an activist, actor, singer, and lawyer. And as Sports Illustrated described him, Roberson was “a true renaissance man.”

Getting to know Paul Robeson:

  • Paul Leroy Robeson was born in April 9, 1898 in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended Somerville High School and Rutgers University.

    In addition to studying at Rutgers, Robeson also went to Columbia University where he studied law while playing professional football.
  • Robeson’s father, William, was a minister that escaped slavery in North Carolina as a teenager.
  • As a high school student, Robeson performed in two plays – Julis Caesar and Othello – and sang in the chorus. He played four sports, including football, and won a statewide academic contest to Rutgers. He was also named his class valedictorian.
  • At Rutgers, Robeson collected numerous varsity letters in multiple sports while securing first-team All-American honors during his junior and senior seasons. Walter Camp, who played, coached, and wrote about football, considered Robeson the greatest student-athlete to play the end position.
  • One of Robeson’s most impressive moments on the gridiron came during his junior year against the Newport Naval Reserve.
  • Robeson, who was inducted into the Rutgers Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, led the football team to a 22-6-3 record. In those 31 games, Rutgers tallied 941 points.
  • Prior to his days at Rutgers, Robeson played three seasons of professional football in Hammond, Indiana, Akron, Ohio, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He used his earnings – $500 per game – to “pay his way through law school at Columbia University.”

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Daily Noontime: Tuesday, June 23, 2020


By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

It is going to be another WARM day here in Boston, as well as outside the city, so get that morning walk or run in soon. Otherwise, you will have to wait until this evening when it will be a bit cooler (or less humid!).

As you know, the ‘Daily Noontime’ has officially returned, which means its time to dish out some headlines for the day.

Noontime’s Headlines for Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • On Monday, Bowdoin College announced they would not be playing fall sports nor would its winter teams be competing until next year.We wrote about this announcement yesterday – along with some other fall sports plans, too – but we did hear from a source in Maine that it is possible the school’s fall sports teams could compete during the spring semester.
  • Also on Monday, we learned that UMass Boston will continue to offer remote learning this fall, which means the Beacons’ fall sports teams will not be competing for Little East Conference (LEC) titles. It is possible students – and maybe student-athletes – could return to campus at some point this fall, but a lot will depend on the impact the virus is making, both in and outside the city.Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman shared an update about plans for the fall semester on the school’s website yesterday – she did mention e-sports could be a way to keep students engaged and connected while studying remotely. Could we see a Beacons e-sports team this fall?
  • The Patriot League unveiled its plans for the upcoming fall sports season last night, which will certainly impact the seven schools that play football. According to Sports Illustrated‘s Pate Forde, non-conference games seem unlikely.Holy Cross, which competes in Patriot League, is currently scheduled to compete against five non-conference teams this fall, including Boston College and Harvard University. Maybe those games could happen since they would take place in-state. Additionally, the Crusaders are scheduled to commence their 2020 campaign in North Andover against Merrimack College.
  • Steve Politi of NJ.com has a great story about the upcoming Rutgers University football season – he asks the question why do we need to bring back student-athletes in the midst of an ongoing pandemic? Is it really worth the risk?
  • Middlebury College plans to welcome its students back for the fall semester, which will not include an October break. Students would depart campus around Thanksgiving and finish the semester remotely, as well as take their finals from their homes, as well.What does that mean for the upcoming Middlebury fall sports season? As of now, games remain scheduled, but the school said in last night’s announcement about the fall semester to “more details” will be unveiled in the coming weeks, so stay tuned Panthers fans!

Thanks for stopping by and starting your day with the Daily Noontime! Make sure to stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube – have a great day, everyone! 

Bad Referee Calls

On behalf of the big news on Thursday regarding the referees that possibly blew or made the wrong call during an important Big East tournament game that coasted Rutgers University their chance to advance in the conference tournament, we thought, why not take a stroll down memory and witness some other awful calls that had serious impacts on games and teams.

1.) In the NFL there has been some awful calls over the past few seasons, but one team thats has endured some really bad calls is the Denver Broncos. Did Broncos quarter Jay Cutler‘s pass hit the ground or was it caught by Brandon Stokley?


2.) Sure, referees are people and often make mistakes too, but do they deserve to get punched in the face during a game?


3.) What happens when referees favor one team or school over the other? Not quite sure, but in this particular video, Duke received an extra offensive opportunity as a gift, instead of retreating back onto defense.


4.) Remember when the Cutler and the Broncos technically fumbled the ball… or … did they actually throw a forward pass? Well, needless to say, NFL’s top official, Ed Hochuli seemed uncertain after the play was ruled dead.


5.) Ever wonder what happens when high school basketball players disagree with the referees? Similar to the pros, it can get messy and strange real quick.


6.) Even the players get upset when the referee doesn’t make the right calls, especially the Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows.


7.) Remember the World Cup in June and July of 2010? Remember when Team USA was snubbed due to the referees? Certainly Landon Donovan wasn’t happy.


8.) Did you happen to see a foul recorded by the Detroit Pistons? Seemed like the Orlando Magic showed off some acting in quite an impressive play that led to two free foul shots.


9.) Wasn’t Duke’s Greg Paulus clearly out of bounds on this particular play? How did the referees not see this?


10.) One of the best things about watching the referees make bad calls is hearing what the announcers have to say, which in this case, Boston Celtics color commentator and former NBA great, Tommy Heinsohn, really shared his “two cents.”