Tag Archives: Shaquille O’Neal

Daily Noontime – November 1, 2011

Julian Edelman is in trouble with the law, and most likely the New England Patriots too!

Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another edition of the Daily Noontime! Oh – it’s also November – Rabbit, Rabbit! 


* According to reports on Tuesday morning, New England Patriots wide receiver and punt returner Julian Edelman was arrested for assault and battery.

* The Kansas City Chiefs rallied late Monday evening to defeat the San Diego Chargers, and forced a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West.

* Apparently the Oakland Raiders are interested in signing former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

* Good news for Atlanta Falcons fans, rookie wide receiver Julio Jones returned to practice, and could be in the line-up on Sunday.

* More news is being leaked about Shaquille O’Neal‘s new book, which is due out in November, and one of the biggest topics was his relationship with Kobe Bryant.

* The NBA Lockout continues, but according to a recent Yahoo! Sports report, Players Association president Derek Fisher denied trying to cut a side deal with the league.

Games to Watch: 

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

* Tampa Bay at Carolina (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Anaheim at Washington (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

It’s the day after Halloween, and yes, we have a leftover treat – a video about Red Sox pitcher John Lackey, enjoy! 

Should We Blame President Obama for Rajon Rondo’s Shooting Woes?

Did President Obama really insult Rajon Rondo's shooting ability?

By Matt Noonan 

As American citizens, it’s quite easy to point fingers at the President of the United States, especially if it’s Barack Obama, however, some sports fans might want to reconsider why we’re blaming the commander and chief, who apparently “destroyed” Rajon Rondo’s shooting ability this past spring.

It’s not totally certain that Obama is the reason for Rondo’s poor shooting statistics with the Boston Celtics in March or April, but it’s quite possible that America’s leader stated something that affected the point guard, right?

Yet, how could one’s words derail an athlete? Seriously, how?

Well, according to multiple reports on Wednesday morning, as well as a portion of Shaquille O’Neal’s memoir with ESPNBoston.com columnist Jackie MacMullan, which is scheduled to debut on November 15, the Big Shamrock regaled the tale of the Green and White’s encounter with President Obama at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts this past March.

Slam Online’s Tzvi Twersky reported the story, as well as discovered the following excerpt from the book:

In early March some of the guys went to the museum of Fine Arts for a fund-raiser and got to hang with President Barack Obama. Everyone was a little bit in awe. The President turns to Ray, points at Rondo, and says, “Hey, Ray, why don’t you teach this kid how to shoot?” Everyone starts laughing.

KG told me he saw the look on Rondo’s face and the kid was devastated, embarrassed. Dissed by the President, even though I’m sure Obama didn’t mean any harm. Rondo smiled and went along with all of it, but KG told me he could see it in his eyes. It bothered Rondo. It killed him

The next day Rondo shot the ball horribly. He stopped taking shots after that. He’s so sensitive. I think it was a real jolt to hear the outside perception of a basketball fan who happens to be the President of the United States. It messed with his mind. I’m sure of it.

So, with this being the case, one might have to wonder, should we indeed blame Obama for Rondo’s shooting woes? Again, how can one person impact a player’s shooting ability? Obama is indeed a true basketball supporter, however, it just seems rather bizarre that we’re all pointing the finger at him.

* Information for this specific post was also gathered from Kelly Dwyer‘s report on  Yahoo! Sports

Daily Noontime – July 15, 2011

There's light at the end of the tunnel for the NFL!

It’s officially Friday, which means… the weekend, right? OK… OK… enough questions, let’s get this Daily Noontime Delivered, so here’s the headlines and news of the day, enjoy! 


* Good news NFL fans, apparently both sides are close to reaching an agreement on a new CBA (collective bargaining agreement).

* According to a recent poll, Forbes Magazine announced on Thursday that the Washington Redskins are the “4th-most valuable sports franchise,” which isn’t too much of a surprise, right?

* Finally, Pittsburgh Steelers James Harrison feels bad for his comments and remarks toward the NFL, as well as commissioner Roger Goodell, yet, not all of it.

* It’s official, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will be suspended for four games due to his altercation with Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher, Kevin Gregg, who will also serve some time too.

* Former Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal signed a deal with TNT to be a broadcaster for the upcoming NBA season. This should be exciting television, so don’t miss it!

* Mark your calendars baseball fans, as the Brockton Rox get set to sell the worlds most expensive hot dog on Saturday July 23.

Games to Watch: 

* Florida at Chicago Cubs (MLB) – 2:20pm eastern 

* New York Yankees at Toronto (MLB) – 7:07pm eastern 

* Boston at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern 

* Texas at Seattle (MLB) – 10:10pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

James Harrison loves to talk, but also, hit! 

NBA Draft: Boston Celtics Round 1 – JaJuan Johnson

The Boston Celtics acquired in a trade from the New Jersey Nets, JaJuan Johnson.

By Matt Noonan 

How it Happened: With the 27th pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA Draft, the New Jersey Nets selected JaJuan Johnson, forward/center from Purdue University. Although, due to a previous trade, the Boston Celtics retained the rights of Johnson in exchange for their 25th pick, which was Marshon Brooks, guard from Providence College

What it Means: The Celtics needed to draft a “big man.” Shaquille O’Neal retired this past spring and who knows how much gas remains in Jermaine O’Neal‘s tank, but Johnson will help the Green and Whit with his size. Johnson, who is six-feet-ten-inches and 221 pounds will certainly play a factor down low, as well as on defense.

How will Johnson Impact the Celtics: In his final year with Purdue, Johnson averaged 35.4 minutes, 20.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. Johnson improved dramatically from his freshman to senior year, so hopefully that’s a sign for things to come. Also, he won, as well as received numerous awards over his four years with the Boilermakers.

“[He] led Purdue in scoring 20 times, rebounds 24 times, blocks 31 times, steals 10 times and assists once during the season” (according to Purdue Athletics website).

Overall Grade: I’d say he is a sold “B/B+.” The All-American has plenty of room to grow, but expect his game to improve under the guidance of head coach Doc Rivers.

Noonan: Saying So Long to the Shaq We Know and Love

Shaq was not just an athlete, but a celebrity we loved!

By Matt Noonan 

It’s finally set in, but seriously, no Shaquille O’Neal in 2011, are you serious?

That’s right, Shaq’s days are numbered, toast and yes, he won’t be playing for any NBA team the next few years. Instead, he’ll be sitting back, relaxing, possibly pursuing a Masters and maybe, shooting the sequel to Kazaam?

Although, while the NBA will indeed miss O’Neal, fans shouldn’t worry too much because the athletic celebrity will continue to make noise, I promise.

He’s been in movies, mentioned in songs, hosted Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards, as well as been spotted at a variety of Hollywood parties and events.

Remember when he was a police officer in Miami?

How about when he joined the Phoenix Suns and ESPN did a spoof on him and cactuses?

Remember when he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers and promised to “win a ring for the King” (LeBron James)? Yep, that didn’t happen, luckily.

Shaq’s presence on and off the court is what makes the gentle giant so loveable and enjoyable. Yet, how many athletes or celebrities can be compared to Shaquille O’Neal? Seriously, who are other athletes that can be measured up to Shaq’s status?

The first one that comes to mind is Peyton Manning. Who didn’t enjoy Manning’s various Saturday Night Live montages? Didn’t you like watching him play football with the young kids of New York or attempting to hotwire/breaking into a car? What about his hysterical Direct-TV commercials, aren’t those laugh out loud funny?

Terrell Owens is another athletic celebrity that many Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers fans despise, but have enjoyed witnessing outside of the NFL. Owens is most remembered for the Monday Night Football clip, where he is seen with a cast member from Desperate Housewives, who dropped her towel and flailed into his arms naked. He has also taken part in celebrity basketball games, as well as appeared on the show, Pro’s vs. Joe’s and much more.

Deion Sanders, Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky have all embraced the celebrity life in various ways, but overall, they’re not Shaq.

Shaq is unique and cannot be replicated or cloned. He’s someone very special to the sports world and certainly he’ll be missed.

O’Neal walks away with four NBA championships, three Finals MVP’s, as well as other awards and unfortunately, he didn’t help the Boston Celtics capture Banner 18, but that doesn’t matter because he’ll always be loved.

« Older Entries