I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and ready for another great week.
This week, the ‘Daily Noontime’ will be taking a mini-vacation – I will only be posting it today and Friday, July 17, as I will be taking a few days off, but will look forward to reconnecting with everyone later this week.
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Noontime’s Headlines for Monday, July 13, 2020
The third phase of the state’s reopening officially begins in Boston today, but businesses are not expecting a high volume of customers to come through their doors.As many know, the state of Massachusetts has really opened its door – no pun intended, of course – with its third phase, which allows gyms, movie theatres, and museums.
A father of a student-athlete that plays D-III football at Johns Hopkins wrote a very interesting piece about not seeing his son compete for the Blue Jays this fall. And he thinks maybe other programs (and conferences) should also consider punting on fall sports, too.
The Training Room in Somerville, Massachusetts has been able to offer its clients classes virtually
By Matt Noonan
Since mid-March, our workout routines have looked a lot different.
We’re no longer rushing to our local gym or fitness center to watch the news on the treadmill or lift weights. Instead, we have shifted our daily (or weekly) exercise routines to our homes where workouts are being conducted in kitchens, living rooms, basements, home offices, and bedrooms.
We have also taken part in virtual exercise classes through Zoom, which is something The Training Room in Somerville, Massachusetts has enjoyed offering its clients. The Training Room currently offers various exercise classes from circuit training to online cycling with classes being held in the morning, midday, and evening, as well as on weekends.
And while the state of Massachusetts did permit fitness centers and gymnasiums to reopen this week – currently, gyms are closed in Boston and Somerville until next Monday, July 13 – The Training Room has decided to continue its remote offerings, which will be something they will continue to do once it is safe to resume in-person activities.
“When the doors (to our two gymnasiums) open, we are planning to offer both (an in-person and online experience),” said Tyler Cote, who is the general manager of The Training Room. “I am really excited about this option.
“I think having both of these options is important and that is our plan going forward. We also want to do what our clients want and continue to provide them with the best service possible.”
Cote said the online services both he and his colleagues have provided these past few months have certainly been enjoyable, but also a great way for coaches and clients to remain connected.
We recently spoke with Cote to learn more about the gym’s virtual classes, as well as how he has been able to provide instruction remotely.
How have the online classes gone from your perspective?
We were a bit unsure of how everything would work, especially coaching through a computer, but the staff has taken right to it. You figure out what angles you need to see when you’re coaching to sometimes moving your computer so our clients can see your feet through for exercise or your hips, so we have learned how to provide instruction remotely these past few months.
I really think now that we have it down really, really well.
What is a virtual circuit training class? Is it any different than your in-person classes?
Normally we would run eight to ten stations in-person and we would go through them four times. But for our online classes, you can go from one exercise to another much quicker, so the pace of these classes is a little faster. And the format is the following: five exercises – we do them twice and then take a break. We then do the same five exercises again followed by another break. And then we introduce five new exercises at the end of the session.
I think people are really enjoying this format. I also think people are looking at circuit training online as much more of an aerobic challenge than it has been in the past.
Obviously, there are some things that equipment might limit, but we have done a really good job with putting together classes where if you have the equipment you can totally use it, but if you don’t there are options for you to use just your bodyweight. We also have been mindful of those that can’t jump in place because they live in apartments so we do provide alternative exercises for those that cannot run in place.
How are you able to watch everyone’s exercises and forms through a computer?
I was adamant from the start of making sure I would see everyone doing the same exercise at the same time. I consider myself lucky that I knew our clients really well and that I can speak to them directly throughout the session. So, all in all, it has been an adjustment, but it has worked out extremely well.
Lastly, tell me about the online kettlebell classes. How have they gone from your perspective?
We rented out a majority of our equipment to our clients – we have two facilities (herein Somerville) with a lot of equipment. We also had some clients buy their own kettlebells, but a lot of my clients have been doing (kettlebell training previously) and have set up home gyms at their place with two bells. One is a lighter bell which they can use for presses and rowing, and then a heavier bell for different types of swing variations.
What if WPI (left) and Springfield College (right) played against some local FCS and D-II football teams?
By Matt Noonan
Trying to decipher if and when a college football season will occur this fall remains a mystery to many these days, including yours truly. But what if the upcoming season featured more regional games, specifically contests that saw the various New England FCS teams competing against D-II and D-III squads?
How about D-II and D-III teams squaring-off either under the lights or during a gorgeous October afternoon?
Could it happen? Maybe – I am not entirely sure, but it is an interesting thought, right?
While we may not know if and when a college football season will occur (or officially begin), here are a few ideas for some potential matchups that would be worth watching (or following).
American International College, Springfield College, and Western New England: How about AIC, Springfield, and WNE competing against each other to determine the best football team in Springfield, Massachusetts? Springfield and WNE have met in week one these past few years with the Pynchon SAW trophy on the line – the hardware is named after the city’s founder William Pynchon – so why not add AIC to the mix?
Holy Cross vs. New Haven: The Chargers (New Haven) are currently slated to compete against Dartmouth College in September, so why not play against the Crusaders, who advanced to their first postseason since 2009 last fall? This could be a really interesting game against two teams that finished in the top half of their respective conference last season.
Assumption College vs. WPI: I floated this potential matchup earlier this week in my ‘Noontime Commentary‘ piece about the upcoming fall sports season. I think this could be an interesting game, but I am not sure who would win. These two teams are literally down the road from each other, so we could call this game the ‘Battle of Salisbury Street.’ Thoughts?
Bentley University vs. New Hampshire: After finishing its 2019 campaign with a 6-4 record, I think these Falcons (Bentley) are ready to take on the Wildcats of New Hampshire. Whether this game is played in Waltham, Massachusetts, or Durham, New Hampshire, there would be an interest in this contest with both programs attracting a slew of student-athletes from the six New England states to their respective campus every year.
Harvard University, MIT, and Tufts University: Welcome to the ‘Battle of Cambridge and Somerville!’ Yes, I know there is already the ‘Battle for the Picket Fence’ between Cambridge Rindge & Latin and Somerville High School, so why not have Harvard, MIT, and Tufts compete for bragging rights for both cities? It could be some interesting games for sure, but in the end, Harvard would prevail. Go Crimson!
With 2019 slowly winding down and a new year – and yes, decade, too – upon us, it is time to look back at some of our favorite posts we produced over the past 12 months.
The Way Too Early New England D3 Football Top 20 Poll. I think we were VERY excited for another year of New England D-III football coverage back in June. This season, we introduced our first-ever Top 20 Poll – yes, we had some people dispute and question our rankings, but we certainly got people excited with some early preseason coverage.
The Football Friday Podcasttook off – and we even appeared on iTunes and Spotify, too. Talking New England football was fun this summer and fall. And the best part was the show appeared on iTunes and Spotify, so we were able to let our fans take our show with them and listen to in the car on the way to games. Big props to James Baker for his help and expertise – he is a great co-host for the show!
D3 Players to Watch in Massachusetts and Connecticut. We introduced a new piece of content ahead of the D-III lacrosse season with players to watch posts. And two states that did very well – no surprise, of course – was Massachusetts and Connecticut. We also did ‘Players to Watch‘ in Texas, too.
We produced some high school sports content, including a story about Somerville High School returning to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) postseason for the first time since 2013.
The fifth week of the Massachusetts high school football season began a few days ago – Rivers was edged by Hamden (Conn.), while Kipp Academy and Stoughton scored wins last night.
This evening, we have some very intriguing (and important) matchups to follow, as well as some games to watch tomorrow, too.
Here are some predictions for games both today and tomorrow, including our Noontime Sports Game of the Week between Masconomet and North Reading.
Game of the Week: Masconomet at North Reading (Friday, Oct. 4th at 7 p.m.): The Hornets have been very impressive this season, scoring recent wins against Hamilton-Wenham (41-15) and Newburyport (28-14). North Reading quarterback Jack Keller will be challenged against a Chieftains defense, which is yielding an average of 8.6 points per game. Masconomet halfback Will Hunter will be the key for the Red and White as they look to score an important Cape Ann League (CAL) road win. PREDICTION: Masconomet over North Reading
Millis at Medway (Friday, Oct. 4th at 3:45 p.m.): After falling to Dover-Sherborn one week ago, look for Brian Kane and the Mohawks to find a way to bounce back on the road against the Mustangs of Medway. PREDICTION: Millis over Medway
Wellesley at Natick (Friday, Oct. 4th at 4 p.m.): A pair of 4-0 teams are set to kick-off at 4 p.m. this afternoon- look for Natick to make one or two extra plays down the stretch s to secure a hard-fought and important conference win against the Raiders. PREDICTION: Natick over Wellesley
Wakefield at Burlington (Friday, Oct. 4th at 4:30 p.m.): Burlington was impressive one week ago against Watertown – look for a similar effort this afternoon against Wakefield. PREDICTION: Burlington over Wakefield
Medford at Everett (Friday, Oct. 4th at 5 p.m.): Medford has certainly shown improvements the past few weeks, but this will be a tough conference test for the Blue and White. PREDICTION: Everett over Medford
Waltham at Cambridge (Friday, Oct. 4th at 7 p.m.): Carl-Heinz Renaudin highlighted the Hawks’ win last week against Newton South and will certainly be a player to watch against a Falcons squad that is eager to return to the win column. PREDICTION: Waltham over Cambridge
Ipswich at Somerville (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 2:30 p.m.): Give the Highlanders credit for facing some tough competition in the first month. That experience should help them find a way to tame the Tigers of Ipswich at Dilboy Stadium. PREDICTION: Somerville over Ipswich
Malden at Hamilton-Wenham (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 3 p.m.): Both teams enter Saturday’s mid-afternoon clash seeking a win. The Generals have the upper-hand in this match-up, but look for the Golden Tornadoes to provide them with some challenges in all four quarters. PREDICTION: Hamilton-Wenham over Malden.
Holliston at Westwood (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 3 p.m.): Holliston has looked very impressive in its first three games and should continue its recent momentum against Westwood on Saturday. PREDICTION: Holliston over Westwood
St. John Paul II at Matignon/St. Joseph (Saturday, Oct. 5th at 7 p.m.): This is a must-win for the Warriors, who fell to Austin Prep last week on the road. St. John Paul cracked the win column last Friday with a 28-14 win over Cathedral. PREDICTION:. St. John Paul II over Matignon/St. Joseph