Daily Noontime (Thursday, October 16, 2020)

 

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Thursday, everyone! 

It’s quite chilly outside this morning. In fact, I almost ordered a hot coffee from Starbucks but chose a cold brew instead. Was that a bad decision? 

Let’s get to some news from the sports world, beginning with a recent update from the National Football League (NFL): The Atlanta Falcons are shutting down their facility due to “multiple positive tests.” 

What exactly does this mean? We’re unsure, but as of now, the Falcons are scheduled to meet the Minnesota Vikings this weekend, but that game could be postponed or canceled, so stay tuned. 

I am sorry to share not-so-good news (again!), but Nick Saban, who is the head coach of the University of Alabama‘s football team, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Additionally, Greg Byrne, who is the school’s athletic director, also tested positive, which means this weekend’s conference clash between the Tide and the University of Georgia could be postponed, but who knows? 

As we noted yesterday on our mid-afternoon ‘Daily Noontime,’ two Southeastern Conference (SEC) football games for this weekend have been postponed. According to this week’s schedule from ESPN.com (as of 9 a.m. this morning), three college football games have been postponed this week. Could we see a few more due to a recent uptick in coronavirus cases?  

Staying in the college athletic world, the NCAA‘s Division I Council voted yesterday to provide student-athletes that compete during the wintertime an extra year of eligibility. And according to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic, those that play basketball or hockey would be able to return to campus next year even if they play one or two contests. 

The NCAA also unveiled 450 host sites for upcoming championships, including lacrosse, which will return to Gillette Stadium in 2025 and 2026

Here are some more news and links from the world wide web: 

Daily Noontime (Wednesday, October 14, 2020)

By Matt Noonan 

Happy Wednesday, everyone! 

Yes, I know we’re posting a bit later, but after you read the ‘Daily Noontime’ for Wednesday, October 14, make sure to listen to a brand new Noontime Sports podcast with KC Chhipwadia, who is the chief executive offer and founder of Athlete Foundry. You will really enjoy this podcast – I came away very inspired by Chhipwadia’s story. 

Let’s begin this afternoon’s (and yes, today’s) ‘Daily Noontime’ with some good news: the New England Patriots are “reportedly” heading back to the practice field today. However, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe tweeted last night that the Patriots would just be at Gillette Stadium for “workouts,” not practice, so does anyone know what’s going on? 

One thing we know is that Massachusetts native Meghan Duggan, who led Team USA to a gold medal in the 2018 Olympics, announced she is retiring yesterday on Twitter

Duggan, who is from Danvers, played high school hockey locally at Cushing Academy before extending her career to the University of Wisconsin. She also played professionally for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) and led the boycott ahead of the World Championships so the women’s national team would receive “increased pay and comparable accommodations to the men’s team.”

Staying locally, the high school soccer world has had to adapt due to the coronavirus pandemic, which included some new rules that one student-athlete considers “crazy.” This is a BAD look for high school soccer officials in the Bay State. 

Here are more links and news from the world wide web: 

  • The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has canceled not one, but two games for this upcoming weekend, including Florida vs. LSU. Uh oh! 
  • The 2020 National Basketball Association‘s (NBA) Finals ratings were not good. In fact, they were the “lowest-rated” series on ABC since the station began airing the championship contests 50 years ago. 
  • Is the youth sports world facing a crisis due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic? Maybe, according to the New York Times

Finally, Noontime Sports unveiled our first-ever ‘Noontime Original’ last night – we’re telling a story of a fictional high school football team in the Berkshires. Hopefully, you’ll read our first chapter

Daily Noontime: Friday, July 31, 2020

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By Matt Noonan 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Welcome to the final day of July – it has been a strange month, but the good news is tomorrow is August, and that means we are technically another day closer to some football, right?

Let’s end the month of July on a good note, so here is today’s Daily Noontime for Friday, July 31, 2020.

As usual, be well, stay safe, and have a great weekend, everyone!


Noontime’s Headlines for Friday, July 31, 2020 

  • The Boston Red Sox won their second-straight contest last night to bump their overall record to 3-4.

    Christian Vázquez powered the Sox to their third victory of the season last night against the New York Mets by finishing the Thursday evening affair with two runs, two hits, and three RBI.

  • Tonight, the Boston Red Sox will remain in the Empire State to take on the New York Yankees who currently lead the American League East with a 4-1 record.
  • Do you miss Mookie Betts? I know some Red Sox fans do, so here is a must-read from Michael Holley of NBC Sports Boston on why the eventual Hall of Famer left the area to compete for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • The National Basketball Association (NBA) resumed its season last night. Here is what happened in case you did not tune in!
  • Let’s switch gears to college football where Greg Sankey, who is the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), shares some thoughts on why his league will only play conference games this fall.
  • And finally – I am sure you know this – but Tom Brady will be joined in the backfield this fall by LeSean McCoy, who agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This offense should be fun to watch.

Daily Noontime: Thursday, July 23, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Opening Day, everyone!

Doesn’t it seem strange that we’re starting a new baseball season in late July? Well, that is what happens when you’re living through a pandemic, but we are excited to cheer on our hometown Boston Red Sox.

Let’s kick off a brand new day with the Daily Noontime for Thursday, July 23, 2020 – have a great day, everyone!


Noontime’s Headlines for Thursday, July 23, 2020

It’s Time To Pull The Plug On College Football, Fall Sports

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Is it time to pull the plug on college football, as well as all fall sports? (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

It’s time to pull the plug on the upcoming college football season. It is also time to call off any and all fall sports, including field hockey, soccer, and volleyball contests.

Canceling sporting events is no easy task. These are hard decisions, but we have to respect the conferences and schools that have already elected to forgo the upcoming fall sports season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic so they can keep not just their student-athletes safe and healthy, but also their coaches, fans, and team representatives.

Playing football or any sport during a pandemic just doesn’t seem feasible at a time when various states across the country are experiencing an uptick in cases.

Sure, some may think conferences like the Ivy League or New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) should have waited an extra week or two, but remember, they were the ones leading the way back in March when everyone was ordered to shelter in place.

Today’s news of the Patriot League means more announcements are coming. And again, we need to be respectful to any and all decisions that are made.

This past weekend, perhaps the true voice of college football – that would be Greg Sankey, who is the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) – acknowledged in an interview with Marty & McGee on ESPN Radio that “we are running out of time to correct and get things right.”

If Sankey is concerned about the upcoming college football season, then you should be, too. And if there is no SEC football this fall, then expect no other league to play, as well.

More decisions are coming. And again, we need to be respectful to whatever these colleges and conferences decide to do. But with so much uncertainty heading into the upcoming school year, it just seems unlikely that any of us will see a college sporting event take place either here in Massachusetts or around the country until next January. And that is fine with me.