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Daily Noontime – Tuesday May 31, 2011

Did Jim Tressel do the right thing on Monday?

Happy Tuesday to everyone and welcome to back to yet another work week! Hopefully you had a wonderful LONG weekend, so allow us, Noontime Sports, to kick-off your final day of May with news and headlines! 

Headlines: 

* It’s official, Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Jim Tressel has left the building and yes, the alumni have something to say.

* According to Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, he believes that all NBA players would accept gay teammates.

* Despite the ongoing NFL Lockout, season ticket sales for all 32 teams is “ahead of last year’s season ticket pace.”

* Here’s an interesting article in regards to “violence” in the MLB press box, which is definitely something fans never thinks of when going to a game, right?

* Besides Coach Tressel, Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor is now being investigated by the college and NCAA.

* It’s easy to hate LeBron James, especially after his “Decision” last July, but here’s someone who has a thought on why NBA fans should cheer him on in the NBA Finals.

Games to Watch: 

* Texas at Tampa Bay (MLB) – 6:40pm eastern

* Philadelphia at Washington (MLB) – 7:05pm eastern

* Chicago White Sox at Boston (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Dallas at Miami (NBA Finals) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

The NHL Stanley Cup Finals is one day away, so let’s get you excited for Bruins-Canucks series! 

Daily Noontime – May 23, 2011

Top of the morning to everyone and welcome to a brand new week of the Daily Noontime! Here is today’s headlines and news, so enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Game 3 between the Bulls and Heat was yet another exciting one, but in the end, Miami beat Chicago. Also, Chris Bosh exploded for 30-points.

* The Vancouver Canucks are indeed one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals, but Sunday’s game also featured a highlight reel flip on the ice from Keith Ballard.

* With no NFL rules or statements in place, players are constantly getting in trouble due to the current lockout, which certainly troubles Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis.

* According to the most recent report on 60 Minutes, Lance Armstrong apparently encouraged doping toward his teammates and closest friends.

* Steve Nash has helped support his Phoenix Sun’s general manager Rick Welts through a human rights video that is airing in New York these days.

*It was an exciting evening at Fenway Park on Sunday, as Tim Wakefield earned his first official win of the 2011 season.

Games to Watch: 

* Boston at Cleveland (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Boston (NHL Playoffs) – 8:00pm eastern

* Seattle at Minnesota (MLB) – 8:10pm eastern

* Dallas at Oklahoma City (NBA Playoffs) – 9:00pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Some Maryland fans were a tad bit excited after their Men’s Lacrosse team beat Syracuse, 6-5 in OT! 


Noonan: Thoughts on the NBA All-Star Game

I’d say the best way to begin this particular article is to ask a simple question; what exactly is so appealing about All-Star games?

Perhaps, it has something to do with celebrities, bizarre contests and of course, a game that absolutely means nothing, but instead, just showcases extremely out of control plays that would never occur during an actual regular season matchup.

In the case of the NBA All-Star game, this particular event is more of an attraction and showcase, rather than an actual contest itself. Don’t watch this game and think, “Gee, this is what the NBA must be like every night,” because clearly, it is the absolute opposite of what basketball represents. The various men who not only suit up to represent their teams and conferences are not interested in sustaining an injury or playing fundamental defense, but instead, they just want to score as many points as possible.

Does anyone remember when Tracy McGrady tossed the ball off the backboard from the free-throw line and then dunked it a second later? There is an example of what the NBA All-Star game represents, “playground basketball.”

Again, why do Americans choose to turn their attention to a game that means absolutely nothing? Is it fair to take a few hours out of your evening to watch Kobe Bryant drive the baseline against five perennial all-stars? What does watching LeBron James outrun his opponents tell fans and is it really enjoyable to watch both squads not play defense, but instead, wait for multiple “alley-oops” or ridiculous three-point shots?

From my vantage point, I feel that the NBA All-Star game is useless and not necessary, so maybe, David Stern should just reward his players and coaches with a few extra day of rest instead of a circus or fiasco. In fact, it just seems that this entire event has turned into a weekend of partying, chaos and out of control activities. The game itself has no meaning, but so do the various activities that occur throughout the entire three-day period.

Sure, it may seem fun to kick back, relax and watch your favorite celebrities, television stars and rap artists face-off against one another in a game of hoops, but is it really enjoyable? Besides, did we all choose to watch this particular event last Friday due to Justin Bieber’s involvement? It may have been fun to see the 16-year old star blocked by Scottie Pippen, but again, why are we choosing to watch this game? Come on fans, I know not everyone wants to see Jason Alexander cheer from the sidelines or Magic Johnson’s coaching skills.

Then there’s Saturday’s showcase of talented exercises and obstacle courses that can  clearly put one to sleep. How is it so enticing to watch players like Steve  Nash or Chris Paul run up and down the court, weaving in and out of cones, as    well as bouncing the ball into a device that resembles a megaphone? Does anyone  really want to watch their favorite players show off various dunks or the ability to  shoot the long ball 20-times in a row? Come on, who really enjoys the “three-point  challenge?”

As for the game itself, it’s just all around awful basketball. Don’t expect any defense,  plays, sets or formation, but instead, the various athletes showing off their power,  strength and ability to be classified as, “not-human,” but instead, someone with  superb powers. So, how would one describe this game, simply a contest that features  no fundamental basketball, but instead, just a bunch of guys having way too much  fun?

All in all, why is this entire weekend so exciting? What exactly creates the desire to  watch or listen? Is it just because everyone’s favorite players are competing on the same court or could it be just because everyone needs a little more fun added to their lives? Either way, I leave you with the fine understanding that I am not a fan of the NBA All-Star game and would much rather choose to spend my time elsewhere, instead of spending countless hours watching skills competitions and the next “And-1 mixtape” YouTube video.

Daily Noontime – January 7, 2011

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! Hope everyone had a great week, but more importantly, have a fantastic and rock-n-roll weekend! See you all Monday!

Headlines:

* New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan has not only a few words to say about Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, but also, New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.

* Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck has decided to forgo the 2011 NFL Draft and return to school for another season of Cardinals football.

* According to possible sources, it seems that Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver, A.J. Green could be the NFL’s number one choice in April during the draft.

* It seems that apparently Larry Ellison tried to purchase the New Orleans Hornets and bring them to San Jose.

* Steve Nash who was apparently on the market or wanted a trade seems to be just fine and happy to be with the Phoenix Suns.

* Good news for Dodgers and Giants fans, both squads will face-off against one another to start the season on March 31, 2011.

* Apparently Jim Harbaugh is wanted by the Denver Broncos too these days.

* News has been leaked about the upcoming NBA All-Star game and apparently the Eastern Conference appears rather … stacked!

Games to Watch:

* Carolina at Florida (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern

* #11 LSU vs. #17  Texas A&M (NCAA FB) (The Cotton Bowl) – 8:00pm eastern

* Houston at Orlando (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Detroit at Calgary (NHL) – 9:00pm eastern

* New Orleans at L.A. Lakers (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

* New York Knicks at Phoenix (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

Yes… this is too cool and rather… AWESOME!