Daily Noontime – February 8, 2012

Paul Pierce became the second all-time leading scorer in franchise history on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: StateOfTheCeltics.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Wednesday to everyone, and welcome into another edition of the Daily Noontime! We apologize for the late delivery, but here are some headlines and news from Boston and New England sports.

* The Boston Celtics earned their fifth consecutive victory on Tuesday evening when they defeated the Charlotte Bobcats, 94-84. Kevin Garnett led the Green and White with 22 points, while Jermaine O’Neal tallied eight rebounds. Boston will return to the court on Thursday when they host the Los Angles Lakers for an 8pm tip-off.

* Paul Pierce recorded his 21,797 point as a Boston Celtics against the Bobcats, which put him behind John Havlicek as the second leading all-time scorer in franchise history. Pierce past Larry Bird, who currently ranks third with 21,791 points.

* The Boston Bruins will return to the ice on Wednesday when they conclude their two-game road swing in Buffalo, face-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.

* The Northeastern Huskies women’s ice hockey team collected their 15th Boston Beanpot championship on Tuesday, as they defeated Boston University at the Walter Brown Arena, 4-3 in overtime.

* Finally, the New England Patriots re-signed wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, who was released one day before Super Bowl XLVI, and according to sources, he was erased from the roster this past weekend due to a “football decision.”

Daily Noontime – February 7, 2012

Bill Belichick appears prepared to turn the page, and get ready for the 2012 season! (Photo Credit: NYMag.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Tuesday, and welcome into yet another tremendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here is some news and headlines to start your day!

* The New England Patriots arrived home at Gillette Stadium on Monday to a small contingent of loyal fans, who were there to provide moral support. Head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Bob Kraft addressed the media, and told reporters that they were both proud of what the squad accomplished this season. The Patriots finished the year with an overall record of 15-4, as well as 13-3 in the regular season.

* Boston College and Boston University each won their first round Boston Beanpot tournament game on Monday, and will face-off against each other on Monday, Feb. 13, in the finals. Harvard and Northeastern will square off in the consolation contest, which is slated to occur before the title match.

* Paul Pierce was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday for four great performances against Cleveland, Toronto, New York and Memphis.

* The Boston Celtics will continue their current home slate on Tuesday evening when they host the Charlotte Bobcats for a 7:30pm tip-off. The Bobcats enter the game with a 3-21 record, and fifth in the Southeast Division. Also, Pierce is 10 points away from passing Larry Bird for the second most points in franchise history.

Daily Noontime – February 6, 2012

Eli Manning once again led New York past New England in Super Bowl XLVI. (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s Monday in New England, and while many continue to dry their eyes from Sunday’s Super Bowl loss, let’s attempt to turn the page with some news and headlines.

* The New York Giants once again defeated the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, 21-17. Eli Manning completed 30 of 40 passes for 296 yards and on touchdown, while Ahmad Bradshaw scored the game winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter. Also, the Patriots recorded five penalties for 28 yards, too. Manning was named the MVP for the second time in four years, as the Giants earned their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history.

* The Boston Celtics won their fourth consecutive contest on Sunday at the TD Garden, as they defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 98-80. Kevin Garnett led the Green and White with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Rajon Rondo handed out 14 assists. Boston will return to the hardwood on Tuesday when they host the Charlotte Bobcats.

* The Boston Bruins snapped their two-game losing streak on Sunday in Washington D.C., as the Black and Gold defeated the Capitals, 4-1. Tim Thomas turned away 35 shots, while Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley all scored goal for Boston. The Bruins will conclude their short road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Buffalo.

* Lastly, Monday marks the first day of the men’s Boston Beanpot, which enters its 60th year. Boston University will face-off against Harvard at 5pm, while Boston College will take on Northeastern at 8pm.

Noonan: Super Bowl XLVI Prediction – New England vs. New York

Can Tom Brady earn his fourth Super Bowl ring on Sunday? (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Well, it’s time for me, (Matt Noonan) to deem a NFL champion for Noontime Sports.

It’s been a LONG season, and 32 teams have dwindled down to just two, New England and New York, and once the clock strikes zero in the fourth quarter, we’ll officially have a winner, right?

OK… there might be overtime or a second or third, but you get my drift.

Although, how bizarre is it that pigskin lovers get to watch a rematch of Super Bowl XLII?

Doesn’t it seem like yesterday that New Englanders were crossing their fingers for Tom Brady to recover from his awful performance against the San Diego Chargers in the 2007 AFC title match?

Well, he didn’t do that well against the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago, so should we expect déjà vu all over again? Who knows!

The Giants are a mediocre squad. Seriously, they’re 9-7, which means they’re OK, but not great, and as someone who is a true Dallas Cowboys supporter, it pains me to see Eli Manning leading his troops in the “big game” instead of Tony Romo. However, Manning certainly has taken a step forward toward the upper echelon of “elite quarterbacks” in the NFL, but now the question remains … can he beat Brady and the Patriots on Sunday, again?

I certainly think it’s possible, especially since New York has a variety of offensive weapons that can stretch the field, and attack Bill Belichick’s questionable and fragile secondary.

Also, I believe the Giants front seven will attempt to mimic their actions from four years ago when they recorded five sacks in Arizona. However, they never forced Brady to throw an interception, but this past November when the two teams met in Foxborough, the G-Men tallied two sacks and two interceptions, as well as a win, too.

New England hasn’t defeated New York since that epic clash in December of 2007, which was when the Patriots registered their 16th victory, and ended the regular season with a perfect record. Yet, ever since that night in New Jersey, the Giants have had their number in the championship and regular season matches, which probably means they’re better, right?

Hard to answer that particular question, but overall, I think these two teams are even. And yes, I know I labeled the Giants as “mediocre,” but all in all, I think we’re going to be watching a true heavyweight bout.

Super Bowl XLVI Prediction: The Giants rallied to beat the Patriots earlier this season, and it’s certainly possible that Manning could lead a last minute drive and hook up with Jake Ballard or Victor Cruz for the game-winning touchdown.

However, I believe in the motto, “In Bill, We Trust.” New England’s defense has ratcheted up their intensity over the past few weeks, and certainly defied the odds against Baltimore and Denver in the playoffs.

Although, shouldn’t every defense be able to stop Tim Tebow and the Broncos offense? I think so!

If New England can establish the run and maintain the time of possession, then I’m expecting the Patriots to win. Although, if Manning and his offense to can beat up the Patriots front seven and tear apart the secondary, then the Giants should win.

Overall, it’s a tough decision, but I going to stick with my gut and say… New England 20, New York 17