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Daily Noontime: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

By Matt Noonan

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone!

And welcome to the morning after a nor’easter here in New England where some of us got no snow while others woke up to one or two feet of snow.

Speaking of the snow, Punxsutawney Phil has an announcement: there will be six more weeks of winter. Hooray!

Alright, enough about the snow. Let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – as usual, be well, stay safe, and hold the line, everyone!


Tuesday’s Headlines (February 2, 2021)

  • Yesterday was an exciting day for Colin Cowherd, who launched The Volume in partnership with iHeartMedia.

    This partnership will feature a library – well, more a podcast network of 2,000 hours of programing. Of course, Colin Cowherd will be the star because this is his network (and platform) he is launching, but there will be other shows hosted by LaJethro Jenkins and Dragonfly Jonez, along with a football program by Aqib Talib.

    Colin Cowherd is not the first – well, more a “big-time” name to launch a new platform during the pandemic as John Skipper and Dan Le Batard announced earlier this year plans for their content company.
  • According to 247Sports.com, Overtime, which is known for its amazing highlights on social media, is planning to launch a semi-professional basketball league that will “provide compensation” for high school student-athletes.

    More information will be announced later this month, but it appears the plan (as of this morning!) is to begin competition this September.
  • Dartmouth College announced last week plans to reinstate five of its athletic teams, which were cut last year to “increase flexibility in admissions and ease its budget deficit,” but there seemed to be a lot of tension between members of each program with Harry Sheehy, who is the school’s athletic director, and Tiffani-Dawn Sykes, who is the senior associate athletics director for varsity sports, during a recent one hour Zoom session.

    The following programs have been reinstated at Dartmouth: men’s and women’s golf, men’s lightweight rowing, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving.
  • In an open letter on The Athletic, Andy Staples penned a noted – or should we say “memo?” – to incoming Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Commissioner, Jim Phillips, about adding Notre Dame to the league.
  • Tom Brady, who is gearing up for his tenth Super Bowl this week, is open to playing past the age of 45.
  • The Yale University men’s lacrosse team will not compete this spring due to “an insufficient number of players enrolled.”

    News of the Bulldogs pulling the plug on their upcoming season came in an email from head coach Andy Shay to alumni of the program.

Finally, make sure to check out (and see) who made our Noontime Sports Small College Basketball Team of the Week, which we released last night!

Daily Noontime: Monday, February 1, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Happy Monday, everyone, and welcome to the first day of February!

We’re expecting a nor’easter to arrive in our neighborhood shortly, so please make sure your car is parked on the correct side of the street as we certainly don’t want complaints of parking tickets flooding our email inbox tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

Yet, before the snow, rain, and slush arrive, allow us to kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime for Monday, February 1, 2021.

As usual, be well, stay safe, hold the line, and smile – we’re almost there!


Monday’s Headlines & Links (February 1, 2021)

  • Let’s start the day with perhaps the biggest news blast (and update) in our email this morning: Theo Epstein, who guided both the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs to World Series victories as en executive for both ball clubs, has joined Arctos Sports Partners, which is a firm that buys minority shares of pro clubs.

    Today’s announcement comes just one day after an SB Nation shared an interesting post (and read) from The Athletic, which asked the following question: who should be the next Major League Baseball (MLB) commissioner?

    As we all know, Rob Manfred is the current MLB Commissioner, but putting Theo Epstein in charge may not be a bad idea as the sport could certainly use his help with being just as innovative as the other professional leagues.
  • Welcome to Super Bowl week, which promises to be quite different due to the coronavirus pandemic. But as one sports writer – Jay Mariottiwonders (and writes), is reaching the championship game a win for the National Football League (NFL) or perhaps a sign that our country has turned a blind eye to this deadly virus?
  • College basketball conference championships are on the horizon, which seems crazy, right? But as one west coast reporter write, the Pac-12 is not planning to cancel its conference tournament next month.

    Similar to NCAA D-I college football, the college basketball season has not been pretty – we have seen a lot of starts and stops, along with some programs calling it quits, but don’t be surprised if you see some teams or conferences pull the plug on their respective postseason.
  • The Los Angeles Rams apparently have a new quarterback for the 2021 season as they sent Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford. But prior to acquiring Matthew Stafford late Saturday evening, the Rams tried to trade for Aaron Rodgers, but the Green Bay Packers said, “no way!”

Monday’s Podcast Alert 🚨

  • Today on the Noontime Sports Podcast, Matt Noonan welcomes Scottie Rodgers, who is the director of communications with the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.

    Noonan and Rodgers discuss how the sports communication world has changed due to the pandemic, including how Zoom press conferences could be part of the “new normal.” Rodgers also discussed his role (and involvement) with the Racial and Social Justice Initiative Planning Committee and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • You can listen to today’s interview, as well as past shows by visiting our Anchor page!

We’ll be back with more later today, but for now, be well, stay safe, and smile, everyone!

Daily Noontime: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

By NoontimeSports.com

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

As usual, we hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and having a wonderful week.

It’s rather chilly this morning in Boston – there is also some snow outside our window, so please don’t get mad if you see tweets or Instagram posts of us enjoying this winter wonderland later today.

In the meantime, let’s kickstart the day with a brand new Daily Noontime – be well, stay safe, and remember … hold the line!


Wednesday’s Headlines (Jan. 27, 2021)