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: 

The University of Alabama Plans To Play Football Games This Fall

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The University of Alabama plans to host football games this fall. (PHOTO COURTESY: College Football News)

By Matt Noonan 

There will be football played in Tuscaloosa this fall, according to the University of Alabama President Dr. Stuart Bell. 

Speaking with local media members on Thursday, April 30, including CBS 42, Bell said the university plans to “have a football season and fans will be a part of it in our stadium.” Additionally, Bell is optimistic the school’s other fall sports teams will be able to compete, too.

“Those are our plans,” Bell said, via CBS 42, “and it’s a high bar and anticipates that we will be able to meet that.”

The state of Alabama currently has 7,019 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as of this evening and began its reopening yesterday.

The University of Alabama’s fall semester doesn’t begin until Wednesday, August 19, which means both Bell and the school’s task force does have some time to establish necessary safety measures for its students, along with its faculty and staff members.

In addition to Alabama planning to host football games in the fall, Texas A&M plans to have its College Station campus ready for the upcoming season, while the University of Georgia should be ready to compete, as well.

On Friday, the NCAA unveiled its nine-step and three-phase process for all divisions, which will help not just Alabama, Georgia, and Texas A&M, but every school across the country with getting its student-athletes back on the playing field.

Daily Noontime – November 3, 2011

Could Dale Sveum become the next Manager for the Red Sox?

It’s Thursday, which means… the weekend is almost here, wahoo! Here’s the most recent edition of the Daily Noontime, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* Jacksonville Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith recently turned down a contract extension, which possibly means the organization could “clean house” once the season concludes on January 1, 2012.

* The Boston Red Sox managerial search continues, but according to recent repots – former third base coach Dale Sveum appears to be a possible favorite.

* Due to an increasing amount of concussions in football, the NFL has apparently decided to educate their referees on various symptoms, so they’ll be aware of future head injuries.

* Sports Illustrated confirmed on Wednesday evening that the Chicago Cubs fired manager Mike Quade.

* University of Georgia’s football team will be without leading rusher Isaiah Crowell Saturday against New Mexico State , who was suspended for failing a recent drug test.

* Tampa Bay Lightning’s Brett Connolly recently scored his first goal of the 2011-12 season, and it was felt around the world.

Games to Watch: 

* New Jersey at Philadelphia (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Florida State at Boston College (NCAA Football) – 8:00pm eastern 

* Pittsburgh at San Jose (NHL) – 10:30pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

This is rather cool – shattering a goal camera! 

Daily Noontime – November 11, 2010

Happy Thursday everyone, but also, lets all take a moment to honor those brave men and women who have served or continue to serve to protect the United States of America. Today is Veterans Day, so make sure to take a moment to say thank you! In the meantime, here is our Daily Noontime for November 11, 2010!

Headlines:

* The New York Yankees are very serious about acquiring Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee, so will he end up in pinstripes come April 2011?

* The Yankees are still focused on resigning shortstop Derek Jeter, which is becoming still a major issue on their part.

* Will the Tennessee Titans be able to contain the unruly behavior of wide receiver Randy Moss for the rest of the season?

* With Jason Garrett at the helm for the Dallas Cowboys, shouldn’t the New York Giants be a little concerned?

* The Boston Bruins rallied against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, scoring five goals in 20 minutes to earn their eighth win of the season.

* Despite all the allegations, rumors and news, quarterback Cam Newton of Auburn will suit up and play against the University of Georgia on Saturday.

* Former New England Patriot running back Dave Meggett was sentenced to 30-years behind bars.

Games to Watch:

* Montreal at Boston (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Washington (NHL) – 7:00pm eastern

* Pittsburgh at UConn (NCAA FB) – 7:30pm eastern

* Boston at Miami (NBA) – 8:00pm eastern

* Baltimore at Atlanta (NFL) – 8:20pm eastern

* LA Lakers at Denver (NBA) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day:

The Boston Bruins have been a lot of fun to watch this season and tonight they face one of their biggest rivals, Montreal. Here is a video to get everyone extra excited for this regular season tilt.