Daily Noontime: Monday, February 24th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you ALL had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the spring-like temperatures, especially yesterday. It is almost spring here in Boston (and New England), which means warm weather, spring sports, and dinner (and coffee) outside, not inside.

Let’s kick off a brand new week with the ‘Daily Noontime’ by smiling, laughing, and loving life!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard 

  • Jayson Tatum scored 41 points in 37 minutes but it wasn’t enough to lift the Boston Celtics to victory on Sunday. Instead, Boston lost to the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-112, snapping a three-game winning streak.

    Luckily, the Green and White will have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 25th) when they visit the Portland Trail Blazers for a 10 p.m. tip-off.

  • The Boston Bruins will look to return to their winning ways tomorrow when they host the Calgary Flames for a 7 p.m. puck drop. Boston beat Calgary on Friday, 4-3, but then lost to the Vancouver Canucks, 9-3, one day later.
  • Finally, the Boston Red Sox will play some exhibition baseball today against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • LeBron James saluted Jayson Tatum on Instagram following the Lakers’ two-point win over the Celtics on Sunday. (MassLive.com)
  • The Boston Celtics altered their travel plans so they can attend Kobe Bryant‘s Memorial. (CBS Boston)

  • Sunday’s loss to the Lakers was a tough pill to swallow, but it certainly seemed like a game the Celtics should have won. (Boston Globe)

  • Will the Boston Bruins make a move before the NHL Trade Deadline ends at 3 p.m. today? (NESN.com)

  • The Boston Bruins should not pursue Joe Thornton, says one hockey writer. (Yahoo.com)

  • Tom Brady was the fourth-ranked quarterback on the ‘101 NFL free agent‘ list on NFL.com.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: The St. Louis BattleHawks recorded the first XFL kickoff return of the 2002 season yesterday. 

Dartmouth’s King Joins The Washington Redskins As A Full-Time Coaching Intern

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Jennifer King, who was the quality control coach last season with Dartmouth College, was recently hired as a full-time coaching intern with the Washington Redskins. (PHOTO COURTESY: NBC12.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Jennifer King, who was the quality control coach with the Dartmouth College football team last season, was named a full-time coaching intern today with the Washington Redskins.

Monday’s exciting announcement reunites King and current Washington first-year coach Ron Rivera, who hired her as an intern in 2018 and 2019 when he coached the Carolina Panthers. King assisted the Carolina receivers, worked one-on-one with rookies with understanding the playbook before working “extensively with Pro Bowl running back Christian McCaffrey” last summer.

This past fall, King helped the Big Green finish 9-1 overall and capture the program’s 19th Ivy League title. Dartmouth concluded its 2019 campaign ranked 21st in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Coaches Poll.

King, who was Dartmouth’s second female quality control coach, was an assistant wide receiver and special teams assistant last winter for the Arizona Hotshots of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) league. Before the AAF was suspended, King helped Rashad Ross become a wide receiver to watch in the league as the former Arizona State University wideout recorded 36 receptions for 583 yards and a league-leading seven touchdown receptions. Ross currently competes for the DC Defenders in the XFL.

“Jennifer is a bright young coach and will be a great addition to our staff,” Rivera said in a statement to the media this afternoon. “Her familiarity with my expectations as a coach and my firsthand knowledge of her work ethic and preparation were big factors in bringing her to the Redskins.”

In addition to previous coaching experience, King played tackle football for the Carolina Phoenix and New York Sharks. She helped the Sharks win a 2018 Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) Championship as a wide receiver and defensive back.

King becomes the first African-American woman to have a full-time coaching job in the NFL, as noted by ProFootballTalk.com.

Daily Noontime: Monday, February 10th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

How was your weekend? Are you ready for a brand new week?

It looks like a yucky day outside our window. Expect some rain today in Boston (and outside the city), but the good news is the mild winter returns after some chilly temps this past weekend.

Have a great day, everyone, and remember to smile, laugh, and drink an extra cup of coffee today!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins saw their six-game winning streak snapped yesterday with a 3-1 setback to the Detroit Red Wings. Boston will return to the ice on Wednesday, February 12th when they host the Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Boston Celtics edged the Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday by a score of 112-111. With the win, the Green and White have now won seven-straight contests – they will look to extend their winning streak on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Mookie Betts and David Price are finally headed to the Los Angeles Dodgers(ESPN.com)
  • Spring training will officially begin this week for the Boston Red Sox, which is exactly what we need after an interesting (and bizarre) few weeks. (Boston Globe)

  • With the Red Sox-Dodgers deal now complete, the Red Sox have positioned themselves to ‘spend money in free agency next offseason.’ (MassLive.com)

  • Vince Carter thanked the Boston Celtics for their pregame tribute to the veteran shoot guard/small forward. (Boston.com)
  • The XFL drew 3.3 million viewers on ABC this weekend, which is a good start for the spring football league. (ProFootballTalk.com)

  • The Bruins offense did not show up against the Red Wings yesterday, but that shouldn’t derail thoughts of reaching the Stanley Cup. (WEEI.com)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: What do you think about Tom Brady signing with the Dallas Cowboys in a few weeks? 

Daily Noontime: Friday, February 7th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Friday, everyone – we made it to the end of the work week!

Sure, it is cloudy outside our window, but luckily the snow (and slush) has disappeared. It’s going to be a rainy morning before it gets quite chilly this weekend, but next week should be a bit warmer – something to think about.

Anywho, have a wonderful weekend, everyone, and enjoy time with family and friends!


The Boston Sports Scoreboard

  • The Boston Bruins will enjoy another off day before hosting the Phoenix Coyotes tomorrow afternoon at the TD Garden. Puck drop is scheduled for 3 p.m.
  • The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening to host the Atlanta Hawks at 7:30 p.m. Boston will not feature any new players in their line-up as they did not make a trade yesterday at the NBA Trade Deadline.

The Noontime Headlines (and Links)

  • Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said they could not find a trade yesterday prior to the deadline. (Boston Globe)
  • A “We want Tacko!” chant broke out last week when the Celtics were playing the Golden State Warriors(Boston.com)

  • The XFL begins this weekend and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Landry Jones is the face of the league. (ESPN.com)

  • The XFL hopes to capture the attention of football fans during the end of winter and early spring. (NPR.org)

  • Jake DeBrusk apparently trolled Charlie McAvoy after he scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday. (NESN.com)
  • Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Rob Manfred gave a hint about how the league will discipline the Boston Red Sox for sign-stealing. (NBC Sports)

VIDEO OF THE DAY: We didn’t share any links about Tom Brady and where he will be playing next season – the mystery continues – but apparently Colin Cowherd seems to know where the six-time Super Bowl champion will be playing next fall. 

Lax Notebook: Weekend Takeaways From PLL & WPLL

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By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

This past weekend, I made the trek to Gillette Stadium to witness the start of the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), as well as the second season of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League (WPLL).

Both leagues enjoyed successful starts to their respective seasons, especially the PLL, which needed overtime to decide two of their three contests.

The PLL is a new men’s professional league that was founded by Paul Rabil and his brother Mike Rabil and is touring the country this summer with games being played in major cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. The league consists of six teams and can be seen on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) or NBC Sports Gold.

The WPLL, which competed for the first time last summer, is also touring the country, but playing a shorter schedule than the PLL. They will, however, share the same field later this month when the two leagues collide at Homewood Field in Baltimore, Maryland.

WPLL consists of five teams and features some of the best women’s lacrosse players in the country, including Kaya TreanorTaylor Cummings, and Kylie Ohlmiller.

Here are some thoughts from what I witnessed this past weekend from both leagues, specifically their social media presence, broadcasts and fan engagement.

The PLL’s Social Media Experience: For starters, I really enjoyed scrolling through the PLL’s social media channels this past weekend. I thought the content they produced was awesome. Even though I wasn’t there for every second of the first or second day, I felt their social media presence made me feel as if I was on the field competing with the players or cheering them on from the sidelines or stands. 

The PLL’s Vlog, which is run by RJ Kaminski, is something I also really liked. Kaminksi’s videos were extremely innovative but also engaging, as well. I loved his interactions with fans in the parking lot to his chats with the players and former New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi.

NBC Sports’ Innovative Broadcasts: Watching Sunday’s game between the Atlas and Redwoods brought back memories of what the network did when they produced the XFL. From micing-up players to watching Paul Burmeister interviewing those that were whistled for a penalty was extremely innovative for a television broadcast, but also more captivating than just showing goals, assists and replays over and over.

The NBC graphics were awesome, too – showing the line-ups, which look very similar to what fans of the National Football League (NFL) and National Hockey League (NHL) are used to seeing made it feel like a big-time production. And the Skycam, which provided another angle on the clears and goal-scoring opportunities was also a nice change from the typical side-to-side view.

Finally, I loved the interviews during the games, as well as the insight from players, too. Hearing what Myles Jones thinks about his upcoming opponent is a great way for NBC to bring its viewers even closer to the action, but also their favorite lacrosse players, too. And of course hearing Bill Belichick discuss his love for the sport and what position Tom Brady would play – goalie, for those that didn’t watch the interview – was something else I really enjoyed from Sunday’s broadcast.

WPLL on ESPN3: Having the WPLL’s games on an ESPN platform is an enormous victory for the league.

The WPLL deserves the same attention as any other professional league because it really does feature the best women’s lacrosse players in the country, and perhaps the world, too.

Fans of the game or perhaps general sports fans will certainly enjoy what they witness when they stream games over the next few weeks. Additionally, fans can watch games on their tablets or phones through the ESPN app.

The WPLL fan engagement: One thing the WPLL really wants to do this summer is to bring its game to its fans, as well as aspiring women’s lacrosse players, which they’re doing through clinics, including one this past Sunday, which was held at Gillette Stadium prior to the Fight edging the Pride, 6-4.

Engaging with new fans of the sport, as well as those that are playing, will certainly help grow the league’s recognition.

These are just a few thoughts from this past weekend, but I am certainly excited to produce more content on the PLL and WPLL over the next few weeks and months.