By Matt Noonan
Let me be one of the many – yes I know I’m not the first – to wish you a happy new year!
Hopefully a much better year than last year, and yes, 2020.
When the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020, I, like many, was caught off guard – what will i cover?
To be honest, I didn’t know what to do with so many games, practices and tournaments put aside. But I knew we would persevere.
Over the past year or so, like many under the Creative umbrella, I’ve found ways to engage with our audience by identifying new stories to tell (or share) – sometimes I’ve had the chance to record interviews in person (think football coverage last fall) and via our new VR Zoom and FaceTime.
I am proud of what I, with Mia len, Brian Willwerth, André Pezzelli, and Zach weiss, have been able to provide for you, our fans and friends, through our blog, podcast and social media channels. And I hope what we have produced – or created? – left you eager for more.
The four people listed above helped keep our engine roaring, as well as giving me that much-needed boost to keep producing a variety of content, even if it wasn’t for the post or the usual podcast on small colleges and high schools. in New England.
I love New England; this is my home and where I have lived and worked for just over three decades. This region will certainly remain the focus of our coverage, along with history or the occasional interview from other pockets of the United States. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get a chance to tell a story from another country – never say never!
With a new year comes new ideas and thoughts, as well as hope for better days – I’m an optimist, 2022 must be better than 2021, no? 2022 will mark a new chapter in content and coverage for Midday sports.
I am excited to pursue new paths and paths that may not always be sport or athletic focused, but it suits me perfectly. Also, I will be starting a new podcast – more information will be available soon, but fans of the Noon sports podcast will still be able to access the 156 episodes I hosted and produced since our podcast switch from WordPress to Anchor in 2020.
Our social media accounts won’t go away – don’t worry, they won’t stay silent for too long and will soon be filled with new links, graphics, photos and videos. And if you don’t follow us on social media, I hope this article inspires you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube.
Change is never easy; we all know that. But I think it’s time to open up the playbook and tell different stories than we’ve had in the past. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for the teams, programs and athletes we’ve covered over the past few years, but again I think it’s time to get creative and have some fun.
As I conclude this “so-called” state of Midday sports, I want to personally thank everyone who stopped by the site, listened to our podcast, and watched at least one or more of our videos. Like I said, New England is a special place filled with so many amazing people, and I really appreciate everyone’s continued support and enthusiasm for our coverage.
2022 will mark 13 years of Midday sports – crazy, right? – but again, being an optimist (and someone who smiles and laughs too much), I think this new chapter will be filled with memories and amazing moments with new and old friends.
Happy New Year (again) – let’s make 2022 a great year everyone!