By Dan Libon
Do you remember the Dan Libon Podcast? Of course you don’t, so why am I mentioning this obscure rarely listened to sports podcast?
The answer is because during the “2010 Year in Review” episode, my friend, colleague and sports media mogul in training, Matt Noonan predicted that there would be four championship parades in Boston during 2011. That’s right, four!
We all know what happened to the Patriots, they lost to the New York Jets in January; so sadly, I don’t expect to see a parade featuring a bunch of overgrown human beings with muscles the size of my head.
It is too early to predict how the Red Sox will finish the 2011 season, especially with all the struggles they have endured thus far, but maybe the great Andy Lindberg could help us answer that particular question.
Andy, your thoughts?
How about the Boston Celtics? They could possibly contend for a NBA championship, right? Doubt it!
Besides the Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox, what about the Bruins, do they have a shot at ending their Stanley Cup drought?
The Boston Bruins are in position to lose yet another NHL playoff series and the person to blame for that is most likely their head coach, Claude Julien.
Julien is the perfect coach for Bruins.
For a group that was never motivated or seemed intent on winning championships, Julien gets the job done. He’s a good coach, but not a great coach. He’ll get your team into the post-season, as well as put fans in the stands, although, that’s really it.
However, couldn’t this be said about Jeremy and Charlie Jacobs?
As long as games are sold out and they’re making money, why does Boston need a sixth Stanley Cup?
Before we begin to destroy the modern day Grady Little, let’s not forget where this team was prior to Julien’s arrival.
The Bruins were decent under other head coaches, but when Julien was hired to lead this bunch of rag tag hockey players, he took a team that was going nowhere and pushed the Montreal Canadiens to the limit during the 2008 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. That alone made the next season’s standards incredibly high. Yet, while the Bruins ’08-’09 season was one of their best in franchise history, they did however find a way to lose to Carolina during the second round.
Also, should I mention losing four straight games to Philadelphia last season?
So, while Boston was very excited about being in the playoffs for three back-to-back seasons, sadly, they choked and it seriously hurts.
It’s evident that Julien has no idea how to coach under pressure. Watch him on the sidelines and you’ll notice that no matter how the Bruins play, his emotions never change.
Oh by the way, let’s not compare him to the great Bill Belichick because at least that guy knows how to win championships, right?
I suppose that all Bostonians should consider labeling any coach or team that can’t win the “big one,” a second coming of Grady Little’s Boston Red Sox of ‘03 or should we just blame him?
Although, against Montreal, everyone wants Shawn Thornton to play against the Canadiens, but is it really worth having the Bruins fourth line rack up a few playoff minutes? Again, who truly knows?
Currently the Bruins are trailing the Canadiens in the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it’s certainly possible that they could come back, make a run and everything I have stated would be completely invalid. Yet, at the same time, it’s possible that they choke and there will be a new coach behind the Bruins bench next season.
You can’t blame Julien for all of the Bruins problems. A team’s motivation to win starts at the top and at the top is a group of guys looking at the financial sheets and not the stat sheets.