Celebrating 10 Years of Noontime Sports

NS 10 Years

By Matt Noonan | @MattyNoonz11

10 years ago I started a blog in my college dorm room.

It wasn’t the site you see today that offers a variety of content from podcasts to videos to polls on New England Division III basketball, football, and lacrosse teams, and much more, but instead just one person’s opinion on sports, both locally and nationally.

My goal was to ditch my little site after I graduated college in May 2010, but unfortunately, that plan never happened.

Instead, I continued blogging on local and national sports. I started a podcast and interviewed anyone that was willing to give me 15, 20 or 30 minutes to discuss a few hot stove topics over the phone – I am still amazed at the people that responded to a no-name blogger that was eager to interview them, but I am extremely thankful to folks like Bill Hancock (Executive Director of the Bowl Championship Series), Damon Amendolara (CBS Sports) and various SB Nation bloggers that made the beginning of this journey so much fun.

When I wasn’t podcasting or blogging, I was creating videos on a slew of topics from ‘March Madness’ to National Football League (NFL) news to asking strangers in Norwood, Massachusetts their thoughts on the 2011 Boston Celtics.

Of course, there were other videos, too, including me running around in my parents’ backyard with a soccer ball – what was I thinking?

As time went on, I decided to expand my content coverage map to hyper-local sports in New England, including stories on Massachusetts high school football games at Gillette Stadium to the Hockey East championships at the TD Garden. Additionally, I got to cover other events at Gillette and the Garden over the past few years, as well, while also finagling my way into Fenway Park to blog about ‘Frozen Fenway’ and the Harvard-Yale Football introduction for their 135th playing of ‘The Game’ last November.

Of course, there are other memories from the past 10 years that make me simile, including a post-game standup with one of my good friends from college, Dan Libon, following an important Massachusetts high school basketball tournament game in Brockton, Massachusetts. There was also the time I covered the ‘world’s most expensive hot dog‘ prior to a Brockton Rox contest, too – I didn’t eat it in case you were wondering, but it did look yummy.

Starting Noontime Sports was truly the best thing for my career – I mean it. The sports journalism and media worlds are not the easiest to crack so having my own site with the freedom (and flexibility) to produce content on daily, weekly or monthly on whatever I want is certainly a luxury, but something I don’t take advantage of. This site has allowed me to experiment and try new things, which has helped me pitch ideas that worked here to editors or colleagues for other outlets.

Additionally, Noontime Sports has allowed me to pursue my love of producing content for social media to building a brand and identifying an audience – that is essential for any blogger, podcaster and producer. Once you know what your fans and friends crave, then produce it so they will keep coming back eager for more content.

I can promise you, the fans and readers of Noontime Sports, that I will continue to do my absolute best to provide you with content going forward on small colleges and high schools to the occasional Boston sports piece to interesting conversations on my podcast.

I can’t believe it has been 10 years, but today, I am thanking my 20-year-old self for starting this site and paving this journey, which has allowed me to pursue my love of sports media.

Here is to another 10 years – maybe more – of fun and engaging content on hyperlocal sports to anything else that makes this job so much fun!

Noontime Sports The Podcast: Episode 19 (Dan Libon | Patch.com)

noontime-sports-podcastBy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports

Ah, Noontime Sports the Podcast has officially returned. And for our 19th episode, Matt Noonan welcomes an old friend and colleague of the blog, Dan Libon, who is a reporter for Patch.com.

Noonan and Libon reminisce about their college radio show Get In The Game and their first few years of covering sports for NoontimeSports.com.

Additionally, the two discuss Libon’s current role with Patch, which includes covering the New England Patriots – what is that like, Dan?

Finally, both Noonan and Libon voice their thoughts on what Boston sports team will celebrate a title (hopefully) this year or next year.

Make sure to follow Dan on Twitter (@DLibon)!

Noontime Sports is now on SoundCloud, so make sure to become a fan of our page today! 

Noontime Sports the Radio Show (4/30/11)

Noontime Sports closed out the month of April with Matt Noonan, Dan Libon and Dan Rubin talking about the Boston Bruins-Philadelphia Flyers NHL Stanley Cup playoff series, as well as sprinkled in some Boston Celtics and NFL Draft talk too. Also, the guys were joined by WEEI’s Sports Saturday Host, Matt Perrault to discuss college football and the New England Patriots draft selections. 

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Libon: Will the Boston Bruins Disappoint Their Fans One More Time?

Will Boston figure out a way to win a championship in June?

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.

Noontime Sports Radio Show (April 9, 2011)

Noontime Sports the Radio Show had a lot to say about the Boston Red Sox first win, as well as Manny Ramirez’s retirement on Saturday April 9, 2011.

Also, Jon Meterparel of WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan joined the show to talk about the Boston Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team.

April 9, 2011 – Noontime Sports Radio Show:

Interview with Jon Meterparel: