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:

Wrestlemania Sunday Preview

This is a special article, which was contributed by Dan Libon, Brian Maloney and Mike Riley.

World Wrestling Entertainment will once again put on their annual WrestleMania show on Sunday from Atlanta, Georgia. The annual “Super Bowl of Sports Entertainment” will feature the WWE has to offer and it’s many story lines.

Due to this special event, a few members of the Noontime Sports family have decided to provide their thoughts on this rather special occasion.

Will John Cena beat the Miz? Can the Undertaker continue his “undefeated” streak at WrestleMania? Will the WWE fans care when Snooki from the Jersey Shore enters the ring for her match? We’ll find out on Sunday.

Main Event: World Heavyweight Championship Match – (Champion) with Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio (Challenger) with Brodus Clay:

Dan Libon: Edge is due for a win. There has been an effort to turn Del Rio into a star overnight, but EDGE will get the win.

Brian Maloney: This may turn into a Triple-Threat Match, but I can see Christian costing Edge the title and creating a feud that lasts until Summer-slam. ALBERTO DEL RIO will be your new champion.

Mike Riley: The “Rated R Superstar” will be lowered to Rated G.  The company has been pushing Del Rio for months and his Royal Rumble win was the clear indication. I’ll take DEL RIO over Edge and say that Christian turns on his former partner to set up a match at next month’s pay per view.

The Miz (Champion) with Alex Riley vs. John Cena (Challenger):

DL: CENA is going to win, but someone is getting a Rock Bottom. WrestleMania is all about happy endings, so I can’t see The Miz winning here.

BM: You know that The Rock will get involved and I really hope that this leads to a Cena “heel turn” in the long run. THE MIZ retains due to Cena being distracted and hopefully, Cena goes postal and turns heel to end the show

MR: Everyone including myself will be watching this matchup for the sole purpose of The Rock.  Does he do it before, during or after the match?  My best bet says that CENA wins this match, (he is still the “face of WWE”) and The Rock comes out after with the “Rock Bottom and People’s Elbow.”

Triple H vs. The Undertaker:

DL: The streak goes to 19-0. Its going to be long and boring. I can see both guys kicking out of finishers but UNDERTAKER should come out on top.

BM: If the streak ever ends, it won’t be to someone else on their way out.  UNDERTAKER’s streak lives on.

MR: This is should by all means necessary be the last match.  No holds barred, maybe some extra time for the two to work extra time, but I still think HBK will get involved after Undertaker beat him at Wrestlemania 25 and 26 (retirement match) to help out Triple H.  THE DEADMAN will find a way to win.  I believe in streaks but they don’t last forever.

Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole with Jack and special guest Stone Cold Steve Austin Swagger:

DL: Jerry Lawler finally gets his WrestleMania match and everyone gets to see Michael Cole get beat up. LAWLER will win and Cole may take a Stone Cold “stunner” to the approval of everyone.

BM: Cole gets in a cheap shot. Lawler unloads on him.  Austin stunners Swagger when he tries to interfere.  Austin stuns Cole just for being himself.  JERRY LAWLER gets the pin.

MR: Very excited about this match.  You could see the tension for weeks building up (kayfabe) with Cole and Lawler leading up to war or words in the ring.  LAWLER wins with help from his old partner Jim Ross, who will come out and knock out Cole.  Austin stuns Swagger at the end.  And Lawler, JR and Austin celebrate with some beers.

Randy Orton vs. CM Punk:

Libon: I would love to see a Punk win. CM Punk will have Orton in the “go to sleep” mode only to have ORTON reverse it.

BM: CM Punk is such a great character and I really could see this match go either way. I’m taking CM PUNK.

MR: Two very talented athletes and with ORTON tearing apart the New Nexus, he’s earned the chance to take down CM Punk.

Rey Mysterio vs. Cody Rhodes:

DL: REY will win this match.

BM: Rey is too big of a fan favorite to lose, especially with WWE reallytrying to expand into Mexico.

MR: I do think REY MYSTERIO takes it though, he’s always been a fan favorite.

Trish Stratus, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler and LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool with Vickie Guerrero) 6-person mixed tag team match:

DL: It’s a shame when guys like Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne can’t get a match on the show, but Snooki can because she’s famous for being an out of control reality television star on MTV.

BM: Why would Snooki or Trish agree to come in and not win? I really hope Snooki gets booted in the head.

MR: For entertainment purposes with SNOOKI and a $1 million dollar contract for the night.

Sheamus (c) vs. Daniel Bryan Singles match for the United States Championship:

DL: I feel this could be “that match.” It’s too bad because Daniel Bryan is arguably the most talented wrestler on the card. SHEAMUS will win, but there will be better days for Bryan.

BM: Somehow I feel like this could be an epic match. I got Daniel Bryan regaining the title after getting beaten down most of the match and reversing a Big Boot into a LaBell Lock.

MR: About a year ago, SHEAMUS was near the top of the WWE circa, as the Champ.  Seems like they are trying to bring him back, but he’ll win easily over Bryan and continues his run as the new U.S. Champion.

Kane, Big Show, Santino Marella, and Koffi Kingston vs. The Corre (Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Justin Gabriel, and Heath Slater) 8-man Tag Team match:

DL: I’ll go with TEAM RANDOM because Santino is the only person in the match I really care about.

BM: THE CORRE wins because they are the only ones who can really gain anything.

MR: Can the company get away from the wannabe stables like the nWo or DX?  They’re just not cutting it.  Give me the MIXED SUPERSTARS in this one over the Corre and that may be the end of them. Corre will be gone after Sunday.

**Just before this post was published, Kozlov was attacked by The Corre at the Fan Axxess, so his replacement will indeed be Kofi Kingston, according to reports.