Daly Dose 07-14-21 Winners and losers from the world of sports

This week on the Daly Dose, we discuss how disappointing National Nude Day will be this year.

Major League Baseball makes an announcement about their rules, but we are noticing some insincerity!

Then, we look at some winners and losers from the world of sports recently. We find winners and losers from college sports, the NFL, MLB, the NBA, UFC, the NHL, and even some Olympic athletes!

Finally, with the Supreme Court ruling that NCAA athletes can now begin to profit off of their name, image, and likeness, we reflect on some athletes from previous eras that could have made some serious money! 

Which former NCAA superstars could have done well in this new era? Our Daly Dose Top 5 counts down some very interesting possibilities!

Daly Doses 06-15-21: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

The Denver Nuggets were swept out of the NBA Playoffs in four games by the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night.

The Colorado Avalanche were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four straight games after leading the Vegas Golden Knights in their series 2-0.

Which was more disappointing?

The Nuggets were truly starting to look like a contender back in March and April, until Jamal Murray was lost for the season.

The Avalanche were looking like a contender in their first two games against Vegas.

Based on the timing…I’m leaning toward the Avs being the bigger disappointment.

Not tough enough, too many empty possessions, ran into a hot team, and probably got outcoached.

Which team did I just describe?

Pick one.

Avs superstar Nathan MacKinnon was completely locked down in the final four games, managing just two assists…total.

Can you win a big time series when your superstar doesn’t lead the way?

Possible, but it’s going to be tough.

Then again, league MVP Nikola Jokic averaged 25 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists in the Nuggets series against Phoenix, and look where that got him.

Side note: Jokic getting ejected in Game 4 was silly, and would not have happened to most of the big name stars in the NBA. Did he deserve the techinical? Fine. An ejection? Not even close, and there’s no way the league would have ever ejected Giannis, Harden, Westbrook, Steph, Durant, or Lebron in that situation.

Not all MVPs are created equal.

Jokic gets the least respect of any Most Valuable Player…ever.

Side note part #2: WWE referees are more credible than NBA referees.

I will die on this hill.

Bottom line: Both MacKinnon and Jokic probably need a little more help, and another year of seasoning to truly be in the hunt for a title.

Now both teams have decisions to make. The Avs will need to resign forward Gabe Landeskog, and goalie Philipp Grubauer, but that may cost big money. Matt Calvert and Tyson Jost would be nice.

And by earning MVP honors, Jokic has now qualified for a supermax extension, which would be the largest in NBA history. However, because Jokic has only six years of service, the center will need to wait until the 2022 offseason to sign the five-year, $241 million extension.

The Nuggets will also have to decide what to do with Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon very soon.

So we now have both Kroenke sports franchises possibly on the verge of doing something special. Will ownership spend the money to keep these teams together. Could they maybe even dig into the big money vault, and add another piece or two?

Based on Kroenke’s inability to get a deal done with a local cable TV provider to carry home games to their own local fans…don’t get your hopes up.

Daly Doses 06-08-21: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

  • Our hometown Denver Nuggets lost their Game 1 conference semifinal game against the Phoenix Suns last night. The Nuggets actually showed some promise early on, but poor shot selection, missed layups, and their perimeter defense allowed the Suns to take over in the second half.

  • Do the Nuggets actually have any hope of winning this series, and advancing?

  • With a banged up Chris Paul, and Nikola Jokic playing the way he is right now? Yes, they at least have a chance, but they will have to make some adjustments.

  • Paging Mike Malone. Mike, please pick up a courtesy phone.

  • Especially when your team is allowing a 16-0 run in the second half.

  • It’s one thing to allow players like Devin Booker and Mikal Bridges to drop 20 points on you, but allowing Suns big man Deandre Ayton to go for 20 and dominate the paint? He’s not a scorer. The Nugget can’t allow that.

  • Having said that, everyone completely overreacts to Game 1’s in a seven game series. Let’s see how this series looks after Game 2 on Wednesday night.

  • Sorry, I am still in a state of shock that the Nuggets even got by the Portland Trail Blazers in the opening round. 

  • If you told me that Michael Porter Jr would average just 18 points per game against Portland, I would have asked “And where will the Nuggets be vacationing this week?”

  • Porter had three games in which he really struggled to make his presence felt. However the depth of this team, with players like Monte Morris and Austin Rivers stepping up their games, was very impressive. As great as Jokic was, the Nuggets actually outscored the Blazers with Jokic off the floor in that series.

  • Rivers shot 48% from three point range against the Blazers, and Morris forced them to go over those ball screens that Jokic kept setting, instead of cheating underneath and clogging the paint. 

  • Aaron Gordon can be key against Phoenix. He couldn’t throw it in the ocean last night, but he played well against Portland and actually shot 60% from three point range. Gordon has some skills that the Nuggets definitely need, and it seems he is enjoying playing in games that actually matter.

  • The change of scenery has served Gordon well, at least so far. 

  • Could Blazers star Damian Lillard be looking for a change of scenery after this latest playoff disappointment?

  • Lillard has been toiling in a small market, and making very little headway, as far as actually contending for an NBA title. 

  • In this NBA era of chasing championships, Portland should be very worried about losing their superstar. Unfortunately, Nuggets fans should be watching this closely, because they have some good players that they are going to want to keep in this small market too. 

  • As exciting as it was to see the Nuggets advance in the first round, there was a small part of me that truly felt bad for Dame coming up short yet again. 

  • Having said that, I couldn’t have been more happy for Carmelo Anthony. 

  • I know the national and even some of the local media, were bashing Nuggets fans for booing Melo, when he played in Denver during that series. 

  • He left a very good team here in Denver for a much worse situation basketball-wise in New York to “promote his brand”.

  • Show me a fan base that wouldn’t be angry at a former player doing that. 

  • You think the Green Bay Packer faithful won’t boo Aaron Rodgers, if he leaves, every single chance that they get?

  • Yeah right. 

  • After such a promising start to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, our Colorado Avalanche are in deep trouble against a very tough, very fast, very experienced Vegas squad.

  • Since the Game 1 rout, Vegas has thoroughly outplayed the Avs in seven of the past nine periods.

  • Barring a major change, that series is over, but I am really hoping that Avalanche coach Jared Bednar still has a few tricks up his sleeve. 

  • At least it will be football season soon. 

  • Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater on the same team?

  • And the hits just keep on coming…

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

  • The Colorado Avalanche are a true contender for the Stanley Cup, the Denver Nuggets will waste another prime year of Nikola Jokic, the Colorado Rockies are battling for the worst record in Major League Baseball, and the Denver Broncos still don’t have a bona fide quarterback. 

  • After the past year of dealing with a global pandemic, sports in Colorado are beginning to return to form. Things are getting back to normal. 

  • As soon as the Air Force Academy proves that they are once again the best college football program in the state over both CU and CSU, we are right back to the way things were. 

  • The Avalanche are the most talented team in the NHL. There are no glaring weaknesses here. Nathan McKinnon is a top-three player in the NHL, there is significant depth, and Philipp Grubauer is capable of being a very good goalie with that defense in front of him. 

  • Having said that, Game 1 notwithstanding, the Vegas Golden Knights may prove to be a very tough test for this young talented team in the second round. 

  • Physical play, and a goalie that is capable of carrying a series, could prove to be a very revealing test for the Avs. 

  • Knight’s coach Peter DeBoer’s decision to sit starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for Game 1 could haunt Vegas. The Avs jumped on backup Robin Lehner early and often in a 7-1 rout. 

  • But I mean, at least Fleury is all rested up. 

  • I truly feel bad for the Denver Nuggets. They were starting to look like a true title contender before the loss of Jamal Murray to that season ending knee injury. 

  • Plus, they have to play for head coach Mike Malone, which would be enough to drive any player completely bonkers. 

  • Malone’s substitution rotation and in-game adjustments are confusing enough to fans, I can’t imagine what his players think. 

  • “I played great in Game 1 vs. Portland, why am I only getting 32 minutes per game since then?” -Michael Porter Jr.

  • “I am the Most Valuable Player of the league, why am I sitting on the bench in crunch time?” -Nikola Jokic

  • “Those Game 3 shots actually went in?” -Austin Rivers

  • The Colorado Rockies front office paid $50 million dollars to the St Louis Cardinals to take 3rd baseman Nolan Arrenado off of their hands, so that they can rebuild this roster from the ground up. 

  • Do you see the irony here?

  • The same front office of the Rockies that paid the Cardinals to take their best player is going to be in charge of building up this roster. 

  • They’re obviously very trustworthy. 

  • What could possibly go wrong?

  • Besides everything.

  • I am just as excited as the next Denver Broncos fan that somehow they could make a run at Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. 

  • Today is June 1st, Rodgers is still unhappy, and the Packers soon get significant salary-cap relief if they trade (or release) Rodgers. If the Packers were to trade Rodgers after today, they would save $16.050 million in salary-cap space in 2021.

  • Yet in times like these, I go back to this very important trivia question: Name the team that traded away a future Hall of Fame lock quarterback in their prime. 

  •  We have seen quarterback swaps like Pastorini for Stabler, or even Stafford for Goff, and we have seen guys past their prime traded away like Joe Montana, Earl Morrall, or even Warren Moon. 

  • Teams just don’t trade away Hall of Fame quarterbacks in their prime, but I guess we can still keep hoping. 

  • I guess we can also keep hoping to see Nuggets and Avalanche games on Comcast too, but that ain’t happening either. 

Daly Dose 01-27-21 Super Bowl LV is set!

This week on the Daly Dose, Super Bowl LV is now set as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be meeting the Kansas City Chiefs in the big game. We recap the NFC Championship. Did Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur cost his team the game? The Kansas City Chiefs have one player that proved to be extremely valuable against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game. We also remember the amazing career and life of Hank Aaron, and we even have some really good news this week in college sports!

Then, we begin to take a look forward to both college basketball and the NBA seasons. But before we do, I explain why I am not particularly pleased with College Basketball right now, and why some of our leaders need to step up their game!

Then we examine some of the biggest storylines in college hoops. Who are the top teams? Who are some of the top players, and who are the best conferences in this odd season?

We discuss that lack of surprises that we can expect in the NBA, but there are a few teams that have caught our attention.

Finally, our Daly Dose Top 5 takes a look at five better options for getting out the vaccines for this worldwide pandemic. We have five options that can get us back on track quickly!

Daly Dose 12-30-20 So long to 2020!

This week on the Daly Dose, we are making our New Year’s resolutions for 2021! We will have James Harden’s back, we will be doing some ‘BIG promo on the Dose, and we will be doing our very best here to be better than either Tom Cruise or ESPN in 2021!

We preview the College Football Playoff on Friday. Who will win between the No 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, and the No 4 Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Rose Bowl? Will the Sugar Bowl game between the No 2 Clemson TIgers and No 3 Ohio State Buckeyes prove to be as exciting as their game last year?

Then, we take a look back at some of the biggest names in sports that we have lost over the past year; and we reflect on some of the contributions that they made to the sports world.

Finally, while discussing how challenging the year 2020 was in sports, we countdown the Top 5 ways that it actually could have been much worse!

Daly Dose 08-05-20 What we have learned from the return of sports so far

This week on the Daly Dose, it is the anniversary of American Olympian Jesse Owens winning gold at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. We discuss the insane pressure that he must have faced. 

The XFL finds some help from an unlikely source, and a group of college football players is making some demands, but they may not have thought them through completely. 

Then, we are examining some of the things that we have already learned from the return of sports in America so far. We look at why so many people in the American sports media seem to be against sports returning. We discuss why many seem to be cheering for another sports shutdown. 

Major League Baseball has returned, and we learned that there are certain approved ways of “breaking the rules”. Plus, we were reminded of a very important item about the game of baseball!

We also learned that the NBA could have some problems on the horizon, and NBA defenses clearly need some serious work.

College football conferences are making schedule changes, and we are pretty sure that we know why. And the NHL has proven to be pretty exciting so far…at least for some fans. 

Finally, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated that he believes his days in Green Bay are numbered. Today, we countdown the Top 5 teams where he could end up, if he leaves the Packers!  

Daly Dose 08-05-20 YouTube video Is the sports media cheering against sports?

This week on the Daly Dose YouTube video, we are wondering why so many people in the American sports media seem to be against sports returning. We discuss why many seem to be cheering for another sports shutdown.

Major League Baseball returned, and we learned that there are certain approved ways of breaking the rules.

Plus, we were reminded of a very important item about the game of baseball!

Daly Dose 07-29-20 The NBA is back!

This week on the Daly Dose, it is National Chicken Wing day and we are counting all of the ways to enjoy them! Plus, we wish a happy birthday to a very interesting person in the boxing world!

The return of Major League Baseball last week provided some very interesting moments, and we discuss whether the Florida Marlins should cause MLB to be shut back down. 

The NHL has a new team and their nickname could be problematic, the NFL sees an interesting trade, and we have a boxing exhibition coming that no one should watch. 

Then, with the NBA set to restart this week, we are joined by a longtime friend of the show to discuss what we should be expecting from the NBA Bubble. 

Which teams are the true contenders? Who are the pretenders? Which player has the most on the line? Which player is most likely to be caught sneaking out of the bubble…or even telling on others who break the rules?

Who will win the NBA Bubble Championship? We answer all of these questions, and more, this week o

This week on the Daly Dose, it is National Chicken Wing day and we are counting all of the ways to enjoy them! Plus, we wish a happy birthday to a very interesting person in the boxing world!

The return of Major League Baseball last week provided some very interesting moments, and we discussed whether the Miami Marlins should cause MLB and all of sports to be shut back down. 

The NHL has a new team, and their nickname could be problematic. The NFL sees an interesting trade, and we have a boxing exhibition coming, that no one should watch. 

Then, with the NBA set to restart this week, we are joined by a longtime friend of the show to discuss what we should be expecting from the NBA Bubble. 

Which teams are the true contenders? Who are the pretenders? Which player has the most on the line? Which player is most likely to be caught sneaking out of the bubble…or even telling on others who break the rules?

Who will win the NBA Bubble Championship? We answer all of these questions and more this week on the Dose!

Daly Dose 07-29-20 YouTube video MLB returns in perfect 2020 style

This week on the Daly Dose YouTube video, the return of Major League Baseball last week provided some very interesting moments.

The NHL has a new team, and their nickname could be problematic. The NFL sees an interesting trade, and we have a boxing exhibition coming, that no one should watch.