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Daly Dose #147 The LIVE show!

This week on the Dose, we are doing something we have never done! Immediately following the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight, we go live, and record some immediate reaction to the fight. A number of friends stop by to talk about the decision, but we also discusss the NFLcollege football, even the English Premier League. Talking with a few guests, Clint also finds out what it’s like to play football at the Air Force Academy, what it might take to get the Kansas City Chiefs to bench Alex Smith, and what it really feels like to tackle former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis!

Then, we look at a few NFL teams that have returned to reality in Week 2 of the season, and we count down the Top 5 worst boxing decisions of all time!

Listen here to a very special Daly Dose #147 The LIVE show!

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Daly Dose #146 The NFL overreactions

This week on the Dose we are gauging the overreactions from Week 1 of the NFL season! Are the New England Patriots in trouble? Are the Kansas City Chiefs a true contender? And are the Indianapolis Colts, and Jacksonville Jaguars going to be improved in 2017? We look at some of the biggest overreactions that we are hearing, and try to sift through what is actually true.

After a very entertaining week in college football, we are trying to piece together what we have learned so far. The Oklahoma Sooners are looking strong, the Clemson Tigers just keep rolling, and Lamar Jackson wants to win another Heisman trophy at Louisville.

Canelo Alvarez will square off against Gennady Golovkin this Saturday for the middleweight championship of the world, and we take a look at what could unfold in that fight.

Plus, we look at some past NFL overreactions, as we count down the Top 5 bad starts to a Super Bowl winning season!

Listen here to Episode #146 The NFL overreactions!

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The AFC West

AFC West

The AFC West might be the toughest division in the NFL. Any of these teams could win the division, and contend in the postseason. And any of these teams could collapse, and finish 6-10. And most of these teams could also actually be made up from the spawn of Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

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1. Oakland Raiders

Predicted finish: 10-6

Last year, the Oakland Raiders returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2002, going 12-4 and giving the Raider faithful some hope for the future. QB Derek Carr is an MVP candidate, and DE Khalil Mack is one of the top defensive players in the league. Then again, this team lost to Brock Osweiler in the playoffs, and they are currently packing up for the move to Las Vegas. So the future may not exactly need shades.

2. Denver Broncos

Predicted finish: 9-7

Broncos VP John Elway knew he had to beef up his terrible offensive line, so he went out and took Utah OT Garett Bolles with his first draft pick. Elway has been fearless as a personnel man, selecting players like Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch, and Sylvester Williams with previous draft picks. Did we say “fearless”? Sorry, we meant “senseless”.

3. Kansas City Chiefs

Predicted finish: 9-7

The Chiefs won this division a year ago with a 12-4 record, but failed to advance in the postseason. That was nothing new for Kansas City fans, who have been waiting since 1969 to advance past the divisional round of the playoffs. Chiefs management decided they didn’t want to take any chances with another playoff loss this year, so they drafted QB Patrick Mahomes to split the locker room, and eliminate the possibility. Well played.

4. Los Angeles Chargers

Predicted finish: 7-9

The Chargers are a notoriously cheap franchise that balks at paying their players. They uprooted, and moved the franchise from San Diego after 54 seasons because the fans wouldn’t buy them a new stadium. They have fired quality coaches, and repeatedly screwed over their fans. Why is this such a snakebitten franchise without much in the way of true success? Karma is a crazy thing.   

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The NFC West

NFC West

This division resembles the AFC East, as there seems to be just one true contender to win it. The Seattle Seahawks are looking to contend for another Super Bowl, while the other teams in this group will struggle to just win more games than they lose. Of course, they also won’t choke a Super Bowl away in dramatic fashion either. So it’s all about perspective.

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1. Seattle Seahawks

Predicted finish: 12-4

The Seahawks needed some major help on their offensive line, as QB Russell Wilson was running for his life last season. Wilson was sacked 41 times, and had to battle various injuries all year, as a result. However, in the offseason Seattle signed some help on defense, and an overweight running back in Eddie Lacy. It is almost like the Seahawks front office hates Wilson as much as his own defense does.

2. Arizona Cardinals

Predicted finish: 9-7

There are a lot of things to like about this Cardinals team despite the fact that they took a step backward last season. RB David Johnson is one of the best backs in the league. Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown are a potent receiving duo. The defense should be active and aggressive, and the kicking game should improve. Oh wait…they still have Carson Palmer at QB, and no real backup? Yeah, nevermind.

3. Los Angeles Rams

Predicted finish: 6-10

The Rams finally had enough of being average, so they fired head coach Jeff Fisher, and set out to find a new identity. They hired 30-year-old Sean McVay to coach 22-year-old QB Jared Goff, without much in the way of an offensive line, or a solid wide receiving corps. Then, they hired 70-year-old Wade Phillips to coach an already respectable defense. Sound confusing? This is LA. It doesn’t have to make sense.

4. San Francisco 49ers

Predicted finish: 4-12

The Niners decided to clean house, hiring Kyle Shanahan to take over as head coach. They are hoping that Shanahan can bring his brand of high powered offense back to the Bay area, and return this franchise to prominence. Yes, the guy that couldn’t manufacture a first down in the second half of last year’s Super Bowl is going to somehow get Brian Hoyer to play at an elite level. Maybe this group should move to LA too.

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL preview: The AFC South

AFC South

The AFC South is an odd mix of teams. While it may look at first glance, to be one of the weaker divisions in the NFL, there are some teams that are getting better here. The Texans have a very good defense. The Titans are young and talented. The Colts could be better if they have a healthy Andrew Luck. And the Jaguars would be vastly improved with a very unhealthy Blake Bortles.

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1. Tennessee Titans

Predicted finish: 10-6

The Titans looked poised to step up last season, and make a push into the playoffs. Unfortunately, they started off the season slow, and were unable to earn a postseason berth. Can this young, talented group get off to a better start in 2017? Can QB Marcus Mariota stay healthy? Can the pass defense improve? Can we ever take a head coach named Mike Mularkey seriously?

2. Houston Texans

Predicted finish: 9-7

The Texans are hoping that just getting rid of Brock Osweiler is enough to make them better. With this defense, featuring both JJ Watt, and Jadeveon Clowney there is reason to be optimistic. Unfortunately,  unless they can play offensive line or quarterback the Texans are still going to be barely above average.

3. Indianapolis Colts

Predicted finish: 6-10

Andrew Luck is trying to return from shoulder surgery, but with the lack of a supporting cast to surround him, he may be better off just stalling. Luck needs to take his time and make sure that he is fully healthy, and the Colts are in a better position to protect him. So, he may be waiting three to four years.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

Predicted: 3-13

QB Blake Bortles seems to be suffering from a case of the yips. His confidence is wavering, and even though he has been named the starter, you can see the doubt creeping into his play. It doesn’t help that he doesn’t have much help on the offensive line. Or that Vice President Tom Coughlin keeps yelling at him to stay off of his grass.

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Daly Dose #145 The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview

This week on the Dose, we are gearing up for football season!

First, we discuss the weekend of college football. Teams like AlabamaUCLA, and Colorado had some big wins, but was it all good news? We may have some bad news for those teams that could damper their spirits a little.

Then, Clint is joined by Larry to break down the NFL season that is nearly here!

Can top teams like the New England PatriotsPittsburgh SteelersDallas CowboysGreen Bay Packers, and Atlanta Falcons stay on top?

Will up and coming teams like the Tampa Bay BuccaneersTennessee Titans, and Oakland Raiders be able to take that next step?

And what in the world are the Denver Broncos doing cutting safety TJ Ward, and bringing back QB Brock Osweiler?

We break down each division, give our picks for Super Bowl 52, and Clint and Larry count down the Top 5 things that they love about the return of the NFL each year!

Listen here to Episode #145 The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview!

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The NFC South

NFC South

It’s easy to look look at the NFC South, and think of it as a bad division. It contains three teams that have been infamously bad in NFL history. Yet, this division has produced that Super Bowl representatives in the past two seasons. So what if those Super Bowls were abysmal failures? Stop bringing up old stuff.

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Predicted finish: 10-6

The Bucs went 9-7 last season, and could be better in 2017. They added wide receiver DeSean Jackson, drafted tight end OJ Howard, and tried to beef up their offensive line. The defense is improving, and if this team can make a few clutch field goals, they could contend for the playoffs. Oh wait…

2. Carolina Panthers

Predicted finish: 9-7

It has been an odd road since the Panthers appeared in Super Bowl 50. First, they went 6-10, and struggled to protect Cam Newton. Then they fired their general manager in an untimely fashion. Now Newton is coming off of a shoulder surgery, and Matt Kalil is protecting his blindside. What could go wrong? Besides everything.

3. Atlanta Falcons

Predicted finish: 9-7

There is a lot of talk about how the Falcons could suffer some extreme hangover, after giving up the biggest lead in Super Bowl history, and losing to the Patriots. Yet, when you look at the roster, this is a team that returns nearly everyone from a year ago. So this will be a mental challenge, more than a physical one.  Are you going to trust this team’s psyche? Me neither.

4. New Orleans Saints

Predicted finish: 8-8

Drew Brees is heading into the final year of his contract, as he signed a one-year extension last year. So expect big things from Brees, as he shows that he is still capable of playing at a very high level. In the offseason, New Orleans also went and signed running back Adrian Peterson. What can possibly stop the Saints from reaching the postseason now? Oh yeah…that awful defense again.

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: The AFC North

AFC North

The AFC North is a collection of the haves and the have-nots. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won six Super Bowls. The Baltimore Ravens have won it twice. Then you have the Cincinnati Bengals, who have lost the big game two times, and the Cleveland Browns who have never even been to a Super Bowl. The good news is that you know what expect most every year in this division. The bad news is that if you’re the Cleveland Browns there is rarely any good news.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

Predicted finish: 11-5

The Steelers have one of the most dangerous offenses in the entire league. The defense is improving, and with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and LeVeon Bell who can possibly stop the Steelers this season? Well, it’s probably going to be the New England Patriots, just like every other year.

2. Baltimore Ravens

Predicted finish: 9-7

This team has had more than its share of injuries, but they do have a good young talented defense. Could Baltimore sneak up on some people, and win some low scoring games like they did back in the early 2000’s? It’s possible, because this defense could be pretty good. And also because Joe Flacco is pretty bad.

3. Cincinnati Bengals

Predicted finish: 8-8

The Bengals have some weapons at the skill positions, but their offensive line has really had a hard time protecting QB Andy Dalton. Last season, Dalton was sacked 41 times, but somehow managed to start all 16 games. Then again, the Bengals went 6-9-1 under Dalton. So what is keeping him healthy really doing for them anyways?

4. Cleveland Browns

Predicted finish: 3-13

The Browns could slowly be getting better. Myles Garrett looks like a bona fide top pick, and QB DeShone Kizer could have a bright future. It will still be tough to win many games this season, but congrats to Cleveland. You are no longer a complete, and utter embarrassment! Baby steps, Browns. Baby steps.

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The 2017 Daly Dose NFL Preview: NFC North

NFC North

The black and blue division will once again be a physical battle for who comes out on top. Sure, this division isn’t as tough as it used to be, with the Monster of the Midway, and the Purple People Eaters, but they do still have Mike Glennon, and Sam Bradford throwing passes. That’s pretty tough to watch.

1. Green Bay Packers

Predicted finish: 10-6

The Packers have the greatest QB league in 33-year-old Aaron Rodgers, but they have struggled to surround him with much talent. In the offseason they signed tight ends Martellus Bennett, and Lance Kendricks, but unless they can play some defense, it could be another loss in the NFC Championship. At least in the offseason, the Pack was able to offload some dead weight, namely Eddie Lacy and Olivia Munn.

2. Minnesota Vikings

Predicted finish: 9-7

There was much concern in Minnesota last season when QB Teddy Bridgewater went down, and the Vikings were forced to go get Sam Bradford to replace him. Yet everyone seemed to be pleasantly surprised with Bradford’s play in 2016. The Vikings went 8-8, and their offense ranked 28th out of 32 teams. Which just goes to show you how little everyone really expected from Bradford. They thought that was actually good.

3. Detroit Lions

Predicted finish: 8-8

The Lions were a bit of a pleasant surprise last year, as they actually managed to make it to the postseason. A tougher schedule will make that outcome tougher to come by in 2017. Can the Lions finally break their streak of having not won a playoff game since 1991? Or of not winning a division title since 1993? In a word…”nope”.

4. Chicago Bears

Predicted finish: 5-11

First, the Bears spent $45 million dollars on free agent QB Mike Glennon. Then they moved up in the NFL Draft to grab QB Mitchell Trubisky. If one didn’t know better, you might get the impression that this franchise doesn’t seem to fully understand what it is that they are doing in the personnel department. Fortunately, we actually do know better.

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