Daly Dose #148 Our no politics sports show

This week on the Dose, we are already tired of all of the political talk in sports. So, we sidestep the politics, and stick with what we actually know.

Major League Baseball is finally getting interesting, and we take a look at possible postseason matchups. We know that the Cleveland Indians, and the Los Angeles Dodgers will wrap up the top spots in each league, but which other teams can contend?

We respond to a few listener emails, including who won the NBA trade between the New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Carmelo Anthony deal. Our answers just might surprise you!

We are now about one month into the college football season. Which teams are failing to live up to all of the preseason hype?

And in the NFL, the New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, and Los Angeles Chargers might be off to a slow start, but we have some good news for them. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers, and Los Angeles Rams are off to very good starts, but could be facing trouble down the stretch. We look at the good news and bad news for a number of teams!

Finally, if your favorite NFL team is off to a slow start, we provide you with a ray of hope! Our Daly Dose Top 5 counts down the five times that NFL teams have started the season 0-3, yet still managed to make the playoffs!

If you want to stick with sports instead of politics, listen here to Episode 148 The no politics sports show!

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The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Big 12

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The Big 12 is in a bit of a funk. They aren’t pulling the recruits that they are used to getting. They have only made it to the College Football Playoff one single time, when Oklahoma got blown out 37-17 in 2015. Many accuse the conference of being out of date, and not appealing to the younger generation, but we aren’t buying it. Then again, their most esteemed coach is sporting a mullet. So, we could be mistaken.

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1. Oklahoma Sooners

Predicted finish: 11-1

Bob Stoops might be gone, but the expectations for the Sooners remain the same. QB Baker Mayfield should contend for the Heisman with this high- powered offense. OU should roll to their third straight Big 12 championship, and then this group will get blown out in a playoff game. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

2. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Cowboys could boast the nation’s best offense behind QB Mason Rudolph. The offensive line that used to be a weakness has grown into a The problem is that the defense will once again be very ugly. Not unlike a certain someone’s hair.

3. Kansas State

Predicted finish: 8-4

The Wildcats were playing very good football coming down the stretch in 2016, and they are hoping it will continue in 2017. Is there a chance that K-State could sneak up on everyone, and actually win the Big 12? Well, it hasn’t ever happened before, but who are we to crush their dreams?

4. Texas Longhorns

Predicted finish: 8-4

The Longhorns will face a challenging schedule that will see them play Kansas State, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State in consecutive weeks. New head coach Tom Herman inherits a talented group that outgoing coach Charlie Strong said should win 10 games in 2017. Oh sure, now he says that.

5. TCU Horned Frogs

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Horned Frogs could be a surprise in the conference, if they could get some decent play from senior QB Kenny Hill. Or if the defense could step up, and get some stops….okay, who are we kidding? I just wanted to see if I could say something about a Big 12 defense without laughing. I couldn’t.

6. West Virginia Mountaineers

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Mountaineers have a chance to surprise this year, because they are possibly the only team in the entire conference that actually plays anything resembling defense. Last year, they allowed just 24 points per game. So it is almost like defense. Like Dana Holgorsen almost has hair on top of his head.

7. Baylor Bears

Predicted finish: 6-6

Baylor hired former Temple coach Matt Rhule, who has no ties to Art Briles, or Baylor, or even Texas. Rhule and his staff were given mops, and lysol, and hazmat suits upon arrival in Waco, “Get that mess all cleaned up, Matt, and let’s never bring it up again.”

8. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Predicted finish: 4-8

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is entering his 5th season in Lubbock, and his tenure has been a mixed bag. The Red Raiders have posted some amazing passing numbers, but inconsistencies in the running game, and poor defenses have been the cause of a below .500 record. Kingsbury’s job could be on the line this season, and considering the holes on this roster, he may want to update that resume very soon.

9. Iowa State Cyclones

Predicted finish: 4-8

The Cyclones went 3-9 last season, and that included a home loss to FCS school Northern Iowa. The good news is that this team should be able to get four or five wins. The bad news is that those pesky Northern Iowa Panthers are on the schedule again.

10. Kansas Jayhawks

Predicted finish: 1-11

Head coach David Beaty has actually done a pretty amazing job assembling some semblance of talent in Lawrence. You might not be able to tell, because he has gone 2-22 in his two seasons there. There is some actual progress here, and this year when the Jayhawks win three games, it will all come to fruition.

Did you miss the Daly Dose Big 10 preview?

Next up: The Daly Dose most notable teams from outside the Big 5 conferences!

Daly Dose #121 The NCAA Sweet 16 Preview

This week on the Daly Dose, Clint discusses why March Madness always seems to live up to expectations, and why we see so many upsets every single year. We look at who has been a little better than we expected, and who has been worse so far in the tournament, and we preview each of the Sweet 16 games.

NFL free agency is now three weeks in, and there are still some big-name players that have been left unsigned. Why is no one touching these top players? We take a look at a bizarre soccer story in Brazil, preview some possible playoff matchups in the NBA, and count down the Top 5 last times that we saw back to back NCAA Basketball National Champions!

Listen here to Episode #121 The NCAA Sweet 16 Preview!

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Daly Dose #108 Our Daly Dose Christmas Wish List

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we read our Christmas wish list! But the list isn’t for us. We ask dear old Santa for a variety items for a number of different sports figures!

What does LeBron James really need this holiday season? Richard Sherman?

And despite the hope that so many feel around this time of year, we give you a few NFL teams that have no hope whatsoever. And we don’t just mean this season.

Plus some surprising NBA teams, a college football scandal, and the Top 5 least popular holiday gifts for sports fans!

Check out Episode #108 Our Daly Dose Christmas List!

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Daly Dose #100 The 100th Episode

This week we celebrate our 100th episode on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast!

Clint reads some listener emails, makes a phone call to a fan of the show, and gives his pick for the World Series. Who will win between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians?

In college football this weekend, Ohio State was upset, how does that affect the National Championship picture? And which surprise teams might actually be legitimate contenders?

A few NFL teams got surprised with a loss this past week. Should the Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers,Minnesota Vikings, or Arizona Cardinals be concerned? Or were those losses no big deal?

Finally we count down the Top 5 reasons that NFL ratings are actually down so far this season.

You don’t want to miss this very special episode of the Daly Dose!

Check out Daly Dose #100 The 100th episode!

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The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Big 12

We now turn our attention to a conference that could be looking to expand and add a few teams to make it a true super conference. Or maybe the Big 12 will collapse completely and go away forever.

Either way.

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1. Oklahoma Sooners

Predicted finish: 10-2

Baker Mayfield took over the QB position in Norman last year, and took the Sooners all the way to the College Football Playoff with his high-risk gambling pirate style. But then we saw what he did against Clemson in the Orange Bowl. Arrrgh!

2. Oklahoma State Cowboys   

Predicted finish: 9-3

Okie State actually has a chance to contend in this conference, as they return 10 starters from an offense that averaged almost 40 points per game last year. But the Cowboys do also have to play defense. And I think we all know how that usually turns out.

3. TCU Horned Frogs

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Horned Frogs are going to miss talented QB Trevone Boykin. Can Texas A&M transfer Kenny Hill take the reins? Or will he get beat out, cry about it, and transfer again? No seriously, I’m asking.

4. Baylor Bears

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Bears lost some major talent on both sides of the ball, and then Art Briles got fired because his players were quite literally raping and pillaging the Baylor campus. So the win total will probably go down this year, but the crime numbers will drop too.

5. Texas Longhorns

Predicted finish: 8-4   

The team that might stand to benefit the most from Baylor’s slide might be Texas, who has been patching together their roster over the past two seasons. Now they are finally  assembling some talent. So maybe they only lose to Notre Dame by 20 in this year’s opener instead of 50.

6. West Virginia Mountaineers

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The WVU offense has some studs. Skyler Howard, Shelton Gibson, and Daikiel Shorts could compare to former Mountaineer greats Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, and Stedman Bailey. Which means they will put up some big meaningless numbers this year and then get punched in the face in the NFL.

7. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Texas Tech is like a big budget summer blockbuster movie. Yes, there will be special effects (high powered offense). But there will also be poor acting (no defense). And we ultimately know the outcome: the plot goes nowhere, and we end up with diarrhea from all that butter on the popcorn.

8. Kansas State

Predicted finish: 5-7   

Sure, Bill Snyder is 104 years old, but he has the passion and exuberance of an 87 year old.

9. Iowa State Cyclones

Predicted finish: 4-8

You might look at this pick and think I am down on the Cyclones, but look who’s picking them to double their win total from a year ago! This mostly drunk guy!

10. Kansas Jayhawks   

Predicted finish: 1-11

Aww come on, it isn’t that bad, Jayhawk fans. OK, maybe it is.

Did you miss the Daly Dose Big 10 Preview?

Coming on Thursday: The Independents and other notables

Daly Dose #81 The NBA Finals Conspiracy

This week on Episode 81 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we discuss the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This looked like it was going to be a blowout, and instead is now headed to a Game 6. But could the NBA be manipulating this series?

We take a look at a common sports trend that needs to stop, and the NFL Twitter account was hacked last week. We wonder what the password could be?

Plus some college football, an all-time hockey great passes away, and a Daly Dose Top 5 that you do not want to miss!

Listen here: Episode 81

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Daly Dose #80 The Legacy of Muhammad Ali

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint talks a little about some of the problems facing a few of the top college football programs in the country, and who stands to benefit the most from it all.

The NBA Finals have been nearly unwatchable so far. Why have the Cleveland Cavaliers been so bad and can the Golden State Warriors keep up their current pace? And what does this series mean to LeBron James?

Then he sits down with former world-class boxer Frankie Sanchez to discuss the life and legacy of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Finally, we count down the Top 5 defining moments of Ali’s incredible career.

You don’t want to miss Episode #80!

Listen here: Episode 80

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The Daly Dose Sports College Football Bottom 5 Power Rankings!

Oh sure, it is easy to pick who the great teams are.

Anyone can do that.

But it takes a special eye to pick out the truly horrible teams.

And now you probably need to make sure that your favorite team didn’t make the list.

Bottom 5

Team/Record Last game/Next game Outlook
1. Wyoming Cowboys 0-5

Last week: 1

Last game: Lost @Appalachian State 31-13

Next game: Sat. vs. Air Force

I can’t figure out why the Cowboys have been so bad this season, losing their five games by an average of two touchdowns, but I’m pretty sure playing in cowboy boots hasn’t helped.
2. Kansas Jayhawks 0-4

Last week: 2

Last game: Lost @ Iowa State 38-13

Next game: Sat. @ #3 Baylor

The Jayhawks have allowed 41 points to South Dakota State and 55 points to Memphis. So I guess we are going to see if the third digit on the Kansas scoreboard works this week against Baylor aren’t we?
3. New Mexico State Aggies 0-4

Last week: 3

Last game: Lost vs. New Mexico 38-29

Next game: Sat. @ #14 Ole Miss

Unlike some of the teams on this list the Aggies have actually been close in a few games, losing by two to Georgia State and by three to UTEP. And that counts for something doesn’t it? Well…no. Actually…it doesn’t count for anything.
4. North Texas Mean Green 0-4

Last week: 4

Last game: Lost @Southern Miss 49-14

Next game: Sat. vs. Portland State

With losses to SMU and Rice it would seem that while the University of North Texas football team might indeed be green. They are, in truth not all that mean.
5. Texas Longhorns 1-4

Last week: 5

Last game: Lost @TCU 50-7

Next game: Sat. vs. #10 Oklahoma

So apparently Bevo XIV the 2,100 longhorn steer that serves as the mascot for Texas is sickly and will not make the trip to Norman for the Red River Shootout on Saturday. He obviously saw the TCU game.

The Daly Dose Sports College Football Top 5

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Team/Record Last game/Next game Outlook

1. Ohio State 2-0

Last week: 1

Last game: Beat Hawaii 38-0

Next game: Sat. vs. Northern Illinois

The Buckeyes trounced poor Hawaii on Saturday. You won’t really need to watch this #1 column for a few weeks as the Buckeyes now play no one even remotely decent until October.

2. Michigan State 2-0

Last week: Unranked

Last game: Beat Oregon 31-28

Next game: Sat. @Air Force

The Spartans beat Oregon and jumped into our Top 5 this week…mostly as a big thank you for saving us from seeing the Ducks get thumped in another Championship game.

3. TCU 2-0

Last week: 3

Last game: Beat Stephen F Austin 70-7

Next Game: Sat. vs. SMU

The Horned Frogs finally showed some offense, granted it was against Stephen F Austin…but come on are they really that different from any other Big 12 defense?

4. Alabama 2-0

Last week: 4

Last game: Beat Middle Tennessee State 37-10

Next game: Sat. vs. #15 Ole Miss

Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban appears to be very angry at only being ranked #4 in the Daly Dose Top 5. Or maybe that’s just how he always looks.

5. Baylor 1-0

Last week: 5

Last game: Beat Lamar 66-31

Next game: Sat. vs. Rice

The Bears knocked off a national doughnut chain last week but this week they will really get a test with the always dangerous Rice Owls.