Daly Dose #138 Our midseason Major League Baseball report

This week on the Daly Dose, we are looking at Major League Baseball at the halfway point. Who are the best teams? Which teams are most likely to fade down the stretch? We know the Chicago Cubs are the defending champs, but can they even make the postseason this year? Are the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals contenders or pretenders?

NBA free agency is slowing down now, and we look at the winners and losers from a busy offseason signing period.

The NFL quarterback may be the most important position in all of sports, yet we have a number of teams that are still not settled on who their starter will be. We know that the Denver BroncosChicago Bears, and Cleveland Browns still need to pick a starter, but who else could be heading for a QB controversy?

Why you shouldn’t care about the McGregor vs. Mayweather press conferences, and we count down the Top 5 most impactful NBA free agent signings of all time!

Listen here to Daly Dose #138 Our midseason Major League Baseball report.

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Daly Dose #134 The Russ McKinstry Interview Part 2

This week on the Daly Dose, we continue our discussion with high school basketball coach Russ McKinstry. Following his bout with cancer, he was able to get back into coaching, and help his new team reach a pretty amazing level.

What should parents expect from the children’s athletic career? What are we failing to teach our young players? And who are the greatest basketball players in the history of the NBA, and does LeBron James belong in that conversation? Are the Golden State Warriors one of the greatest teams in league history? We pick Coach Mac’s brain on a few different topics!

Plus what to look for in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday night, and one team has to feel really good about their franchise going forward, but it might not be who you think.

Don’t miss a special episode of the Daly Dose!

Listen here to Episode 134 The Russ McKinstry Interview Part 2!

 

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Daly Dose #131 The show about nothing

This week on the Daly Dose, Clint is joined by Larry from Centennial for an unscripted show about nothing, recorded in Winter Park, Colorado. With a very dry season coming for the sports world, they discuss some alternative sports to watch until football season rolls around again.

Why the Indy 500 has a very personal value for Clint, Larry has a special interest in college lacrosse, and they try to come up with things that are more interesting than the French Open.

Who are you cheering for in the Stanley Cup Final? Sidney Crosby is a very underrated player, and we begrudgingly have an underrated team in Major League Baseball.

Plus, NFL rule changes, our picks for the NBA Finals, and counting down the Top 5 NBA Finals with the highest television ratings of all time!

Listen here to a very special Episode #131: The show about nothing!

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Daly Dose #97 Winners and losers

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we are taking a look at some of the biggest winners and losers from another exciting week in college football and the NFL!

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan had a good week, the San Francisco 49ers got some bad news, and why the Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer may want to avoid the team doctors.

It was an exciting week in college football as one Heisman candidate might be out of the race, a kicker got to talk some trash, and the military academies are holding their own.

Plus, we take a look at the Major League Baseball playoffs and make our picks for who should advance in the Wild Card games, and we even talk a little NBA preseason news.

Finally, we count down the Top 5 quarterbacks to be suspended by the National Football League!

Be sure to check out Episode 97 Winners and Losers!

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

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  • The Colorado Rockies mercifully ended their season on Sunday finishing 68-94 and dead last in the National League West.
  • As bad as they were, the Rockies weren’t without a bright spot.
  • Third baseman Nolan Arenado led the league in RBI’s (130) and finished tied for first in the National League for most home runs with 42.
  • Arenado is also the first Colorado player to lead the majors in RBIs since Andres Galarraga drove in 150 in 1996.
  • Arenado, just 24, was named National League Player of the Month for September. In 28 games, Arenado hit .339 (38-for-112) and led the majors with 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and 79 total bases. His 38 hits led the National League, while his .705 slugging percentage ranked second.
  • Which leaves us to play a little game called “Where will Nolan Arrenado end up when the Rockies cut salary and trade him in two or three years?”
  • I’m going to say Tampa Bay. They should have some money laying around.
  • But I suppose Oakland is a possibility too. And Arenado is a California kid.
  • Oh I know.
  • “They would never do that! He is a bright young talent! He is their future!”
  • Tell that to Troy Tulowitzki.
  • Or Dexter Fowler.
  • Or Ubaldo Jimenez.
  • Or Matt Holliday.
  • On Saturday the Air Force Academy, Colorado State, and University of Colorado college football teams were beaten by a combined score of 53-107.
  • Which is kind of funny, because the local media keeps telling us every year how this is finally the year that Colorado and Colorado State are really going to be special.
  • In fact, last week one of the big talking points on Denver sports radio was “When Colorado upsets Oregon should their fans storm the field?”
  • This is the equivalent of me trying to plan how I will accept the Republican Presidential Nomination.
  • Or… you know…Donald Trump planning how to accept it.
  • I understand the limitations that the Air Force Academy has with athletics. And I root for those kids. Getting to play football is the easiest, and honestly most meaningless, part of their day.
  • But when I see programs like Utah and Boise State able to compete with the big boys it makes me wonder why our state schools are so snakebitten.
  • Maybe the Buffs and Rams need to bring back Bill McCartney and Sonny Lubick.
  • Hey, it worked for Kansas State.
  • Bill Snyder is older than Mac and Sonny combined and Kansas State is at least competitve every season.
  • That old vampire clearly feeds on the blood of the youth and he is still going at a high level.
  • I wonder if Peyton Manning has looked into that?

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

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  • We are entering what I think is the most beautiful time of the year here in Denver.
  • The leaves are turning from green to gold. The days are warm. The nights are cool.
  • The Denver Broncos are in full swing.
  • And we don’t have to watch the Colorado Rockies much longer.
  • Ahh yes, there is nothing like fall in the Mile High City.
  • Did you hear there is going to be an ESPN 30 for 30 profiling former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney?
  • McCartney has some controversial views, but he was the man that was solely responsible for bringing about one of the greatest eras in Colorado collegiate football history.
  • And by “one of” I mean “the only” significant era in Colorado collegiate football history.
  • Decades and decades of 6-5 don’t really count as “significant”. Sorry.
  • The Broncos are now 3-0 but I keep hearing the experts saying that the Broncos can’t possibly win with Peyton Manning at the helm.
  • “He is too old and he looks to be in constant pain when he throws the ball.”
  • They might be right.
  • Of course they are the same people telling us that Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Tannehill were the future of NFL quarterbacking.
  • And forgive me for my skepticism but I saw Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, and Mark Rypien win Super Bowls.
  • Don’t tell me it can’t happen.
  • And this defense is good.
  • Speaking of things that don’t make sense.
  • I guess I could go all kinds of different places in the sports world with that segue, couldn’t I?
  • But I was referring to the Chicago Bears facing the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
  • Former Broncos coach John Fox had his Bears “really battling” against the NFC Champs from the past two seasons.
  • The undermanned Bears finally succumbed 26-0.
  • Except, they didn’t even try to compete.
  • The Bears had 10 possessions in the game. They punted all 10 times.
  • They finished with 146 total yards.
  • They had no intention of winning.
  • They were simply in a battle to run out the clock and finish the game.
  • Good to see John Fox recycling his old gameplan from last season when the Broncos faced the Colts.

Check out Episode 37 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast!

Clint just got back from vacation and gives his review of his trip and a visit to Disney. Also some MLB talk, how he isn’t afraid of Ronda Rousey, and a discussion of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And don’t miss the Top 5 greatest left handed quarterbacks of all time. Check out Episode 37!

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

Doses

  • After a long six months we actually have football again! The Sunday Night NFL game between the Steelers and the Vikings drew a higher rating than the NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 6!
  • Isn’t it funny how we wait and wait for any type of football, and then when the preseason games start, we watch enthusiastically for about 30 seconds?
  • “Oh yeah…these are just practice scrimmages with backup players….never mind. I’m going to go eat some more barbecue.”
  • The Toronto Blue Jays have won 11 of 12 since acquiring former Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. Where was all of this winning when you were still here, Mr. Tulowitzki?
  • Or is this more of a “we are a product of our environment” thing?
  • Here in the thin air of Denver people are talking about the “great prospects” that the Rockies got in return.
  • I have been hearing about “great prospects” since 1993 so pardon my skepticism.
  • Speaking of thin air…how is that “Deflategate” thing going?
  • It has been six months and I still don’t know anything.
  • The NFL has done a very poor job of presenting it’s case or assembling much in the way of evidence. And those supposedly “inflammatory” emails from Tom Brady were absolutely insignificant.
  • “Peyton Manning only has a year or two left?” and “The Broncos were stupid for trying to cover Gronkowski with Von Miller instead of a safety?”
  • Those aren’t exactly scathing statements. I probably sent those exact two emails to four different people. Verbatim.
  • Wake me up when we get to the juicy photo file.
  • I do have two very simple questions.
  • 1. Why are the Patriots ball boys suspended? If the Pats did NOTHING wrong as they contend then why are these poor suckers paying for doing nothing with their jobs and reputations?
  • 2. If you did absolutely NOTHING as you contend, why on earth would Patriots owner Robert Kraft accept a very stiff penalty ($1 million dollars and the loss of two draft picks) without any sort of appeal?
  • I may not know much…but I know one thing that rich guys do NOT do.
  • Give their money away.
  • RIP to Frank Gifford. Gifford was a 13 year NFL player with the New York Giants who made the Pro Bowl as a defensive back, a running back, and wide receiver. Gifford was a long time sports announcer following his playing career and a commentator for Monday Night Football for 26 seasons.
  • He was 84.
  • Of course, he was married to Kathie Lee Gifford for 28 years so he was really like 127.
  • Okay, so now can we get some REAL football now?

Rockies trade Tulowitzki for Reyes, magic beans

Colorado Rockies management showed on Monday night that they are unafraid to take a chance. 

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Following their 9-8 loss to the Chicago Cubs, the last place Rockies (42-55) traded their top player to the Toronto Blue Jays for shortstop Jose Reyes and “a handful of reportedly ‘magic’ beans”.

Tulowitzki is currently batting .300 with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs in 2015. A five time All-Star, he also has won two Gold Gloves in 2010 and 2011.

Reyes is a 13 year veteran and has four home runs in 2015 and is currently batting. 285.

But the story in this trade is clearly those magical beans.

Rockies co-owners Dick and Charlie Monfort will assuredly trump those beans as the saving grace in this trade but questions remain.

Could the true reason for this trade be the $113.7 million dollars that Tulo was due through 2020? (Probably.)

Will Colorado Rockies fans be distracted by the promise of the magical beans despite swapping their best player for them? (Possibly.)

Are these beans truly magical and will they take this franchise to new heights never before attained? (Doubtful.)

Do the Monforts have a long range plan to turn this franchise around; with this trade serving as the start of something big? (Nope.)

2015 MLB All-Star Game rosters released

Major League Baseball has announced it’s rosters for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game as voted by fans, players and designated managers. The game will be played in Cincinnati for the first time since 1988 and the Kansas City Royals wil have a league high six represenatives. Blah blah blah…you are now just going to scroll down to the rosters because you could care less what I have to say here. But I am going to change some names and see if you notice. And then in a few minutes you’re going to scroll back up and say “what is this all about? These aren’t even the right names! What is going on?” Well you should have just read this to begin with and saved yourself the trouble. Stop being a rebel and follow some rules you scallywag.

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AL Starters (fan vote)

C Salvador Dali, Royals
1B Ryan Cabrera, Tigers (injured, will not play)
2B Jose Canseco, Astros
SS Pablo Escobar, Royals
3B Sam Donaldson, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter overall)
OF Dizzy Trout, Angels
OF Lorenzo Lamas, Royals
OF Alex Keaton, Royals
DH Nelson Mandela, Mariners

AL Reserves

C Russell Wilson, Blue Jays
C Jon Vogt, Athletics
1B Albert Pooholes, Angels (will start in place of the injured Cabrera)
1B Prince Fatter, Rangers
1B Glover Teixeira, Yankees (replaces injured Cabrera on roster)
2B Jason Kapono, Indians
SS Julio Iglesias, Tigers
3B Manny Pacquiao, Orioles
OF J.D. Salinger, Tigers
OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
OF Adam (Pac-Man) Jones, Orioles
UTIL Brock Lesnar, Red Sox

AL Pitchers

RHP Sonny Von Bulow, Athletics
RHP Felix the Cat, Mariners
RHP Sterling Archer, Rays
LHP Vincent Price, Tigers
LHP Dallas Lovato, Astros
LHP Chris Pratt, White Sox
RHP Dylan Betances, Yankees
RHP Brad Sellers, Rays
RHP Efren Herrera, Royals
RHP Wade Phillips, Royals
RHP Darren TO’Day, Orioles
LHP Carl Perkins, Twins
LHP Zach Braff, Orioles

AL Final Vote Candidates

SS Humphrey Bogaerts, Red Sox
OF Weenis Cespedes, Tigers
OF Brett Favre, Yankees
2B DJ Dozier, Twins
3B Mike Moustaches, Royals

NL Starters (fan vote)

C Buster Keaton, Giants
1B Paul Goldschlager, Diamondbacks
2B Dee Brown, Marlins
SS Jhonny Pheralta, Cardinals
3B Tommy Frazier, Reds
OF Alvin Harper, Nationals (leading vote-getter in NL)
OF Doc Holliday, Cardinals (injured, participation questionable)
OF Edwin Stanton, Marlins (injured, will not play)

NL Reserves

C Alfred Molina, Cardinals
C Yasmani Grandali, Dodgers
1B Betty Rizzo, Cubs
1B Adrian Balboa, Dodgers
2B DJ LeMaywho, Rockies
2B Joe Bartnik, Giants
SS Jamal Crawford, Giants
3B Nolan Ryan, Rockies
3B Kobe Bryant, Cubs (replaces injured Stanton on roster)
OF Lawrence McCutchen, Pirates (will start in place of the injured Stanton)
OF Doc Pederson, Dodgers
OF Justin Time, Padres
OF A.J. Pollockski, Diamondbacks

NL Pitchers

RHP Max Weinberg, Nationals
RHP Zack Steinke, Dodgers
RHP Gerrit King Cole, Pirates
RHP Michael Waka Flocka Flame, Cardinals
RHP Jacob deSnake, Mets
RHP Shelby Cobra, Braves
RHP A.J. Hawk, Pirates
LHP Madison Buttgardner, Giants
RHP Trevor Whatever, Cardinals
RHP Mark Melancholy, Pirates
RHP Jonathan Papelbapel, Phillies
RHP Francisco NotAlex Rodriguez, Brewers
LHP Rex Chapman, Reds

NL Final Vote Candidates

RHP Johnny Bravo, Reds
RHP Mi Familia, Mets
LHP Clayton Kerchoke, Dodgers
RHP Carlos Santana, Cardinals
SS Troy Tulogetshurtstzki, Rockies