Daly Dose #149 Solving the mysteries in the NFL

This week on the Daly Dose, we are trying to figure out what has already been a very puzzling NFL season! Clint is joined by NFL writer Dillon Brooks and they discuss some surprising MVP candidates, which quarterbacks should be benched, and which teams are actually legitimate contenders.

The NBA is making some changes to their rules, and we are seeing some big name players change teams! Do any of these moves mean that a team will be able to challenge the Golden State Warriors?

We briefly discuss the Major League Baseball playoffs, and what we might expect in the upcoming postseason series.

We are beginning to see some college football teams separate themselves from the pack. We take a look at a few teams that have been even better than expected so far.

And with the college basketball scandal looming, we count down the Top 5 college basketball scandals of all time, and what they each have in common!

Listen here to Daly Dose #149 Solving the mysteries in the NFL

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The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The SEC

Southeastern Conference

The rumors of the demise of the baddest conference in college football have been greatly exaggerated. Yes, the league has been a little down the past couple of years, but make no mistake this is where the big dogs run.  Yes, Alabama is stacked every year, but those next level teams are getting better, and even the lowest level teams are as talented as any team in the country. It is no surprise that these are the greatest players in the country. I mean, you get what you pay for, right?

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East

1. Georgia Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 10-2

The Bulldogs regressed significantly in 2016 under new head coach Kirby Smart, but this team has a ton of young talent. The defensive front seven is a force, and the running game should produce results with Nick Chubb, and Sony Michel. If the offensive line can show up, and the wide receivers can actually catch a ball, this team could really accomplish something. And if not? Well, Georgia fans are used to that.

2. Florida Gators

Predicted finish: 9-3

Has anyone gone to the SEC Conference Championship Game more quietly than Gators head coach Jim McElwain? In his first two years on the job McElwain has gone 19-8 and represented the SEC East to decide the conference. Yet in those two games, UF has been outscored 83-31, and McElwain’s record against ranked opponents? Just 3-7. Fortunately, Florida fans are a model of good judgement, and realistic expectations. So none of this will ever be a problem for Coach Mac.

3. Tennessee Volunteers

Predicted finish: 9-3

Last year was a big test for this team. They returned a ton of talent, but went just 9-4, and even lost to Vanderbilt. Numerous injuries, and a porous defense were simply too much to overcome. This season, there will be less talent, but also much lower expectations. And that’s just the way Rocky Top likes it. Just ask Peyton Manning.

4. Kentucky Wildcats

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Wildcats actually found themselves playing in a bowl game last season, as they went 7-6, after adopting a run-heavy offense. UK rushed for nearly 240 yards per game behind Freshman All-American running back Benny Snell, who returns for his sophomore season. You might be tempted to think the Cats could contend in the SEC East with that running game. Well, you might be tempted… if you hadn’t seen the UK defense. If you have seen them, then you know better.

5. Vanderbilt Commodores

Predicted finish: 7-5

They didn’t start very strong, but the commodores finished the 2016 season by beating Ole Miss and Tennessee, to finish 6-6. There’s nothing like a great comeback to make everyone to feel better about your program. And also to help everyone forget the fact that you started the season 4-6, and almost lost to Western Kentucky.

6. South Carolina Gamecocks

Predicted finish: 6-6

You have to give head coach Will Muschamp some credit for the way that he got this group to respond in his first season in Columbia. The Gamecocks somehow won six games, and went to a bowl game, despite having a very depleted roster. This year the roster is a little better, but the schedule is also much more difficult. This team won’t have much depth, so any injuries will be magnified. As will Muschamp’s crazy eyes the first time he loses his temper on one of his players.

7. Missouri Tigers

Predicted finish: 5-7

There will be more scoring in Missouri games this year. The problem for Tigers fans, is that most of it will be done by the opposing team.

 

West

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Predicted finish: 11-1

Head coach Nick Saban lost some significant talent to the NFL, but does it even matter anymore? He just reloads more quality players, and goes back to the College Football Playoff again. There are a few things you can count on in the world. Death, taxes, and Nick Saban getting better recruits than everyone else. Oh, and also…about once a season, his talented recruits will lose a game on the final play of the game.

2. Auburn Tigers

Predicted finish: 10-2

After taking a step back over the past few seasons, this Auburn team could return to being a contender. The Tigers should be loaded on offense with quarterback Jarrett Stidham and running back Kamryn Pettway. And don’t forget that this team almost beat eventual National Champion Clemson last season. Gus Malzahn’s team could be getting ready for something special.  Of course, every time we pick the Tigers to do anything, they make us look bad. And I think they do it on purpose.

3. LSU Tigers

Predicted finish: 9-3

Let me guess, the Tigers are loaded with talent, if they could just find some consistency at quarterback. But this season, senior quarterback Danny Etling is going to be the guy, right? Next, you’ll be telling me that you don’t judge head coach Ed Orgeron for the way he talks. I’m not buying it, is what I’m saying.

4. Arkansas Razorbacks

Predicted finish: 7-5

Head coach Bret Bielema has done a very good job in Fayetteville, taking over a struggling program, and going to bowl games three years in a row. The biggest knock on Bielema, is that he has been unable to beat Texas A&M. Well, we believe that this is the year he can do just that. The Razorbacks defense has to be better in 2017, and the backfield combo of QB Austin Allen and RB Rawleigh Williams should be enough for Arkansas to slay their dragon. Of course visits to Alabama and LSU, will have them feeling like a better dragon was out there waiting to blast them with hell-fire and brimstone.

5. Mississippi State Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 7-5

We aren’t entirely sure how in the world Dan Mullen has built a legitimate program in Starkville, but he seems to have done it. The Bulldogs have been to a bowl game seven years in a row now, and if the defense can turn things around, this team will be going to an eighth. Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is a very good passer, and has a number of weapons at his disposal. You can make a pretty decent case that Mullen is the greatest coach in the history of Mississippi State football. It isn’t that he’s that great. It just kind of tells you the history of this fine institution.

6. Texas A&M Aggies  

Predicted finish: 6-6

The Aggies are out to turn things around in 2017. For the past three seasons, head coach Kevin Sumlin has seen his Aggies start off strong, and then fade down the stretch, and finish 8-5. Well, his job might be on the line this season, so that isn’t going to happen this time. The Aggies are going to stumble both early, and late, and finish 6-6.

7. Ole Miss Rebels

Predicted finish: 4-8

Ole Miss is banned from the postseason, and will be playing for an interim head coach, after the Rebels fired High Freeze. It seems that Freeze was associating with shady boosters, and even calling escort services during his time in Oxford. It’s crazy to think that a coach with limited in-state resources would resort to such things in a football crazy conference. I mean, who saw that coming? Okay, all of you put your hands down.

Did you miss our Daly Dose Pac 12 preview?

Coming up on Saturday: We begin our NFL previews!

Daly Dose #139 Our Fifty States Tour

This week on the Daly Dose we begin our 50 States Tour!

We make a brief stop in each state across the nation, and look at their greatest athletes, the best moments, and the most disappointing losses. From Alabama and their heated in-state rivalry, to the amazing athletes that the states of CaliforniaFlorida, and Illinois have produced, to some of the most memorable wins and losses in ColoradoIdaho, and Kentucky, we are touring the USA sports world!

We know that Massachussets has had some memorable wins with the Celtics, Red Sox, and Patriots, but what is the worst moment in their sports history? The state of Mississippi has given us some of the greatest athletes in the world, and Maryland has a few sports moments that we will never forget!

Be sure to check out the first installment of our 50 States Tour, as we remember some of the best and worst in sports from across this nation!

Listen here to Daly Dose #139 Our Fifty States Tour!

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Daly Dose #123 A March Madness flashback

This week on the Daly Dose, we take a look back at a past season of March Madness! We count down the five types of people that fill out NCAA Tournament brackets, give you a few tips for getting the best results in your brackets, and remember a few surprise NCAA basketball teams.

We flashback to 2015, and look at some NFL moves that were happening at the time. We also discuss NBA teams that are tanking, and what should be done about it, and we count down the Top 5 times that a No. 16 seed nearly beat a No. 1 seed!

Listen here to Episode #123 A March Madness flashback!

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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 #105 The College Basketball Preview

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we bring you our college basketball preview! Who are the favorites, the contenders and the dark horses that could surprise everyone? We give you our picks for the Final Four and who will be the eventual National Champion!

The National Football League is now hitting the final stretch, and things can change very quickly, we look at a few developments that could be coming. Did the Denver Broncos’ Gary Kubiak make a mistake on Sunday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs?

And Ohio State caused a bit of chaos for the College Football Playoff Committee. Will their victory cost the Pac 12 Conference a playoff bid? And we look at how the conference championships could affect the final poll.

Finally, the Alabama Crimson Tide have been dominant all season, but are they one of the all-time great teams? We count down the Top 5 most dominant college football teams of all time!

Don’t miss Episode 105: The College Basketball Preview!

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The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Southeastern Conference 

This is it.

The big one.

That land where college football is a religion, and the teams are loaded with future NFL stars.

The SEC has won 8 of the last 10 national championships, and if you aren’t sure which conference is the best…the fans will remind you.

Sure, most of those fans didn’t actually attend these places of higher learning. But don’t worry about that. Just be impressed that they can actually spell “S-E-C”.

East

1. Tennessee Volunteers

Predicted finish: 10-2   

This is it. This is the season that head coach Butch Jones has been building for, and the year that Vols fans have been waiting for. The offense should be potent under QB Josh Dobbs. The defense should be improved. This is your year, UT. Don’t blow it.

2. Georgia Bulldogs   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Georgia ran off former head coach and nice guy Mark Richt, primarily because in 15 seasons he won 74% of his games, but went just 5-10 against arch-rival Florida. But would Bulldog fans be happy if they lost more games overall, had jerk for a coach, but beat Florida? Well yeah, obviously.

3. Florida Gators

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Gators got back to winning last year, going 10-4 and making it to the SEC Championship.  And then we saw a number of UF players get arrested in the off-season. Head coach Jim McElwain wanted to get Florida back to where they were under Urban Meyer. And he seems to be on his way.

4. South Carolina Gamecocks

Predicted finish: 7-5   

South Carolina goes from Steve Spurrier to Will Muschamp. I’ve seen Steve Spurrier. I’ve watched Steve Spurrier. You, Will Muschamp, are no Steve Spurrier.

5. Missouri Tigers

Predicted finish: 5-7

Coming off of a disappointing season, the Tigers will look to improve behind a stout defense. But with a young QB and an inexperienced offensive line, Mizzou could be in for another long year. At least they have a quiet, peaceful campus to go home to.

6. Vanderbilt Commodores

Predicted finish: 5-7

The Dores have a solid defense, and least season QB Kyle Shurmur and RB Ralph Webb were at least productive enough to beat Missouri and Kentucky. Oh, I know that isn’t much, but this is Vandy we are talking about.

7. Kentucky Wildcats

Predicted finish: 4-8   

The Wildcats had a pretty loaded roster and eight home games in 2015, and managed just a 5-7 record. A more challenging schedule, and less talent, will leave Kentucky fans wondering for the millionth time “Why couldn’t we get Bob Stoops instead of Mark?”

West

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Predicted finish: 11-1   

Nick Saban just keeps plugging in new talent and winning year after year, despite not getting stellar play from his quarterbacks. But at some point, that deal he made with the Devil has to run out, doesn’t it?

2. LSU Tigers

Predicted finish: 10-2   

LSU has the talent and experience to contend for an SEC and maybe even national title. But a nasty schedule could keep them from reaching those lofty goals. Oh, and also…Les Miles.

3. Ole Miss Rebels   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

The Rebels went 10-3 a year ago, and they have the talent and recruits to contend again this year. If they can get past Florida State in the opener, Ole Miss could be in the hunt for some impressive accomplishments that will be forcibly vacated in the very near future.

4. Auburn Tigers

Predicted finish: 8-4   

The Tigers were preseason favorites to contend for a National Championship last year, but instead struggled, going just 7-6. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Auburn has always struggled when they have high expectations.  No wonder Cam Newton went there.

5. Texas A&M Aggies  

Predicted finish: 7-5

A&M lost reliable punter Drew Kaser which could be a bit of a problem, because they signed OU transfer QB Trevor Knight. So we know they are going to need to replace Kaser, because they are going to be punting. A lot.

6. Arkansas Razorbacks   

Predicted finish: 6-6   

The Razorbacks are going to be rebuilding their offensive line and breaking in a new quarterback.  That doesn’t sound like a good combination to us. Like Bret Bielema in a China shop.

7. Mississippi Bulldogs

Predicted finish: 5-7

Dan Mullen has to try to find a way to replace Dak Prescott. That won’t prove to be an easy task, but the Bulldogs should still have enough talent to get a bowl berth. If that means anything.

Did you miss our Daly Dose Pac 12 Preview?

Be sure to stop by on Thursday for our Daly Dose College Football Top 10!

The Daly Dose Sports Podcast: Episode 68- The March Madness Preview

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint recaps the past week in NFL free agency and then breaks down some of the top stories, players and teams to watch in March Madness. Plus the Top 5 mistakes that people make when they fill out their NCAA Basketball bracket! Check out Episode 68!

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The Daly Dose Sports SEC College Football Preview

This is it. The big one. The Southeastern Conference- the greatest conference in college football. No conference in the country dominates quite like the SEC and no fan base in the country takes itself quite so seriously. I mean, this is a conference that actually chants “SEC! SEC!” when their conference teams beat teams from other (lesser) conferences.

I realize that many of the SEC fans might not take too kindly to a Daly Dose type preview just as they wouldn’t take too kindly to someone bringing up the fact that they haven’t won the National Championship for two years in a row now.

But I am not even going to bring that up.

And neither should you.

SEC

Team Predicted finish Outlook
East

Missouri Tigers

9-3 You might say I’m crazy picking Missouri to win the SEC East but I notice you didn’t say anything when I picked them to win the East for the past two years, did you? Can I prove that I picked them? Can you prove that I didn’t?
Georgia Bulldogs 9-3 Georgia has the most talent in the division but they will most likely lose a game or two to a team that no one saw coming. Well…except for Bulldog fans who are pretty much convinced that they are going to lose every week no matter the opponent.
Tennessee Volunteers 8-4 The Volunteers return a significant amount of talent and expectations are high in Knoxville. But high expectations are not always met in Knoxville, are they Mr. Manning?
Florida Gators 7-5 The Gators pulled the plug on the Will Muschamp experiment and have hired former Colorado State head coach Jim McIlwain. Florida should be in good hands eventually. As long as they don’t schedule Air Force.
South Carolina Gamecocks 6-6 Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks started off hot last year at 3-1 before losing five of their final eight. It could signal the beginning of the end for the legendary coach as they will most likely struggle again this season. Or maybe he just wants to remind the local fans of how things used to be before he got there.
Kentucky Wildcats 4-8 Under head coach Mark Stoops the Wildcats have really started to bring in some big time recruits and the tide in football is slowly turning. Of course they aren’t the elite players that the basketball program gets but the fact is that John Calipari still pays better.
Vanderbilt Commodores 4-8 Vanderbilt has a quiet reputation of having some of the most attractive coeds in the stands on game day. And it’s a good thing because you aren’t going to want to watch what their team is doing out on the playing field.
West

Auburn Tigers

11-1 The Tigers allowed 27 points per game in 2014 so head coach Gus Malzahn went and got former Florida head coach Will Muschamp to revive the defense. Muschamp has a history of building aggressive, dominant defenses. But I’m telling you- do not let Muschamp near that offense. I saw what he did at Florida and he will screw it up. I don’t care if you bring back Cam Newton and Bo Jackson, it will be broken. You hear me Gus-Gus? I’m not joking.
Alabama Crimson Tide 10-2 With all of their losses to the NFL the Crimson Tide might actually struggle a little this season. But I know how crazy their fan base is, so I am a little afraid to say that they might lose a couple of games here. Wait, what am I worried about? There are no pictures in this article. They won’t know what I’m even talking about.
Ole Miss Rebels 9-3 The Rebels still have a ton of talent returning and if things break right they could contend for the SEC West. Of course they did lose three year starting quarterback Bo Wallace. So they won’t have as many costly interceptions. And that should help.
LSU Tigers 8-4 For head coach Les Miles this season will come down to what his quarterback does. The Tigers always seem to have better players than anyone else they just can’t seem to find quarterbacks. I mean this is a program that actually won with JaMarcus Russell. Or despite him. Whatever.
Arkansas Razorbacks 6-6 The Razorbacks are going to be a very tough team. The problem for them is that they just have such a difficult schedule. Head coach Bret Beliema has done a great job of assembling a physical and efficient team down in Fayetteville. So ignore for a second that he looks like an adult version of Butthead and just enjoy the ride.
Texas A&M Aggies 6-6 Tired of his defensive struggles head coach Kevin Sumlin went and got LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis. And it wasn’t cheap. Chavis will cost the Aggies $1.7 million dollars per season. Big deal. Johnny Manziel’s parents can pay for him.
Mississippi State Bulldogs 6-6 Sure the Bulldogs return super stud QB Dak Prescott but with the loss of so many starters and playing in such a tough division it looks like Mississippi State could be back at the bottom again. Sometimes it’s nice to have things get back to normal.

Did you miss the Pac 12 Preview?

Don’t forget to tune in to the Daly Dose Sports Podcast this week for out College Football Preview episode!

Kentucky towel boy declares for the NBA Draft

In light of all of the recent University of Kentucky entries into the NBA Draft this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

But when Wildcat towel boy Bobby Greer declared for the NBA on Thursday it did raise a few eyebrows.

“I just figured that I need to strike while the iron is hot.” said Greer who is 14.

Kentucky has already seen their seven top scorers officially declare to be drafted June 25th.

Karl Anthony-Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Aaron Harrison, and Andrew Harrison all announced on Thursday morning they they would be going to the NBA. These seven players make up 85 percent of Kentucky’s scoring this past season.

And now they will be forced to find a new towel boy too.

“It was a tough decision” continued Greer. “I love it here at the University of Kentucky. I am Kentucky blue through and through. But I am excited about what the future holds for me. And like the other players who declared I am hoping the NBA isn’t too much of a pay cut.”