Daly Dose #156 A Daly Dose Thanksgiving

This week on the Daly Dose, we are celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, by reflecting upon all of the things that we are very thankful for in sports!

A very special guest stops by the show, to discuss what she has been up to lately.

As we are heading for the final stretch of the NFL season, we can see that there are a number of teams that are beginning to look like the favorites. Yet, as good as some of these teams look, they do still have some flaws that could cost them down the stretch.

It is rivalry week in college football, and there are a number of impactful matchups to watch over the holiday weekend.

Plus, we have a Daly Dose Thanksgiving tradition of counting down the Top Turkeys of 2017!

Listen here to Daly Dose #155 A Daly Dose Thanksgiving!

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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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Daly Dose #144 The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview

This week on the Dose, we are getting you ready for the upcoming 2017 College Football season!

What are the major storylines heading into the season?

We look at the contenders, the pretenders, and the sleepers from the ACCthe Big Tenthe Big 12the Mountain Westthe Pac 12, and the SEC!

We give our pick for the Heisman Trophy, and we tell you which four teams will end up playing in the College Football Playoff!

Plus, we count down the Top 5 most exciting players that we have ever seen in college football!

Listen here to Episode 144: The Daly Dose 2017 College Football Preview!

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The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Coast Conference

With Clemson beating Alabama in the National Championship game last season, there is talk that the ACC might be the perennial conference in the nation. With the likes of Florida State, Clemson, Miami, and Louisville, consistently being ranked in the Top 25, it is easy to see why this is a hotly debated subject. Just don’t snooping around, and finding the Boston Colleges, and Syracuses.

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Atlantic Division

1. Florida State Seminoles

Predicted finish: 11-1

Florida State is absolutely loaded this year, returning 14 starters from a team that finished 10-3 a year ago. QB Deondre Francois becomes the next in a line of FSU quarterbacks taken in the first round of the NFL Draft. Will he be of the Christian Ponder/EJ Manuel ilk? Or more of a Jameis Winston-type? My advice would be to start stealing crab legs, kid.

2. Clemson Tigers

Predicted finish: 11-1

The Tigers surprised everyone in 2016 by winning their first national championship since 1981. Dabo Swinney has done an amazing job of recruiting, but with the losses of DeShaun Watson and Mike Williams, it’s hard to think they could contend again. Then again, we just keep doubting Dabo, and that little weirdo just keeps proving us wrong

3. Louisville Cardinals

Predicted finish: 10-2

Despite rising as high as No. 3 last season in the national rankings, the Cardinals stumbled down the stretch, and finished 9-4. Some of that stemmed from the fact they fumbled the ball 30 times. Heisman winning QB Lamar Jackson is back, and head coach Bobby Petrino has a history of success in his third year, so maybe we should give Louisville a higher ranking. Of course, they would probably just fumble it away if we did.

4. North Carolina State Wolfpack

Predicted finish: 8-4

NC State returns 22 seniors from a team that went 7-5, and won the Independence Bowl, so why are we predicting just a one-game improvement in 2017? Well I mean, this is NC State, folks, what did you really expect?

5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Predicted finish: 5-7

Head coach Dave Clawson has done an admirable job of making the Demon Deacons a respectable program. Wake actually went to a bowl game last year. Unfortunately, this is a young team facing a very difficult schedule but hey, going to that bowl game last year was fun, right?

6. Syracuse Orange

Predicted finish: 4-8

The Orange actually returns some players with experience, but they will face one of the toughest schedules in the country. Syracuse will play Clemson, Louisville, Florida State, Miami, and LSU. With some luck, maybe the NCAA will force them to vacate some of those losses, at a future date.

7. Boston College Eagles

Predicted finish: 5-7

The Eagles were beaten by Louisville, and Florida State last year by a combined score of 97-14. Yet, they still managed to still go 7-6, and win the Quick Lane Bowl. This is the state of college football today. Mediocrity is celebrated, and rewarded. Or maybe that’s just the state of Boston College football today.

 

Coastal Division

1. Miami Hurricanes

Predicted finish: 11-1

The Canes lost some talent to the NFL, but Mark Richt has done a good job of restocking the shelves in Coral Gables. If they can find a quarterback… they could be back to their old obnoxious selves, that we all hate, very soon.

2. Virginia Tech Hokies

Predicted finish: 9-3

It is never easy to be the guy that replaces the guy, but Justin Fuente took over for longtime head coach Frank Beamer, and had a very successful opening season. The Hokies won the Coastal Division in 2016, and should be in the hunt again this season.  If this group can find a QB, they could challenge Miami. Or they could beat Miami , and then just lose to freaking Syracuse again, like they did last year.

3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Predicted finish: 8-4

Nothing makes sense when you are talking about Georgia Tech. They are located in Atlanta, which is  a great recruiting spot, yet they rarely get any of the top players.  In a world of passing offenses, they are still running the triple option. And opposing teams dread seeing the Yellow Jackets on the schedule, yet they usually end up beating them.

4. Pittsburgh Panthers

Predicted finish: 6-6

The Panthers have the distinction of beating both Penn State, and Clemson in 2016. They finished the season with an 8-5 record, and went to a bowl game. So, how will they follow up such a surprising season? Most likely, by returning to reality.

5. North Carolina Tar Heels

Predicted finish:6-6

Head coach Larry Fedora has done a nice job of making the Tar Heels a solid contender each year, but there may be too many questions this season. Can the offense find enough play-makers? Can the defense provide any spark? And when in the world are the NCAA sanctions going to rain hell on all of the UNC sports programs?

6. Virginia Cavaliers

Predicted finish: 5-7

Last year, Bronco Mendenhall came to Charlottesville from BYU, where he had annually produced solid teams that went to bowl games. He moved to Virginia, in hopes of finding a new challenge with the Cavaliers, and then went 2-10 in his first season. Challenged yet?

7. Duke Blue Devils

Predicted finish: 4-8

Big surprise that a David Cutcliffe-offense should continue to be a dangerous unit in 2017. Unfortunately, the defense is going to struggle, and the overall toughness of this team might not be that high either. Sort of sounds like another Duke team, doesn’t it? Maybe one that got beat by South Carolina in the NCAA Basketball Tournament?

 

Coming on Saturday: The Daly Dose Sports Big 10 preview!

Pitino, Louisville interested in Hugh Freeze as “director of prostitution”

Following his resignation from Ole Miss, football coach Hugh Freeze may not have to wait very long to find a new job.

Last week it was announced that Freeze had resigned from his position as head football coach at the University of Mississippi. It seems that school officials had found a number of phone calls to a number associated with an escort services. The encouraged “resignation” was mutual, and the university will not have to fulfill the remainder of Freeze’s contract.

The Rebels promoted assistant head coach Matt Luke the interim head coach effective immediately. Questions swirled following the departure of Freeze as many wondered if he would ever work in the collegiate ranks again. However, it seems that Freeze has already received some interest from another school, albeit an unlikely source.

The Daly Dose has learned that University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has inquired as to whether Freeze might be interested in coming to the Bluegrass State.

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In June, it was announced that several penalties would be brought against the Cardinals by the NCAA. Pitino is also due to serve a five-game suspension, because of sex-scandal allegations that a staff member provided basketball recruits with prostitutes and strippers. Louisville and Pitino plan to appeal the decision.

Pitino spoke to the Daly Dose and was very open about his interest in Freeze. “I realize that this is a sensitive subject, but I think it is safe to say that we have some similar interests as Coach Freeze, and we feel like he could definitely be an asset to our program.”

Does it concern Pitino that Freeze has no experience coaching basketball?

“Some things transcend sports.” Pitino answered. “I’m not looking to bring Hugh Freeze to the University of Louisville to coach a match-up press. This is a man that has a very special set of skills, and they are the type of skills that we can use here to improve our basketball program. We just want Coach Freeze to be Coach Freeze.”

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 Dose #96 Teams that are under the radar

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we take a look at a few teams that might be lurking under the radar.

With the Major League Baseball playoffs nearly upon us, who are a few of the teams that could surprise everyone in the postseason?

And we are starting to figure out which teams are the contenders in college football, but which darkhorses could sneak into playoff contention?

Sure, we know the favorites in the NFL, but there are a few other teams to keep an eye on.

With the passing of golf legend Arnold Palmer, we take a look at a few other sports personalities that could have a drink named after them.

And with the loss of young superstar Jose Fernandez, we count down the Top 5 athletes that we lost too soon, that might not be the first that will come to your mind.

Be sure to check out Episode 96: Teams that are under the radar!

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Daly Dose #95 Overreacting to the NFL

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint is joined by NFL writer Dillon Brooks to discuss what we have seen so far in the first two weeks of the season. Are the Denver Broncos a dirty team? What is wrong with the Seattle Seahawks offense? And will the Cleveland Browns ever win again?

The Major League Baseball season is winding down, and while we are excited for the postseason, there is one very important reason to feel sad that the regular season is coming to an end.

And while we aren’t even a month into the college football season there are already some big name programs that are falling by the wayside. Which teams can already start looking forward to next year?

Plus we count down the Top 5 most consistently overrated college football programs!

Listen here: Episode#95 Overreacting to the NFL

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Daly Dose #92 The 2016 College Football Preview

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we bring you our 2016 College Football Preview!

Clint takes a look at the upcoming college football season, discusses some of the top returning players, and which teams will contend for titles in theAtlantic Coast Conference, the Big 10, the Big 12, the Mountain West, the Pac 12, and the Southeastern Conference.

Plus we have some NFL talk. How will the Dallas Cowboys do without Tony Romo? Why did the Denver Broncos go with an unproven 7th round draft choice at quarterback? And our thoughts on the Colin Kaepernick protest.

We finish the show with the Daly Dose Top 5 triple option college quarterbacks of all time!

You have to check out Episode 92!

Listen here: Daly Dose Episode 92

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Our top 5 triple option quarterbacks of all time!

5. Dee Dowis

4. Jamelle Holieway

3. Keenan Reynolds

2. Darian Hagan

1. Tommie Frazier

The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Atlantic Coast Conference

​We here at the Daly Dose love college football. The passion, the paegentry, the paying of college athletes under the table. It’s a tradition unlike any other. 

As we kick off our annual college football preview we get started with the ACC. Sure it’s a better basketball conference than football, but it is still an important cog in the CFB machine, so we start there first.

And also, it starts with “A”.

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1. Florida State Seminoles   

Predicted finish: 11-1   

Florida State returns a ton of talent on both sides of the ball, including Heisman hopeful, running back Dalvin Cook. But they did lose their top kicker in school history, Robert Aguayo.  So it looks like we are destined to get back to the future. A Clinton in the White House. Ghostbusters in the theater. And Florida State missing late game field goals.

2. Louisville Cardinals   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Despite losing Sheldon Rankins and James Burgess, the Cardinals are returning a talented defense, that should allow them to contend with Florida State and Clemson for the top of the Atlantic Division. If QB Lamar Jackson comes around, and head coach Bobby Petrino can keep from chasing his secretary around the office, it could be a solid season for Louisville.

3. Clemson Tigers   

Predicted finish: 9-3

The Tigers are a favorite to contend not only in the ACC, but for a national title, with eight offensive starters returning. But they lost some major talent on defense so we are expecting a more typical Clemson year, complete with at least one terrible loss to an over-matched unranked opponent.

4. North Carolina State Wolfpack

Predicted finish: 7-5   

NC State has some solid players coming back, but a tough schedule with visits to Clemson and Louisville, and home games against Notre Dame and Florida State will leave the Wolfpack struggling to win more than they lose. But at least this gives Pack fans something to do until basketball season.

5. Boston College Eagles

Predicted finish: 5-7

The Eagles went 3-9 last year and 0-8 in conference play. Their offense was one of the worst in the country, averaging just 17 points a game. Which is odd for BC, because we know those Catholic boys are usually used to scoring pretty easily.

6. Wake Forest Demon Deacons    

Predicted finish: 4-8   

The Demon Deacons have finished 3-9 the past two seasons, but last year they showed signs of at least being more competitive, losing four games by eight points or less. So this year we are expecting big improvements for Dave Clawson’s three victory team. This year they are going to win four games! Boom!

7. Syracuse Orange   

Predicted finish: 3-9   

The Orange have a new head coach in Dino Babers, who brings in a history of hurry up spread offenses. But Syracuse doesn’t have the people to run this system yet, so while this system will eventually make Cuse’ more interesting, right now it will just make them lose faster.

ACC Coastal

1. Miami Hurricanes   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

New head coach Mark Richt knows talent when he sees it. He likes the top Hurricane recruits, but knows that eventually the lack of depth will cause them to lose a few close late season games, maybe even to inferior opponents. Or as Richt calls it “just another season”.

2. North Carolina Tar Heels

Predicted finish: 9-3   

The Tar Heels finished 11-3 in 2015, and will return 13 starters from that team in 2016. But they did lose some key players, including linebacker Shakeel Rashad and starting quarterback Marquise Williams. Of course, Williams seemed to suffer from color blindness in big games, so that might not be a huge loss.

3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets   

Predicted finish: 8-4   

The Yellow Jackets were monumentally disappointing in 2015, winning just three games, due to poor play and an abundance of injuries. But we didn’t have to listen to head coach Paul Johnson remind us all how smart he is every week so no one really minded that much.

4. Pittsburgh Panthers   

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Panthers continue to improve under second year coach Pat Narduzzi but a tough schedule could make reaching their eight-win total from 2008 pretty difficult. But if they do, rest assured Pitt fan, Narduzzi will be gunning for a new job. Or even if they don’t.

5. Virginia Tech Hokies

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Out is legendary coach Frank Beamer, in is former Memphis coach Justin Fuente, with all his newfangled offenses and flashy passing plays. But they are sure to have some growing pains without much experience at quarterback. So take that Fuente, you 40 year old whippersnapper!

6. Virginia Cavaliers

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Bronco Mendenhall moves from BYU to Virginia, and finds out real quick that Cavalier players won’t just stay home on the weekend studying their playbooks, when they can be out actually trying to have sex.

7. Duke Blue Devils

Predicted finish: 4-8   

David Cutcliffe has done an incredible job rebuilding the program to make it to four straight bowl games. But injuries and a tougher schedule will make it tough to push that number to five. But maybe he can just get Coach K to ask the ACC refs to give him a few wins.

Check back on Thursday for The Daly Dose Sports Big 10 preview!