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 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 #106 The College Football Playoff Mess

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we take a look at the College Football Playoff Final Four. The selection committee chose Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Washington. But did they have an agenda for selecting those teams? And who got left out?

We offer a few solutions for how to fix the current college football playoff system, and do a quick interview with new LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.

This week in the NFL there were a few teams that took a big step backward. We look at which teams disappointed us in Week 13.

It is very early in the NBA season, but a couple of players are off to a very good start, and one team is surprisingly awful.

Finally we count down the Daly Dose Top 5 College Football snubs of all time!

Be sure to check out Episode 106: The College Football Playoff Mess

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Daly Dose #99 The Presidential Interviews

With the 2016 Presidential Election coming in just a few weeks, this week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we sit down with the presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump!

Clint asks each candidate some very direct questions, and gets some very direct answers, that just might sway your vote!

Plus we look at some of the top NFL stories, a look at the MLB Playoffs, and a college football mid-season report.

And then we count down the Top 5 lowest ranked college football teams in history, that ended up winning the National Championship!

This a very special episode of the Dose that you do not want to miss!

Check out Episode #99 The Presidential Interviews

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Daly Dose #94 The NFL is back!

This week on Episode 94 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, we take a look back at an incredible Week 1 in the National Football League!

As usual, we tend to overreact to the top stories and this week was no different. We discuss some of the storylines that we might be reading too much into so far.

And even though the college football season is young, there are a few teams that have already been disappointing to watch. Did your favorite team make our list?

And on the Daly Dose Top 5 this week, we take a nostalgic stroll down memory lane, and count down our favorite NFL announcers of all time!

You’ve got to check out Episode 94!

Listen here: Episode #94 The NFL is back

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Daly Dose #93 The 2016 NFL Preview

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we are taking a look ahead at the 2016 NFL season!

Clint is joined by longtime friend of the show- Larry from Centennial, and they break down some of the top storylines, preview the top contenders in each division, and even make their picks as to which teams will be going to Super Bowl 51.

Plus, Clint recaps some of the top college football stories and is even joined by a two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player!

And you have to stick around for the Daly Dose Top 5 worst NFL uniforms of all time!

You do not want to miss Episode 93!

Listen here: Episode #93 The 2016 NFL Preview

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Here are a few of our nominations for worst NFL uniforms!

The Daly Dose Sports College Football Top 10

Our first full weekend of college football kicks off tonight. Check out our Daly Dose Sports College Football Top 10 to see just who we think are the top teams in the country.

At least until they lose.

And then we will want nothing to do with them.

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Next game: Sept 3rd vs USC (Arlington, TX)

Oh we know. Bama doesn’t have a quarterback, but since when has that stemmed the Tide? Nick Saban has found a way to reload year after year, and continue winning, without great play under center. Odd that the Prince of Darkness would waste his time coaching college football, instead of battling God, or angels, or Santa Claus or something. But to each their own.

2. Oklahoma Sooners    

Next game: Sept 3rd vs Houston

If Oklahoma can get by Houston and Ohio State early then we could see “Big Game” Bob Stoops back in another big game at season’s end.  Of course, Big Game Bob doesn’t usually win those big games, but at least he has that cool nickname that isn’t the least bit ironic.

3. Florida State Seminoles    

Next game: Sept 5th vs. Ole Miss (Orlando, FL)

The Noles have a talented group returning, including RB Dalvin Cook, but the schedule is nasty. Out of conference dates with Ole Miss and Florida, plus a solid ACC schedule, will mean that unlike the grades their players receive… Florida State will have to earn this.

4. LSU Tigers

Next game: Sept 3rd vs Wisconsin (Green Bay, WI)

One year after nearly getting fired, Les Miles returns with veteran talent and high expectations.  Can the “Mad Hatter” live up to those lofty goals? Does he even know about them? Does he even know where he is right now? Probably not.

5. Stanford Cardinal   

Next game: Sept 2nd vs Kansas State   

It will be the Pac 12’s mission to stop Christian McCaffrey. The do everything back returns after setting the NCAA record for yardage, but Stanford did lose some of their OL and QB Kevin Hogan. Can a white RB lead a top team to a national championship in 2016? And will the world actually come to an end if he does?

6. Michigan Wolverines    

Next game: Sept 3rd vs Hawaii

Michigan returns as much talent as anyone in the Big 10, and Jim Harbaugh is at his best in his first three or four seasons. The defense could be excellent and while there are questions at QB, let’s not forget this guy went to the Super Bowl with Colin freaking Kaepernick. No really.

7. UCLA Bruins   

Next game: Sept 3rd at Texas A&M

Sophomore QB Josh Rosen looks like he could be special. And while the Bruins have to replace some key players, he could be enough to carry them. Unless this offensive line can’t protect him. Because then they will be carrying him. Off the field.

8. Ohio State Buckeyes

Next game: Sept 3rd vs Bowling Green

The Buckeyes lost a ton of NFL talent, but they still have JT Barrett which gives hope to the people in Columbus.  But when you realize that Barrett couldn’t beat out Cardale Jones a year ago…that hope may start to fade.

9. Tennessee Volunteers   

Next game: Sept 3rd vs Appalachian State

For the first time since Phillip Fulmer was run out of town, the Vols legitimately have a chance to challenge in the SEC, and have a shot in the national playoff picture. Sure, they’ll probably drop a game along the way that they shouldn’t, but it wouldn’t be Tennessee if they didn’t.

10. Clemson Tigers

Next game:

Yes, we realize that Clemson is in most everyone’s top five, but we don’t trust the Tigers defense, and truth be told, we aren’t sure that Barney Fife Dabo Swinney has another big season in him.

Did you miss any of our college football conference previews?

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And don’t forget to check out the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Episode #92 The 2016 College Football Preview!

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 65- The best players on the worst teams

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint talks about the NBA trade deadline. Who were the winners and losers? Plus a little talk about the NFL Combine and the bizarre questions that get asked. We dip into the Daly Dose mailbag and read some of your questions and then count down the Top 5 Best players that were stuck on the worst teams in history. Check out Episode 65!

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