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 #115 The Patriots steal Super Bowl LI

This week on the Daly Dose, we recap Super Bowl LI between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. We discuss who the true winners and losers were from Super Bowl Sunday. We also talk why Patriots quarterback Tom Brady might NOT be the GOAT, and who is really to blame for the Falcons collapse.

College football signing day was last week, but we hope you didnt waste your time paying attention to it. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted some new members over the weekend…and we don’t agree with all of them, which bad NBA teams actually have some hope for the future, and a few college basketball teams that have been a pleasant surprise so far this season.

Plus, we count down the Atlanta Falcons Top 5 excuses for allowing the biggest Super Bowl comeback of all time!

Listen here: Episode #115 The Patriots steal Super Bowl LI

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The Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Big 10

We now turn our attention to the heart of America. The Midwest. The Heartland. This is Big 10 country.

It was just a few years ago that the Big 10 was getting beat again and again in National Championship games.

But then Ohio State restored the conference reputation by winning it all in 2014. And just like that, the Big 10 was back in a big way.

Of course, Michigan State burned that reputation to the ground last year in the Cotton Bowl, but nevermind that. Let’s look at what will happen this season.



Big 10 East

1. Michigan Wolverines

Predicted finish: 11-1   

It isn’t that we think the Wolverines are more talented than everyone else, but they have enough talent and an early soft schedule should get them off to a fast start. Plus, this is the type of season where Jim Harbaugh excels: when the expectations are still low, and the hatred and loathing for him hasn’t yet reached its eventual peak.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes   

Predicted finish: 10-2

Urban Meyer lost a number of talented players from a year ago. So now we see whether he is up to the challenge of transforming this young roster into a contender, or if he starts clutching his chest and talking about “spending more time with the fam” again.

3. Michigan State Spartans

Predicted finish:: 9-3   

The Spartans offense will get a new look this year as three year starter Connor Cook is gone. They will miss his leadership, his poise, and his ability to rip the Big 10 trophy from legendary Ohio State players without the slightest remorse.

4. Penn State Nittany Lions

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Gone is Happy Valley favorite quarterback Christian Hackenburg, who the Nittany Lions allowed to be sacked 39 times last season alone. So maybe they didn’t like him all that much afterall.

5. Indiana Hoosiers

Predicted finish: 6-6   

The Hoosiers are showing some signs of improvement under head coach Kevin Wilson, as they averaged nearly 37 points per game last year. Of course the defense allowed nearly 38 points per game. So don’t pass yourself on the back too much there, Kev.

6. Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Predicted finish: 6-6   

Rutgers finished 4-8 in 2015 and head coach Kyle Flood was suspended and then dismissed amid numerous off the field transgressions by players. New head coach Chris Ash will have enough to worry about just keeping his kids in line, let alone winning. Of course, this is Rutgers, no one really  expects them to win anything anyway.

7. Maryland Terrapins

Predicted finish: 5-7   

Last June, Maryland administration gave head coach Randy Edsall a $3 million dollar extension and told us what a bright future he had. Just four months later, they fired Edsall after the Terps started off 2-4. Now they have hired DJ Durkin and are telling us that he will lead them back to prominence. And I believe them. Don’t you?

Big 10 West

1. Iowa Hawkeyes

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Iowa had a historic season last year. They finished the season 12-2 and went undefeated in the regular season for the first time in 93 years. So I guess they should be due for another big season in about 2108. Can’t wait.

2. Nebraska Cornhuskers   

Predicted finish: 8-4   

Nebraska found new and inventive ways to lose games in 2015, dropping five games by five points or less. The schedule starts off with some winnable games early on and then the Husker can revert to their creative ways down the stretch.

3. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Predicted finish: 8-4

Minnesota was 6-7 last year, but that was against one of the toughest schedules in the nation. This season will be more manageable,  but I mean, this is Minnesota and much like the hometown Vikings…I think we all know this will probably end in disappointment.

4. Wisconsin Badgers

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Badgers are hoping their defense can stay stingy, and they are hoping for big things from Jr linebacker TJ Watts – brother of NFL great JJ Watt. Can TJ bring QB pressure like his brother? Can he force fumbles? Will he wear a t-shirt two sizes too small? Stay tuned!

5. Northwestern Wildcats

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Northwestern exceeded expectations last year, winning 10 games for the first time in 20 years. But the schedule won’t be quite as forgiving this year, so get ready for a return to reality, you purple wearing geeks.

6. Illinois Fighting Illini

Predicted finish: 6-6   

How tough is it to win at the University of Illinois? Head coach Lovie Smith actually misses working with Jay Cutler and winning five games in a single season.

7. Purdue Boilermakers   

Predicted finish: 3-9   

Purdue football is so bad that they are going to finish 14th in a conference called the “Big 10”.

Did you miss the Daly Dose ACC preview?

Coming on Tuesday: the Daly Dose Big 12 Preview!

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”.

ACC Atlantic

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!

The Daly Dose Sports Big 10 College Football Preview

We now bring you a free preview of the Big 10 Conference! Can Ohio State go back to back? Can Jim Harbaugh make Michigan relevant? Can we get through an entire season without Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez naming himself to coach another game? We answer those questions and more!

Big-Ten-Teams

Team Predicted finish Outlook
East

Ohio State Buckeyes

12-0 Did head coach Urban Meyer completely revive Ohio State? Did he bring back the Big 10 conference from the dead? Will he be retiring soon to spend more time with his family? The answer to all three questions is most likely “yes”.
Michigan State Spartans 11-1 The Spartans feel like they never get the respect that they deserve simply because their name isn’t Michigan or Ohio State. Well I am picking them to go 11-1 but only because their name is Michigan State.
Penn State Nittany Lions 8-4 Head coach James Franklin did an admirable job of solidifying the Nittany Lions last season but they are probably a year away from really competing for a Big 10 crown. So sorry Penn State fans, but you should just wait until next year to watch any games.
Michigan Wolverines 7-5 Jim Harbaugh comes back to Michigan which is exciting for the Big 10 conference and for Michigan fans. But let’s be honest…we would all rather have his brother John, right?
Maryland Terrapins 6-6 The Terrapins actually beat Penn State and Michigan last year. Okay they weren’t really the strong Penn State and Michigan teams that we traditionally think of but I mean come on…this is Maryland. And this isn’t lacrosse.
Indiana Hoosiers 6-6 If QB Nate Sudfeld can stay healthy, and the defense can hold up, the Hoosiers could give their fans something to half-heartedly watch until basketball season starts.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights 5-7 The Scarlet Knights lost to Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin last season by a combined score of 180-44 but here at the Daly Dose we are all about keeping it positive this year. I am positive that Rutgers will get pounded by each one of those teams again this year too.
West

Wisconsin Badgers

9-3 Wisconsin returns a number of starters from last year including senior QB Joel Stave but the Badgers are going to be inexperienced on their offensive line. Ironic that Wisconsin is a little thin on big white guys, isn’t it?
Minnesota Golden Gophers 8-4 Minnesota returns some talent this season from a very efficient team that went 8-5 in 2014 and hopes are high. Unfortunately their schedule includes TCU, @Ohio State, and Wisconsin. Dreams dashed.
Nebraska Cornhuskers 8-4 Nebraska won nine or more games in each of Bo Pelini’s seven seasons and he was run out of town by a fan base that is both totally rational and completely realistic. Enter Mike Riley who won nine or more games just four times in 15 seasons at Oregon State. Mike, I’ve got some bad news for you…
Iowa Hawkeyes 7-5 Remember when the Hawkeyes were winning 10 games every season and head coach Kirk Ferentz was one of the hottest prospects in football? I didn’t think so.
Northwestern Wildcats 6-6 I’m betting big money that at some point this year head coach Pat Fitzgerald screams the sentence “maybe you should have spent a little more time practicing and a little less time unionizing!”
Illinois Fighting Illini 6-6 The Fighting Illini allowed 456 yards per game last season. Offensive players on opposing teams are calling their friends and family with start times for the Illinois game this year.
Purdue Boilermakers 3-9 Sorry, Purdue just doesn’t have the playmakers to compete in the Big 10 this season. Or any other season. Or any other conference.

Did you miss the ACC preview?

Read it here: ACC Preview

Coming on Thursday: The Big 12 Conference!