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 #119 The March Madness bubble watch

This week on the Daly Dose we look forward to March Madness! A few big name programs could be left out of the Big Dance, and we discuss a few lesser known players that are worth your time to watch.

The NFL Combine took place in Indianapolis, and we wonder if it means anything. We play a game of “You Be the NFL GM” to see if you can find the best player from their combine results. NFL free agency is now open, and we look at some of the top players that are available.

The NBA season is now in the home stretch, and we take a look at who might make the playoffs, and why the Kevin Durant injury might actually help the Golden State Warriors.

Finally, we count down the Top 5 current NBA players that never made it to the NCAA Tournament.

Listen here to Episode 119: The March Madness bubble watch!

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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 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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NCAA Selection Committee constructs perfect bracket

Well it has taken 77 years, but the NCAA Selection Committee finally got it right.

For the first time in tournament history the NCAA Man’s Division I Basketball brackets were announced and there was not a complaint by a single person.

Pointing out the mistakes of the committee as they put together a 68 team bracket has become as much of a tradition as March Madness itself, but on Sunday that came to a grinding halt.

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“They finally did it.” praised ESPN pundit Joe Lunardi. “Syracuse and Tulsa getting in? Monmouth and St. Mary’s being left out. Of course Oregon should be a No. 1 seed, and where else would Virginia be, but right ahead of Michigan State? I can’t believe it, but they finally got it all right.”

Senior college basketball analyst Andy Katz echoed the sentiment.

“Every year it seems like we have problems with the way that this tournament is seeded. I mean let’s face it, there are 68 teams so there is bound to be some disagreements, but this year they finally nailed it. No complaints whatsoever from me.”

CBS basketball commentator Doug Gottleib agreed. “For years we have believed that the committee has their own agenda when seeding these tournaments. But Duke playing UNC-Wilmington in the first round? The chance of Texas vs. Texas A&M or maybe Kentucky against Indiana in the second round? We’ve always thought that these were made for television match-ups. I think it is clear this year that these things just take place and it is all by chance.”

Gottleib continued. “It really is remarkable that they did such a great job. My hat is off to them. I never thought I would see the day that we saw a perfect bracket. But this is it. Next, you’ll be telling me the Chicago Cubs have a chance to win the World Series.”

 

The Daly Dose Sports Podcast: Episode 67- The legacy of Peyton Manning

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint talks NBA stories and some college hoops including who the #1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament could be. Then a discussion about NFL free agency and a look back at the incredible career of quarterback Peyton Manning. Finally Clint counts down the Top 5 future jobs for Peyton’s post football career! Check out Episode 67!

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Episode 47 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast is up!

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint looks at the college football season at the halfway point. Who are the biggest surprises? Disappointments? Heisman contenders? And he gives you his Top 5 ranked teams right now. Plus NFL, MLB and the Daly Dose Top 5 college football finishes of all time. Don’t miss Episode 47!

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Check out Episode 46 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast!

Today on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, John from the Inland Empire in California joins Clint to talk MLB postseason, college football news, and they break down the undefeated teams that remain in the NFL. Plus the Top 5 Steve Spurrier quotes of all time! Don’t miss Episode 46!

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The Daly Dose Sports College Football Top 5

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Who are the top 5 college football teams in the country? Don’t take the word of some coaches that have other things to do on Saturday The Daly Dose has you covered! Here are the Top 5 teams in college football today.

Team/Record Last game/Next game Outlook

1. Ohio State 2-0

Last week: 1

Last game: Beat Hawaii 38-0

Next game: Sat. vs. Northern Illinois

The Buckeyes trounced poor Hawaii on Saturday. You won’t really need to watch this #1 column for a few weeks as the Buckeyes now play no one even remotely decent until October.

2. Michigan State 2-0

Last week: Unranked

Last game: Beat Oregon 31-28

Next game: Sat. @Air Force

The Spartans beat Oregon and jumped into our Top 5 this week…mostly as a big thank you for saving us from seeing the Ducks get thumped in another Championship game.

3. TCU 2-0

Last week: 3

Last game: Beat Stephen F Austin 70-7

Next Game: Sat. vs. SMU

The Horned Frogs finally showed some offense, granted it was against Stephen F Austin…but come on are they really that different from any other Big 12 defense?

4. Alabama 2-0

Last week: 4

Last game: Beat Middle Tennessee State 37-10

Next game: Sat. vs. #15 Ole Miss

Alabama’s head coach Nick Saban appears to be very angry at only being ranked #4 in the Daly Dose Top 5. Or maybe that’s just how he always looks.

5. Baylor 1-0

Last week: 5

Last game: Beat Lamar 66-31

Next game: Sat. vs. Rice

The Bears knocked off a national doughnut chain last week but this week they will really get a test with the always dangerous Rice Owls.

Episode 40 is the Daly Dose Sports college football preview!

College football is coming! The Daly Dose Sports Podcast brings you a college football preview! We look at the top teams, players, and count down the Top 5 reasons that we love college football! Check out Episode 40!

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