Daly Dose #140 Our Fifty States Tour Part 2

This week on the Daly Dose, we continue our trek across the nation, with the second half of our 50 States Tour!

We continue touring these United States, looking at the best athletes, the greatest sports moments, and the most disappointing moments for each state!

Last week in Part 1, we went from Alabama to Missouri.

In Part 2, we start back up again in Montana, we stop in each state, all the way through to Wyoming. What state has produced NBA rivals from the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors? What Ohio State athlete ruined the day of an infamous dictator? Are the Dallas Cowboys the source of the worst moment in Texas sports history? And is the state of Pennsylvania the greatest producer of NFL quartebacks in history?

We answer all of these questions, and much, much more on our 50 States Tour finale!

Listen here to Episode #140 Our Fifty States Tour Part 2!

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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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Fans and teams agree: Everyone overwhelmingly content with playoff selection

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee released their final rankings including the final four teams that go on to the College Football Playoff.

This year the final four consisted of SEC Champion Alabama, ACC Champion Clemson, Ohio State, and Pac 12 Champion Washington.

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And while these final rankings usually trigger coaches, players, and fan bases venting their anger at what they deem to be a miscalculation…this year there were none of those arguments.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh surprised everyone with his dignity and humility.

“Look, we had hoped to make the final four.” Harbaugh stated calmly. “But we know that we lost two of our final three games. And one of those games was to unranked Iowa. I think No. 6 is fair and we look forward to our game in the Orange Bowl.”

Penn State coach James Franklin was also remarkably calm. Despite going to, and winning the Big 10 Conference Championship game Franklin understood the committees’s decision. “It would have been nice to make it to the playoff, but there’s always next year. We could have taken the decision out of the committee’s hands by winning all of our games. No hard feelings.”

Committee chairman Kirby Hocutt expressed surprise over the maturity and sophistication that everyone viewed the selections.

“We expect criticism. Much like when a husband argues with his wife, we realize that even if we are right, it will be pointed out to us all of the ways that we are wrong. This is truly a special occasion.”

Daly Dose #100 The 100th Episode

This week we celebrate our 100th episode on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast!

Clint reads some listener emails, makes a phone call to a fan of the show, and gives his pick for the World Series. Who will win between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians?

In college football this weekend, Ohio State was upset, how does that affect the National Championship picture? And which surprise teams might actually be legitimate contenders?

A few NFL teams got surprised with a loss this past week. Should the Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburgh Steelers,Minnesota Vikings, or Arizona Cardinals be concerned? Or were those losses no big deal?

Finally we count down the Top 5 reasons that NFL ratings are actually down so far this season.

You don’t want to miss this very special episode of the Daly Dose!

Check out Daly Dose #100 The 100th episode!

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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 #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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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?

Atlantic Coast Conference

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Mountain West Conference

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

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 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.



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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!

Check out Episode 45 of the Daly Dose Sports Podcast!

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint gives you the good, the bad, and the ugly from Week 4 of the NFL, the biggest disappointments in MLB this season, and the weekend’s winners and losers from college football. Plus with all of the missed kicks in the NFL we decided it would be fun to count down the Top 5 NFL kicking blunders of all time! Check out Episode 45!

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