NFL officials review Ronda Rousey KO, declare Rousey winner

Upon further review it seems that Ronda Rousey may still be the undefeated UFC bantamweight champion.

The National Football League made some news this week when it decided to have one of their officiating crews review the Ronda Rousey versus Holly Holm fight from Saturday night.

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In the actual fight Rousey was knocked out by a kick to the neck from Holm early in the second round.

During a season in which they have been under fire for numerous errors, NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell requested that an NFL crew review the MMA fight and render their decision.

Following a 227 minute review of the four minute bout, the NFL referees stepped out from under the hood of the replay booth and promptly announced that despite being knocked down and beaten senseless, Rousey was the unquestioned winner.

“NFL rules state that because Holm’s toes did not actually connect on the knockout kick, Rousey is still considered a fighter and is ‘capable of warding off contact’ therefore we had no choice but to award her the victory.” stated NFL referee Pete Morelli.

The ruling will be reviewed by the NFL office but isn’t expected to lead to any type of discipline for the crew.

“Mistakes are a part of officiating.” said the league’s head of officiating, Dean Blandino. “And if you watch the NFL every week then you know that they they are a BIG part of it.”

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Daly Dose Sports Podcast: Episode 51 is up!

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast Clint is joined by sports columnist Dillon Brooks to talk some NFL and NBA. Can the Broncos win without Peyton Manning? Plus some college football winners and losers, and after seeing Ronda Rousey get upset by Holly Holm, Clint counts down the Top 5 greatest upsets of all time!

Episode 51

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Greg Hardy tells Cowboys he will not be punished for outburst

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett announced that Greg Hardy will not be punished in any way after the defensive end told Garrett and Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones that he wouldn’t stand for it.

Hardy was involved in an altercation with his teammates, and with Cowboys special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia on the sidelines of the Dallas game against the New York Giants, after the Giants Dwayne Harris 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown gave New York a 27-20 lead. Hardy slapped the clipboard Bisaccia was holding, which led to the coach shoving him out of the huddle. He continued to have words with teammates Devin Street and Dez Bryant afterward.

In the locker room after the game, Hardy offered several “no comments” for his actions. The Cowboys brought Hardy in on Wednesday to discuss his actions but the meeting did not go as planned.

“We had discussed possibly suspending Greg after his outburst on the sideline of the Giants game.” Garrett announced Wednesday. “But he told us that he wouldn’t stand for it. Then he gave me a wedgie and he threw Mr. Jones onto a bed covered in loaded guns. It was at that point Jerry told him that there would be no punishment whatsoever and we would really like try to sign him to a long term deal. That seemed to calm him down.”

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Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • There is s_mething missing with the Denver Br_nc_s. I can’t quite my finger _n it but they l__k a little _ff.
  • Which quarterback has more interceptions this season?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Sam Bradford?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Colin Kaepernick?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Branden Weeden?
  • A. Peyton Manning? Or B. Jay Cutler?
  • I hope you picked A.
  • Every time.
  • After Week 5 Manning has now thrown seven picks. More than each Bradford and Kaepernick (5). And more than Cutler (3) and Weeden (2) combined.
  • I know that Manning’s physical skills have diminished, but what is more disturbing to me is the fact that the interceptions aren’t always a physical mistake.
  • We are also seeing poor decisions and bad reads.
  • A number of these interceptions are mental mistakes.
  • Which is odd for a guy who wears a size 11 5/8 hat.
  • Is this simply a product of a new Gary Kubiak system? Or are we watching a future Hall-of-Famer completely collapse before our eyes?
  • I know the offensive line is a mess. And that definitely hasn’t helped.
  • The Broncos completely rebuilt their offensive front- starting four new players including two players with no true NFL experience.
  • In fact, they traded away experienced offensive tackle Chris Clark to Houston during the preseason.
  • And now they have some injuries too.
  • I give John Elway a ton of credit for rebuilding this team to be a tougher, more physical team, that should be more dangerous in January.
  • But this OL mess is also his fault.
  • Orlando Franklin is now in San Diego. Philip Blake was a complete bust. Vinston Painter can’t make a team.
  • Those were Elway’s draft picks.
  • Yet for all of the flaws of Peyton Manning and the offense, this team is still finding a way to win every week. And both he and the offensive line should improve.
  • And by the way, the aforementioned quarterbacks have just seven wins combined between all four of them.
  • Manning has five wins on his own.
  • I know there are those screaming for the Broncos to bench Manning.
  • But it isn’t time to throw Brock Osweiler to the wolves just yet.
  • Can you imagine how deflating that would be to this defense to completely rebuild the offense right now? Manning is a leader and a veteran. They do trust him.
  • And the word “deflating” is a negative term here.
  • This isn’t New England.

The Daly Dose Sports NFL Bottom 5 Power Rankings!

Bottom 5

This week the Daly Dose takes a look at the five worst teams in the NFL!

Team/Record Last game/Next game Outlook
1. Chicago Bears 0-3

Last week: 1

Last game: Lost @Seattle 26-0

Next game: Sun. vs. Oakland

The Bears managed just 146 yards on Sunday against the Seahawks and have now been outscored 105-46. With Jay Cutler injured backup QB Jimmy Clausen didn’t throw a single interception against Seattle. Of course he only threw for 63 more yards than I did.
2. New Orleans Saints 0-3

Last week: 2

Last game: Lost @Carolina 27-22

Next game: Sun. vs. Dallas

Drew Brees was out with an injured shoulder in Week 3 against the Panthers but Luke McCown threw for over 300 yards and the Saints still lost. Brees might be back this week but unless he plays linebacker or offensive line it won’t really matter on Sunday against the Cowboys.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1-2

Last week: 3

Last game: Lost @Houston 19-9

Next Game: Sun. vs. Carolina

Jameis Winston started off his NFL career with a bang when he threw a pick six on his very first throw. At least it was a completion. Winston has completed a league worst 52 percent of his passes so far. Unfortunately I think that is also the same percentage of plays that the Bucs defense allows a touchdown.
4. San Francisco 49ers 1-2

Last week: 4

Last game: Lost @Arizona 47-7

Next game: Sun. vs. Green Bay

After an encouraging first game against the Minnesota Vikings it seems that QB Colin Kaepernick has forgotten how to play football again. In three games he has thrown as many touchdowns to opposing teams as he has to his own.
5. Miami Dolphins 1-2

Last week: 5

Last game: Lost vs. Buffalo 42-14

Next game: Sun. vs. NY Jets in London

You might think this spot would go to a team like Jacksonville. Except that the Jaguars have already beaten the Dolphins. The Miami defense is allowing 145 yard rushing per game with new acquisition Ndamukong Suh. You might say the Fins defense is really “Suh-cking”.

Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • We are entering what I think is the most beautiful time of the year here in Denver.
  • The leaves are turning from green to gold. The days are warm. The nights are cool.
  • The Denver Broncos are in full swing.
  • And we don’t have to watch the Colorado Rockies much longer.
  • Ahh yes, there is nothing like fall in the Mile High City.
  • Did you hear there is going to be an ESPN 30 for 30 profiling former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney?
  • McCartney has some controversial views, but he was the man that was solely responsible for bringing about one of the greatest eras in Colorado collegiate football history.
  • And by “one of” I mean “the only” significant era in Colorado collegiate football history.
  • Decades and decades of 6-5 don’t really count as “significant”. Sorry.
  • The Broncos are now 3-0 but I keep hearing the experts saying that the Broncos can’t possibly win with Peyton Manning at the helm.
  • “He is too old and he looks to be in constant pain when he throws the ball.”
  • They might be right.
  • Of course they are the same people telling us that Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Tannehill were the future of NFL quarterbacking.
  • And forgive me for my skepticism but I saw Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, and Mark Rypien win Super Bowls.
  • Don’t tell me it can’t happen.
  • And this defense is good.
  • Speaking of things that don’t make sense.
  • I guess I could go all kinds of different places in the sports world with that segue, couldn’t I?
  • But I was referring to the Chicago Bears facing the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
  • Former Broncos coach John Fox had his Bears “really battling” against the NFC Champs from the past two seasons.
  • The undermanned Bears finally succumbed 26-0.
  • Except, they didn’t even try to compete.
  • The Bears had 10 possessions in the game. They punted all 10 times.
  • They finished with 146 total yards.
  • They had no intention of winning.
  • They were simply in a battle to run out the clock and finish the game.
  • Good to see John Fox recycling his old gameplan from last season when the Broncos faced the Colts.

The Daly Dose Sports NFL Power Ranking Top 5

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Team/Record Last game/Next game Outlook
1. New England Patriots 2-0

Last week: 1

Last game: Beat Buffalo 40-32

Next game: Sun. vs. Jacksonville

The Patriots beat the Bills and Tom Brady racked up over 500 yards of offense against the Bills defense. You don’t see that kind of performance every day. It’s almost like he had a trick football or something.
2. Green Bay Packers 2-0

Last week: 2

Last game: Beat Seattle 27-17

Next game: Mon. vs. Kansas City

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers overcame injuries to RB Eddie Lacy and DE Josh Boyd to beat the Seahawks on Sunday night. Oh sure, NOW they beat them
3. Denver Broncos 2-0

Last week: 4

Last game: Beat Kansas City 31-24

Next Game: Sun. @Detroit

Despite riding around on a mobility scooter through the first two games Peyton Manning has the Broncos sitting at 2-0 with wins against the Ravens and Chiefs.
4. Cincinnati Bengals 2-0

Last week: unranked

Last game: Beat San Diego 24-19

Next game: Sun. @Baltimore

First the Bengals stomped on the Raiders 33-13 and then they beat the Chargers too. Maybe they can finally win a playoff game if they join the AFC West.
5. Arizona Cardinals 2-0

Last week: 5

Last game: Beat Chicago 48-23

Next game: Sun. vs. San Francisco

Quarterback Carson Palmer has started off the season red hot throwing for seven touchdowns already in just two games. Of course it was against the Saints and the Bears so it doesn’t really count.

No longer ranked:

Dallas Cowboys 2-0 Yes they are undefeated but if you want to bet on Branden Weeden, go right ahead.

The Daly Dose Sports Podcast NFL Preview- Episode 41!

The Daly Dose Sports Podcast brings you an NFL Preview and gives a brief outlook for each team and where they should finish in their division. Clint takes a brief look at winners and losers in the first week of college football and counts down the Top 5 greatest hitters in NFL history. Check out Episode 41!

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Daly Dose Sports Pro Football NFC South Preview

We now take a look at the NFC South that consistently gives us one of the worst teams to make the playoffs every year. Which 9-7 or 8-8 team will it be this season? The Daly Dose Pro Football Preview will lay it out.

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Team Predicted finish Outlook
NFC South

New Orleans Saints

10-6 As long as the Saints have Drew Brees they will have a shot. He led New Orleans to the #1 offense in total yardage in 2014.  Brees should be able to get the Saints to bounce back from their disappointing 7-9 season and missing the playoffs in 2014. Of course, they still have a pretty awful defense so don’t go expecting miracles out of the guy.
Atlanta Falcons 9-7 Do you realize that the Falcons were a possession away from going to the Super Bowl just three seasons ago? In the 2012 NFC Championship game Atlanta led the San Francisco 49ers 17-0 in the 2nd quarter. I’m not sure the Falcons defense has forced a punt since.
Carolina Panthers 7-9 Carolina has a good defense and it’s a good thing because with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin out for the season with a knee injury they will be on the field a lot as Cam Newton’s passes sail over his remaining receiver’s heads.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5-11 The Buccaneers drafted Florida State QB Jameis Winston with the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft and the Bucs have some talent to put around him. Doug Martin is a solid running back and Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans give him big targets downfield. Of course Tampa Bay’s offensive line is one of the worst in the league so Jameis can expect to get manhandled quite a bit by opposing defenses. Which is kind of ironic when you think about it.

Did you miss our AFC South Preview?

Next up the NFC West Preview!

Daly Dose Sports Pro Football AFC South Preview

We next move to the AFC South. The AFC South has the Indianapolis Colts which went to the AFC CHampionship game in 2014 only to lose to the New England Patriots. There are also some other teams in the AFC South. We are going to try to remember who they are.

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Team Predicted finish Outlook
AFC South

Indianapolis Colts

12-4 With the additions of WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore the Colts could be even better on offense which ranked 3rd in 2014. The concern will be their defense which allowed over 113 yard rushing per game. But I guess if they can’t get stops they could always just say that the other team is under-inflating the footballs again.
Jacksonville Jaguars 6-10 Last season everyone was all excited when the Jaguars drafted QB Blake Bortles. Then they saw him play. This year fans cheered for the drafting of DE Dante Fowler who suffered a season ending injury in May. What I am saying is that there are some teams that are just cursed and meant to be the league doormat. But hang tough Jags fans; they will probably be London’s problem soon.
Houston Texans 5-11 It’s hard to say Watt the Texans will do this year. I mean, I watched Hard Knocks and I can’t figure out Watt head coach Bill O’Brien will do this year. Watt will they do at QB? Watt will they do at RB? This team just doesn’t have much to hang its hat on, if you know what I mean.
Tennessee Titans 5-11 The Titans weren’t very good in 2014, ranking at the bottom of nearly every statistical category. They did draft QB Marcus Mariota which has fans excited. Of course Mariota will have to pass, catch, run, tackle and probably kick to really improve the Titans much.

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Next up the NFC South Preview!