Daly Dose 11-30-18 Avoiding that Super Bowl hangover

Friday on the Daly Dose, the Dallas Cowboys pulled off an impressive upset of the New Orleans Saints last night. Can they be a contender in the NFC?

We are previewing what should be a very good weekend in sports including a few college football conference championships.

Then, with the Philadelphia Eagles trying to get back on track, we take a look a the top 5 Super Bowl Champions that struggled the most to defend their titles!

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Daly Dose 11-12-18 Some former Patriots get some revenge

Monday on the Daly Dose, we are recapping what we learned from a very busy weekend in sports!

Some former New England Patriots players got what had to be some sweet revenge, are we seeing some flaws in the Pats this year? We are done talking about one NFL player, the New Orleans Saints still need a wide receiver, and the Cleveland Browns got a big win on Sunday.

In college football, we could have a new contender for the Heisman trophy, the Big 10 will have a surprising participant in their title game, and a Utah running back needs a better bedtime ritual.

Then, we saw a big trade in the NBA, and one national championship winning coach adds to his already impressive resume!

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Daly Dose 10-23-18 A tale of two QBs

Tuesday on the Dose, the first AP college basketball poll is out, and we have noticed what a few of the top teams have in common.

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau makes a very confusing statement, and we take a look at a few of the winners and losers from the weekend in college football and the NFL!

Two NFL quarterbacks are going very different ways this season, and we tell you why we are all losers this week. Plus, in college football, we have both a winner and a few losers from the Big 10 Conference, and the Pac 12 reminds us of a lesson that we all should have already known!

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Daly Dose 08-30-18 Our Daly Dose College Football Preview Part 3

Thursday on the Daly Dose, the Green Bay Packers make Aaron Rodgers the highest paid player in the NFL. There’s no question he deserves the money,  but is it a smart business deal? The New York Jets make a trade and a statement, and the New Orleans Saints just might have life after Drew Brees.

Then we continue our 2018 Daly Dose College Football Preview! Today we look at the Pac 12, and the Southeastern Conference! Who are the contenders? And who will win two of the toughest conferences in the country?

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Daly Dose #144 The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview

This week on the Dose, we are getting you ready for the upcoming 2017 College Football season!

What are the major storylines heading into the season?

We look at the contenders, the pretenders, and the sleepers from the ACCthe Big Tenthe Big 12the Mountain Westthe Pac 12, and the SEC!

We give our pick for the Heisman Trophy, and we tell you which four teams will end up playing in the College Football Playoff!

Plus, we count down the Top 5 most exciting players that we have ever seen in college football!

Listen here to Episode 144: The Daly Dose 2017 College Football Preview!

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The 2017 Daly Dose College Football Preview: The Pac 12

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The Pac 12 is deep with talent, and there are two or three teams that are capable of contending for a national title. Yet, there is more to this group than just the top teams. The middle of the pack teams are brimming with talent too, and every week is a battle in this conference. Even a lower level team like Cal is dangerous, if you threaten the environment.

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North

1. Stanford Cardinal

Predicted finish: 11-1

The biggest question for the Cardinal will be under center, as projected starting quarterback Keller Chryst is coming off of a significant injury. Yet, we shouldn’t underestimate this team, as they return a significant amount of talent on both sides of the ball. And does it really matter who plays quarterback for Stanford with their smash-mouth offensive front? I mean, they made Andrew Luck look good.

2. Washington Huskies

Predicted finish: 11-1

It was a memorable season in 2016 for the Huskies. They rolled through the season, winning 12 games, and making it to the College Football Playoff Semifinal. Sure, they lost 24-7 to Alabama, but this team proved they can play with the big boys, and they return 13 starters in 2017. The lone unit that could be undermanned is the secondary. Good thing the Pac 12 isn’t loaded with quarterbacks that might take advantage of it.

3. Washington State Cougars

Predicted finish: 9-3

Predictably, the Mike Leach-led Cougars will be exciting to watch with senior quarterback Luke Falk throwing the ball all over the field. If the defense line comes together, this could be a very dangerous team. And also just as predictably, the Mike Leach-led special teams will be awful, and cost this team a big game at the worst possible time.

4. Oregon Ducks

Predicted finish: 8-4

The Ducks will be one of the more interesting teams to watch in 2017. Coming off of a disappointing 4-8 season, and the firing of the coaching staff, new coach Willie Taggart will have his hands full. The Oregon defense will be a focal point, as they allowed over 40 points per game last year. They do return eight starters from that unit, but I’m not sure why I am saying that like it’s a good thing.

5. Oregon State Beavers

Predicted finish: 4-8

The Beavers finished 4-8 in 2016, and they look to be improving. Head coach Gary Anderson is working to build a physical rushing offense that can chew up clock, and wear down opponents.  Don’t forget that the Beavers actually beat their in-state rival Oregon for the first time since 2007 last year. Sure it was Oregon’s worst season since the early 1980’s , but just stop dwelling on the negatives for once, will you?

6. California Golden Bears

Predicted finish: 3-9

Cal fans will point at their 2016 season and see the positives in Sonny Dyke’s final season, like the season-finale win over UCLA. Critics will point at the Bears history of mediocrity and laugh, and laugh.

 

South

1. USC Trojans

Predicted finish: 11-1

The Trojans could be a little bit of a mystery this season. Yes, they have Heisman candidate and NFL-bound quarterback Sam Darnold back. Yet, they lost a ton of talent around him, including the bulk of his offensive line. It isn’t all bad news though. It could be good experience for Darnold to get knocked around this year. It will prepare him for his future with the Jets or the Browns.

2. UCLA Bruins

Predicted finish: 11-1

UCLA was a huge disappointment last season, going just 4-8, as quarterback Josh Rosen suffered a shoulder injury and missed significant time. This team should bounce back, with a healthy Rosen in the lineup…that is, if he can get better protection, more consistency from his receivers, and if he can somehow endure the heinous challenge of quarterbacking UCLA while attending some college courses. We all have our crosses to bear.

3. Utah Utes

Predicted finish: 7-5

They may not be the sexiest program in the Pac 12, but the Utes have proven to be the most consistent. All head coach Kyle Whittingham does is keep winning the Pac 12 South. In fact, he has done it six out of the past seven seasons. He won’t do it this year, though. This team has too many holes to fill, and too tough of a schedule. So yeah, they’ll probably do it again.

4. Colorado Buffaloes

Predicted finish: 7-5

The Buffs had a storybook season in 2016, after winning just 10 games in head coach Mike MacIntyre’s previous three seasons, CU won 10 games, made it to the Alamo Bowl, and finished the season ranked in the Top 25. Sure, they got blown out in that Alamo Bowl game 38-8 by Oklahoma State. We never said it was a great storybook. Or even one with a happy ending. It was a story, and someone made a book out of it. Get off our back.

5. Arizona State Sun Devils

Predicted finish: 5-7

The Sun Devils will have some talent. This is a collection of top-ranked recruits. They will play fast, and aggressive. They will look to attack opponents on both sides of the ball. They will also be inexperienced, make silly mistakes, and have to overcome a number of injuries. Oh yeah, and more importantly, they will lose more games than they win.

6. Arizona Wildcats

Predicted finish: 5-7

We’re not saying that head coach Rich Rodriguez is trying to run this program into the ground on purpose. But let’s say he was. It would look pretty similar to what we are currently seeing, wouldn’t it?

Did you miss our Daly Dose Other Notable Teams Preview?

Up next: The Daly Dose SEC Preview!

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 College Football Preview: The Pac 12

Our focus now goes out west where we take a look at the Pac 12. This conference has it all: the tradition and strength of Southern California, the talent that has come out of UCLA, the modern day appeal of Oregon, and the lack of interest from literally everyone east of St Louis.

North

1. Stanford Cardinal

Predicted finish: 10-2

The Cardinal returns a significant amount of talent, including do-everything speedster Christian McCaffrey. McCaffrey is the team’s top returning rusher, receiver, and special teamer. But they did lose veteran QB Kevin Hogan. So maybe they just just put McCaffrey under center too.

2. Oregon Ducks

Predicted finish: 9-3   

The Ducks struggled early, getting off to a 3-3 start in 2015. But they caught fire by mid season and won six in a row to close the regular season. But their defense was ranked 116th last year under defensive coordinator Brady Hoke in his first season. And as we know from when Hoke started strong at Michigan, it just goes downhill from here.

3. Washington Huskies

Predicted finish: 9-3

With the talent that head coach Chris Petersen has assembled, the Huskies are darkhorse pick to win the Pac 12. Yet, we know that UW doesn’t always do that well with high expectations.  So everyone kind of keep it to yourself, k?

4. Washington State Cougars   

Predicted finish: 8-4

Say what you will about Cougars coach Mike Leach, he does win. And he has developed another Air Raid QB in Luke Falk, who threw for 38 touchdowns last year. Hard to believe but, Leach has now won at both Texas Tech and Washington State. Suck it, Craig James.

5. California Golden Bears

Predicted finish: 7-5   

The Jared Goff Era is over in Berkeley, leaving head coach Sonny Dykes wondering who will step up and lead the Bears in 2016. But that’s still better than wondering where the sun rises each morning.

6. Oregon State Beavers

Predicted finish: 2-10

The Beavers finished 2-10 last year, and lost nine games in a row to finish the season. OSU will actually be a little better this year, but a Pac 12 schedule and match-ups with Minnesota and Boise State out of conference, will leave the Beavers struggling to even win twice again. So chew on that, you tree chomping maniacs.

South

1. UCLA Bruins

Predicted finish: 11-1

UCLA disappointed last year, going 8-5 despite having some NFL talent. But with sophomore phenom QB Josh Rosen back, anything is possible for the Bruins. And if the offensive line doesn’t come together, and protect the young QB better this season, any injury is possible for Rosen.

2. USC Trojans   

Predicted finish: 9-3   

Clay Helton will lead the Trojans in his first full year this season. There is no question that this team has talent. If Helton can find some steady quarterback play, and stay away from that pre-prep rally beer bong, USC should be fine.

3. Utah Utes

Predicted finish: 8-4   

Utah lost some very skilled players, but head coach Kyle Whittingham has proven that he is more than capable of bringing in another batch of 25 year old men fresh off their missions, to dominate some 19 year old players.

4. Arizona Wildcats

Predicted finish: 7-5   

Rich Rodriguez has an offense that is capable of putting up some big points. But he has a defense that is going to give up some big points. Yes, we know, stop us if you’ve heard this before.

5. Arizona State Sun Devils

Predicted finish: 6-4   

ASU says they are they only FBS school in the country without a QB on their current roster who has thrown a pass at the D-I level. Looks the the tradition that gave us former greats like Andrew Walter, Rudy Carpenter, and Jeff Van Raaphorst will continue.

6. Colorado Buffaloes   

Predicted finish: 3-9

Colorado has gone 2-25 in the Pac 12 so far under head coach Mike McIntyre. The bad news is that the Buffs will struggle to win two games in conference this season. The good news is that they probably won’t lose 25 games this season. Probably.

Did you miss our Daly Dose Mountain West Preview?

Coming up on Tuesday: the Daly Dose SEC Preview!

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!

Episode 47

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

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  • The Colorado Rockies mercifully ended their season on Sunday finishing 68-94 and dead last in the National League West.
  • As bad as they were, the Rockies weren’t without a bright spot.
  • Third baseman Nolan Arenado led the league in RBI’s (130) and finished tied for first in the National League for most home runs with 42.
  • Arenado is also the first Colorado player to lead the majors in RBIs since Andres Galarraga drove in 150 in 1996.
  • Arenado, just 24, was named National League Player of the Month for September. In 28 games, Arenado hit .339 (38-for-112) and led the majors with 11 home runs, 32 RBIs and 79 total bases. His 38 hits led the National League, while his .705 slugging percentage ranked second.
  • Which leaves us to play a little game called “Where will Nolan Arrenado end up when the Rockies cut salary and trade him in two or three years?”
  • I’m going to say Tampa Bay. They should have some money laying around.
  • But I suppose Oakland is a possibility too. And Arenado is a California kid.
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  • “They would never do that! He is a bright young talent! He is their future!”
  • Tell that to Troy Tulowitzki.
  • Or Dexter Fowler.
  • Or Ubaldo Jimenez.
  • Or Matt Holliday.
  • On Saturday the Air Force Academy, Colorado State, and University of Colorado college football teams were beaten by a combined score of 53-107.
  • Which is kind of funny, because the local media keeps telling us every year how this is finally the year that Colorado and Colorado State are really going to be special.
  • In fact, last week one of the big talking points on Denver sports radio was “When Colorado upsets Oregon should their fans storm the field?”
  • This is the equivalent of me trying to plan how I will accept the Republican Presidential Nomination.
  • Or… you know…Donald Trump planning how to accept it.
  • I understand the limitations that the Air Force Academy has with athletics. And I root for those kids. Getting to play football is the easiest, and honestly most meaningless, part of their day.
  • But when I see programs like Utah and Boise State able to compete with the big boys it makes me wonder why our state schools are so snakebitten.
  • Maybe the Buffs and Rams need to bring back Bill McCartney and Sonny Lubick.
  • Hey, it worked for Kansas State.
  • Bill Snyder is older than Mac and Sonny combined and Kansas State is at least competitve every season.
  • That old vampire clearly feeds on the blood of the youth and he is still going at a high level.
  • I wonder if Peyton Manning has looked into that?