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 #121 The NCAA Sweet 16 Preview

This week on the Daly Dose, Clint discusses why March Madness always seems to live up to expectations, and why we see so many upsets every single year. We look at who has been a little better than we expected, and who has been worse so far in the tournament, and we preview each of the Sweet 16 games.

NFL free agency is now three weeks in, and there are still some big-name players that have been left unsigned. Why is no one touching these top players? We take a look at a bizarre soccer story in Brazil, preview some possible playoff matchups in the NBA, and count down the Top 5 last times that we saw back to back NCAA Basketball National Champions!

Listen here to Episode #121 The NCAA Sweet 16 Preview!

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Daly Dose #105 The College Basketball Preview

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast we bring you our college basketball preview! Who are the favorites, the contenders and the dark horses that could surprise everyone? We give you our picks for the Final Four and who will be the eventual National Champion!

The National Football League is now hitting the final stretch, and things can change very quickly, we look at a few developments that could be coming. Did the Denver Broncos’ Gary Kubiak make a mistake on Sunday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs?

And Ohio State caused a bit of chaos for the College Football Playoff Committee. Will their victory cost the Pac 12 Conference a playoff bid? And we look at how the conference championships could affect the final poll.

Finally, the Alabama Crimson Tide have been dominant all season, but are they one of the all-time great teams? We count down the Top 5 most dominant college football teams of all time!

Don’t miss Episode 105: The College Basketball Preview!

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CFB Playoff Committee: “Champ games are a must unless your name is Ohio State”

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee raised some eyebrows this week, when it announced that it may look overlook Ohio State not participating in the Big 10 Conference Championship game.

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Since its inception, the committee has been steadfast in holding to the same criteria, as laid out on their website.

They have made it clear that above all else, they value conference championships. After that comes strength of schedule and head-to-head competition.

But on Monday, Chairman Kirby Hocutt completely changed his tune.

“Look, we have always said that we value conference championships, but this is a very unique situation that we have unfolding this season.” Hocutt told the Daly Dose.

The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 2 and after a victory over No. 3 Michigan on Saturday, that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.

But Ohio State lost to Penn State back in October, and as a result it will be the Nittany Lions facing Wisconsin in the Big 10 Championship game on Saturday in Indianapolis.

Is this sudden flip the result of Ohio State being a big name and perennial favorite?

“Well duh!” said Hocutt. “You think we’d be doing this for Western Michigan?”

Daly Dose #104 The Thanksgiving Show

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint discusses all of the things that we have to be thankful for in the world of sports!

From Thanksgiving football games to March Madness, we have much to celebrate!

We aren’t the only ones giving thanks, as we take a look at one thing each NFL team should be thankful for!

The college football picture is beginning to come into focus a little more each week, and we look at which teams have the best resumes.

Finally, there have been a number of crazy stories in sports this year, and we count down the Top 5 Turkeys of the Year!

You don’t want to miss a big helping of Episode 104: The Thanksgiving Show!

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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 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 69- The Sweet 16

This week on the Daly Dose Sports Podcast, Clint recaps March Madness so far, and previews the Sweet 16. We take a look at the new NFL rules and some NBA stories. Plus we count down the biggest last minute comebacks in NCAA basketball history! Check out Episode 69!

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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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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!