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There is plenty of competition in the sports world that happens every morning. Instead of home runs, dunks or touchdowns, it involves talking into a microphone and getting fans to listen. 

Newcomers come and go on a yearly basis. Yet there is still one program that — like Duke in basketball or the New England Patriots in football — continues to deliver excellence on a daily basis.

Kyle Brandt of the NFL Channel's "Good Morning Football" was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning. Brandt told the host he was appreciative of Patrick not throwing "hot takes" or crazy viewpoints out there just to generate traffic on social media.

The name Skip Bayless came up, but others could have as well.

Patrick thanked Brandt and told him he would never go to that level. The pair began joking that maybe they could generate a hot take that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes could lose his job if his team falls to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.

You get the drift.

The Dan Patrick Show, which premiered in October 2007, continues to deliver intelligent and thoughtful sports conversation daily from 8 to 11 a.m. (NBC Sports Network and DirecTV's Audience channel). Instead of the screaming, yelling and obnoxious behavior that is prevalent on far too many programs, Patrick and his crew of Paul Pabst, Seton O'Connor, Todd Fritz and Andrew Perloff respect each other and give each other jabs.

Patrick always books the top names as guests. Even when the individual isn't a sports figure, the talk revolves around sports. Too many times, hosts deviate off sports and give their opinions about movies, bands, etc., that really aren't in their wheelhouse.

Actor Kevin Hart joined Patrick for about a 20-minute interview Thursday. They talked briefly about Hart's new movie, "The Upside," but most of the interview centered around Hart's involvement in sports.

They joked about Hart trying to get on stage last year at the Super Bowl for the trophy presentation. Hart, a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan, admitted he was quite intoxicated and making a fool of himself.

Hart also bragged about his prowess as a four-time MVP of the celebrity game at the NBA All-Star weekend and his world-class ability as a badminton player. Yes, it was comedy, but revolving it around sports made it appropriate.

Plus, there was no mention of Hart pulling out for host of the Oscars. That story is getting old and worn.

A new year brings a new appreciation of the Dan Patrick Show that always delivers. 

College BB: Illinois State at Loyola (ESPN2, 1 p.m. Saturday): Both teams wanted to be 3-0 in the MVC heading into this early showdown, but each has one loss. League race figures to be a wide-open affair until the last game on March 2. 

NFL: Chargers at Patriots (CBS, noon Sunday): This doesn't seem to be the overpowering New England that throws fear into everyone in its playoff path. San Diego, err Los Angeles, might be the league's most complete team. 

NBA: Raptors at Celtics (ESPN, 7 p.m. Wednesday): The addition of Kawhi Leonard might have pushed Toronto past Boston in the Eastern Conference pecking order, at least for the time being.

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Reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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