Their love of sports has kept them close ever since those days they competed on Little League fields. They would also find themselves at Little League games later on keeping stats and doing play-by-play from the press box for fun.
Now several years past college they are taking their passion for "bsing" about sports to the next level. And they are offering up their knowledge and opinions on their passion via a podcast called "Between the Lines."
"What's with them losing a 3-0 lead and giving up seven unanswered," Borland said to his lifelong friend.
"Welcome to the world of hockey," Daugherty responded.
The two banter back and forth whether they are recording or not. They reveal an almost encyclopedic knowledge of major sports (even though neither of them knew Doug Griffin, a Red Sox second baseman from the 1970s, haha).
Though Borland admitted to not really following or caring about the NBA, there are plenty of other sports for them to discuss.
They meet once a week to discuss whatever is happening on fields, courts, diamonds, ice and even in conference rooms. Saturday they opened up their discussion on the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's decision to allow schools and school districts determine if they will safely hold fall sports.
It is a hot topic as school's are deciding how to conduct classes and extracurricular activities.
After the segment, however, Borland ribbed his co-host. "Thanks for putting me on the spot with that question." Daugherty laughed. "That's what makes for good content," he replied.
The two have three podcasts completed now and invite guests to the show. They are still working out some technical bugs but each week they see improvements. Only around 30 people have tuned in so far but they expected a modest start as they build. They haven't started a social media presence yet, though they said at the end of Saturday's cast that is in the near future.
Daugherty who is a public relations specialist for the Child Development Center in the Northwest Pennsylvania has wanted to do play-by-play and have a career in sports casting, though he says he loves his current job. Borland was three years into a college degree in Chemistry before his sports calling became too much for him to ignore.
Daugherty and Borland remembered something from their youth baseball days. "Make it hurt on the scoreboard." They both seemed to want the league to act like adults and just play the game without the theatrics and what they described as arbitrary unwritten rules.
Then they took on the hockey's playoff season and the NFL West, where physicality is more a part of the game. Each making supporting arguments for their predictions on who will take home the trophies this year. [Editor's note: They somehow think the Tom Brady-less Patriots won't be very good this year despite the coach still being with the team so we're not sure how much they can be trusted in their analysis? They do think the Tom Brady Tampa Bay squad will do just fine.]
Their podcast offers analysis, opinion and plenty of banter back and forth between Borland and Daugherty. "We feed off each other," Borland said. They also try to have invited guests when they can to add voices to the chorus.
When they need a brain break, they conjure up their 9-year old selves and toss around a ball in a game of catch. But they don't stop talking about sports.