30 Results for month: 11/2013

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 11/30/13

It's never completely a throw out the stats weekend in college football. But this is the one that comes as close it gets to going that route. The combination of rivalry underdogs matched up with favorites in high pressure situations can lead to some wild results, and we sure saw that on Friday.  Look for more of the same today, add in dead spots for some ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 11/29/13

So I'm sitting comfortably stuffed on a huge couch at my friend's home following an incredible Thanksgiving Day spread, watching the last few minutes of the Steelers-Ravens game.  Basically, everyone is too stuffed to even talk. And then something really weird happens and the room starts buzzing. I'm referring to the touchdown that wasn't toward the end ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 11/28/13

Happy Thanksgiving! In addition to the anticipated great feed taking place for many of us today, there's also a wealth of action to provide hours of entertainment. Three NFL games, a couple of college football rivalry duels, plus 18 college basketball clashes in five tournaments spread throughout the day. My Wednesday finished up with a very tough 1-2 ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 11/27/13

Jordan Lynch is not going to win the Heisman Trophy.  No one from Northern Illinois has any chance to do so, not this year or any year and I have no problem with that. But if Lynch doesn't at least have a seat at the ceremonies, then maybe it's just time to stop paying any attention to an award that's supposed to honor the best player in the game, and is ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 11/26/13

Talk about bottoming out. The Washington Redskins were about as awful as it can possibly get in the second half of last night's loss to the 49ers. The Redskins were right in it at the half, trailing by only four points. The third quarter began in very promising fashion when San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis fumbled at midfield. But from there, it was ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 11/25/13

I'm still almost speechless after watching the incredible Sunday night shootout between the Broncos and Patriots. I had no stake in this game personally, so there's no sour grapes involved here. Full credit to the Patriots for the phenomenal comeback, and one more reason to look upon the Belichick/Brady combo as one of the best of all time. This is not a ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 11/24/13

I know all those play reviews can sometimes get a little aggravating and slow the games down. But when a reversal comes about thanks to a correct review and the team that benefits from getting the call right then turns defeat into victory,  it's all the proof anyone should ever need about why this system works and is necessary. A great example was on ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 11/23/13

Another good result with the Friday college hoops, which is definitely my strongest suit right now.  The pre-season game plan of less plays and hopefully increased quality is working like a charm right now. As I'm a great believer in if it's not broke, don't fix it, there doesn't figure to be much deviation from the current routine. I'm also feeling ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 11/22/13

I haven't weighed in on the blockbuster baseball deal between the Tigers and Rangers yet, so I'll offer my two cents today. Win/win. The Prince Fielder/Ian Kinsler swap looks strong for both teams, and I believe the Tigers and Rangers are better right now than they were prior to the deal. From Detroit's standpoint, they almost had to move Fielder. Not ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 11/21/13

Northern Illinois still has work to do, but they cleared a huge hurdle on Wednesday night with the win at Toledo. The Huskies are positioned to earn a return trip to a BCS bowl, which will have the talking heads on tilt. NIU got trampled last season in one of the marquee bowls, and looked like they didn't belong. You can bet your bottom dollar the outcry ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 11/20/13

It's all about the effort. I watched two particular games on Tuesday night. The home team came out on the short end in each case. The squad that absorbed a loss in basketball played their collective butts off for 40 minutes and just happened to lose. The football team that walked off the field on the wrong side of the scoreboard earned every bit of whatever ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 11/19/13

Maybe the NFL needs to expand the use of instant replay even more that they already have. Just ask anyone who had a ticket on the 49ers on Sunday,  as well as the Patriots on Monday. There's no doubt officiating any NFL game is not an easy task. The game moves at breakneck speed and it seems almost impossible to expect that the officials get all the ... More