31 Results for month: 01/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 1/31/14

Arizona, Syracuse, Wichita State. All three teams remain perfect on the season and with this being the final day of January, the thought of at least one team heading into the post-season spotless is gaining some traction. Here's a brief look at what's remaining in the regular season for each school and a thought on whether or not they'll keep it clean into ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 1/30/14

One of the keys to succeeding long term as a sports bettor is avoiding stubbornness. I'm referring to adhering to an angle that might have worked beautifully for years but then stops doing so. There's a reluctance to move away from theories that have paid off consistently in the past, as the bettor clings to the belief that normalcy will return and the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 1/29/14

The 2014 MLB Player Projection Project is still in progress, but it's in the homestretch. Once they're completed, I will start putting some of them in print here. Hopefully, this will be of some use to those of you who get involved in fantasy baseball. Rather than do what would be a very lengthy rundown of rankings at each position, the focus is going to be ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 1/28/14

Short blog tonight. I'm working on 2014 MLB player projections right now, and to label this as a time consuming project would be a considerable understatement. But make no mistake, it's not a chore in any way. In fact, it's an undertaking I look forward to each year, as it's a signal that pitchers and catcher will be reporting to spring training very ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 1/27/14

It wasn't a touchdown. There was some discussion following the conclusion of yesterday's NFL Pro Bowl about an apparent TD by Antonio Cromartie that didn't count, In case you missed it, here's what happened. Team Sanders, down 22-21, decided to try a very long field goal on the final play. The kick was wide left and a little short. The game was ruled ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 1/26/14

When it rains, it pours. Yesterday was one of those days as far as several big name teams getting very lucky against the number was concerned. It started very early with VCU coming back from being just about out of it at La Salle and then winning by eight in double overtime. It ended the same way as San Diego State gave up a tying three at the horn in ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 1/25/14

I do a column right before the start of every college football season focusing on coaches on the hot seat. Truth be told, coming up with that list is not the toughest task in the world. It's a little more difficult in college basketball with so many teams involved in D-1, and that's why I usually wait until right about now to start running down the most ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 1/24/14

"They're due." There's no way to put a number on how many times I've heard that expression uttered in regards to some team's upcoming game. It's almost always a team that is fairly high profile and has recently been playing below their level, at least as far as public perception is concerned. Personally, these teams basically carry bubonic plague as far as ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 1/23/14

The Evil Empire is back in business. I never really swallowed that bait about the new age Yankees sweating the luxury tax threshold. One season of wallowing amongst the peasants and missing the playoffs was enough. The Yankees are back to their free spending ways. This might sound strange coming from a Red Sox diehard, but I'm glad they're once again acting ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 1/22/14

We all have our opinions as to the best coaches are as well as those who can't get the job done. This is pure guesswork as without access to the locker rooms and practices, it's really tough to gauge the overall job performance. But there are still some good decisions that can be arrived at simply by watching plenty of games. For me, a big key in rating ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 1/21/14

One more quick thought on Richard Sherman. The Seattle cornerback might be loud and obnoxious to some, but apparently that's not enough to discourage Madison Avenue. Word is that he's the ultimate hot commodity right now. Sherman is likely to capitalize on the Super Bowl being played in the shadows of New York City, and from the sound of things, in a very ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 1/20/14

It always cracks me up when an individual displays completely predictable behavior and this gets followed up by stunned overreaction. The classic case this tendency unfolded as the Seahawks wrapped up their conference title win against the 49ers. Richard Sherman is a major Alpha personality. I've never met the man, but you don't have to be a head doctor ... More