31 Results for month: 03/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 3/31/14

This blog will be almost all baseball for the next few months. But I would be remiss if I didn't at least acknowledge an incredibly brilliant coaching job that took place yesterday. Certainly the players had to execute the game plan, and UConn sure did that as they sent home Michigan State and moved on the the Final Four in the process. But I've got to send ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 3/30/14

I'm thrilled that replay challenges are now going to be part of the game in Major League Baseball. But there's also one big worry that's nagging at me right now. That's the concern that it might turn into what we're seeing in college basketball at the NCAA Tournament. The finish of Saturday's Arizona-Wisconsin game was absolutely pathetic, and in this ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 3/29/14

It's no secret that baseball is my favorite sport. I can guarantee I've watched more exhibition baseball this spring than 99% of the public and that figure might actually be a little short. But like most fans, casual or hard core, I was disturbed at the direction the game was taking for too many years in terms of its utter ignorance regarding PED's. Th... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 3/28/14

The Detroit Tigers gave Miguel Cabrera the key to what amounts to a virtual Fort Knox yesterday and the immediate fallout was predictable. It's too long for too much and it's a bad value move by the Tigers. I can't argue that point, as it's a valid one. But it's also being made by those who apparently aren't aware that this is the real game of baseball, as ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 3/27/14

No excuses. Armed with the highest paid roster of talent in the game, it's World Series or bust for the 2014 Los Angeles Dodgers. But owning the wealthiest lineup in the game doesn't guarantee success. The Dodgers might be the favorite to win it all, but being the chalk doesn't translate into automatic success. There are still plenty of things that could ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 3/26/14

Baseball previews continue today with a glance at the Colorado Rockies. This team hasn't been especially relevant for some time now, but there is some hope things might be about to change in Mile High Country. The Rockies are making some positive strides. They've figured out that to contend, they simply have to receive better pitching. Sure, it's offense ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 3/25/14

Baseball previews continue today with a look at what is currently the worst team in the majors. Okay, that's not really fair as the Arizona Diamondbacks had to play those two games in Australia and happened to lose them both. But that might just be a sign of things to come for the 2014 Snakes. I think this team has some problems in store this season. The ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 3/24/14

The Sweet 16 is now set, but with the action at the Big Dance on a brief hiatus until resuming on Thursday, I'll spend the next few days catching up on some of the 2014 MLB capsules. Today's look is at one of the most sure fire contenders, the defending NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals. It's tough to envision October 2014 baseball not including the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 3/23/14

We're two games into the 2014 MLB season, and and that's two individual games, not two full days of action. Kirk Gibson is therefore alone atop the egregious blunders standings for the new campaign. Gibby is an inspirational guy with his grit and toughness. He's pure old school and a manager who will get his players to go all out every day. He's also ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 3/22/14

Short and sweet with today's blog, as I'm watching the MLB season opener between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks as this is being posted. Yes, I'm one of those diehards who adjusted the sleep clock to make sure to be up and alert for the first game of the 2014 campaign. No, I have no action on the game whatsoever. But if there's baseball to be watched, I'm ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 3/21/14

All I can say is that if the first full day of this year's NCAA Tournament is a harbinger of things to come, this could be one of the most amazing events seen in some time. What an incredible first day of action. Dayton upsets Ohio State in a thriller. UConn and San Diego State barely survive with OT wins, and Oklahoma gets kayoed in the its extra session ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 3/20/14

The long wait finally ended last season. The Pittsburgh Pirates concluded two decades of disappointment with a winning record and a berth in the NL playoffs. Now comes the big challenge. The Bucs will have the burden of living up to high expectations in 2014. It says here it's not going to be easy. I don't think what the Pirates did last season was ... More