31 Results for month: 03/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 3/19/14

I don't usually have a loss stay with me for more than a handful of minutes, no matter how aggravated I might get during the game. There's no way to survive in this game if you can't let go. That's one of the aspects of Twitter that I find really appealing. It's a great outlet for venting when a game goes badly. Let it fly, get it out of the system and move ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 3/18/14

Back to the baseball previews with today's capsule looking at the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers. This team was a disappointment last season, but they've got a chance to show some improvement this time around. The Brewers were their own worst enemy last year. I'm not sure any team suffered more mental lapses than Milwaukee on what seemed like a daily basis. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 3/17/14

I'm not one to get overly worked up over snubs and bad seeds in the NCAA Tournament. My job is to try and figure out what's likely to happen in the games they put in front of me. But there does appear to be a team or two with a legit gripe on getting left out of the Big Dance and another handful who probably have a right to be upset about where they ended ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 3/16/14

I have no particular allegiance to Cal State Northridge, although I did have the Matadors +3.5 in their battle with Cal Poly on Saturday night. I got paid as the Poly side won by just two, so this no sour grapes sob story. But I thought Northridge got robbed by the stripes. There was a charging call on what might have been the game winner for the Matadors. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 3/15/14

Baseball capsules continue today with a look at this year's Cincinnati Reds. One thing I can tell you for sure is that the 2014 Reds will evidently be one of the better groomed teams in the game. Yes, new manager Bryan Price has already let it be known that the organization wants beards and hair kept in check. I guess this is because things went so badly ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 3/14/14

The NL East capsules are complete, so time to move on to the NL Central. First up, it's the Chicago Cubs. They're celebrating their 100th year at Wrigley Field, and it really is kind of incredible that there's still not even one World Series pennant on display. It's a safe bet that unfortunate streak will be maintained for another season. But there is some ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 3/13/14

Just one baseball capsule today, as I'll put the wrap on the NL East with a peek at the Washington Nationals. This team ended up with a winning record in 2013, but there's little question they were a big disappointment. 2014 looms as a much better campaign for the Nats. I will never be talked out of my belief that the Nationals front office blew it in ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 3/12/14

MLB team capsules got started yesterday with quick looks at the Braves and Marlins. I'll stay in the NL East today with a pair of teams likely destined for negative campaigns. The New York Mets haven't been relevant for several years. That has a chance to change down the road with what could be a dominant starting rotation. But that staff will not be in ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 3/11/14

I'm starting my 2014 MLB previews today. These are going to be mostly short and sweet, and I'm looking to do a couple each day over the next 15 days. Don't chisel that in stone, but hell or high water I'll cover all 30 teams before the season gets started for real, notwithstanding that opening set in Australia. First up, the Atlanta Braves. Arrow down on ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 3/10/14

If you want to amuse yourself over the next several days, try to keep count of the number of times your hear or read how tough it is for one team to beat another three times in the same season. As is often the case, this is an observation made minus any factual data. It sounds good in theory, but in actuality it's just not a true statement. The numbers ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 3/9/14

This won't go down as the most glorious season in Mountain West history, but it sure was entertaining. The final day of regular season action was tremendous. Wyoming said they were going to "play angry" and the shorthanded Cowboys earned a nice rivalry win over Colorado State.  Air Force had a tough league season, but the Falcons got to celebrate a little ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 3/8/14

Too much work to do on Saturday's massive card to figure out a topic to focus on this time. But I can tell you that the 2014 MLB team capsules will be starting in the next few days. I've been watching a load of exhibition games, mostly on DVR, which is great because I can just concentrate on what I'm interested in. I'm now starting to form some definite ... More