31 Results for month: 08/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 8/31/14

Quick takes from the first big Saturday of the college football season: UCF appeared to have pulled out an unlikely win over Penn State, but the Nittany Lions got a field goal at the final gun to pull out what turned out to be a thriller over in Ireland. The Nittany Lions dominated the stats, but Knights backup QB Justin Holman sparked a stellar rally ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 8/30/14

Quick takes from Friday's college results: BYU had to make the lengthy trip to the Northeast and did so minus a handful of suspended starters. No problem, as they took advantage of early UConn errors, built a big lead and coasted to the win. Strong showing by Cougs QB Taysom Hill. We'll find out more about this BYU team next week when they visit Texas. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 8/29/14

Quick hits from Thursday's college slate: Johnny Football? How 'bout Kenny Football? An incredible coming out party for Kenny Hill (44/60, 511, 3/0) as Texas A&M manhandled South Carolina. Texas A&M immediately becomes a playoff contender as they're pretty much a cinch to start at least 5-0.  This was even more lopsided than the 52-28 score ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 8/28/14

College football is underway, and the NFL exhibition season concludes tonight. Thankfully, on both counts. I think this is going to be a tremendous season in college football, as we finally move into the playoff era. For now, it's just a Final Four, but that's certainly an improvement over what we have had to endure previously. I don't think it will remain ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 8/27/14

Welcome to the first installment of "Wise Guy Wednesday", a new feature that should prove interesting to follow throughout the coming football season. Each Wednesday, I'll be running through the college and NFL schedule with a rundown of games that are drawing pro action, thus the "wise guy" title. A few important notes before glancing at this week's ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 8/26/14

The 2014 college football season has yet to kick off, but it's official. We have our first "herded sheep" play of the new campaign. I use that term on games when it's readily apparent, at least to me, that the number on a game got started in one direction because someone took the lead. From that point on, however, it's a case of follow the leader mentality ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 8/25/14

College football gets rolling this week, so I'll briefly outline the game plan for this blog as it pertains to that sport. Nothing is chiseled in granite as far as this goes, but the intent is for the Sunday blog to highlight some takes from the previous day's card. I usually like to zero in on games that featured misleading final scores, as there's often ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 8/24/14

Quick takes from Saturday's NFL pre-season games: The Falcons look like a team with a pretty solid first unit, but once again the backups were really bad. I think this becomes a factor as the season progresses assuming the normal NFL attrition rates apply. Jake Locker played well for the Titans, and give rookie Zach Mettenberger a gold star for his late ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 8/23/14

I'm in the midst of the continued breakdown of the opening week college football games (have played four already, and more likely to come), so I'm skipping the usual commentary tonight. And by the way, that six-week special offer is still available. Take advantage and score all my plays across the board for the next six weeks. Use the "buy now" tab to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 8/21/14

Dear National Football League, There's an old expression that goes something along the lines of, if it's not broken, don't try to fix it. You might want to heed these words as far as this insistence on adding offense to the game is concerned. I'm not going to beef about the safety measures that have been added, and are therefore resulting in more ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 8/21/14

It's not a miracle, but it's pretty close. For the first time in 28 years, Major League Baseball has upheld a protest, and as a result, the Giants and Cubs will be completing the Tarpgate fiasco that occurred at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night. I'll be honest, I didn't think there was any chance this would happen. The fact that MLB decided to do what ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 8/20/14

Preparation for the start of the college football season continues, and I'm eager to see how one of the theories I have entering this season works out. This involves experienced team defenses, and here's the condensed version of the thought process. Offenses are dominating these days. The rules heavily favor the team with the football, and the warp speed ... More