30 Results for month: 09/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 9/30/14

Now that the first month of the college football campaign, and the first casualty has just taken place (adios, Charlie Weis) it's a good time to take a look at coaches on the hot seat. I've always felt it's worth keeping an eye on those that fit this category. While not by any means being cut and dried, it's not at all unusual to see some towel tossing ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 9/29/14

The curtain has come down on the 2014 MLB regular season, so time for me to chime in  with my award winners for the year. It looks to me like most of these are pretty clear cut, with only a couple of tough calls. AL MVP: Mike Trout. No brainer. He's the best position player in the game, and the Angels ended up with the best record in the majors. NL ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 9/28/14

Quick takes on some of Saturday's college games: Iowa got off to a slow start at Purdue, but the Hawkeyes tied it at halftime and owned the second half. Iowa ended up holding the Boilermakers to only 157 yards of total offense. Penn State's problems on offense continued as the Nittany Lions got bounced at home by Northwestern. They weren't able to run ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 9/27/14

Quick takes from the five Thursday and Friday college games: Texas Tech gave Oklahoma State a good battle. The Red Raiders did some positive things in this game, but really hurt themselves with critical penalties. The Cowboys weren't as effective running the ball as I thought they might be, but did enough to get the win. Appalachian State was no match ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 9/26/14

Back end of the college injury report, focusing on smaller conference schools. Note these are new listings this week, and for the most part the only players listed are starters. Wyoming strong safety Jesse Sampson is doubtful Saturday and starting guard Sam Hardy is a question mark. New Mexico will be without tackle Johnny Vizcaino tonight. WR Carlos ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 9/25/14

Part One of the college injury update today. Note I've moved this from Tuesdays to Thursdays/Fridays as there's simply more definitive information available. The Big Five leagues and the independents will be covered on Thursday and the rest of the conferences on Friday. Auburn will be without talented DB Jermaine Whitehead again, but WR Sammie Coates is ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 9/24/14

It's Wise Guy Wednesday, featuring a rundown of where the pro dough is heading thus far for the upcoming week of college action. Comments included are from contacts here in Nevada, as well as offshore and from major stateside shops where this still isn't quite legal. Early money has shown on 107 UCLA but the consensus seems to be that this is a false ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 9/23/14

The Cleveland Indians, barring a miracle, will miss the post-season this time around. But after making it to the wild card play-in game last year, and at least fashioning another decent campaign in 2014, this team looks to be in great shape for 2015. One of the things I key on in assessing potential baseball futures, particularly for Over/Under Wins ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 9/22/14

If you ever have a few minutes of down time and want to amuse yourself, I have a suggestion. Just zero in on someone who had a screw up of some type, even a minor one, head to Twitter and read what's being said about the individual. Bear in mind I'm only talking about items that would decidedly fall into the dust-up category. I'm not referring to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 9/21/14

Quick takes from some of Saturday's college games: Iowa backup QB CJ Beathard put together a strong second half in relief of Jake Rudockas the Hawkeyes rallied to knock off Pittsburgh. Iowa did a very good job of limiting Panthers stud RB James Connor and won the game in spite of losing the stats by a significant margin. Georgia Tech had a nice ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 9/20/14

Quick blog tonight as it's the lull before the big Saturday storm. But there was one game on Friday night, with South Florida holding on to defeat Connecticut 17-14. The Huskies were hopelessly inept on offense in this game. Prior to the late drive that resulted in a touchdown, UConn was able to generate only three first downs in roughly 57 minutes of ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 9/19/14

Quick takes from the Thursday college/NFL twinbill: Kansas State managed to at least cover the number with the late score in its loss Auburn. The Wildcats let this one get away with terrible kicking and a critical dropped TD pass that turned into an Auburn pick. But take a look at the rushing stats, which favored the visitors by a 128-40 count. Simply ... More