44 Results for month: 10/2014

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 10/8/14

It cannot get much more exciting than it's been already in the MLB playoffs. One close game after another, defensive heroics, controversial managerial moves and of course, some huge clutch hits. This what the playoffs are supposed to be about. What's even more compelling is that we're just barely underway, with the best of sevens about to begin. This is ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 10/7/14

Every now and then, I just draw a blank as far as coming up with a topic. Or, probably more accurately, I just don't feel like writing. The former sounds a little better. The latter is more accurate. Tonight is one of those occasions, so I'll skip to the obligatory sales pitch, and the day's free play. ---------------- College results so far are close ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 10/6/14

The American League Championship Series is set, and it's the ALDS dogs that emerged with the wins. My guess is that from a ratings standpoint, the networks carrying these games are not exactly thrilled. The Royals and Orioles are both terrific stories. But the Angels and Tigers are bigger attractions, so no champagne in those network suites tonight. The ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 10/5/14

Wow, some amazing games on Saturday in college football. The level of intensity definitely rises once full-fledged conference play gets underway, doesn't it? Here are some quick takes from some of Saturday's battles: Austin Appleby probably settled the ongoing QB debate for Purdue with a solid performance. The Boilermakers gutted the Illinois defense for ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 10/4/14

Quick takes from the six Thursday and Friday college football games: Florida International combined some big plays on offense with several Florida Atlantic miscues en route to a relatively easy win at home. The Golden Panthers are now a surprising 3-3, including a perfect 2-0 in CUSA play. Houston caught one break after another last season, but ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 10/3/14

If you've read this space on even on occasional basis over the past few years, chances are you've seen me go off regarding the sacrifice bunt. I'm firmly entrenched in the ardent belief that at the major league level, throwing away outs is, in most instances, as dopey as it gets. For those who have chosen to disagree with me (and virtually all of the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 10/2/14

It's one day late, but here's the Wise Guy Wednesday report. Blame the tardiness on that epic duel between the Athletics and Royals on Tuesday evening. That backed up my hookups with the sources I get together with each week for help with this rundown, so for this week, I guess it's the Wise Guy Thursday report. 310 Syracuse keeps showing up here, which ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 10/1/14

Ned Yost pulled off the equivalent of a golf hole in one last night. From 300 yards out. With a putter. A broken clock is correct twice a day, so I'll use that as the explanation for how the Royals managed to win their game and move on to an ALDS series with the Angels. Yost's moves, particularly the wtf Ventura decision in the sixth inning, have been ... More