376 Results for year: 2014

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 12/19/14

There's no way to really nail down just how many wins or losses a coach is responsible for, regardless of the sport. It's one statistic that there's no true metric for, but there's certainly not a shred of doubt that the guy in charge will play a major role in determining the success or failure of his team. If you want a great example of what a differe... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 12/18/14

If you're one of those dinosaurs who still believes college football is a "sport", you might as well just skip down to the day's free play. You don't get it, plain and simple, and reading this commentary will be a waste of your time. College football at the FBS level is a business and the game itself is secondary to the bottom line. I'm not taking sides ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 12/17/14

Bad beats. Anytime I hear anyone say there's no such thing, that all that matters is the win or the loss, I just shake my head. That's an absurd observation. Tracking right side losers and wrong side winners is a window into whether one is getting the job done in terms of pre-game analysis. I'm not sure where to file the loss on Tuesday night by the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 12/16/14

One thing I've always liked about the NHL is that when it's time to make changes, teams don't procrastinate very often. There have already been two firings this season, and you can bank on more to come as the season churns along. Too bad some teams in the NFL are unwilling to utilize that same philosophy. Take for instance, the Chicago Bears. I realize ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 12/15/14

Sometimes I can get a little wordy in this space. Not this time. This is short and sweet. Plus, I don't feel like writing tonight, and since it's my blog, I won't. I am astonished at how many people are buzzing about the bad day Aaron Rodgers had as the Packers lost to the Bills. Aaron Rodgers is dating Olivia Munn. He has no bad days. That is ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 12/15/14

Sometimes I can get a little wordy in this space. Not this time. This is short and sweet. Plus, I don't feel like writing tonight, and since it's my blog, I won't. I am astonished at how many people are buzzing about the bad day Aaron Rodgers had as the Packers lost to the Bills. Aaron Rodgers is dating Olivia Munn. He has no bad days. That is ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 12/14/14

I'm by no means what anyone would ever call a tough interviewer. There have been a few spots where I've stepped out and asked my subject difficult questions, but for the most part I tend to keep things pretty light. But compared to what I saw on Showtime last night, I'm hard core. The interview with Floyd Mayweather was about the worst I've ever seen. I ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 12/13/14

No commentary tonight, as the enormous Saturday slate of basketball and hockey action is taking up all the available time right now. So let's jump right to the Saturday free play. For those interested in getting all my plays, the current monthly package includes a minimum +10 net units guarantee and can be purchased via the "buy now" tab on this page. Or ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 12/12/14

It might happen tonight, it will certainly take place by the end of the weekend. Kobe Bryant will pass Michael Jordan as the third-leading scorer in NBA history. Don't expect much in the way of a celebration by Kobe. He's not a happy camper these days. If you think this is going to be a hatchet job on one of the best players of all time, forget about it. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 12/11/14

Ask the average college football fan to name the head coach at almost any of the consistently strong big conference programs, chances are he'll know the answer. Ask the same fan to name the athletic director at whatever institution you're quizzing him on, odds are you'll receive a blank stare in return. Perhaps that's part of the problem at Wisconsin. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 12/10/14

Sometimes logic wins out. And so it goes with the Cubs ending up the winners of the Jon Lester sweepstakes. I expected Lester to sign with the Cubs when he turned down a substantial offer from the Red Sox this past spring. Here's the thought process as to why the Cubs were always the favorite to land the talented southpaw. First, there's the longstanding ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 12/9/14

It's Johnny Football time. The surprising Cleveland Browns are making the move this Sunday and handing over the QB reigns to rookie Johnny Manziel. The battle between the rival Bengals and Browns was already big to begin with as both teams are battling to make the playoffs. It just got a whole lot bigger at every level. The trash talking began on Sunday ... More