31 Results for month: 01/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 1/31/15

No commentary today, with the available time being spent breaking down the enormous Saturday slate. Friday's results produced a small profit, in spite of three more wrong side coin flips. Brown was tied at 49 with Cornell, got outscored 8-0 at the finish. Siena was a push as Manhattan scored the last six points, and as usual I lost when my NHL play went ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 1/30/15

Rasheed Sulaimon just made a bit of dubious history. By getting tossed off the Duke basketball team, Sulaimon now owns the distinction of being the first play ever dismissed from the team in Mike Krzyzewski's very lengthy tenure as the head coach of the Blue Devils. This one is a real shocker. There was Sulaimon celebrating with everyone else this past ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 1/29/15

Just in case you might have missed it, something extraordinary has taken place in Las Vegas. I'm shocked and dismayed that this epic event was not covered more in depth by the national networks. They instead chose to focus on a blizzard that made life difficult for millions of people. But the really important stuff always gets covered here, so I'll fill in ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 1/28/15

"I'm here so I won't get fined." Marshawn Lynch probably rubs plenty of fans, not to mention media members trying to do their jobs, the wrong way. The method he's come up with to avoid answering questions has actually struck me as being pretty funny, and his one-line response used to get through Media Day was to me pretty hilarious. Lynch also avoided ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 1/27/15

I'm going to speculate we've seen the last of the Team Carter/Team Irvin type of Pro Bowl matchups. Sunday's event was a tight game that went right to the finish with the issue in doubt throughout. But the NFL is as bottom line as it gets, and the powers that be can't be happy about what really mattered as far as this game was concerned. The game was a ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 1/26/15

So I'm scrolling through my various bookmarked sites over dinner and arrive at Twitter to see what's trending. And there it is right at the top of the list. #CancelWWE Network Apparently, the highly anticipated Royal Rumble did not go well, at least based on the vast majority of the tweets I scanned. There are things in the world that I simply just ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 1/25/15

I was on the wrong side of a brutal beat on Saturday as Davidson earned an 80-72 overtime victory over George Mason. The Wildcats went off as a six-point favorites, so obviously having the dog and missing by one in the extra session was tough. But this one was much worse than that, and once again a coach I've ripped in the past gets a rant directed his ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 1/24/15

Happy trails to one of the true baseball greats on and off the field. Ernie Banks was as universally admired as perhaps anyone who has ever played the game. The great disappointment, not just for Cubs fans, but for virtually anyone who enjoys sports and a great storyline, will be that "Mr. Cub" won't be on hand to enjoy what appears to be a renaissance ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 1/23/15

I can tell we're nearing the end of January. Even if I didn't have any way of determining the exact date, I'd be able to state with near certainty that it's late January simply by scanning the college basketball conference standings and results. This is the time of the season where reality has a tendency to start setting in for teams that have been ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 1/22/15

One can look at virtually any narrow defeat and come away with some positives in spite of the final result. So I could easily fill this space talking about the good things that UNLV managed to accomplish in last night's 71-69 home loss to New Mexico. But I can't. That's because all I can remember is that last basket by the Lobos that turned out to be the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 1/21/15

They're at it again. Those dirty Patriots allegedly took some air out of the footballs in their AFC title game romp over the Indianapolis Colts. Sorry, I can't get worked up even a little bit over this and here's why. In case you haven't noticed, while the NFL business model is far and away the most sophisticated in sports history, the stuff on the field ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 1/20/15

Max Scherzer has signed on the dotted line and the Washington Nationals are the new favorite to win it all in 2015. Considering the Nats won the NL East by a whopping 17 games last season, it would nothing less than shocking if they aren't at the very least a playoff team. Conventional wisdom now suggests the Nationals will be moving a starting pitcher ... More