28 Results for month: 02/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 2/16/15

54 hours and counting. If my math is correct, as of the moment I'm writing this edition of the daily blog, that's how many hours remain until pitchers and catchers report to camp for the start of spring training. That's good news for me, as baseball has always been my favorite sport. I'm not speaking only from a gambling standpoint. Anyone who knows me ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 2/15/15

I've been asked the same question several times this week, so I might as well toss in my two pennies worth on the topic. And in this case, it's an opinion not even worth the two cents because there's no way I'll ever get my wish. 0% chance of this happening. The question is, do I prefer college basketball changing to a 24-second shot clock, a 30-second ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 2/14/15

No blog today as available time is devoted to breaking down the usual enormous Saturday slate. But as always, there's a free play, and this one is already on my Saturday personal ticket. Friday produced a split with Valparaiso winning and Cleveland State dropping a close decision at Detroit, although the Vikings didn't play well at all. The monthly ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 2/13/15

The decision is final. The Jackie Robinson West team that was crowned as the national Little League Championship winner has been stripped of its title and our local kids right here in Las Vegas are now the official champs. In essence, nobody wins here. It's a bittersweet win for the LV team as they lost the game on the field. It's a tough beat for the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 2/12/15

Jerry Tarkanian passed away on Wednesday morning. Those who have lived in Las Vegas going back to the UNLV glory years know how much Tark meant not only to UNLV, but to the city as well. I'm not sure that folks living elsewhere can fully grasp the impact Tark had on the growth of both the university and the community as a whole. The NHL might be on the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 2/11/15

Alex Rodriguez is in apology mode once again. It appears as though, at least for the time being, the Yankees are willing to play along. Sort of. The Yankees aren't just willing to let bygones be bygones, and they're still going to try and withhold some home run bonuses for big dollars he has a chance to reach. And there's still plenty of buzz that if ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 2/10/15

The Padres are officially open for business. The San Diego franchise has scrapped the small market approach and they're at least positioning themselves to try and make a run at the playoffs in 2015. There's not much doubt that the Friars believe they have what it takes to contend after making some major winter moves. Signing James Shields for some pretty ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 2/9/15

The basketball world lost a giant on Saturday evening with the passing of the legendary Dean Smith. It would be pointless on my part to try and add to what those who knew him have said about the man. Suffice to say Dean Smith was far more than a basketball coach. His impact outside the arena was far greater than anything he accomplished on the sidelines. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 2/8/15

This really ought to be a bidding war. Both the Orlando Magic and the Sacramento Kings are in the market for a full-time head coach. George Karl is currently working as an analyst for ESPN. You can put that in the not for long category. The single biggest reason the Denver Nuggets are languishing where they are was their mistake with Karl. They dumped ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 2/7/15

No commentary today, just the free play, as all available time being devoted to breaking down the massive Saturday college slate. Friday's result was good enough, with a near miss on the Jazz the only blemish. Winners were Siena, Manhattan and the Pistons. Sign up to receive all my plays for either one week or one month using the "buy now" feature on ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 2/5/15

"Viva Nevada", "Leaving Nevada", "Nevada Vacation", "What Happens in Nevada", "Fear and Loathing in Nevada", "Honeymoon in Nevada", etc. Of course, those aren't the actual titles. But you get the idea. Change "Viva Las Vegas" to "Viva Nevada" and it just doesn't have the same grab to it. Ask a friend who's heading out this way where he's going on his ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 2/5/15

Okay, I'm becoming a believer. I'm not referring to anything unearthly, but rather the Golden State Warriors. They're looking more and more like a team that has the capabilities to win it all this season. What's pretty clear is that the Warriors are close to unbeatable when the game gets played up tempo. But the prevailing thought has mostly been that ... More