31 Results for month: 08/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 8/31/15

Is it a slider? Or maybe it's a cutter. The pitcher throwing it says it's both, so let's just call it a slutter. Whatever it is, Jake Arrieta has used it to go from a prospect on his way to nowheresville to perhaps being the best pitcher on a team that is going to have a chance to keep playing well into October. Jon Lester is the big name on the Cubs ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 8/30/15

Some observations from Week Three of the NFLx slate: The Dallas Cowboys still look like they will no better than middle of the road on defense, especially with CB Scandrick gone for the year. I think they're going to have to be a ball control offense to succeed and with no dominant RB on the roster, that's going to be a challenge. The Bills went 30/33 ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 8/29/15

I'm not going to be playing the Week Three NFLx neighborhood battle between the Redskins and Ravens. But it's a game that I definitely want to watch for a variety of reasons. At the top of that list is checking out the performance of Washington QB Kirk Cousins. In case you missed it, news broke on Friday that Robert Griffin III has not been cleared to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 8/28/15

SuperContest weekend at the Westgate Las Vegas gets rolling this evening. This has become an annual event that, along with the contest itself, has grown each year, and it sounds like an overflow audience will be on hand tonight. I'll be one of the panelists for the college football portion of the seminar, and I'm looking forward to talking about the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 8/27/15

Michael Vick is now a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and a handful of protesters aren't happy about it. They showed up outside the team's practice facility yesterday with signs and did interviews with the assembled media. I understand that this was news of a sort, particularly on National Dog Day. As an animal lover, what Michael Vick did was ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 8/26/15

No commentary today, but as always there's a free play, and this one will be on an upcoming NFLx game. Tuesday was okay here, winning two of three on the diamond. The Braves squandered numerous opportunities on offense, and compounded those missed chances with critical defensive miscues. The first four Rockies runs were all unearned and the fifth ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 8/25/15

I have an idea for a brand new 24-hour network that could make for popular viewing on cable or satellite TV. Welcome to the Apology Network! Hey, why not? There's a network for just about everything already, but this one would have an endless supply of new content, thanks to the astonishing inability of people to comprehend that whatever they happen to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 8/24/15

The college and NFL regular seasons are now just around the bend. That means it's contest entry time here in Nevada. There is a wide ranging variety of action for every type of fan. You name it. you can find it, whether it's a low priced deal where no spreads are involved, or the high roller tournaments with four figure entry fees and huge cash prizes for ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 8/23/15

The Eagles blew out the Ravens by a 40-17 count on Saturday night. But the buzz following this game had nothing to do with the final score. Sam Bradford was making his debut at QB for the Eagles and on just the sixth Philadelphia offensive play of the game, something took place that is now generating plenty of conversation. The Eagles ran a read-opt... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 8/22/15

The Del Mar excursion is in the books, with the usual result. I'm as casual as it gets as far as the ponies are concerned, and really have few expectations of winning at the track. It's a getaway for me as I love the ambience of not only the racetrack but the entire area. It's as laid back as it gets, lots of good restaurants, and it's always great to catch ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 8/21/15

The regular blog will resume on Saturday, but meanwhile here's my free play for Friday's MLB action. WHITE SOX (Sale) @ MARINERS (Hernandez) Take: MARINERS -122 More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 8/20/15

Regular daily analysis and commentary returns on Saturday. Meanwhile, here's my free play for Thursday. RANGERS (Perez) @ TIGERS (Simon) Take: RANGERS -104 More