30 Results for month: 09/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 9/30/15

A word about the college football polls. There are a multitude of these rankings, with the Associated Press version having been around the longest. It's probably still the one that carries the most "weight", in terms of reference and discussion. One of the big controversies in any of these polls is when Team A owns a win over Team B, the teams have the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 9/29/15

Better late than never, here's the rundown of some of the more misleading results from this past Saturday's college action. Michigan State eventually pulled away from Central Michigan, but this was a one-score game into the fourth quarter. The Chippewas basically played the Spartans even on the stat sheet. Boston College dominated Northern Illinois. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 9/28/15

There's an old axiom in sports betting that goes something along the lines of "if it looks easy, you can be sure it isn't." Except when it is, that is. Sunday was about as good as it gets for the bettors generally referred to as squares. There were a couple of games that went the way the books wanted. But the really popular public sides rolled from ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 9/27/15

No commentary today. My next few hours, as I'm writing this, will be spent updating data accrued from all of the Saturday college action. I'll do the misleading finals rundown in the Monday blog. My Saturday was enjoyable with one notable exception, which was Boston College. An awful beat there as the Eagle defense completely dominated the game. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 9/26/15

Virginia got blown out by Boise State on Friday evening, and that's more bad news for beleaguered Mike London. The Virginia head coach came into the season on very shaky ground as far as his job security is concerned. Things got worse with the Cavaliers getting destroyed on national TV against the Broncos. The only question at this point would seem to be ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 9/25/15

Baseball decided to listen to the complaints. The powers that be in MLB made an effort to speed up the games by implementing a couple of subtle rules this season. I never quite understood the beef with having to speed up a game that, on average, runs less than three hours. But that apparently wasn't the case with the majority, so they did something about ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 9/24/15

There are only a couple of spots that are really up for grabs as the MLB regular season winds down. But those races are likely to provide loads of excitement over the next ten days. The NL one-game play-in will have the Pirates battling the Cubs. That's now a virtual certainty. What's up in the air is which team will own the home field advantage. That ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 9/23/15

Nobody lives forever. That's too bad, because if there's one individual every generation should have had the pleasure of enjoying, it's Yogi Berra. Yogi leaves as the ultimate champion. No one appeared in more World Series, no one won more World Series, and no one ever seemed to have even a single negative word to say about him. Yogi was an icon to be ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 9/22/15

I certainly didn't see this coming. I'm not referring to the fact the Jets pretty much dominated the Colts in the Monday night football game. The extent of how much better the Jets were for the entire 60 minutes was surprising, but one thing we should all know is that anything can happen in any one game. What knocked me for a loop was the gut punch ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 9/21/15

It's a little too early to start referring to the NFL East as the NFC Least. But following two mostly discouraging weeks for the four teams in that sector, it's sure tempting. The division is a dumpster fire at this point. The Dallas Cowboys are 2-0. But one of those wins was only achieved thanks to disastrous clock management and strategy on the part of ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 9/20/15

Here's a rundown of some of the more misleading scores from Saturday's college action. Also included are a few observations from other games. Wake Forest dominated Army on the stat sheet, but the Demon Deacons needed a late FG to escape with the win. Wake survived despite losing starting QB Wolford to an ankle injury. Check his status for next week. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 9/19/15

College football will be center stage today. That's no surprise, as football is always the king when it comes to the numbers. But I'm definitely going to be keeping at least one eye on the goings on at Wrigley Field as the Cardinals continue their series with the Cubs. Let's just say that the heat that always exists between these old rivals rose by a few ... More