30 Results for month: 09/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 9/18/15

There's been plenty of buzz this week about Peyton Manning being at the end of the line. For those going down that road, you might want to put the memorial service for Manning's career on hold. Peyton Manning might be nearing the finish line as an NFL QB, but he's not quite all done yet. Manning engineered a brilliant late drive on Thursday night to get ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 9/17/15

If you're a regular reader of this space or a listener to The Las Vegas Sportsline (weekdays 2-3 PM, ESPN Las Vegas), you're already aware I'm not shy about criticizing coaches. But you'll very rarely read or hear me call for a coach to be fired. Kyle Flood needs to be fired. The Rutgers head football coach simply went way outside the rules in earning a ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 9/16/15

The Kansas City Royals are heading to the post-season for a second straight year. They're still in good shape to enter as the top seed in the American League, and that would mean home field advantage in each series, as long as they survive. On the surface, things could not be better for the Royals. They've proven that last season was not a fluke, ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 9/15/15

I promise, I'm not going to spend the entire NFL season ripping coaches or players for inane decisions. It's worth noting that there seems to be enough of these mental blunders to fill up a few columns each day. But I'll resist the temptation. But when it's something really egregious in my estimation, I just can't resist. And that's why I have to put a ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 9/14/15

I'm sure almost everyone reading this space has seen the commercial starring Eli Manning where he plays split personalities. Cool Eli has the spectacular satellite TV setup, Cable Eli is portrayed as a complete doofus. Unfortunately for the New York Giants, Cool Eli was evidently abducted late in the Sunday night football game against the Cowboys, and ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 9/13/15

My Saturday ended up working out reasonably well. I was involved in ten games altogether and only managed a 5-5 split on that group. Fortunately, the two plays I considered to be the strongest both won and some money line sprinkling helped out as well. Overall, a +1.1 gain on the day, which sure isn't breaking any banks, but also sure beats the alternativ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 9/12/15

No commentary tonight as I'm basically taking a break from my NFL work to write the blog and get my second free college play for the week posted. The first one was in the Friday blog, and I'll be going the underdog route again here. I'm currently on ten college games altogether, and there will likely be a few 2H adds as situations present themselves once ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 9/11/15

The Patriots are off and running in defense of their Super Bowl title. They took care of business in a 28-21 win over the Steelers. Tom Brady looked terrific, Rob Gronkowski was unstoppable, there was some kind of weird technical glitch with the headphones that had Steeler coaches listening to the Patriots radio feed throughout the first half... in other ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 9/10/15

I think it's time to stick the proverbial fork into the Washington Nationals, and this is one I ended up getting right. Don't get me wrong, like most everyone else I picked the Nats to win the NL East in what amounted to a cakewalk. I didn't think the Mets had enough offense, and I never really gave the Marlins a chance. We all knew the Braves and Phillies ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 9/9/15

Things seem to be going from bad to worse for the Texas Longhorns. It certainly wasn't in the least surprising that Texas was defeated on the road by a superior Notre Dame squad. But the way the Longhorns were utterly dominated had to be very troubling to UT fans. Reaction to the lopsided loss took a spectacular turn on Tuesday. Head coach Charlie Strong ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 9/8/15

The bounce theory has its roots in horse racing. It's simple enough. Look for a horse that performed way above its normal level of expectation and watch for a regression next time out. This can work in reverse as well, as horses that perform very poorly in comparison to their average effort will frequently step forward the next time out. The bounce angle ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 9/7/15

Happy Labor Day to all. I understand that Christmas is the gift of giving holiday, but the college football regular season will have concluded by that time. So I want to give out a gift to celebrate Labor Day instead. This will be in the form of advice and the recipient is Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell. He's in his third season at the helm ... More