31 Results for month: 10/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 10/31/15

The Mets are right back in the mix after grabbing a 9-3 win in Game Three of the World Series. David Wright had a great night for the Mets, the offense got rolling and Noah Syndergaard overcame a very shaky start to earn the win. The Mets are favored to square the series tonight as they send rookie Steven Matz to the hill, while the Royals will counter ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 10/30/15

The Toronto Blue Jays were a terrific story this season. They stormed down the stretch in spectacular fashion to capture the AL East and finally ended a seriously lengthy playoff drought in the process. Even though the Jays were eventually ousted in the ALCS by the Royals, it was a feel good year for Toronto fans. So much for the good news. The start to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 10/29/15

The list of college football coaching openings increased by one on Wednesday, and no one is happy about this vacancy. Jerry Kill, one of the more respected and well thought of guys in the game, decided to step down as the head coach at Minnesota die to health concerns. Coach Kill has had epilepsy issues going back roughly a decade, and a recent return of ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 10/28/15

What a way to open the 2015 Fall Classic! The Mets and Royals staged a beauty of a Game One battle as Kansas City sent the locals home with broad grins thanks to a 5-4 win in 14 innings. For all intents and purposes, this one game was the Royals staying in perfect character. Just another late inning, come from behind rally for a team that simply refuses ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 10/27/15

One of the better baseball players over the last couple of decades has called it a day. Torii Hunter is riding off into the sunset following a terrific 19-year major league career. He'll walk away with some rock solid numbers and loads of accolades and I really like the way Hunter went about announcing his retirement. Torii could have done the farewell ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 10/26/15

Greg Hardy is back on the front page of the sports section again. The troubled Cowboys star will be hot fodder for football media and fans alike today following his outbursts on the Dallas sideline yesterday. The Cowboys are defending the latest Hardy incident, this one involving a sideline tirade following a Giants kickoff return that went for a ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 10/25/15

Another wild Saturday of college football is in the archives. This one was really wild, with a pair of quad-OT games, dramatic rallies that created major dollar swings at the wagering windows and  astonishing coaching decisions, some of which backfired in spectacular fashion. Here's a rundown on a handful of games that might fall into the misleading score ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 10/24/15

Cubs fans had to be disappointed when their team got swept in the NLCS by the Mets. But I think down but certainly not out would be the proper phrasing here. It's pretty clear to most observers that the 2015 Cubs arrived as contenders ahead of schedule, and that their best days are likely yet to come. Blue Jays fans, on the other hand, have to be crushed ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 10/23/15

To the surprise of nobody, Don Mattingly is out as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The move was evidently mutual, which apparently means Mattingly didn't want the job anymore, and the Dodgers hierarchy wasn't going to beg him to stay. Mattingly was a decent enough soldier, as he willingly went along with the front office's shift to more of a ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 10/22/15

Congratulations are in order for the New York Mets. They're the new NL Champs, and will now get to go for the brass ring against the winner of the Royals/Blue Jays ALCS series. Daniel Murphy is on one of the all-time tears, one that is truly for the ages. Murphy has always been a pretty good hitter. But this power surge is insane and can only be termed ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 10/21/15

Welcome to Elimination Wednesday. For a neutral observer, barring a big comeback or two, the ALCS and NLCS will both go down as tepid follow-ups to the thrill packed Division Series battles. That's obviously not the case for those sporting Royals or Mets colors. But for the rest of us, these two series have been a bit of a letdown. There's one way to ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 10/20/15

My only connection with Kansas State University is that I know Kelly Stewart (@kellyinvegas), who has to be the one of the most ardent supporters of her alma mater. But If I had a kid who was good enough to play high level college football I can think of far worse places to send him than the Little Apple. The reason for that opinion is Bill Snyder, the ... More