31 Results for month: 10/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 10/19/15

There are times when I absolutely loathe the National Football League and everything it stands for. Their obviously hypocritical stance on gambling has always topped the list. But a close second would be the league's insistence on absolute conformity on almost everything. Let's call it straight. The players are not supposed to be individual personalities, ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 10/18/15

This will be my first Sunday of the current NFL season where I won't have any interest in checking stats for fantasy purposes. The immensely popular daily fantasy sites are now off limits to Nevada residents. The Gaming Control Board ruled that with no license, these companies can't operate in Nevada. If they get caught doing so, they're subject to fines ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 10/17/15

No commentary tonight, as I'm still prepping for the onslaught of Saturday action. My Friday resulted in a small profit, with a nice underdog winner on the ice as Toronto knocked off Columbus. The football side didn't fare as well, as UNLV fell apart en route to a come from well ahead 31-28 loss to Fresno State. I've got eight college games on tap today, ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 10/16/15

Adios Dodgers, as the disappointment continues for what is now the biggest spending team in the game. The Game Five and with it the series loss to the Mets has to really sting. The Dodgers squandered all kinds of scoring opportunities en route to the defeat and it sure looks like it's shakeup time in LA. The difference in this game was one run and the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 10/15/15

I've watched about as much baseball as anyone over the years. I've never seen anything quite like the seventh inning of Wednesday's climactic ALDS Game Five between the Rangers and Blue Jays. I'm not going to go through the litany of wild stuff that took place in this nearly hour-long frame. I'll just touch on a couple of things and offer a little ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 10/14/15

One of my least favorite rules in any sport is the college football celebration rule. It's illogical to begin with, as participants are coached to play with emotion and fire. Yet this rule stipulates that they show as little emotion as possible when scoring a touchdown, which is kind of ridiculous when you think about it. I understand that the folks who ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 10/13/15

It's tough to say what the right qualifications are to become a manager in Major League Baseball. One thing that isn't necessary is having had a great career as a player. In fact, there's an argument to be made that superstar players don't make good skippers, because they operated at a level as players that most people, including other players, simply ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 10/12/15

The verdict is in, and Chase Utley has been suspended for two games. If you're reading this space, you already know who Chase Utley is and you've already seen the play. So I won't bother to rehash all the details leading up to what happened. This is all about assessing whether the play was dirty and warranted punishment. I am positive Chase Utley was not ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 10/11/15

Quick takes from some of Saturday's college football games: Maryland put up a fight for the first 30 minutes at Ohio State in Randy Edsall's swan song as head coach of the Terrapins. The Buckeyes still haven't played a complete game, but remain unbeaten. Maryland now begins a search for a new head coach. Take this to the bank. That program is extremely ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 10/10/15

A few quick thoughts from the Friday quartet of MLB playoff games: I thought Toronto manager John Gibbons made a mistake sticking with Brett Cecil to face Mike Napoli with a 4-3 lead in the 8th inning. This is not a second guess as I stated the opinion before Napoli delivered the game-tying hit. Nothing wrong with Cecil, who has had a fine season and has ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 10/9/15

I was going to write a little baseball for today's commentary. But I decided to watch most of the Thursday night football game between Washington and USC. I subsequently changed my mind on the topic. Anyone who says it's the players who decide the games rather than the coaches would be well advised to watch a replay of this game, as that old axiom is ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 10/8/15

The Cubs are movin' on! Could this be the year the 107-year drought ends for the formerly lovable losers from Chicago? I won't go over the top with unbridled optimism for this team just yet. No doubt about it, the win last night was tremendous. But that's only one victory, and the Cubbies still need to capture 11 more until they finally can finally exorcise ... More