30 Results for month: 11/2015

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 11/18/15

The new College Football Playoff rankings are out. If you're a Big 12 fan, as the late Yogi Berra once said, it's deja vu all over again. The Big 12 has three schools in the current Top Ten, with Oklahoma State at #6, Oklahoma #7, and Baylor weighing in at #10. That means there's a chance for all three teams to move up and get to the Final Four. It also ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 11/17/15

I already know that "purists" are going to hate this idea, but there's not a whole lot pure about me, so here goes. If there's a blown call on the final play of a game that ends up costing the rightful victor the win, then the result should be reversed. Before anyone gets nuts and says that can't happen, it already did. Royals/Yankees 1983, the George ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 11/16/15

Every NFL weekend is eventful to some extent. But this one was truly amazing, and that's not an overstatement. Peyton Manning set the all-time passing yards record on what ended up being the worst performance of his glorious career. Considering his immense likability, I don't think there are too many football fans who enjoyed witnessing Manning playing ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 11/15/14

Call it Upset Saturday! The most publicized shocker of the day occurred in Australia as the phenomenal run by Ronda Rousey was halted in emphatic fashion by Holly Holm. This was no lucky shot result, either. Holm dominated the proceedings and left no doubt about which fighter was better on this night. The win by Holm was even bigger for the bettors. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 11/14/15

Hot stove season is officially underway. There have been several deals already consummated, and lots more to come, no doubt. I'll focus on the two most significant trades today. The Angels firmed up their infield defense in a big way with the acquisition of Andrelton Simmons from the Braves. Simmons is the best glove in the game, period. I'm not sure ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 11/12/15

Quick entry on the commentary portion tonight, as I'm still trying to dissect the first big college basketball card of the brand new season. Blake Griffin got tossed out of last night's Clippers-Suns game when he picked up a second technical foul. Griffin picked up the first when he got mixed up with the Suns' Mirza Teletovic. Each player got T'd ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 11/12/15

The beauty of sports is that one never knows for sure what's going to happen. That's why it's the one true reality show. Exhibit A was on display last night in Sacramento. The Kings have been a disaster out of the gate. There's already been speculation that GM Vlade Divac is considering a coaching change. The best player on the team, DeMarco Cousins, went ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 11/11/15

It was The Lock Of The Ages! The easiest prediction of my life and it sure didn't take long for me to count it as a winner. No, I'm not talking about some game I gave out to my clients. I'm referring to the call that I made when Nevada shut down the daily fantasy sports sites because they didn't have gaming licenses here. In the most logical conclusion ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 11/10/15

The brand new college basketball season gets rolling this weekend. That means it's time for endless prediction pieces with most of the focus on which teams will end up capping off March Madness with a trip to the Final Four. Personally, I could not care less about March Madness. Not that I don't enjoy it as much as most fans, but I've got November on my ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 11/9/15

Let's give credit to the ACC. That conference at least had the integrity to admit that the officials completely botched the finish of the Duke-Miami game. Seeing as it was the last play of the game, I still feel as though the Blue Devils should be awarded the victory they deserved. But that's not going to happen, and at least the league didn't defend the ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 11/8/15

The perils of being unbeaten late in the season showed up in spades on Saturday. TCU got destroyed at Oklahoma State in the one game featuring two teams with perfect records. Memphis was overwhelmed at home by Navy. LSU but the dust at Alabama and the favorite for the Heisman Trophy is no longer the favorite as a result. Michigan State snatched defeat from ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 11/7/15

I'll pass on doing any commentary this evening, as the preparation for the massive Saturday slate continues. Actually, in spite of the fact there's loads of college football, NBA and NHL on tap, this pales in comparison to next weekend. College basketball is about to get rolling. Suffice to say I'll be spending lots of hours at my desk trying to sift out ... More