32 Results for month: 01/2016

Dave’s Free Play, Thursday 1/7/16

The Baseball Hall of Fame will induct two new members this summer. Ken Griffey, Jr is in and he'll rejoined by Mike Piazza when Cooperstown welcomes them later this year. Griffey ended up with the highest percentage of votes ever in his first time on the ballot. But there has still never been a unanimous selection, as three certified voters decided not ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Wednesday 1/6/16

I'm writing this as Vanderbilt and Arkansas head to overtime. Vandy tied the game on a beautifully conceived play with almost no time left in regulation. I don't have any stake in this game, so this is merely an observation. Remember the piece I wrote last week on college basketball overcoaching? Here's the classic example and it might well cost Arkansas ... More

Dave’s Special Edition 1/5/16

As promised Tuesday afternoon on Twitter, I'm going to devote this commentary to the sports  advisory industry. Since I've been involved in this enterprise since 1981 and have been fairly high visibility for a good portion of those years, I think I have a fair opinion on how things work. The purpose here is twofold. One is that I get asked the same ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 1/5/16

If you're a college basketball fan and you happened to miss the Monday night instant classic between Oklahoma and Kansas, my condolences. I've been watching sports for a mighty long time, and I can state with absolute certainty that this was one of the best events I've ever been fortunate enough to witness. This was 55 minutes of unbridled excitement. ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Monday 1/4/16

The NFL regular season is now finished, and let the housecleaning begin. Actually, the prelims have already taken place. The Titans and Eagles got a head start on the rest of the league as far as that goes. Now comes the frenzy. The Browns are firing everyone in what has become a pretty regular occurrence in Cleveland. I don't know what it must be like ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Sunday 1/3/16

Well, at least I saw this one coming. Anyone who watched the entire Alamo Bowl battle between Oregon and TCU more than likely knows what I'm talking about. The shorthanded Horned Frogs were completely overwhelmed for the first 30 minutes as Oregon did whatever they felt like doing en route to what appeared to be an insurmountable 31-0 halftime ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Saturday 1/2/16

I made an offhand observation on Twitter late Friday evening while watching some college basketball. It was a quick throwaway on that social media platform, as there's not a whole lot of space to elaborate with the 140-character limit. No such restrictions here. The gist of the opinion offered was that there is too much overcoaching done in college ... More

Dave’s Free Play, Friday 1/1/16

Here's wishing a Happy and Healthy 2016 to all! Regular format will return tomorrow with commentary on something. Here's the free play for the holiday. FIESTA BOWL NOTRE DAME  vs. OHIO STATE Take: OHIO STATE -6 This sure looks like the holiday headliner in terms of marquee appeal, and there's a good chance it lives up to expectations. Two ... More