Dave’s Free Play, Tuesday 12/29/15

  • December 29, 2015

I have certain rules that I follow on Twitter. Right at the very top of the list is a mandate not to criticize those I have any type of business relationship with. Doing so would be counterproductive, and that’s putting it mildly. It amuses me to no end when some people rip me for not doing the same to various entities in my industry or my city. If you can’t figure out why, I don’t know what to tell you.

To be clear, this isn’t a stance that suddenly came about when I discovered social media. One of the first lessons I learned in life was to keep what’s in the family in the family. It’s no one else’s business and in the end, spouting off to strangers is inevitably going to do more harm than good.

When I got into radio here in Las Vegas back in the 1980’s, the first thing the late, great Lee Pete told me was to never take shots at anyone in the local gaming industry, at least not when the microphone was on or there were people you didn’t know well within earshot. People change jobs on a regular basis in this city, and trashing can come back to bite you in a very big way. I can run off a list of several guys I know who have failed to adhere to this simple rule and I can offer with some confidence that it hasn’t worked out for them in the long run.

I also had close connections with a minor league hockey team back in the day, and the sign was actually posted on the wall in the locker room. “Loose lips sink ships.” In other words, what’s said in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse.

I’ll focus on that last observation for the purposes of this column. I know it’s a different time, and loose lips abound these days. That doesn’t make it right, and that brings me to one Miko Grimes, who is the wife of Miami Dolphins DB Brent Grimes. This woman craves attention, and she’s getting it. In the process, she’s turning  her talented husband into a player who’s on the verge of becoming persona non grata.

The latest in a long line of ugly comments from Miko Grimes made its way onto Twitter this weekend. Her tweets are “protected” but she’s got over 10, o00 followers and whenever she says anything controversial it’s going to end up splashed everywhere. Here’s a sampling of her latest work, with the focus on Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill.

“I knew this qb stunk the minute we signed to this team but I tried to keep quiet so I didn’t discourage bae from believing in his team.”

“I should have known we were gonna lose when I heard we didn’t complete a single pass in two minute drills this week against the practice squad defense.”

“My Column: How many people does Ryan Tannehill have to get fired before you realize he’s the problem.”

According to the Miami Herald, team officials have met with Mrs. Grimes on numerous occasions regarding her social media behavior and how it impacts the image of the team. She obviously couldn’t care less about what the organization that is paying her husband $32 million through 2017 with $16 million guaranteed thinks.

I sure wouldn’t want Brent Grimes on my team. He’s pretty clearly feeding his wife info that’s not supposed to be public (how else would she know about the apparent struggles Tannehill was having in practice?). The way I see it, if Brent Grimes gave a rat’s behind about his teammates, he’d tell his wife to shut the hell up. If that’s a little harsh, so be it. The wife is part of the team even if she’s not one of the players and in her case there’s definitely way too much “me” in “team”.

If fans or media members want to dump all over Tannehill, that’s fine. Hell, I don’t think he’s a front line QB and the Dolphins might need to start thinking about making a change at that position. But I’m not part of the team, so I’m not harming the chemistry nor am I creating an air of distrust in the clubhouse. Miko Grimes is, and in the process, she might be creating problems for her husband that could bite him in a bad place down the road. Or maybe she just doesn’t care about that, either.

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Just one call here on Monday, which was the Warriors. More action on tap today, as I played two of the four bowl games and will have some hoops as well. I like the looks of the card, and anticipate a positive day.

For info on how to receive all my selections, sent out as I play them myself, and with a good guarantee, just email me at cokin@cox.net.

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Golden State started a little slowly, and ran into a scorching hot Omri Casspi. But the Warriors got it together after halftime, DeMarcus Cousins got tossed and the hosts blew out Sacramento. Here’s a college clash I like for this evening.

531 CENTRAL MICHIGAN  @  532 WILLIAM & MARY

Take: CENTRAL MICHIGAN +6.5

This season hasn’t started off all that well for Central Michigan. The Chippewas are just 6-5, and that’s disappointing for an experienced team that went 23-9 last year. But there were mitigating circumstances as CMU struggled early, and that situation has now been rectified.

The Chips had to do without Chris Fowler for roughly the first month of the season, and that was a huge absence for a team that’s a little short when it comes to quality depth. The problem really showed up in a three games in three days tournament stretch in November as CMU lost a close game to Weber State and then didn’t have much left in the tank for the next two games. The Chippewas also gassed in an altitude game at BYU, where they played the Cougars even for the first half and then got rolled after the break.

But things are looking up for Central Michigan with a healthy Fowler now shaking off the rust and getting his game back together. This guy is a very solid guard and there’s no question this is a much better team with Fowler back running the point. He makes everyone else on the team better and I’m really expecting CMU to start rolling as MAC play approaches.

William & Mary is no soft touch. The Tribe figure to contend for CAA honors as they chase that elusive first-ever NCAA invite. Of course, that will have to come via the league tournament as W&M is not going to be garnering an at-large placement in the Big Dance. But they’re a good mid major entry and they want to keep playing well with the league opener on deck.

But I’ll have to disagree with the current ratings on these teams. William & Mary might well be right around the kenpom #79 grade, but Central Michigan with Fowler back in action is considerably better than #180. The oddsmakers recognize this as well as they have posted a number much lower than the current power ratings project. I completely agree with that assessment and feel Central Michigan is a team ready to take off. I can’t call this is a value play as the guys who post the lines aren’t being especially generous. But I’m putting the buy sign next to Central Michigan and I’ll take them with the points tonight.