Friday, July 28, 2017

Rich Turpin's Very Super Forecast: The 2017 Washington Redskins

By. Rich Turpin

Week 1, Philadelphia
"Let me fleece Mr. Snyder first, and then I'll see you in 2018!"
The Redskins open up the 2017 campaign against their divisional foe that they've beaten 4 straight times. And for the first time since 2012, the Redskins will start their season 1-0. Kirk Cousins, working on the franchise tag for the second year in a row, throws for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. Terrelle Pryor also has an immediate impact on his new team, by grabbing 6 receptions for 105 yards and a TD. The defense holds the Eagles to just 9 points in the 31-9 beat down. (1-0)

Week 2, @ LA Rams
New Rams HC Sean McVay can't solve this Redskins' offense and is caught off guard by the new look Redskins' defense. The Skins' ground game takes the lead in this one as rookie RB Samaje Perine goes for 110 yards and a TD in the 23-13 win. Cousins throws for 2 TDs, and on the defensive side of the ball, Josh Norman and Kendall Fuller each register an INT, while the Redskins get 3 sacks led by rookie Jonathan Allen. (2-0)

Week 3, Oakland
The first Prime Time game for the Redskins in 2017 will prove to be a rough one. Oakland and a few thousand of their window licking fans will roll into Fed Ex led by a recharged Marshawn Lynch and a Top defense led by Linebacker Khalil Mack. The Redskins can't get anything going offensively as Cousins fails to throw a TD pass for the first time all season. The Redskins offense will be led by Perine's 2 rushing TDs, but it won't be enough as Oakland rolls 27-17. (2-1)

Week 4, @Kansas City
In their second straight Prime Time game, the Redskins travel to the Midwest to take on the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs window of dominance is closing, as QB Alex Smith is looking over his shoulder at rookie QB Pat Mahomes. The Redskins will dominate this one from start to finish, as Cousins goes for 300 yards and 4 TDs, while Perine rushes for 96 yards and a TD in an absolute beat down, ruining the Chiefs' Andy Reid Bubble Head Day promotion, 42-17 Redskins. (3-1)

Week 5, BYE WEEK

Week 6, San Francisco
Former OC Kyle Shanahan makes his first return to Fed Ex Field since he left with his Daddy 3+ years ago, but he brings with him a roster in transition. No longer under center is the militant cop and America hating douche, but instead the 49ers will trot out a band-aid at best, in Brian Hoyer. It will be proven early and often that tho Hoyer might stand in respect for the National Anthem, he doesn't have much respect for his career stats as an NFL Quarterback. Three pickles and a fumble by BH in what will end up being a 38-20 Redskins victory. Redskins' corner Kendall Fuller gets the game ball from coach Jay Gruden, after a 2 INT performance. (4-1)

Week 7, @Philadelphia
Five straight wins over the Eagles quickly becomes six in the season sweep, as the Redskins again see rookie RB Samaje Perine run wild to the tune of 134 yards and a TD. Eagles' QB Carson Wentz is picked off twice in the 4th quarter, killing Eagles drives. Skins win 30-20. (5-1)

Week 8, Dallas
Flash In The Pan
The Cowboys beat the Redskins twice in 2016 by a combined 9 points, but their first meeting in 2017 will be anything but a close game. After incredible seasons by rookie Dak Prescott and Ezekial Elliott, Prescott enters this game halfway into a noticeable Sophomore slump season, leading the league in INTs up to this point. The Cowboys continue to suffer on defense and the Redskins feast on them to the tune of a 31-14 victory. Cousins throws for 299 yards and a TD, and the ground game gets TDs from Perine, Rob Kelley, and Chris Thompson. (6-1)

Week 9, @Seattle
The Seahawks aren't the same team that beat Denver in the Super Bowl a few years ago, but they are still a very good team, especially at home. The Redskins struggle in Seattle and can't get anything going in this one. Cousins and the offense can only manage 230 total yards of offense, in the Seahawks 24-10 win. (6-2)

Week 10, Minnesota
Coming back from the death march to Seattle, the Redskins welcome the struggling Vikings to Fed Ex Field. The Vikings don't have much to offer in this one and the Redskins take control of this game from the opening kickoff. The Redskins defense again pounds an opposing QB registering 6 sacks of QB Sam Bradford, led by Stone Bridge High School's own, Jonathan Allen, who gets 3 of them himself. Cousins and the Redskins offense totals 497 yards in this absolute beat down, 37-17. (7-2)

Week 11, @New Orleans
The Redskins travel to NO for the first time since the 2012 opener when the second best QB selected by the Redskins that year was the starter. A very run heavy Saints team will be forced to throw by a Redskins defense that is ranked 12th overall at this point in the season. Drew Brees throws two costly 4th Quarter INTs, and the Redskins offense looks sharp again in the 31-23 victory. Cousins throws for 299 and 2 TDs, while RB Samaje Perine again surpasses the 100 yard mark. (8-2)

Week 12, NY Giants
The Giants roll into down on Thanksgiving Night, marking the first time these division rivals have met since the G-Men ended the Redskins 2016 campaign in an absolute dreadful performance by the burgundy and gold. The Redskins take advantage here of QB Davis Webb, who replaced Eli Manning earlier in the campaign, as Eli was in the midst of an absolutely dreadful season (4 TDs 15 INTS). Davis throws 2 INTs and fumbles the ball twice in the Red Zone, as the Redskins roll in the 27-14 win. (9-2)

Week 13, @Dallas
The defending NFC East Champions have struggled most of the 2017 entering this contest, but will have a day from lead by Ezekiel Elliott, who will assault the Redskins' defense for over 130 yards on the ground. Jerry's World looks on as Dak Prescott finds some of the magic from his 2016 rookie season, leading the Boys on a game winning driving with less than a minute to play. 23-20 Cowboys. (9-3)

Week 14, @LA Chargers
For the first time in 2017, the Redskins will play back to back road games. The last minute loss in Dallas provides some extra motivation for the Redskins as they beat the Chargers into submission, 41-17. Phillip Rivers and Melvin Gordon will account for 4 turnovers, while Kirk Cousins AND Colt McCoy- in clean up duty, both throw TDs. (10-3)

Week 15, Arizona
The Redskins are riding high after their lopsided blowout win in So Cal the week prior, and it carries over as they welcome the lowly Cardinals to Fed Ex. The Red Birds haven't been able to get anything going offensively, as Carson Palmer has struggled and RB David Johnson has been ineffective all season. The Redskins continue their offensive assault of teams, as Cousins throws for another 300+ yards and 3 TDs in the 33-20 win. (11-3)

Week 16, Denver
The Redskins clinch the NFC East with a 23-17 victory over the Broncos, as the Giants lose at Arizona later that day. The Redskins ground game gets going early and often, led by Samaje Perine and his 167 yards rushing. Broncos' QB Paxton Lynch can't overcome two early INTs as, the Redskins get into victory formation with a little over a minute left on the clock. (12-3)

Week 17, @NY Giants
In a surprise to no one after clinching the division, the Redskins roll out many of their back ups in this one, including 2018 starting QB Nate Sudfeld. The Giants, who still have a chance at a Wild Card spot, bring their "A" game and handle the Redskins "B" team, 27-13. Nevertheless, the Redskins will get a first round bye and host a playoff game at Fed Ex Field for the first time since 2015. (12-4)

Divisional Playoff, Seattle
After beating the Giants in the Wild Card game, the Seahawks travel to Fed Ex Field to take on the team they eliminated in the 2012 playoffs. However, this time around RG3 won't crumble to the dirt like a deer that's been hit by a car. Kirk Cousins, to the delight of 49ers fans everywhere, shines on the big post season stage, throwing for 318 yards, 3 TDs in the Skins 31-20 victory. The Redskins' defense holds the Seahawks to 267 total yards and manages to sack QB Russell Wilson 4 times (Galette, Anderson, Allen, and Kerrigan). Redskins move on to the NFC Championship game.

NFC Championship, Atlanta
Atlanta is making their second straight appearance in the NFC Championship Game. This time around they encounter the high octane offense and steady defense of the Redskins. Samaje Perine turns in his finest game of the season, rushing for 198 yards and a TD while Jordan Reed leads the team with 9 catches and 109 yards and 2 TDs. Redskins roll, 27-13.

The Torch Will Be Passed in Super Bowl LII
Super Bowl, New England
For the first time since January 1992, the Redskins are playing for a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Redskins' QB Kirk Cousins and the GOAT Tom Brady, put on a show combining for 686 yards passing and 6 TDs. Brady connects with Brandin Cooks for an 86 yard TD in the 4th Quarter to take a 31-24 lead, only to see Cousins answer with a 43 yard TD to Jamison Crowder just 3 minutes later. After forcing the Patriots to punt, thanks to a 3rd down pass defense by Fabian Moreau, the Redskins get great field position with just under 2 minutes to play. The Redskins run game then goes 7, 12, and 9 yards, before getting a huge 22 yard completion by Josh Docton down to the Patriots 14 yard line. Redskins K Dustin Hopkins trots onto the field with :03 to play, kicking the 31 yard game winner. The 2017 Redskins are your NFL Super Bowl Champions, 34-31.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Go Giants!!!! Go Cowboys!!!!....Did I Just Say That? #RedskinsTalk

By. Mike Baxter, @sportsyack

Another week of NFC games in the books, and yet another week of uncertainty of who might be playing post-season football. But if you follow this feed on Twitter, you would know where I'm going with this. If you're "Redskin Fan", the most threatening team(s) to your playoff chances, other than your own- are the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions.

Wait, Yack. What about the Bucs?

Tampa is done, they just don't know it yet. And when they lose two of their last three (at Dallas, at New Orleans, home vs. Carolina), that (9-7) record won't be quite enough to win their division, nor to snag that final Wild Card spot.

The Redskins fate- other than what their bend but sometimes break defense does, or what the Sybil-esque foot of Dustin Hopkins does- will be determined by what the Packers and Lions do over these next three weeks. And while "Redskin Fan" who understands the 2016 NFC playoff picture, has been rooting for the Dallas Cowboys the last few weeks, prepare yourselves to root on the G-Men as well.

Detroit at (9-4), who currently lead their division and whose starting QB apparently dislocated a finger on his throwing hand, finishes at the Giants, at Dallas, and finishes the campaign at HOME against the Packers. And assuming the Redskins win two of their last three (which is no guarantee, obviously- but its what's needed in the least) to finish (9-6-1), the Redskins are also going to need Detroit to lose at least one of the games versus the Giants or Cowboys.

Why's that, Yack?....

...because the Packers (at Chicago, v. Minnesota, at Detroit) could EASILY run the table, including their end of the season showdown at Detroit. And if that happens, Green Bay finishes 10-6. If Detroit beats either the Giants or the Cowboys, and then even if they do lose to Green Bay in that Week 17 showdown, you'd have both the Pack and the Lions finishing with identical 10-6 records.

And if that happens, "Redskin Fan", I don't like "our" chances.

Lots could happen. Maybe Tampa is for real, wins out or goes 2-1 next three weeks. I don't think either of those things happen. Redskins could lose two of three and this is all moot. Maybe they shock this author, and win out. I don't think these scenarios happen either. What I think will happen, is that the Redskins will 100% beat the Chicago Bears in two weeks. And I think they're going to split with Carolina and the NY Giants. And if that happens, Green Bay and Detroit are going to be a huge factor on the Redskins playoff chances, and there will be some serious GB/DET scoreboard watching by "Redskin Fan", on January 1st, 2017.

#GoGiants!   #GoCowboys!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Voc'e pegou sua oportunidade e partiu no meio

In case anyone gives a flying f**k....

The Legend and I considered all variables of the $4,500 we spent over the last 3 years we entered the Westgate Super Contest, and it became clear to us that we had no f**king chance of ever cashing.

For one, we don't handicap NFL football for a living. The Legend is a late 60s (generous) retired home boy, via Los Angeles, via Northern Virginia when he worked, now (via) living in Las Vegas in his much deserved retirement. Myself, The Yack, am a 40 something business owner, still actively doing business. And neither of us have the sources nor the information that the 2,000+ have, who enter the contest every year.

Google the winners and the people who have cashed the last 5+ years. They're all (mostly) professional handicappers who do this for a living. In other words, we have NFC.

And as fun as it was to present our picks every week, and although I did bat 69% in 2009- tho doing so not having to pick 5 games per week (and not in in that year's contest) as the contest requires- its just not a winning proposition. And in our case, would require one hell of a (lucky) heater.

Think of it like horse betting; you will not win in the long run.

Secondly, I used this forum to promote a podcast I did with my boys Rich and Jabby, which I will also not be doing anymore.

As far as my lack of Twitter activity, I'd finally reached the point my much younger (and smarter) brother reached some 5+ years ago; Twitter is a much needed? distraction, that I felt reached a boiling point with the multiple social media phony causes, and the back and forth over the embarrassing two candidate field that this country produced for this upcoming Presidential election. Noise, noise, and more noise. Most of it lacking the common sense that can actually be productive to improve things. I had had enough....

And the reporting, should be left to those who report for a living, which is something I don't do. And something too many Twitter ass hats (me included) feel like we're doing; we're not, THOM.

I will continue to update my poker experiences on Twitter, under @sportsyack. My next "big" tournament is the first week of November in the PPC Main Event, $2,400 buy-in, which is in Aruba.

Thanks to everyone who ever read this blog, especially the NFL bettors. I enjoyed writing it each and every week, but like all good things....they're still good. Its just over, Johnny.

Piss off, cake.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Rich Turpin's Take On The 2016 Washington Redskins: Its Going To Be a SUPER Season

By. Rich Turpin

This is the 26th annual (or something like that) Spring Redskins season/stats prediction thingy. That special time of the year when I take pen to paper while wearing my burgundy and gold colored glasses. I'm not always correct, but I've accurately predicted the Redskins record in 2 of the past 5 years. So without further adieu, let's get the 2016 season going. As they say, "no pressure, no diamonds."

Week 1: Pittsburgh Steelers
In what could be a potential Super Bowl 51 match-up, the Redskins open the 2016 season by hosting Yack's favorite fan base's team- Big Hair, Big Ass, Big Truck Nation's, Steelers. Unfortunately, there will be a segment of Terrible Towel wavers in the crowd this Monday Night, most of whom have had some kind of relations with a relative. But no worries, Redskin fan. After signing a long term deal in the off season, Quarterback Kirk Cousins opens the season where he left off  in the 2015 season, looking SHARP.

Kirk goes for 303 yards and 3 TDs, including one to first round pick Josh Doctson. The Steelers also have a potent offense, despite not having the services of suspended WR Martavious Bryant. In the end, former Redskins Kicker Shaun Suisham's replacement- Chris Boswell, kicks a last second field goal, to propel the Steelers to a 24-21 opening night win. (0-1)

Week 2: Dallas Cowboys
Coming off a loss, the hated Dallas Cowboys will be just what the doctor ordered. The Redskins offense picks up right where it left off, to the tune of 509 total yards, 358 of it coming from Kirk Cousins' arm. Cousins turns in another masterpiece, tossing 4 TDs to Jordan Reed (2), Josh Doctson, and Desean (OTA-less) Jackson. The defense finally starts to gel, as they sack the brittle Dallas Quarterback 5 times, with Junior Galette having two of them. Also, newly acquired CB Josh Norman picks off one of Tony Romo's many ill advised Romo passes. Jerry Jones' plastic face won't be smiling by game's end. 31-13 Redskins. (1-1)

Week 3: @NY Giants
In their first road contest of the season, the Redskins travel to New Jersey to face the New York Football Giants. In a heated contest between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham, the Redskins (again) get the better of their NFC East rival, securing a 24-20 victory. RB Matt Jones reaches the 100 yard mark for the second straight week, rushing for 130 YDs and a TD. (2-1)

Week 4: Cleveland Browns
At Least His Passes Can Clear the Practice Fence
In a game that many Redskins' fans have marked on their calendar, its a chance to root for their favorite former Redskin, Robert Griffin III. However, RG3 fans don't get their wish, as Griffin returns to Washington picking up right where he left off....on the bench. Having lost the (alleged) starting job in pre-season to rookie QB Cody Kessler, Griffin will spend most of the game thinking up a clever, cryptic Tweet to post following the game. Kessler shows some flashes in his 3rd NFL game, but the Redskins' defense has a field day, registering 3 sacks and 3 INTs. If you're scoring at home: Cousins 289 YDs passing...Griffin, 0. Redskins win, 30-14. (3-1)

Week 5: @Baltimore Ravens
The last time the Redskins and Ravens met, some would say it was the beginning of the end for that "other guy", and the beginning of the story for the "current guy". In a trip up 95, the Redskins march into M and T Bank Stadium to deposit what will turn out to be a thrashing of the NFC North doormats. CB Josh Norman notches his 3rd INT of the season and LBs Junior Galette and Ryan Kerrigan get 2 sacks a piece on the Ravens' less than elite QB, Joe Flacco. Redskins get another 300 yard passing game from Kirk Cousins (307), and "rough ride" Freddie Gray's former favorite team, 29-13. (4-1)

Week 6: Philadelphia Eagles
Six weeks into the season, the Sam Bradford era is over in Philly. Bradford, who will start the first five games for the now 0-5 Eagles, will be pulled by first year coach Doug Pederson, for first year Quarterback Carson Wentz. However, the Redskins #5 ranked defense stymies the rook, as the Eagles offense turns the ball over 6 times, including 3 INTs by Wentz (Breeland, Hall, Kerrigan). Get out your paper bags, you meat heads from South Philly, you're 0-6. Redskins win 27-9. (5-1)

Week 7: @Detroit Lions
The Redskins head to the motor city to face off against the Calvin Johnson-less Detroit Lions. Johnson, who retired in the off season, was sick of drinking the lead based Michigan tap water, and sick of playing on a perennially bad football team. The Lions, whose fruitless attempts to fill Johnson's shoes included signing former Redskin Andre Roberts (excuse me for a minute while I piss my pants laughing), resemble the good old days with Matt Millen as the GM, as the Redskins continue to roll on both sides of the ball. Cousins uses the "fast track" of Ford Field to get his WRs off and running (329 yards) and another 3 TDs. The Redskins' defense causes 2 Detroit turnovers, and holds the Lions to 234 yards of total offense. 34-3, Redskins. (6-1)

Week 8: @Cincinnati Bengals
The NFC East leading Redskins take the show across the pond against Head Coach Jay Gruden's former employer, and the dentist deprived fans in London will be in for a doozy. The Redskins, who will be involved in their closest game since their season opening loss to the Steelers, will win on a Dustin Hopkins last second field goal. Cousins has his worst game of the season, throwing for a pedestrian 209 yards and 2 INTs, but the Redskins defense bails him out with another multiple INT game. 17-14 Redskins. (7-1)

Week 10: Minnesota Vikings
Coming off the trip to London and then their bye week, the Redskins host another surprising team from the 2015 campaign in the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings grabbed Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell in the first round of the NFL Draft, but Treadwell has struggled behind the weak arm of QB Teddy Bridgewater. The Redskins offense gets back on track in a big way, putting up a season high 45 points in what will be a rout. Kirk Cousins has a career day, throwing for 499 yards and 5 TDs. Redskins win, 45-20. (8-1)

Week 11: Green Bay Packers
In a rematch of the 2015 NFC Divisional Round, the Redskins host an NFC North team for the second straight week. And just like said game last January at Fed Ex Field, the Packers just seem to have the Redskins number. Kirk Cousins does his best RG3 impression by getting sacked 4 times and throwing 2 INTs. But unlike RG3, Cousins will hit the film room after the game and not his Twitter account. The Redskins suffer their 2nd loss of the season, 23-17. (8-2)

Week 12: @Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo's 2016 Topps Football Card
On the greatest American holiday of the year, the Redskins take the show to Big D. The short week doesn't seem to have a negative effect on the NFC East leaders, as Matt Jones leads the charge with his 130 yards rushing. Kirk Cousins throws 2 TDs, as injured Tony Romo and stretch faced Jerry Jones watch from the sidelines. Dallas is never in the game, as the Redskins prevail 31-20. (9-2)

Week 13: @Arizona Cardinals
Following their Thanksgiving Day victory, the Redskins travel to the desert to face off against the defending NFC West Champs. The Cardinals prove to be too much for the Redskins to overcome, thanks to a goal line fumble from Matt Jones and a potential INT drop from DeAngelo Hall. 23-17 Cardinals. (9-3)

Week 14: @Philadelphia Eagles
A late season trip to Philly has been just what the doctor ordered these past 2 seasons, and 2016 will prove no different. Coming off the loss to the Cardinals, the Redskins jump out to a quick 24-0 lead thanks to TDs from Josh Doctson, Keith Marshall, and Desean Jackson. Colt McCoy gets 4th Quarter "clean up" duties in this one, as the Redskins win in a laugher, 35-12. (10-3)

Week 15: Carolina Panthers
The Redskins host the defending NFC Champs in a rematch of one of their most lopsided losses of 2015. Even though former Panther Josh Norman will have a 3rd Quarter INT against his old team, the Panthers will prevail and prove they still wear the NFC crown. Redskins fall, 21-17. (10-4)

Week 16: @Chicago Bears
The Redskins will wrap up the NFC East for the second time in as many years, with a win in the windy city. The struggling Bears, who will only have 5 wins coming into this contest, will fall 17 points down early, and never really be in the game. Kirk Cousins will throw TDs numbers 31 and 32, and break his own single season passing record of 4,166 yards, finishing with 289 yards and 2 TDs. The Redskins' defense will pick off Jay Cutler twice, in the 30-13 Redskins win. (11-4)

Week 17: NY Giants
Having already wrapped up the division, the Redskins have a chance to secure a first round bye with a win over their division rivals. The one won't come easy, but the Redskins get 122 yards on the ground from Matt Jones, and 2 TD passes from Kirk Cousins, including the game winning toss to Jamison Crowder with :59 seconds left in regulation. Redskins win 23-20. (12-4)


Divisional Round
With a first round bye, the Redskins welcome the winner of the first Wild Card game, the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks have eliminated the Redskins in 3 of their last 4 playoff appearances, including in 2012. History won't repeat itself, as Kirk Cousins tosses 2 TDs and the defense secures a late fumble on a Su'a Cravens' hit on Jimmy Graham, enroute to the Redskins 27-17 win.

NFC Championship
For the first time in over 25 years, the Redskins make an appearance in the NFC Championship Game. Traveling to Carolina, the Redskins look to exact reventge on an early season loss. In true story book fashion, former Panther Josh Norman takes a Cam Newton pass 67 yards to the house for what ends up being the final score of the game. Another great outing for Kirk Cousins, thorwing for 279 yards, 2 TDs and no INTs. In addition to Norman's pick six, the Redskins' defense comes up big all day, sacking the before mentioned Newton 6 times, with Junior Galette having 3 of them. And for the first time since Nirvana's "Nevermind" was a top Billboard's Top 200 Albums Chart, the Redskins advance to Super Bowl LI, beating Carolina 23-19. 

Super Bowl LI
Just as I predicted in Week 1, the potential Super Bowl match up might be playing in that Week 1 Monday Night Football game, and that prediction comes to fruition. Having outlasted the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, the Steelers face off against the Redskins in a game that won't disappoint. With just 2:07 to go in the game, Big Ben connects with Ladarius Green to take the lead, and the Steelers defense will hold, as Redskins K Dustin Hopkins misses a potential game winning 56 yard FG with no time left on the clock. Despite the loss, Kirk Cousins throws for 312 yards and 2 TDs. Pittsburgh picks up their 7th Super Bowl title, and Le'Veon Bell is the game's MVP. 31-29 Steelers.

Season Statistics

Cousins: 4,380 yards, 34 TDs, 12 INTs

Jones: 246 carries, 996 yards, 5 TDs

Reed: 80 catches, 880 yards, 11 TDs

Jackson: 50 catches, 900 yards, 4 TDs

Garcon: 75 catches, 757 yards, 3 TDs

Doctson: 32 catches, 320 yards, 9 TDs

Crowder: 47 catches, 475 yards, 3 TDs

Monday, February 29, 2016

Five Teams or The Field: Which Way Would You Go?

The Legend and I bet on many sporting events throughout the year. We do a lot of "Foreigners vs Americans" for the golf Majors, we draft teams in all sports, once the playoffs come around, and when the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament rolls around, we usually do something there too.

Which is where we are (almost) now on the sports calendar.

What The Legend has proposed, is an even money wager which has to be decided on (and teams picked) by this Sunday, March 6th. He's allowing me to pick any 5 teams or take the field, to win the Men's Tournament.

I'm leaning towards taking the field, and having him pick the 5 teams. I'm at best a casual fan of college basketball. I definitely prefer it more to the NBA, and don't really start paying attention to it until we get to March, but the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is still one of the greatest sporting events on the calendar, every year.

The experts all think this year's tournament is wide open. I was listening to Jay Bilas the other day (which by the way, he only follows 1 person on Twitter, which is kind of weird), and he really likes Kansas. But other than them, he didn't really have any strong feelings for any of the other teams.

So which way would you go- any 5 teams or The Field?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cue Up The Racist Letters to The Editor from Overweight, Lice Infested Slobs from South Georgia: It's Cam and Carolina's Year

"I done wish he'd just flip da ball to da Ref, and not do any of dat nonsense."

Denver vs. Carolina (-5.5)
Over the course of their last two games, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers' offense put up 80 points. Those last two games just happened to be against the league's #2 and #5 ranked defenses (Seattle and Arizona). In the final game of the 2015 season, they'll face the league's number 1 defense, who is coming off back to back playoff games in which they held their opponents (Pittsburgh and New England) to 20 points or less.

Impressive resumes for both sides. But I just think this is and has been Carolina's year all season, and that freight train is not stopping until about 10:30 EST this evening.

Why might I compare them to a freight train? Well, let's see: their offense led the league in points scored, averaging over 31 points per contest. They were held to less than 20 points just once, in their pretty meaningless Week 16 loss at Atlanta. Wrapped around that Atlanta loss, going back to Week 3 vs. New Orleans, all the way to two weeks ago when they absolutely demolished a very good Arizona team, the Panthers have scored 27 points or more over that entire span........say what??

The Panthers have scored 27 or more points in 15 of their last 16 games. And they've scored 30 or more points in 8 of their last 9. That's actually absurd.

I've had some lingering doubts over the last 48 hours, but my gut has told me for the most part of the last two weeks, that this game could be a 14+ point "blowout", and that I wouldn't even consider Denver unless the line hit 7. And maybe Vegas would've gotten to 7 over the last 48 hours had they not started this line so low (and wrong, in my opinion) , making Carolina an opening (3.5) point favorite, putting themselves in a situation where going to 7 could spell financial "middle" disaster for Sin City. But in reality, I think this line should be 7.5 or 8.

The reality of Denver's last two games were this. They caught Pittsburgh with a banged up Ben Roethlisberger, no Antonio Brown, and both of Pittsburgh's backs injured. And for almost 3.5 quarters of that game, that patched up Steeler team ran circles around Denver's defense. I don't care what the final score was, I know what my eyes told me, and that was that Denver was fortunate to win that game.

And then New England comes to town a couple weeks ago, and I'll give Denver credit. They shut down Tom Brady and his healthy corp of receivers. But Tom Brady, from a mobile point of view, is no Cam Newton. And that will be the difference today when Ware and Miller apply pressure. Newton will be able to improvise with his feet and his large frame, and remind people why he was the league's Top rusher from the Quarterback position.

Finally, let's not forget that the guy under center for Denver is not a 27 year old Peyton Manning. He's a month and a half short of his 40th birthday, Peyton Manning, who has been a little banged up this season, who may or may not have ordered HGH to combat his ailing, aging body, and who barely a month ago, was not even the starter! Don't kid yourself. The whispers in the front offices in Denver between horse toothed John Elway and others, are probably similar to the whispers they had 3-4 years ago when they knew- despite the hype and miracle win against the Steelers- that Tim Tebow was going to be on the first train out of town as soon as the season was over.

I'd like the game to be competitive from a fan's point of view, and I really don't want to see Peyton go out getting the living dog shit kicked out of him, but unfortunately I think that's what will probably happen today. 33-16 Panthers.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Another Example of Why the Pro Bowl is a Joke, and The Anti-Redskins Name Movement is Working

I Guess You Just Need to Get Better, Fellas
Regardless of how the Pro Bowl voting is done, it just goes to show you (once again) that Pro Bowls/ All Star Games are nothing more than popularity contests. And since the media, league, and most fans outside of DC have decided that the team name 'Redskins' is not that popular and extremely racist, a player who plays for said racist team name is not going to get any favors. Regardless of how much he pummels his colleagues in essentially every statistical category.

                                   Comp %    Passing YDs  TDs     INTs   Rushing TDs  Passer Rating

Kirk Cousins                 69.8            4,166            29        11            5                   101.6

Tyrod Taylor                  63.7            3,035            20         6            4                     99.4

Teddy Bridgewater        65.3             3,231           14         9            3                      88.7

Oh yeah, Jordan Reed- who missed 2 games during the regular season due to injury- finished 2nd in both TD catches (11) and receptions (87) for all NFL tight ends. He too (apparently) wasn't good enough to participate in the Pro Bowl. 

Rich Turpin's Very Super Forecast: The 2017 Washington Redskins

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