Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Rich Turpin's 2012 Redskins' Season Predictions

Blind homer, and Junkies prize whore,  Rich Turpin goes through every Redskins game of the 2012 season, and makes his bold (and very detailed) predictions.

Week 1 @ Saints- The Robert Griffin III era gets off to a great start in 2012, the Saints miss Sean Payton and Jonathan Vilma. RG3 goes for 258 yards, 2 TD’s in the Redskins road victory, 27-23 (1-0)

Week2 @ St. Louis- Jeff Fisher and the Rams should be improved in 2012, but the Redskins beat Sam Bradford and company behind 100 yards rushing from Tim Hightower, 31-20. (2-0)

Week 3 Cincinnati- Fed Ex Field is a madhouse as RGIII makes his home debut, he doesn’t disappoint as he throws for 300 yards in the handling of Andy Dalton and the Bengals. Skins win, 23-10. (3-0)

Week 4 @TB- The Bucs won the off-season by adding WR Vincent Jackson, G Carl Nicks, CB Eric Wright and drafting S Mark Barron. Coach Greg Schiano is still trying to acclimate himself to the pro game, Redskins beat Tampa Bay behind their 5th ranked defense; a defensive TD from CB Josh Wilson is the difference in the 24-20 win. (4-0)

Week 5 Falcons- Matt Ryan has the Falcons in position to not only win the NFC South but possibly represent the NFC in the Super Bowl; the Redskins aren’t on that level just yet and can’t overcome RGIII’s early mistakes. The Falcons win this one, 20-13. (4-1)

Week 6 Vikings- After losing to the Falcons the Redskins welcome the Minnesota Vikings to Fed Ex Field. Adrian Peterson is still suffering from a knee injury and Christian Ponder is still…..Christian Ponder. The Redskins bounce back nicely behind 300 yards passing from RGIII. Skins win 34-20. (5-1)

Week 7 @NYG- The Skins beat the Giants 2 times in 2011, that won’t happen in 2012. RG3 struggles early and nearly completes the comeback but an INT by Antrel Rolle clinches the win. Giants 24, Redskins 16. (5-2)

Week 8 @PIT Schedule makers didn’t do the Redskins any favors with this stretch, a week after losing at the Giants the Redskins have to travel to Heinz Field. The Redskins can’t get anything going against a stingy Steelers defense; Redskins drop 2 straight. Pittsburgh wins at home 20-10. (5-3)

Week 9 Carolina- This game includes the last 2 Heisman Trophy winners, Cam Newton and RG3. This game ends up being a shootout between the 2 young QB’s with both throwing for over 300 yards. The Redskins need a game ending INT from S Tanard Jackson to secure a victory, 31-27. (6-3)


Week 11 Eagles- The Eagles continue to disappoint a year after the ‘dream team’ went 8-8 they continue to struggle. The Redskins use 200 yards rushing from Hightower and Roy Helu to get past the division rivals, 27-17. (7-3)

Week 12 @Dallas- Thanksgiving, the Redskins haven’t played Dallas on Thanksgiving since 2002 and have never beaten them. This year is no different, Redskins rookie QB RGIII outplays top 20 QB Tony Romo, but in the end Dallas' D holds and a missed Neil Rackers FG seals it for Dallas. Dallas 19, Redskins 17. (7-4)

Week 13 Giants- Last time these two met in New Jersey it wasn’t pretty for the offensive line. This time the Redskins get a little revenge. LB Ryan Kerrigan gets to Eli Manning 3 times and the Redskins don’t look back after jumping to a 7-0 lead. The final score here is Redskins 30, Giants 20. (8-4)

Week 14 Ravens- Even with LB Terrell Suggs gone for the season, the Ravens still command respect as one of the best teams in the AFC. Ray Rice is a top 5 RB and the Ravens still have a formidable defense. The Redskins nearly win this one, but can’t quite finish. Ravens win 20-17. (8-5)

Week 15 @Cleveland- Even with rookie RB Trent Richardson, the Browns are still struggling to win ball games. QB Brandon Weeden has played well to this point but the Redskins defense is just too much for him to overcome. DC Jim Haslett throws too many coverages and blitzes at the ‘old’ rookie and forces too many mistakes. The Redskins win easily, 34-10. (9-5)

Week 16 @Philly For some strange reason the Redskins can’t put two solid games together against the Eagles, the Michael Vick led Eagles win this one in front of their home crowd and it’s Vick who has the better day between the 2 QB’s. Vick is unstoppable in the 27-17 victory. (9-6)

Week 17 Dallas- It’s simple, the Giants have wrapped up the division and the Lions have already lost so the winner of this game makes the post-season. The Redskins pull out all the stops against the Cowboys, using the option to perfection for the first time all season. Dallas D Coordinator Rob Ryan has no answer for the option and the Redskins win this one and make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Redskins 24, Cowboys 13. (10-6)

***Noteworthy*** Turpin has the Redskins starting off 4-0, and in none of the Redskins' 6 losses that he predicts, do they lose by more than 10 points. For a more grounded prediction of the Redskins' season, I've embedded Sportsyack's picks that were made back in April. You can read those here:

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Elephant in The Room: Sit Espinosa, Play Lombo at 2nd

When Michael Morse returns from injury on Friday to Nats Park, presumably he will move into Left Field, taking Steve Lombardozzi's spot. Kid Bryce is not moving out of RF, and Lombo's arm is no match for Rick Ankiel's in CF. (see Lombo's attempt to throw out Logan Morrison at home plate yesterday)

The question then becomes, where do you put Steve Lombardozzi?  The answer: 2nd base.

Probably not the easiest decision that Davey Johnson and Mike Rizzo will have to make, but the inability of Danny Espinosa to consistently  make contact and hit for average, is going to have to be addressed sooner rather than later, and on Friday opportunity will present itself.

I'm not quite sure how Steve Lombardozzi takes a seat when Morse comes back. Through 37 games, Lombo is hitting .323 and he's only struck out 6 times. He's been a nice spark batting lead off, a role the Nats have been trying to fill pretty much since they came to Washington.

Secondly, Lombo came up through the Nats system as a 2nd baseman, anyway.

Espinosa's fielding is not in question. He's only made 4 errors in 188 attempts, and has a slightly better fielding percentage than both Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman. But his performance with a bat in his hand, leaves little to be desired.

For starters, he strikes out entirely too much. Way, way, way too much.  Over his career, Espinosa has a 30.1 strike out percentage. That is almost a strike out every 3 at bats. This season, he's striking out 35% of the time. Couple that with his .213 batting average- worst on the team of any everyday starter, and the choice for Davey and Rizzo becomes a no brainer.

Rumor has it that the Nats are shopping John Lannan. Mike Rizzo should package Lannan with Espinosa's career .233 batting average, and pick up another arm and a "player to be named later". Whatever he and Davey are working on, lets hope it involves Steve Lombardozzi in the everyday player role.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Nats Lose the Series. We Lose Jack Torrence

Props to my boy @JabbyBurns. You and your Orioles took 2 out of 3 from the Nats, and therefore I had to change my avatar to this ugly orange and black "This is Birdland" picture.

Quite frankly,  I'd rather be stuck in a car on an 8 hour drive, with Mike BORED-ick riding shot-gun , as he told me old  Mike Flanagan stories. But I guess I'll "deal".

Until Friday, anyway.

For what its worth, I was going for the humiliation aspect of our agreed upon possible avatars. If the Nats had been the beneficiaries of 2 of 3 or a sweep,  I had already picked out this awesome pic (below) of some actor who (allegedly) likes to try to get dudes at massage parlors to go Howard Johnson or BJ Raji on him.

I think we can "run this wager back" next month, and you at least will have an idea of what your avatar will look like, when the Nasty Nats go into Camden Yards and win that series.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Battle of The Beltways Bet

I've agreed to put my twitter avatar on the line with my boy Josh from, in the Orioles/Nats series this weekend.

"Jabby", who is a Baltimoron (affectionately said) who bleeds orange and black, suggested that the winner of the series gets to choose a new twitter avatar for the loser, and the loser has to keep it as his avatar until the following Friday.

Yes, I know that sounds super douchey. And I'll concede that it is. But that's what we've agreed upon, in lieu of making arrangements to settle some kind of monetary wager. And the "fun" in winning, will be picking out the most humiliating avatar for Jabby to attach to his twitter account, @jabbyburns, once the Nats kick the O's asses.

So here is to the Nats racking up at least 2 of 3 "Curly W's" against the hated Baltimore Orioles. And here too,  is to MASN not pulling that cute stunt, where they switch broadcast booths every few innings. If I have to listen to that monotoned son of a bitch Mike BORED-ick do color on my Nats telecast, I might go Mike Flanagan on myself. (what, too soon?)

Battle of the Beltway Series (and bet) is on, Jabby.

Our "Heeeeere's Johnny!", Jack Nicholson 'The Shining' avatar, that has been the face of @Sportsyack since our inception, is on the line this weekend.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

The Billyman and The Beastie Boys: An Appreciation

15 or 16 years ago, one of the members of the club I grew up at in Sterling- Billy Matthews, started a golf trip that consisted of a group of 12-16 guys. It takes place the same time and at the same place every year- Kentucky Derby week in York, Pa, at one of the nicest golf resorts and conference centers you will ever stay at, Heritage Hills.

Unfortunately, Billy passed away a few years later from cancer. However, the trip continued. In fact, the trip affectionately became known as "The Billyman" (Billy would always add the word "man" to the end of whomever he was speaking to- as in, "What's up, Mikey-man?"), and it grew to 40 and on some years, 44 people.

The trip is the greatest. Its 3-4 days of hanging with your buddies- pounding beers and pounding golf balls, and the people of York and the staff at Heritage Hills, treat us like royalty year after year, usually putting up with plenty of night time shenanigans and a significant lack of sobriety.

On Friday, while eating lunch after our early round, my wife texted me a link notifying me of Adam Yauch's, aka MCA from the Beastie Boys, death. I was floored.

To be honest, in the initial few seconds or so after seeing the link, and then hopping onto twitter to see any other related news about it, I was grasping to remember which Adam from the Beasties that was. (Adam Horovitz, aka King Ad Rock, being the other). But I quickly remembered that MCA did have cancer, and had missed the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame induction a few weeks earlier.

My friends and I growing up- guys like Thomas and Coyle and Leone and Beasley and Jenkins- LOVED the Beastie Boys. "Licensed to Ill" and the brilliant "Paul's Boutique", were the soundtrack to our Junior High and High School years, and beyond. In fact,  Thomas, Coyle, and I even started a rap group that actually produced two songs, one of which we performed at a high school variety show.

For me personally, I fortunately have not had to deal with a parent or sibling or close friend's death. And for whatever reason, I kept thinking about this guy's death all weekend after hearing the news. I'm not sure if it was for the before mentioned reasons, or the fact that myself and my boys appreciated the Beasties music so much, but I just couldn't shake that news. And it was huge reminder of my own mortality.

However, I found a comforting irony in being at Billyman and being around so many friends when learning about MCA's death. Here I am on a golf trip that was started by a friend of ours who passed from cancer, and now I find out one of my musical heroes has passed from cancer.  And on Friday evening, when I was sitting at the bar tipping back some cold ones with my boy Thomas and others, and the bartenders honored our request to turn up "Fight For Your Right" through the bar and restaurant's stereo speakers, I must say I started to feel better.

The Billyman, and the legacy of the guy who started it, continues on thanks to some great people I know. Organizing and getting 40 people to commit to 3-4 days of golf and debauchery, is a lot harder than it sounds. But in the end, its a priceless trip, for the great times had with great people. And for my man MCA, he will live on through the music he and the other Beastie Boys made, and the memories I and others have from growing up, a lot of which were coupled with a Beasties song.

That is the power of great friends and great music. And I say thank you to both.

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