COMCAST SPORTSNET WINS SIX EMMY AWARDSNETWORK WINS LIVE SPORTING EVENT AWARD FOR REDSKINS PRESEASON COVERAGEBENINATI, MATICH AND JENKINS EARN HONORS IN INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIESBethesda, Md. (June 18, 2012) The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) recognized Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic with six 2011 Emmy Awards at the 54th Annual Emmy Awards Gala on Saturday, June 16. The networks six awards were won for its live event, news and original programming, as well as individual categories for sports play-by-play, sports analyst and program hostmoderator.Comcast SportsNets coverage of Redskins preseason games, in conjunction with the Redskins Broadcast Network, won the award for live, unedited sporting event (Larry Michael and Bill Bell). The network has earned the top honor in this category seven times since 2001, including last year for its coverage of the Washington Capitals.Comcast SportsNets My Life 365: Dominique Dawes earned the award for dailyweekly sports program. The long-running biographical My Life series, hosted by Ron Thompson, also won the award in this category in 2009 for its episode featuring Allen Iverson. Jill Sorensons Geico SportsNet Central feature on Bruce Boudreaus recollection of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks won the prize for sports news story.Joe Beninati claimed his third consecutive Emmy Award as the networks play-by-play announcer for its coverage of the Washington Capitals. This years award is the seventh for Beninati in the sports play-by-play category. He also won the top honor in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.Trevor Matich was named the regions top sports analyst for his contributions to Comcast SportsNets NFL coverage, including Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live. Matich has now won five Emmy Awards in the past five years, including four as the regions top sports analyst (2011, 2010, 2009 and 2007) and one for Redskins Kickoff.Comcast SportsNet anchor and reporter Michael Jenkins was recognized with the award for program hostmoderator for leading the networks special live coverage of the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon. Jenkins has also earned Capital Region Emmys for sports reporter (2008) and sports anchor (2004).Comcast SportsNet won the top award in each of the six categories it earned nominations in this year. Since 2001, the network has been honored with 94 nominations and 52 Emmy Awards.Comcast SportsNets Six 2011 Emmy Awards: SportsPlay-by-Play Joe Beninati SportsAnalyst Trevor Matich Program HostModerator Michael Jenkins, Marine Corps Marathon Sporting EventGame, LiveUnedited Redskins Preseason Game (Larry Michael, Bill Bell) Sports, DailyWeekly Program My Life 365: Dominique Dawes (Andre Jones, Ron Thompson, Melvin Royster, Brooks Meriwether) Sports, News Single StorySeries Remembering 911: Bruce Boudreau (Jill Sorenson, David Letourneau, Brooks Meriwether, Trevor Nau, Mike DiVenere)
The good news for the 2016 Redskins was that they didn’t collapse after winning the division the previous season as has been their pattern in the past. The bad news was that they didn’t take the next step and improve from a franchise that can compete to make the playoffs into one that is playing multiple postseason games year in and year out.
That work begins right now for Jay Gruden, Scot McCloughan and the players. In the coming weeks, Redskins reporters Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will examine the biggest questions facing the Redskins as another offseason gets rolling.
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Can the Redskins trust Dustin Hopkins at kicker?
Finlay: Nick Novak. Graham Gano. Shaun Suisham. That's just a recent list of kickers the Redskins gave up on too early.
Dustin Hopkins missed a couple of important kicks in 2016, especially after a very strong start to the year, but with a powerful leg and a sharp mindset he should absolutely be the 'Skins kicker in 2017. In two seasons with Washington, Hopkins has made 84 percent of his field goals and 95 percent of his extra points. Don't forget he routinely puts kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks too.
Yes, Hopkins missed a game winner against the Bengals and other important kicks later in the year. That happened. Missed kicks are a part of life in the NFL. Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski missed an extra point in the Super Bowl.
At 6-foot-2 and just 26 years old, Hopkins is young and athletic. Of 70 career field goal attempts, Hopkins has missed 11 times. Of the misses, six of them came from 50+ yards. In 31 games, Jay Gruden has proven he trusts Hopkins to attempt long kicks. The 'Skins would be well served to stick with the young kicker.
Finding a quarterback may be the most difficult, least scientific task that NFL organizations must undertake. Deciding when to let go of a struggling kicker is second.
There are plenty of strong legs out there spending hours every day kicking on high school fields in hopes of getting an NFL tryout. But being successful as a kicker is as much about what is above the shoulders as it is what’s below the waist. It appears Hopkins had a mental slump last year but he came back to finish strong.
Hopkins started the year making 14 of his first 15 field goal attempts, with the miss coming in the wind in Baltimore. But then in the dome in Detroit he just missed a 45-yard try and that set off a slump where he missed five of 15 field goal tries. He pulled it back together and missed just two of his final nine kicks, one of them a “why not” 57-yard try at the end of the first half against the Giants.
So, it was more of a slump than a bad year for Hopkins. He continued to pound the ball into the end zone, finishing tied for fourth in touchback percentage. I would understand if they brought in some competition for him during training camp but it will be a major upset if he is not the Week 1 kicker.
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The Caps are in New York for the quick turnaround against the New York Rangers on Saturday (12:30 p.m., NBC). Here are three bold predictions for the game.
1. The Rangers will score on an odd-man rush in the first period
New York is a team that plays with speed and they haven't had a game since Thursday. That’s not good for a Capitals team trying to get their legs back after a bye week and that played in a game that started less than 24 hours ago.
2. Both teams will combine for over 15 penalty minutes
Saturday’s game in Detroit was a contentious affair. Add a quick turnaround and a rivalry game and I’m expecting a physical, nasty matchup on Sunday.
3. Washington will score a power play goal
The Caps went 0-for-5 on the power play Saturday. Given how many penalties I expect both teams will take on Sunday, I see the Caps breaking through on Sunday on the man advantage.
1. Detroit will lead after the first period - Correct
2. Andreas Athanasiou will score - Wrong
3. Nicklas Backstrom will earn two points - Wrong
2017 Results: The Caps came back from the bye a little rusty. I picked up right where I left off with two wrong predictions.
MORE CAPITALS: Caps succumb to bye week rust, fall to last-place Detroit