Ahh, yes it is upon us already. Yes, that means the sound of the waves rolling in at the beaches while a breathtaking sunset overshadows the island of Hawaii.
The always competitive, exciting, nerve-wrenching, Pro Bowl.
Hold your horses! Does that description of the Pro Bowl sound right?
Not at all. Well maybe with the exception of the media day, where players, against their will wear Hawaiian dress. Unless you're Michael Strahan, who talked a lot, and in the meantime showed off the Grand Canyon between his teeth.
When the results of the Pro Bowl voting got out and when I heard the infamous "Brett Favre is going to the Pro Bowl for the 10th time," I was utterly disgusted.
Well, lets not sound that mad. At least the fans don't totally decide, because then you would see the AFC playing the Washington Redskins.
Well, here are the Pro Bowl players:
|Quarterback||Kurt Warner, Arizona||
Drew Brees, New Orleans
Eli Manning, New York Giants
|Running back||Adrian Peterson, Minnesota||Michael Turner, Atlanta
Clinton Portis, Washington
|Fullback||Mike Sellers, Washington|
|Wide receiver||Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
Anquan Boldin, Arizona
|Steve Smith, Carolina
Roddy White, Atlanta
|Tight end||Jason Witten, Dallas||Chris Cooley, Washington|
|Tackle||Jordan Gross, Carolina
Walter Jones, Seattle
|Chris Samuels, Washington|
|Guard||Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota
Chris Snee, New York Giants
|Leonard Davis, Dallas|
|Center||Andre Gurode, Dallas||Shaun O'Hara, New York Giants|
|Defensive end||Julius Peppers, Carolina
Justin Tuck, New York Giants
|Jared Allen, Minnesota|
|Defensive tackle||Kevin Williams, Minnesota
Jay Ratliff, Dallas
|Pat Williams, Minnesota|
|Outside linebacker||DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
Lance Briggs, Chicago
|Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay|
|Inside linebacker||Patrick Willis, San Francisco||Jon Beason, Carolina|
|Cornerback||Charles Woodson, Green Bay
Antoine Winfield, Minnesota
|Asante Samuel, Philadelphia|
|Free safety||Nick Collins, Green Bay||Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia|
|Strong safety||Adrian Wilson, Arizona|
|Punter||Jeff Feagles, New York Giants|
|Placekicker||John Carney, New York Giants|
|Kick returner||Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay|
|Special teamer||Sean Morey, Arizona|
|Quarterback||Peyton Manning, Indianapolis||Brett Favre, New York Jets
Jay Cutler, Denver
|Running back||Thomas Jones, New York Jets||Chris Johnson, Tennessee
Ronnie Brown, Miami
|Fullback||Le'Ron McClain, Baltimore|
|Wide receiver||Andre Johnson, Houston
Brandon Marshall, Denver
|Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Wes Welker, New England
|Tight end||Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City||Antonio Gates, San Diego
|Tackle||Joe Thomas, Cleveland
Jason Peters, Buffalo
|Michael Roos, Tennessee
|Guard||Alan Faneca, New York Jets
Kris Dielman, San Diego
|Brian Waters, Kansas City|
|Center||Kevin Mawae, Tennessee||Nick Mangold, New York Jets|
|Defensive end||Mario Williams, Houston
Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
|Robert Mathis, Indianapolis|
|Defensive tackle||Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee
Kris Jenkins, New York Jets
|Shaun Rogers, Cleveland|
|Outside linebacker||James Harrison, Pittsburgh
Joey Porter, Miami
|Terrell Suggs, Baltimore|
|Inside linebacker||Ray Lewis, Baltimore||James Farrior, Pittsburgh|
|Cornerback||Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland
Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee
|Darrelle Revis, New York Jets|
|Free safety||Ed Reed, Baltimore|
|Strong safety||Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh||Chris Hope, Tennessee|
|Punter||Shane Lechler, Oakland|
|Placekicker||Stephen Gostkowski, New England|
|Kick returner||Leon Washington, New York Jets|
|Special teamer||Brendon Ayanbadejo, Baltimore|
Seems pretty good; I mean the whole NFC squad aren't Redskins, or Cowboys by default.
But I do wish to place my grievances.
First, the defensive end picks for the NFC. Julius Peppers is a good choice. But Jared Allen a backup? And behind Justin Tuck?
Wrong. Simply wrong. You simply don't put the rodeo man behind Strahan's replacement. Not when Tuck only has 11 sacks and a INT for a TD, and Jared has 14.5 sacks and 7 forced fumbles.
Jared Allen should have been a starter, along with John Abraham, and Julius as a reserve. Anyone agree?
Also, the AFC is going to be screwed up.
How does Brett Favre get in over Philip Rivers? Simple. Legacy.
The same also applies to Walter Jones from Seattle.
Rivers has the highest passer rating in the NFL, and at the same time the most TD passes in the NFL. If you send Brett to the Bowl, you could make cases for crappy players like Gus Frerotte, or Jason Campbell.
Lastly, the one due to the popularity of the Wildcat.
Ronnie Brown got in ahead of rookie RB Steve Slaton.
Yes, I do give credit for Ronnie running the Wildcat so well, but the position says running back, if I'm not mistaken.
Am I? Apparently so.
Steve Slaton was supposed to be a situational back, like the crappy Reggie Bush, but has emerged as one of a great class of running backs. He already has over 1,000 yards, even though he had a slow start. On the other hand, Ronnie Brown is a great player, but doesn't deserve the nod.
Maybe he should have gotten voted as a QB. Oh yeah, I forgot he isn't on that ballot.
But anyways, I have a lot more on my heart to share with you all, but unfortunately don't have the time to vent any longer.
If you think here are any players I missed, just shoot me a comment, and I'll respond.
And as always, it's the NFL, and it's an amazing race. (Especially for Oakland fans. Sorry for the Al Davis problem.)