The Amazing Race: 2008 Pro Bowl Selections

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The Amazing Race: 2008 Pro Bowl Selections

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:

NFC
Offense
Position Starters Reserves
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
Defense
Position Starters Reserves
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  
Special teams
Position Starters Reserves
Punter Jeff Feagles, New York Giants  
Placekicker John Carney, New York Giants  
Kick returner Clifton Smith, Tampa Bay  
Special teamer Sean Morey, Arizona  
AFC
Offense
Position Starters Reserves
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
Defense
Position Starters Reserves
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
Special teams
Position Starters Reserves
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.)

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