Redskins Players Address Pro Bowl Gate
Whether you call it a mockery of justice or a triumph of participatory democracy--and I've done both--the fact that the Redskins are ahead in the fan voting on 21 of 26 Pro Bowl spots is unquestionably noteworthy. Skins fans have been accused of ballot-stuffing from Shutdown Corner to the New York Daily News, although I'll admit that maybe this story is already played out. But I still figured it was worth asking some of the surprising vote leaders what they thought about their surprising leads.
Of course, the problem with talking to all the potential Pro Bowlers on this team is that half the roster consists of potential Pro Bowlers, and I ran out of time. But still,
"Pffffffft," said Randy Thomas, when I told him he and Pete Kendall were the leading NFC guards. "After this game? Unbelievable. Damn. I mean, I don't know how. I don't think I'm playing at a Pro Bowl level, to be honest. From my point of view, I could do a lot better. Thanks for the votes, but...."
He added, though, that he's always been more self-critical than some, and that he remembers the one missed block more than the eight successful blocks. Other players were more circumspect in their reactions.
"It's surprising, but I think it's early, and once other teams kind of catch on, they'll get some more votes for their guys," punter Ryan Plackemeier said. "It's nice to be, I guess, liked by the fans...Usually as players, when we vote on it, we just pick the highest average guys in the league and obviously I'm not up there. I'm doing well for the team, but I'm not in one of those great weather spots hitting 50-, 60-yard balls every time....
"I think the coaches' vote is really neat because they really look at all the stats, they look at the stats that matter, so when they vote, their vote is really important. They get a third, and then the players get a third, and the players are always pretty fair about it....We've always been fair to the guy that we thought had the best year, whether or not we thought he was the best kicker, the best talent. So I think when you factor in that 66 percent of non-biased voting, I think it all evens out."
"I don't want to know, I really don't," said Mike Sellers, who's dominating the fullback voting. "I don't care. I don't want to know. I get so excited when that stuff comes out and I've been through it a few times, I don't even want to know.... I just think people are going to go based on popularity, and that's all it is."
"It's definitely a surprise in a sense, but I'm happy to see our fans showing support, showing the overwhelming support that they do have for us," said Khary Campbell, the leading special teamer. "I wouldn't see [21 Pro Bowlers] as out of the stretch of the imagination. Dallas was able to put double digits into the Pro Bowl, and we've gone head-to-head with them, and we think we have talented players as well. So it would be a surprise just on the sheer number of guys, the sheer number of potentially 21 being able to go. I haven't really seen that. But I do have a lot of respect for our players, and we do have talent."
"Oh really?" said Rock Cartwright, when I told him the voting news. "From Redskins fans or fans nationwide." I told him the latter.
"I mean, yeah it does [seem surprising], because I didn't know the fans even noticed," Cartwright replied. "It could be all Redskins fans who voted, it could be fans around the world. I didn't know the fans knew who I was. Hopefully I can get there, hopefully I can have a big return to give people more reason to even vote for me. It would be great if I could get across the water."
And suddenly, I sort of wanted to get across the water, even if I didn't necessarily deserve it. Because it occurs to me that if 20 percent of the Redskins go to Hawaii, I could probably make an argument for tagging along, even if my blogging has only been a B+ and not an A. So ballot-stuff away. Just say a little prayer for democracy when you get a chance.
(To Redskins PR people: That was a joke. No need to call me.)
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