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Redskins Fans Finish Off Pro Bowl Mockery

Your leading NFC Pro Bowl kicker. (By John McDonnell - TWP)

At long last, we have the final vote tallies from the objective NFL fan Pro Bowl voting. The objective fans have decided that, of the 19 positional categories in the NFC, nine should be filled by members of the burgundy and maroon and gold and black. And also, that two of the top 10 overall vote-getters should be members of the Redskins offense.

[Explanatory note: These were just the leaders at each position. As I later realized, if you include both starters at positions like G and OLB and CB, the Skins would have 11 12 Pro Bowlers. My bad for the misleading entry, and please see the full vote totals here. And for the rundown of every Redskin who made the top five in the NFC, go here.]

[Also: See hilarious tale of the Redskins' players voting at The Redskins Blog.]

This makes sense, of course, because at 7-6, the Redskins are clearly the class of the....ah, whatever. I've come over to the dark side on this one. It's kind of funny, if nothing else, and a team going through a 1-4 skid could use some funny. It's not the fault of Skins fans if Pittsburghers and their famous hordes of invading fans don't feel like spending all their waking hours clicking refresh. If they'd rather be off eating pierogies or whatever, then they only deserve one Pro Bowl starter, 10-3 record or not. This isn't about what the players deserve, it's about what the fans have earned.

So bring on Shaun Suisham as the leading kicker in either conference, even though he has more misses than any kicker in the league.

Bring on Cornelius Griffin as the leading NFC D tackle, even though the Redskins D-line has been the subject of intense angst and RB bludgeoning in recent weeks. The offense is one of three in the NFL yet to crack 30 points? Bah, who cares? Bring on the leading RB, leading FB and leading tackle. Special teams have largely been a disappointment? Tell that to Khary Campbell, the leading specialist in either conference. Power to the people!

Of course, there are downers who will try to convince you this is bad for the republic. Here's's Jemele Hill:

As long as the fans are a factor, NFL teams will blitz them with marketing campaigns that invite them to forget about making objective, common-sense picks. Just pick guys from your team. Case in point: The Redskins have 25 players sitting among the top 5 vote-getters at various positions. If fan voting were the only criteria that mattered, the Redskins would have 17 Pro Bowlers, making them the best last-place team in NFL history. Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner are 1-2 in the NFL in rushing, but Clinton Portis leads all running backs in Pro Bowl voting. Santana Moss ranks 15th in the NFL in receiving yards, but is second in the fan voting.

Wah wah. Tell it to ACORN or something. Here's your full tally of teams and Pro Bowl positional leaders. Bear in mind that coaches and players will still have their say before the final teams are named. Bear in mind also that the NFL only sent out positional leaders, and that Redskins likely were near-misses all over the board. And keep on voting that Redskins Ticket, even if it's only in your dreams.

Redskins (7-6) -- 9
Giants (11-2) -- 4
Ravens (9-4) -- 4
Titans (12-1) -- 3
Dolphins (8-5) -- 3
Cowboys (8-5) -- 2
Jets (8-5) -- 2
Broncos (8-5) -- 2
Steelers (10-3) -- 1
Cardinals (8-5) -- 1
Saints (7-6) -- 1
Bears (7-6) -- 1
Texans (6-7) -- 1
Packers (5-8) -- 1
Chargers (5-8) -- 1
Raiders (3-10) -- 1
Chiefs (2-11) -- 1

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 11, 2008; 2:11 PM ET
Categories:  NFL , Redskins  
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The Redskins fan vote may be over the top in 2008 but it only brings up how ridiculous the entire process is and how political things are in the NFL.

In 2004 the Redskins had one of the best defenses in the NFL, no one disputed that and Shawn Springs and Cornelius Griffin deserved to make the pro bowl.

Instead off a top 5 defense the Redskins placed ONE player in the pro bowl, Marcus Washington.

Meanwhile, year after year Dallas places 7 or 8 guys in the pro bowl even when their team doesn't do that well.

Posted by: leopard09 | December 11, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm....someone is sure snarky today, aren't they?

But really, this is absurd....proves that most fans are rose colored idiots.

Posted by: truthaboutit | December 11, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

What total crap. Suisham doesn't even deserve to be starting for the Skins. Where's Lohmiller when you need him?


Posted by: Burgundy_Blood | December 11, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

wow where's the link to the results...... bolden and fitz, and kurt warner all pro bowlers for sure...

Posted by: illicon | December 11, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Next year lets all vote for the ones that really stink the joint up.

I would make a fine spectacle.

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | December 11, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The Pro-bowl is as stupid as stupid gets

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | December 11, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Like I have said before, Dan Steinberg, you are a moron! How's it the Redskins fault if the Steelers' fans don't vote? When the Steelers invaded FedEx you all wrote about it. No one called it a mockery of home field advantage.

Posted by: tundey | December 11, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing about this--and what makes it a mockery--is the indiscriminate way people voted for the "Redskins ticket." Fans should have enough self-awareness of their team to know that even though, for instance, Shaun Suisham is the Redskins kicker, there's no planet on which he's a Pro Bowl kicker this year. Silliness like that ends up devaluing the fact that, "Redskins ticket" or not, guys like Portis and Fletcher are legitimate Pro Bowlers.

Posted by: TheFingerman | December 11, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Where was Jemele Hill's outrage when Marion Barber III made the pro-bowl as starter with a sub 1000 yard season while Portis was sitting at home with yet another +1200 yard season......and he started for his team....

The pro-bowl is a joke, so why not make a mockery of it?

Posted by: keino83 | December 11, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

13 Cowboys get in last year...for a team that didn't win a playoff game...and I'm supposed to feel bad that Redskins fans - the same fans that Wilbon said where average/pathetic for letting the Steelers take over the stadium, have taken over the Pro Bowl voting?

What a joke. The NFL, the writers, and others can go stuff it. After watching our rivals check in a ridiculous amount of players last year, the fans responded by voting for a ridiculous amount of our own team...and NOW sportwriters and various NFL fans are outraged.

Get real.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | December 11, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Why are the skins beat writers complaining? This is there ticket to Hawaii in February.

Posted by: goskinsgo | December 11, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Pro Bowl voting closes with 3 games still to go in the season. what part of that makes any sense?

i say, let 'em crash.

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | December 11, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

sorry im late to the party...i was busy voting for the pro bowl!!! ;)

im with shaunsherman12...

no one was outraged last year with dallas getting 13 and now they are complaining cause skins fans are making a mockery of the system...f'em all!!!

i voted a bunch of times for the skins ticket and im glad to do it because dallas got 13 in last year which was total bs and b/c of all the snubbing our players got in the past...

im all for it and think we should be doing this so they make a change to the system...

now if only fans could vote for the BCS maybe we could make a mockery of that system and maybe they would go to a playoff...

Posted by: deadskin | December 11, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

let's see how Cowherd, et al attempt to spin this into the "DC sports fans have no passion" argument."

Posted by: olsonchr | December 11, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

We Pittsburgh fans weren't too busy eating pierogies to vote, we were just too busy figuring out where to watch the Steelers in the playoffs.

Posted by: RoachVA141 | December 16, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

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