Redskins Fans Finish Off Pro Bowl Mockery
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 ESPN.com'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
December 11, 2008; 2:11 PM ET
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