Gilbert Contends For All-Star Berth
To complete the trilogy of locally based all-star game voting farces:
1) The 8-8 Redskins boast something like 12 players who led or were second in Pro Bowl voting at their positions.
3) Gilbert Arenas shows up as the sixth leading vote-getter among Eastern Conference guards in today's release, ahead of such chumps as Joe Johnson. Johnson is averaging 22.5 points, 6.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds, and his team is fourth in the East. Gilbert is averaging 0 points, 0 assists and 0 rebounds, and his team is last in the East. Gilbert, as a matter of fact, has nearly as many votes as Ovechkin finished with.
You want more weirdness? Brendan Haywood is seventh among Eastern Conference centers, ahead of, for example, Emeka Okafor, who is averaging a double-double. Haywood is averaging a Zero-Zero. Haywood also has more votes than, for example, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, who have the advantage of having actually played basketball this season. Caron is averaging 20-6-4, and yet is not in the Top 10 of Eastern forwards.
Based on all of this, I fully expect that Dmitri Young will be MLB's leading vote-getter this summer.
(And no, Gilbert's not really contending, seeing as how he's got less than a third the votes of Dwyane Wade or Allen Iverson, but still.)
(Assist to the AP's sharp-eyed Howard Fendrich for the tip.)
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