Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Snubbed?

The NFL's Pro Bowl rosters were announced today. Guess what? There are no Jaguars on it. The media just can't imagine how no Jaguars made the team. They argue that the Jags had strong cases for both QB David Garrard and RB Fred Taylor. Both Peyton Manning and Joseph Addai of the Colts made the roster at those positions. Pete Prisco thinks Taylor should have gone instead of Addai. He's very wrong. Addai has 10 more touchdowns than Taylor and 30 more receptions. He also leads Taylor in total yards by more than 200. Most importantly his team swept the Jags this season. Nice try, Pete.

Congrats to Reggie Wayne, Jeff Saturday, Bob Sanders, Peyton Manning, and Joseph Addai. Pretty good day for the Colts. Although you could argue that the Indy defense deserved more representation. Gary Brackett and the entire secondary deserve recognition for their performance.

Deshawn Zombie Comments: I've had it. I'm boycotting the Pro Bowl. That's right. I won't be going to Hawaii to the Pro Bowl. Gary Brackett has been dominant this year causing 9 interceptions. If a DB had done this, they'd be calling him an All Pro. Brackett is a far bigger snub than any of the Jholes. We already delineated how Taylor is not one of the three best RBs in the AFC (although neither is Willie Parker). How does the number two defense in football only have one Pro Bowl player? Brackett has been there warring every week in a year when guys have been going down left and right.

So take that NFL. I won't go to Hawaii!

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8 comments:

Bob M. said...

I am pretty sure Belichick will put Brackett and/or one of our CBs on the team as an injury replacement. I am kind of ticked about the Brackett exclusion, but whatever.

I cackle at my own wit sometimes.

HeatherRadish said...

I postulate the problem with Brackett getting snubbed is related to the process of allowing fans to "vote" 25 times a day (per e-mail address, like we don't all have a dozen of those). Most adult professional fans of the game have a life outside the InterTubes (I do! really!). Obsessed teenager and other guys living in their parents' basement sitting on the 'net all day are the only people who have the time and inclination to fill out 25 ballots for their favorite team or favorite player.

This is the only reason I can find for that the Pro Bowl "honors" a confirmed cheater who sat out four games this season serving a suspension for said cheating (Merriman), but misses excellent clean players with lesser known names (and less dirty hits making the SportsCenter reel) like Brackett.

Yes, I know they're different positions; I think the point still stands that it's a dubious honor if someone who only played in 10 of the 14 games played before the ballots are counted (again, because he violated league rules regulating competition....) gets in because he's popular.

Deshawn Zombie said...

for the record: I voted once.

zac said...

I voted 25 times on 3 seperate email accounts. Damn.

Ian said...

It's too bad Brackett didn't get the nod, but it's understandable. You can't understand how valuable he is to that defense (one of the best in the league) without watching him play all season. Most fans don't go out of their way to watch every Colts game so they don't see the consistency of greatness to Brackett's play.

Rob - Westside said...

The Pro Bowl is and always has been a broken system. But don't you think one of the contributing factors is the number of players selected at each position. QB and RB get one starter and 2 backups, and only one can play at each position at a time. LT,G,LB,CB only have 1 backup for 2 concurrent positions. FS doesn't even get a backup. It seems the NFL should reconsider this allocation especially since they haven't touched it in 20-30 years, and they've added at least 4 to 6 teams to the leagues since they set these numbers.

Dave said...

"How does the number two defense in football only have one Pro Bowl player?"

Well...the number one defense in football only has 2 Pro Bowlers. One of which has been injured all year and doesn't deserve it. And of course, we've seen, the past two weeks, what the number one defense in football means. Nothing.

Anonymous said...

Why does there have to be some correlation between the quality of a unit and the number of pro bowlers? You could have a pro bowler at DE, LB and CB and still have a lousy defense. Or you could have a defense made up of 11 way above average players and quality backups which would be truly outstanding, yet without any of the players ranking as one of the top 2 at his position.

And of course, this would all be possible even if the Pro Bowl process weren't all screwed up.

Remember, the players are as misguided and biased as the fans.

Stan