Matt Ryan is forced to sit out with a shoulder injury.  That means this man will be making his first trip to the Pro Bowl. Russell Wilson.

Matt Ryan is forced to sit out with a shoulder injury.  That means this man will be making his first trip to the Pro Bowl. Russell Wilson.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Pro Bowl MVP, Brandon Marshall.
6 catches, 176 yards, 4 TDs - and there’s still eight minutes left in the game.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Pro Bowl MVP, Brandon Marshall.

6 catches, 176 yards, 4 TDs - and there’s still eight minutes left in the game.

Sorry Tim, No Pro Bowl For You!
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Wait, you mean he even does it during the Pro Bowl?

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Wait, you mean he even does it during the Pro Bowl?

The previously mentioned Alex Mack touchdown.

Yes, I just posted a Pro Bowl highlight. I’m sorry. I’m going to go take a shower, I feel so dirty.

The Pro Bowl was terrible. It’s always terrible. Probably more so this year. Do you think the players had it in the back of their head that if they get hurt and there is a lock out that they won’t be able to get any treatment from the league? No tackling, no pass rushing, it stinks. Besides that crazy last play where center, Alex Mack, scored the touchdown I’m not sure what the positives were.
Even so, I watched a some of it and so did 13.4 million other people. The National Football Post has an article about how the Pro Bowl earned less than a million fewer viewers than the World series averaged.
And I am expected to believe that the are willing to forfeit games next year?

The Pro Bowl was terrible. It’s always terrible. Probably more so this year. Do you think the players had it in the back of their head that if they get hurt and there is a lock out that they won’t be able to get any treatment from the league? No tackling, no pass rushing, it stinks. Besides that crazy last play where center, Alex Mack, scored the touchdown I’m not sure what the positives were.

Even so, I watched a some of it and so did 13.4 million other people. The National Football Post has an article about how the Pro Bowl earned less than a million fewer viewers than the World series averaged.

And I am expected to believe that the are willing to forfeit games next year?

Remember when Derek Anderson played in the Pro Bowl? I’m not joking. It really happened.

Remember when Derek Anderson played in the Pro Bowl? I’m not joking. It really happened.

Michael Vick helmet cam.

It’s Murray!

The always funny Onion Sports Network.

In case you missed it, the Boston Globe reported that Tom Brady underwent foot surgery today.  They say he played throughout the season with a stress fracture in his foot.  Or maybe they are still looking for ways to explain Sunday’s loss.
Either way the surgery will cause Brady to miss the Pro Bowl.  That means Tom Brady Jr. (Matt Cassel) will be filling those stress fracture inducing cleats. Cassel had a 58% completion rate throwing for 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Seems like a comparable replacement, right?

In case you missed it, the Boston Globe reported that Tom Brady underwent foot surgery today.  They say he played throughout the season with a stress fracture in his foot.  Or maybe they are still looking for ways to explain Sunday’s loss.

Either way the surgery will cause Brady to miss the Pro Bowl.  That means Tom Brady Jr. (Matt Cassel) will be filling those stress fracture inducing cleats. Cassel had a 58% completion rate throwing for 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Seems like a comparable replacement, right?

Your 2011 Pro Bowl corner back, DeAngelo Hall!

(Source: nfl.com)

The 2011 pro bowl rosters are in and it looks to me like the Green Bay Packers got snubbed.  Snubbed!
Aaron Rodgers
First of all, Aaron Rodgers wasn’t a selected quarterback.  Instead Michael Vick, Drew Bees, and Matt Ryan did.  I have no problem with Vick but I thought Rodgers would get the start before Brees or Ryan.  Brees beats Rodgers in a number of QB categories, but he’s been throwing interceptions at an alarming rate, 21 on the year.
What I really can’t figure out is how Matt Ryan beat out Aaron Rodgers.  Sure, he’s having a great year on a great team, but better than Rodgers?  Aaron Rodgers has thrown for more yards and more touchdowns than Matt Ryan.  He also has the highest QB rating in the NFC.  Add to that the fact that Green Bay has had no running game to speak of until recently.  I think the facts show that Rodgers is more deserving than Ryan.
John Kuhn
This years NFC fullback representative is Ovie Mughelli.  I remember watching Ovie here in Baltimore.  He is a very good fullback, but he really only does one thing well, block.  I guess this vote is a testament to the year that Michael Turner is having.  With Turner piling up the numbers some recognition must be due to the man paving the way for him.
I’d rather see John Kuhn here.  Kuhn is a jack of all trades kind of fullback.  He can block, catch, and run. With Green Bay’s terrible run game they ask him to do it all.  Kuhn’s rushed for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Compare that to Ovie’s 28 yards and no touchdowns.  Kuhn has also had 90 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns.  Ovie’s had 126 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.  I rest my case.
Josh Sitton
This one is a lot harder to argue with numbers.  Here is my complaint; Chris Snee and Carl Nicks got voted in before Josh Sitton.  I’m not a talent scout and I don’t pretend to follow the play of right guards closely…. but I know who does.  The guys over at Football Outsiders, and when they say something I listen. 
A week ago there was an article that quoted Ndamukong Suh.  They asked Suh what his best individual NFL matchup was to date.  His answer:

I would say the guy I respect the most that I’ve gone against on the offensive line is Josh Sitton, Green Bay’s right guard.
He’s one that is very patient, and he understands the kinds of moves that you may want to do against him. I’ve found ways to beat him, just as he’s found ways to catch me — in my rushes and so forth — to stop me. He’s one of those guys that I definitely respect. He understands the game, and he’s a young guy at that. I think he’s only on his fourth or fifth year in the NFL. I’m excited to go against him, and I’m looking forward to going against him in the years to come.

Has anyone ever said that about Chris Snee or Carl Nicks?  I don’t think so.  New Orleans Saint, Jahri Evans, also received a spot on the pro bowl roster.  I have no problem with that.
B.J. Raji
This year’s NFC defensive tackles are Ndamukong Suh, Jay Ratliff, Justin Smith.  Great group of players, they are all fantastic but I gotta think Raji earned a spot here. He’s the nose tackle on the NFC’s best 3-4 defense, I think he deserves more credit.  He has more sacks and tackles than Jay Ratliff so I would probably leave him off.
Tramon Williams
This one’s not really a snub.  I just think they picked the wrong Packer’s cornerback.  Tramon WIlliams is having a much better year than Charles Woodson.  He’s got more interceptions and passes defended.  However, Charles Woodson has the name and 5 forced fumbles on the year.  Charles Woodson isn’t dead yet.
It should be noted that Nick Collins, Chad Cliffton, Greg Jennings, and Clay Matthews were all Green Bay Packers who did make the 2011 Pro Bowl roster.  However, Clay Mathews is the only one of them that I think is truly deserving.  I actually believe that the snubs I listed here should get the nod before the others that were voted in, besides Clay, he’s just an animal.

The 2011 pro bowl rosters are in and it looks to me like the Green Bay Packers got snubbed.  Snubbed!

Aaron Rodgers

First of all, Aaron Rodgers wasn’t a selected quarterback.  Instead Michael Vick, Drew Bees, and Matt Ryan did.  I have no problem with Vick but I thought Rodgers would get the start before Brees or Ryan.  Brees beats Rodgers in a number of QB categories, but he’s been throwing interceptions at an alarming rate, 21 on the year.

What I really can’t figure out is how Matt Ryan beat out Aaron Rodgers.  Sure, he’s having a great year on a great team, but better than Rodgers?  Aaron Rodgers has thrown for more yards and more touchdowns than Matt Ryan.  He also has the highest QB rating in the NFC.  Add to that the fact that Green Bay has had no running game to speak of until recently. I think the facts show that Rodgers is more deserving than Ryan.

John Kuhn

This years NFC fullback representative is Ovie Mughelli.  I remember watching Ovie here in Baltimore.  He is a very good fullback, but he really only does one thing well, block.  I guess this vote is a testament to the year that Michael Turner is having.  With Turner piling up the numbers some recognition must be due to the man paving the way for him.

I’d rather see John Kuhn here.  Kuhn is a jack of all trades kind of fullback.  He can block, catch, and run. With Green Bay’s terrible run game they ask him to do it all.  Kuhn’s rushed for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Compare that to Ovie’s 28 yards and no touchdowns.  Kuhn has also had 90 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns.  Ovie’s had 126 yards receiving and 1 touchdown.  I rest my case.

Josh Sitton

This one is a lot harder to argue with numbers.  Here is my complaint; Chris Snee and Carl Nicks got voted in before Josh Sitton.  I’m not a talent scout and I don’t pretend to follow the play of right guards closely…. but I know who does.  The guys over at Football Outsiders, and when they say something I listen. 

A week ago there was an article that quoted Ndamukong Suh.  They asked Suh what his best individual NFL matchup was to date.  His answer:

I would say the guy I respect the most that I’ve gone against on the offensive line is Josh Sitton, Green Bay’s right guard.

He’s one that is very patient, and he understands the kinds of moves that you may want to do against him. I’ve found ways to beat him, just as he’s found ways to catch me — in my rushes and so forth — to stop me. He’s one of those guys that I definitely respect. He understands the game, and he’s a young guy at that. I think he’s only on his fourth or fifth year in the NFL. I’m excited to go against him, and I’m looking forward to going against him in the years to come.

Has anyone ever said that about Chris Snee or Carl Nicks?  I don’t think so.  New Orleans Saint, Jahri Evans, also received a spot on the pro bowl roster.  I have no problem with that.

B.J. Raji

This year’s NFC defensive tackles are Ndamukong Suh, Jay Ratliff, Justin Smith.  Great group of players, they are all fantastic but I gotta think Raji earned a spot here. He’s the nose tackle on the NFC’s best 3-4 defense, I think he deserves more credit.  He has more sacks and tackles than Jay Ratliff so I would probably leave him off.

Tramon Williams

This one’s not really a snub.  I just think they picked the wrong Packer’s cornerback.  Tramon WIlliams is having a much better year than Charles Woodson.  He’s got more interceptions and passes defended.  However, Charles Woodson has the name and 5 forced fumbles on the year.  Charles Woodson isn’t dead yet.

It should be noted that Nick Collins, Chad Cliffton, Greg Jennings, and Clay Matthews were all Green Bay Packers who did make the 2011 Pro Bowl roster.  However, Clay Mathews is the only one of them that I think is truly deserving.  I actually believe that the snubs I listed here should get the nod before the others that were voted in, besides Clay, he’s just an animal.