2012 Pro Bowl. Photo courtesy of nfl.com
Once again the votes of all the arm chair quarterbacks and faithful followers have been tallied and the 2012 team was announced yesterday. Were there any shocking snubs this year? Any surprises to make the team? Anyone actually still care about this roster anymore or is it just a way to pass the time before the week long media frenzy of Super Bowl Sunday starts…..
Lets start with our guys…here’s hoping your tushes aren’t pool side in a lounge chair come January….congrats Steelers.
-Troy Polamalu – Safety (starter)
-Maurkice Pouncey – Center (starter)
-Mike Wallace – Wide Receiver (starter)
-Ben Roethlisberger – Quarterback
-Antonio Brown – Kick Returner
James Harrison, Ryan Clark, and LaMarr Woodley were named as alternates.
You can view the entire roster here
Some thoughts on the election…
Lets start with Philip Rivers being on this list. HUH? Except for a few short (short) stretches, he has played worse than bad Rex. There is no way you can look at his season and say he deserves this spot. Speaking of QBs, noticeably missing is of course Mr. Popularity himself, Tebow. I guess his loyal fans were too busy complaining about the SNL skit to vote. Tom Brady made his 274th Pro Bowl, or something like that. Ben and his boot get the nod to round out the AFC side. Its no surprise the NFLs darling is tops in the NFC. Gotta love that Eli sits up there with Rodgers and Brees. Apparently his sideline pouting is an effective campaign technique. (Pay attention Romney). I would have liked to have seen Cam in that third slot. As we all know he’s been rewriting the records and has lived up to, and in my mind surpassed, his first round hype.
Three other rookies were chosen: Denver linebacker Von Miller, Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green, and Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson, as a kick return specialist. In case you missed it, he’s run back four this season, tying the record.
Two of the self proclaimed bad guys who topped out on their 15 minutes this year were not present – meaning Suh and Harrision. Did their antics really cost them on the fan side or is it maybe a little bit of Goddell’s hand in the cookie jar. Seems appropriate to mention Ray “bang bang” Lewis here, making his 12th PB.
A few others who maybe should have got the call – NE’s Hernandez instead of the old standby Antonio Gates, who I feel, like some others, gets votes merely because people know his name. He’s had over 70 catches as the second tight end. But with his teammate Gronk already there, looks like he’s resigned to the back row once again. Maybe Stafford also deserves to be in there. Isn’t ending a decade+ long playoff drought with a pretty nice TD to INT ratio a PB worthy accomplishment? I think you could make a case for the Giant’s Cruz as well. He’s had a pretty amazing year, and that 98 yarder last week is no exception.
You be the judge.