DAN: Four? Seriously? Four!?!?
By Dan O'Donnell
Don't get me wrong. I'm as happy as can be that Brett Favre, Donald Driver, Aaron Kampman, and Al Harris all made the Pro Bowl, but come on. Is a Thursday night win really worth seven spots? Do the Cowboys really have that much more talent? And, for that matter, do the Cowboys deserve a full three more Pro Bowl selections than the undefeated New England Patriots (who also beat them by 21...in Texas)?
As long as I'm complaining about numbers, how about 7 selections for the Vikings, a team with 4 fewer wins than the Packers? Granted, Adrian Peterson has been the best rookie (at any position) in years and the Wiliiams' are great defensively...but Darren Sharper over Charles Woodson (who both have 4 interceptions) is a puzzling pick at best.
Speaking of puzzling, since when does 5 wins (for the Bears) get you as many Pro Bowlers as 12 wins? I hope the Packers win by 45 Sunday, and Ryan Grant physically carries Lance Briggs and Tommie Harris across the goal line at least twice to underscore how much more Nick Barnett deserves to go to Honolulu than either of them.
Likewise, Mason Crosby has more points than anyone in the NFL by a wide margin, yet Nick Folk gets the nod at kicker. Greg Jennings has more touchdowns than any receiver in the NFC except Terrell Owens, but Larry Fitzgerald takes his spot with 8...and 6 fewer wins.
The bottom line, though, is that the Packers have been disrespected from the very start of this season. "Oh, it's a cute story; Favre found the fountain of youth, but Green Bay will fade eventually," was a near-constant refrain. 12 wins later, the refrain is a faint murmur, but the Pro Bowl snubs speak loud and clear. Oh well, Honolulu is nice in February, but if I'm not mistaken, the real game is played the week before...and (with any luck) there will be plenty of Packers in that one!