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Redskins Fans, Spurred By Ads, Voting En Masse For Pro Bowl
Published November 21, 2008
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MAKING A MOCKERY OF THE SYSTEM? In New Orleans, David Gladow writes due to the "formula the NFL currently uses, some of the players' leads will be nearly insurmountable for other players to overcome, whether the coaches or players vote for those players or not." The situation is "ridiculous, and it calls to attention the problem inherent in letting the fans decide who actually gets to go" to the Pro Bowl (NOLA.com, 10/20). ESPN’s Mark Schlereth said the Redskins’ campaign is "why fans should not be allowed to vote for the Pro Bowl.” Schlereth: “I wouldn’t even let players vote. I would keep it at (GMs) and coaches” (“NFL Live,” ESPN, 11/20). ESPN’s Kevin Blackistone: “Fans are turning it into a mockery of voting here. ... Let’s not turn it into a joke like this. Guys actually make extra money off of going to the Pro Bowl and that makes a big difference.” Former Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti said, “If I could just be assured it was people who knew what they were doing and not (Redskins Owner) Dan Snyder and his people back there stuffing ballot boxes, like the old Cincinnati Reds back in the old days, I’d have no problem with it. But it’s fun and I think in the end, the actual, realistic players are going to make (the Pro Bowl).” Denver Post columnist Woody Paige: “If the Washington Redskins are smart enough to figure out how to manipulate the system, I’m all for them. Who’s voting in Houston or Tampa Bay?” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 11/20). ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser: “If it's just coaches (voting), they're prejudiced. If it's just players, they're prejudiced. If it's just fans, they're prejudiced. Get rid of the Pro Bowl. ... It’s a junky game” (“PTI,” ESPN, 11/20).