Tuesday, December 19, 2006

RAVENS GET PRO BOWL SNUB


This morning over a cup of Joe I jotted down Ravens players who I thought would be heading to Hawaii in February to participate in the 2007 Pro Bowl. I broke the list down into the following categories while trying to be as objective as possible: 1) Stone cold lock to go; 2) Should go; 3) Shouldn’t go but probably will based upon reputation; 4) Should go but probably won’t based upon some other players’ reputations.

Here’s the way the list looked:

1. Stone cold lock: Jonathan Ogden, Adalius Thomas, Trevor Pryce, Gary Stills
2. Should go: Bart Scott, Todd Heap, Terrell Suggs, Chris McAlister
3. Shouldn’t go but probably will: Ed Reed and Ray Lewis
4. Should go but won’t: Kelly Gregg, Matt Stover

The confirmed list that you’ve by now already heard includes: JO, AD, Suggs, Cmac and Reed. Heap, Lewis, Stills and Stover are all alternates. I am shocked that Pryce and Stills didn’t even make the team. Just as shocked that neither Pryce nor Bart Scott made it as mere alternates.

Ed Reed has had a poor season considering he is the highest paid player at his position and I genuinely believe he went on reputation, just as JO did last year. That can jump up and bite players at times. It did last year for AD and this year he’s in. It did this year for Kelly Gregg and Bart Scott, both having better seasons than players chosen ahead of them as starters, reserves or alternates.

But let’s look for the silver lining in this. I think the snubs will serve to further galvanize the locker room. Those selected will be upset by the deserved not chosen. It will sharpen that chip on the team’s collective shoulder and they’ll let the snubbing inspire them even more.

Just like being a 3 point dog to a team that they dominated 4 weeks ago will…

Never mess around with the junk yard dog. It has a nasty bite.

And in Baltimore, there’s plenty of dogs in the Ravens‘ house. Just ask the Pro Bowl voters and odds makers.

8 comments :

Tony Lombardi said...

Another thing to consider when trying to rationalize or find logic in the snubbed Ravens' players...The way the Ravens configure their defense works against some of the players. Pryce is an end who plays a lot of tackle in nickel situations. Suggs is an end who plays a lot of OLB...Scott is a weak side backer who plays a lot of inside backer...it makes it difficult for voters who are selecting for position.

How about Philip Rivers making it over Tom Brady? Now that is REALLY a joke. Let's see Rivers carry the Patriots and then give Brady LT and Gates to go with that offensive line.

HARRYO29 said...

Tony,
What a Travesty? The voters leaving off all of those Ravens mentioned in your BLOG. GMTA... I have been seething all day since I heard the news about the PRO BOWL Selections.
I am an ESPN junky, and am amazed every day by all of the LOVE pouring out of Bristol for the Chargers and other SEXY teams. This fuels my desire even more for the Ravens to win the Superbowl. Atleast, that would be one day that good old BAW-LMER would not be the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL....Maybe???
See you in Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve.
Harry O'

HARRYO29 said...

Tony,
What a Travesty? The voters leaving off all of those Ravens mentioned in your BLOG. GMTA... I have been seething all day since I heard the news about the PRO BOWL Selections.
I am an ESPN junky, and am amazed every day by all of the LOVE pouring out of Bristol for the Chargers and other SEXY teams. This fuels my desire even more for the Ravens to win the Superbowl. Atleast, that would be one day that good old BAW-LMER would not be the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL....Maybe???
See you in Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve.
Harry O'

Ravenwoman said...

I have a theory about these Pro Bowl, All Star Game events.

First and foremost, as long as fans are allowed a say so in the selection (even if its 1/3 of the voting) there is a higher likelyhood of deserving players getting screwed over by the voting.

I personally think fans should not be allowed to vote in these matters, because it turns these events into popularity contests and nothing more.

Look at baseball and the All Star game. Instead of showcasing the very best baseball has to offer, you get these once great, over the hill types who bat .220.

The Pro Bowl has the same element with 1/3 vote coming from the fan base. The Pro Bowl should be performanced based and nothing more. It should be limited to coaches and players casting one vote a piece, that's it. This will limit in part, some of player discrimination that goes on.

HARRYO29 said...

YO
Ravenwoman. I must agree with you 100%. The coaches know who is performing in a given year. Because the prepare each week to compete against the BEST players in the league.
RAVEN ON
Harry O in Sykesville

HARRYO29 said...

YO
Ravenwoman. I must agree with you 100%. The coaches know who is performing in a given year.NOT THE FANS!!! Because they prepare each week to compete against the BEST players in the league.
RAVEN ON
Harry O in Sykesville

Anonymous said...

YOu may be right about it being a popularity contest- but don't forget one thing... Without the fans- these sports wouldn't exist. The fans are what makes each sporting event an "event." I agree it does lead to some playerss getting the low end of the stick sometimes when they are deserving, but such is life. With all of the talking heads out there and countless talk shows on radio and television- those ignorant voters will know the names of the snubbed players come next year- so maybe then they'll get their due. The All-Star game- in this case, pro-bowl- is an event FOR THE FANS. The fans want players that they like to cheer for- and bottom line is- like you said, they only get 1/3 of the vote- so they don't have the final say- but they deserve- we all, as fans- have earned the right to vote.
Maybe if you feel so strongly about it- you should spend more time voting. I don't think there is a limit, and if there is, get creative... you'll find a way to get the "deserving" players in there.

Anonymous said...

You may be right about it being a popularity contest- but don't forget one thing... Without the fans- these sports wouldn't exist. The fans are what makes each sporting event an "event." I agree it does lead to some playerss getting the low end of the stick sometimes when they are deserving, but such is life. With all of the talking heads out there and countless talk shows on radio and television- those ignorant voters will know the names of the snubbed players come next year- so maybe then they'll get their due. The All-Star game- in this case, pro-bowl- is an event FOR THE FANS. The fans want players that they like to cheer for- and bottom line is- like you said, they only get 1/3 of the vote- so they don't have the final say- but they deserve- we all, as fans- have earned the right to vote.
Maybe if you feel so strongly about it- you should spend more time voting. I don't think there is a limit, and if there is, get creative... you'll find a way to get the "deserving" players in there.