Will The Pro Bowl Vote Be “Rigged?”December 11th, 2013
Remember those September days during the wild, all-angles, anonymous-source onslaught on Bucs commander Greg Schiano?
Those were tough times. The world seemed to be imploding and you didn’t want to be seen at Publix wearing a Bucs t-shirt.
For Joe, at least that time delivered one of the true funny moments of the season.
Darrelle Revis was chatting with Joe and a handful of other media types, and Revis exclaimed that the Pro Bowl voting would be “rigged” if Lavonte David didn’t make it this season. Keep in mind that was mid-September. That’s how quickly Revis was impressed.
But “rigged” was a naughty word back then, as Greg Schiano had been accused all over the national media of “rigging” the team captains’ vote so Josh Freeman would be stripped of his captaincy. A reporter quickly pointed out to Revis that he might not want to use the word “rigged” at One Buc Palace. And Revis laughed, almost hysterically, and started playfully asking to have that comment stricken from the record.
Now Joe officially stopped caring about Pro Bowls when Derrick Brooks made the Pro Bowl after the 2008 season and then the Bucs cut him weeks later. You remember, the Bucs needed to make way for Brooks’ replacement, Jermaine Phillips. Yeah, like they couldn’t have used Brooks that season.
But a Pro Bowl nod still carries status, and Revis was right. If David isn’t heading to Hawaii (fan voting ends soon, and the player vote next week), then something is dreadfully wrong. David is dominant and now owns an all-time, single-season mark for linebackers; he’s the first with six sacks and five interceptions.
Joe would like to see the Bucs make a bigger push on their website and social media to jack up fan voting for David. You can vote here. And Joe would love to see David’s teammates with huge Twitter followings, like Dashon Goldson (980,000+) and Revis, get the vote out on Twitter.
David getting the proper recognition would be a nice end to a disappointing season.