This NFL Pro Bowl is redefining the word “meaningless”

Andy Dalton is in the Pro Bowl this season.

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Season stats for Big Red:

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To further the ridiculousness, let’s break down how this happened:

  • Of the original six QBs named to the game, only two are still scheduled to play: Andrew Luck and Tony Romo. Before this weekend, two others—Peyton Manning (injured) and Ben Roethlisberger (injured) —had dropped out.
  • First alternate Drew Brees replaced Rothlisberger, The NFL approached second alternate Philip Rivers to replace Manning, but he said “heck no” (Rivers doesn’t curse cause of God), as he’s recovering from injury. Third alternate Russell Wilson is heading to the Super Bowl. Fourth alternate Matthew Stafford stepped up and took the free trip to Phoenix (Pro Bowl isn’t in Hawaii anymore??).
  • When the Patriots won on Sunday, that meant Tom Brady—who was part of the original six—had to drop out. Fifth alternate Matt Ryan hasn’t touched a football in 4 weeks, but what the hell why not?!?!
  • Two days ago, it was announced that Aaron Rodgers, who was also among the original six, pulled out (that’s what she said) to recover from his calf injury. The NFL turned to sixth alternate Joe Flacco, but he declined because he’s about to be a father (to a human being, not an unexpected, and inexplicable Super Bowl winning QB).

That left seventh alternate and 13th overall choice Andy Dalton.

Usually my 13th choice is a questionable, ill-deserving red-head as well.  But that’s after about 12 Jamesons.



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