Good to be old
It's been a good week for old guys in Philadelphia sports. The Phillies gave two guaranteed years to a 46-year-old pitcher and three guaranteed years to a 36-year-old outfielder, 35-year-old Brian Dawkins set an Eagles record for most games played and was named to the Pro Bowl, and Penn State inked Joe Paterno to a three-year contract extension less than a week before he turns eighty-freakin'-two. Rumor has it that the 76ers are scouting Darryl Dawkins.
Why not Moss?
Of all the Pro Bowl snubs - John Abraham, DeAngelo Williams, Philip Rivers being the most egregious in my eyes - there's one in particular that stands out to me.
It's not so much that Wes Welker made the Pro Bowl because I do believe he's deserving of all-star-type accolades, but I'm wondering how Welker made it to the Pro Bowl over his teammate and fellow receiver, Randy Moss. Sure, Welker has more catches and yardage this year than Moss, but it's a chicken/egg type discussion that goes in favor of Moss.
While Welker is a very good possession receiver, Randy Moss is one of the most dangerous play-making threats in the NFL. It's Randy Moss who teams need to double-cover and shade with a safety to avoid giving up the big play. It's the type of attention that Randy Moss attracts from defenses that allows the short passes and underneath stuff to work so well for the Pats. No doubt that Welker has excelled in his role and should have been a Pro Bowler last year, but it's because of Moss that Welker looks this good.