Friday, January 11, 2008

A.O. An All-Star, Green Snubbed

No surprises that I can see.

While we already knew that A.O. would not be starting the All-Star Game, it was a forgone conclusion that he would make the Eastern Conference team. There was some question as to whether or not Mike "BEAM ME UP" Green would make it. Well, he didn't.

And just like A.O. not starting, whoop-de-doo...

As I've said before, I don't care about the All-Star game. I don't even know when it is and I don't care because I won't bother watching. The much maligned Reebok jerseys were first introduced at the game last year in Dallas and the flop sweat issue didn't arise then. If that doesn't tell you all you need to know about the NHL All-Star game, remember that in last year's Pro Bowl, Sean Taylor laid out Punter Brian Moorman. It was the only highlight of the game and it sparked a debate as to whether or not Taylor was playing the game too hard. After all, it is a meaningless exhibition.

It's such a meaningless exhibition, Roberto Luongo won't even bother going in spite of being voted a Western Conference starter by the fans. And speaking of the fan vote, I'm sure that somebody somewhere has said that because Washington didn't vote A.O. back into the starting lineup this year that Washington does not appreciate/deserve A.O. Well what about the Rangers fans? They didn't vote in Jaormir Jagr? What about the Atlanta fans? They're hosting the game and they couldn't vote Illya Kovalchuk into the game. It doesn't bother me in the least that A.O. ended up as a reserve. Besides after the Rory Fitzpatrick scandal last year, fans know that the vote is rigged and all vote totals should be taken with a grain of salt.

And speaking of vote totals, if you want to know why the NHL is as lightly regarded as it is, look at the All-Star vote totals. Penguin Scum and Canadian Diving Team Captain, Secondary Assist Cindy Crosby lead all NHL All-Star vote getters with 507,274 votes. Tom Brady lead all NFL Pro Bowl vote getters with 1,037,608 votes. LeBron James, lead all NBA All-Star vote getters with 2,516,049 votes. Alex Rodriguez led all MLB All-Star vote getters with 3,890,515 votes. What more really needs to be said about this whole exercise?

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