Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
I just got a look at the final totals on the fan portion of the Pro Bowl balloting and it's not pretty. If the results were judged only by the fan voting (it's not -- coaches and players each will count for one-third of the vote), the NFC South would have only four players in the Pro Bowl.
New Orleans' Drew Brees won the voting at quarterback. Carolina's Julius Peppers finished second among defensive ends and Atlanta's John Abraham was third at the same position. Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber was fourth among cornerbacks.
That's it, folks.
New Orleans' Reggie Bush finished third among return men. New Orleans fullback Mike Karney finished fourth and Jeremy Shockey was fourth among tight ends. Tampa Bay punter Josh Bidwell finished fourth and Atlanta's Jason Elam was fourth among kickers. Atlanta's Matt Ryan was fifth at quarterback and Atlanta running back Michael Turner finished fifth.
If you've been reading this blog for the past few weeks, you know my feelings on the fan voting. In a nutshell, the folks in the NFC East stuffed the ballot box. Let's just hope the coaches and players are a little more concerned about voting for guys who actually belong in the game.