The Washington Redskins are one game over .500. They have allowed one more point than they have scored. They stand a good chance of sitting out of the playoffs in January.
But if the season ended today, 20 Redskins would be headed to the Pro Bowl.
"You’ve got to be kidding me," offensive right guard Randy Thomas, one of the Redskins’ chosen many, told the Associated Press.
Based only on the results of fan voting so far, eight of 11 NFC starters on both offense and defense would be Redskins, along with all four special teams players. Fan voting on nfl.com, which continues through Dec. 9, counts for one-third of the total. Players and coaches votes each count for one-third as well, so the Redskin landslide could be stemmed in late December.
"We encouraged our fans to vote for the Pro Bowl, and they responded in record numbers," team spokesman Zack Bolno said. "Our fans are always enthusiastic and supportive of the Redskins and they demonstrated their passion by voting for their favorite players."
How many players did the Dallas Cowboys send to last season’s Pro Bowl?
Free tickets? No thanks.
Attendance is down this season for the Kansas City Chiefs, who have lost 19 of their last 20 games.
A local mechanic, Nick Cooper, told the Kansas City Star that if someone gave him free tickets, "I guess I’d go."
Cooper rested his forearms on the fender of a Ford Expedition and thought it over.
"Then again, there’s parking," he said. "And food. And I can sit home and see it better. Nah, I have better things to do."
Fear of Bud
Mini-baseball was a big hit in the World Series, with lots of people very excited about the tight and taut three-inning exercise that enabled the Philadelphia Phillies to wrap up the title after rain originally suspended Game 5 in the middle of the sixth inning.
Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff got a little carried away with the less-is-more-theme when he proposed the first round of the playoffs be shortened to one game.
"I’d make it one-and-you’re-out for the first series," Wolff told the Associated Press. "It would be exciting. It would be great."
Has Wolff mentioned his grand plan to baseball commissioner Bud Selig yet?
"No," he said, "I’m afraid to do that."
Reader Conrad Casler of Claremont writes:
"In your Saturday 'Totally Random' article concerning author Julian Norridge’s assertion that the U.K. not the U.S. invented baseball as delineated in a Jane Austen novel:
"One has to go back several millennia not decades before Austen or Abner Doubleday (arguably) dreamed up Bud Selig’s ill gotten bread and butter.
"The first words in the Old Testament’s first book, Genesis, settle the dispute. You should look it up!
" 'In the big inning ... ' "
Where's Chris Berman?
From Dan Daly of the Washington Times, on the WNBA Mystics hiring their 11th coach in 11 years: "Just call her Julie ‘Walk The’ Plank."
-- Mike Penner
Photo: Members of the Kansas City Chiefs watch the closing moments of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints. The Chiefs lost, 30-20. Credit: G. Newman Lowrance / Getty Images