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Take away the fan vote in Pro Bowl balloting

Why will a deserving player like Antoine Winfield not make the Pro Bowl? Because fans are voting. Story

Pro Bowl voting ends Tuesday, and I'm prepared for another year in which popularity and reputation trump actual production and impact.

The NFL Pro Bowl, like its inept twin, the NBA All-Star Game, has become "American Idol" -- minus the cranky Brit.

Fan votes account for a third of the Pro Bowl selection process, with coaches' and players' ballots accounting for the rest.

That doesn't sound like a harmful equation, but I'm advocating that the paying customers be left out. ...

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