Sometimes the Pro Bowl voters get it right.
Take Wednesday night, for instance.
Six Baltimore Ravens, three Washington Redskins and two Pittsburgh Steelers were voted into the all-star game, set for Sunday, Jan. 27, in Honolulu.
Not a single Philadelphia Eagle got an invitation.
That seems perfectly logical, given the respective records of the four NFL teams located in closest proximity to York County.
The Ravens have already clinched the AFC North title and sit at 10-5.
The surprising Redskins (9-6) can win the NFC East crown with a win over Dallas on Sunday night.
And after hugely disappointing seasons, the Steelers (7-8) and the Eagles (4-11) will be sitting at home during the playoffs.
Baltimore's six AFC selections are safety Ed Reed (58 tackles, four interceptions), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (51 tackles, five sacks), fullback Vonta Leach, running back Ray Rice (1,138 rushing yards), guard Marshall Yanda and kick returner Jacoby Jones (32.1 yards on kickoff returns).
Reed, Leach, Yanda and Jones will be starters. Reed is a nine-time Pro Bowler, while Ngata has been voted in four times. Leach and Rice are three-time selections, while Yanda earned his second berth. Jones will make his initial appearance.
The Redskins, meanwhile, will send their electric young rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, to the game, along with offensive tackle Trent Williams and special teams player Lorenzo Alexander. Only Alexander is a starter. Griffin has thrown for 3,100 yards and rushed for 752 yards.
The Steelers and Eagles have traditionally sent a multitude of players to the Pro Bowl. Last year, for example, the Steelers had five Pro Bowlers and the Eagles had three.
This year, the only Steelers selected for the AFC team were center Maurkice Pouncey and tight end Heath Miller. Pouncey is a starter and Miller (71 receptions, 816 yards) was picked as a backup. Miller, who recently blew out his knee, won't be able to make the trip.
Notable among those missing the cut this season are Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison and Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu. They've been picked for the Pro Bowl a combined 24 times -- 13 for Lewis, seven for Polamalu and four for Harrison. All three had injury issues this season.
Also missing this season will be Dover High School graduate John Kuhn, who earned his first-ever Pro Bowl berth a season ago. The Green Bay Packers' fullback missed a couple games this season because of injuries. Minnesota's Jerome Felton was picked as the NFC fullback this season.
Penn State, meanwhile, will be represented by three former Nittany Lions. Miami's Cameron Wake (15 sacks) will start at defensive end and Kansas City's Tamba Hali (nine sacks) will start at linebacker for the AFC.
San Francisco's NaVorro Bowman (144 tackles) will be a backup for the NFC at inside linebacker.
Steve Heiser is sports editor for The York Dis patch. He can be reached at sheiser@yorkdis patch.com.