Friday is picture day at the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl, as evidenced by this picture:
Current temperature in Honolulu, Hawaii: 76 degrees, and sunny.
The 2011 AFC Pro Bowl roster features seven New England Patriots: WR Wes Welker, OT Matt Light, OG Logan Mankins, DT Vince Wilfork, LB Jerod Mayo, CB Devin McCourty and safety Brandon Meriweather. Tom Brady was originally selected as the starting quarterback for the AFC but the stress fracture in his foot and subsequent surgery will keep him from making the trip to Hawaii (San Diego's Philip Rivers will start in his place).
Although the Pro Bowl is generally a light-hearted, friendly game, it hasn't stopped Brandon Meriweather and New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis from exchanging words during Thursday's practice.
"He's ripping me because they won (the AFC divisional round game), but that's the only bragging rights he has," Meriweather said, when I asked what all the yapping was about. "We still beat him by 50 points."
"Whatever, I remind him every time I see him, of that," Meriweather said with a smile. "I told him, they might as well have lost to us, if they were going to do that (not get to Super Bowl)."
The 2011 Pro Bowl is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. ET, and will be broadcast on Fox.