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Should The NFL Cancel The Pro Bowl?

Submitted by on January 31, 2011 – 10:57 am5 Comments

By a show of hands, how many of you really sat down and watched the Pro Bowl? Yup, didn’t think so. The NFL‘s annual meeting of the best players in the AFC and NFC has lost its luster over the past decade.

While the NBA and MLB have sideshows built around their all-star games, the NFL lacks one that truly draws attention to the festivities. Baseball has the home-run derby while basketball has the slam dunk contest. The NFL has…well…nothing. The fact that the game is such a brutal sport takes away from its meaning as it is tucked into a weekend at the end of the year where everyone is just waiting for the Super Bowl. Honestly, nobody cares anymore. This year’s spectacular wasn’t a spectacle at all. Aside from the fact it was relatively sloppy, the NFC stomped a mudhole in the AFC as the 55-41 score sounds a lot closer than it was. At one point, the NFC was up 42-0—certainly had those that tuned in switching channels.

The game just isn’t interesting anymore and is one major injury away from being questioned about its presence. Sure, people come out, but there’s nothing on the line to make the game really matter. Baseball has home field advantage in the World Series. Football is just kind of there. We’ll watch if nothing else is on, but when blowouts happen, we just don’t care anymore.

So what’s the point? It’s not like we’re seeing anything special when we watch the Pro Bowl. There may be a big play here or there, but with nothing on the line, it is more like a game of flag football for bragging rights. And who really brags after the game ends anyway?

The biggest story to come out of this year’s Pro Bowl? It’s seven days away from the Super Bowl.

That says it all.

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  • Karl says:

    Remember that these are the best players from teams that did NOT make the Super Bowl, so it’s not even an all-league event.

  • Eric says:

    I agree it has turned into an afterthought. I liked it much better when it was the week after the SuperBowl so all players could play. I also miss the old QB challenge from way back when as thirst quencher in the off season drought. I will never forget Warren Moon throwing a ball from end zone to end zone, or Troy Aikman bull’s eying every target that they threw at him. Ahh, The good old days.

  • Tony says:

    Not really a big footbal fan but I agree with Karl. You cannot have a real All Star game without all the teams being represented. A midseason break is out of the question so why not play it after the Super Bowl? Maybe adopt a format like the NHL. Have a skills competetion one day and the game the following day and stop playing it in Hawaii. Rotate the game around the league.

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  • jIM says:

    Last night’s game was embarrassing to watch! I watched the first quarter and agreed w/the fans in Hawaii who were booing! It was disgusting! next year the pro-bowlers should just play madden and pre-tend the played (similar to last night)

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