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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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