Do You Care About The NFL Pro Bowl?
Did you know that yesterday’s NFL Pro Bowl was the highest scoring Pro Bowl in the history of the game, as the AFC outscored the NFC 59-41?
Wait… did you know that yesterday was the Pro Bowl?
Of all the sports’ annual All-Star games, the NFL’s has got to be the one that gets the least attention. Despite it featuring a majority of the best players in football, more people would rather watch the highlights of this offensive shootout than sit down and actually watch the game. It’s for good reason though. The Pro Bowl simply doesn’t make any sense to watch. For one, it’s at the end of the season, right before the Super Bowl. Sure, that’s better than after the season when people really stop caring, but fans don’t care too much about it being before the Super Bowl either. There’s nothing at stake as quarterbacks put up gaudy numbers and defenses are at their absolute laziest and appear completely unwilling to put their bodies on the line for a game that makes little sense to play. If you’re a running back, you might as well enjoy the sights of Hawaii because you’ll be lucky if you see the ball ten times (Marshawn Lynch led the way this year with a whopping eight carries).
It’s silly when you think about it. Football is a bruising sport, so who really wants to give 100% in a game that means nothing but could get you hurt for no reason at all? Play it for the fans, right? Well they don’t care either. It’s not like the NBA or MLB All Star games, when there’s an air of excitement as fans can see the faces of their favorite players. All you see in the NFL is a bunch of uniformed players running up and down the field. At least in baseball the winning conference gets home field advantage in the World Series. What do the teams in the NFL get? That’s right! Absolutely nothing.
Yesterday’s MVP Brandon Marshall — who made a spectacular touchdown catch while laying on his back — summed it up best.
“It’s a Pro Bowl. Some guys are playing 100 (percent), some guys are playing 90, some guys aren’t playing at all, but it means a lot to be up in the rafters with some of these guys,” he said to ESPN.
Yup, some guys aren’t playing at all. And you know what? Some people aren’t watching at all.
Will we ever really care?