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If The Pro Bowl Stinks Tonight, It’s Time For The NFL To Cancel It Altogether

Submitted by on January 26, 2014 – 1:15 pmOne Comment

Are you excited to watch the Pro Bowl tonight? Chances are…no. After all, the Pro Bowl has been highly unentertaining in recent years. It has featured uninspired play, absolutely no defense, and guys who don’t really seem too concerned about the final score. And as a result of all that, the Pro Bowl has turned into somewhat of a joke. Guys are glad to get picked to play in the Pro Bowl because it means that they get a free vacation and some extra money. But they’re not happy to play in the game. So the competition at the Pro Bowl over the course of the last decade has been lacking, to say the absolute least.

The NFL is hoping that that’s about to change, though. There’s no guarantee that it will. But this year, the NFL is trying something different. Last week, they held a fantasy football-style draft that featured the Pro Bowl’s “captains” Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders picking players for their squads. Those players are now going to square off against one another today in a game that will feature AFC and NFC players mixed on the same teams for the first time ever. And the NFL thinks that it will result in a better game on the field. At least, that’s the hope.

But we have our doubts about whether or not it will work. The problem with the Pro Bowl is that, no matter how you slice it, the game is not going to be played at full speed. Guys aren’t going to go all out like they do during the regular season or playoffs. So there are going to be missed tackles, missed assignments, missed passes and, well, a lot of other things that are “missed.” And because of that, diehard fans aren’t going to tune into the Pro Bowl. Some tinkering with the lineups isn’t going to be enough to hold their interest this year.

If that’s the case—if the new Pro Bowl format doesn’t work—the NFL should seriously consider doing away with the Pro Bowl altogether. We know it still gets good ratings, regardless of how bad it usually is. We know that the NFL wants to honor its Pro Bowl players. And we know that it’s unlikely that the Pro Bowl is going to go anywhere. But for the sake of the league, enough is enough. If this Pro Bowl doesn’t work, they should do away with it forever. Because not enough people are excited about it anymore. So why should the NFL even bother?

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