NFL Pro-Bowl going bye-bye? Here, lemme get the door…
Can’t say I’m too worked up about this:
Many players who will be selected during this week’s NFL draft are regarded as future Pro Bowl selections, but the game itself likely will be suspended this season and beyond, according to league sources.
Beyond 2013, another league source believes the Pro Bowl is “DOA (dead on arrival).”
Lot of talk out there about how the game’s gotten worse in recent years. News flash, people: the game always sucked. It was always a half-speed kinda-sorta stage act that looked like – but wasn’t – actual football.
And, hey, nothing wrong with that. As far as it goes. But even I, a football junkie, didn’t like to watch it. At most, I’d turn it on just to see how the various Green Bay players in the game were doing.
True, this last year the game looked especially bad, for the ten minutes I paid any attention. The linemen were all going about quarter-speed. Playing patty cake. I dunno what the defensive backs were doing – Cam Newton was in at the time, and he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.
Memo to the NFL: only allow QBs who can hit the broad side of a barn to play in the Pro-Bowl, if there is another one.
So that was really boring, but: do I really want them playing harder? Do I want them giving a hundred percent? In a meaningless exhibition game?
Do I want to see Aaron Rodgers nailed full speed from behind by a steroid-addled linebacker? Do I want to see BJ Raji getting his foot trapped in a pile and rolled?
I sure as hell don’t. So. The problem is the players don’t try very hard? True, that’s a problem, especially when the game is meaningless. The meta-problem is: I don’t want you to solve that problem. No, I don’t want to watch. No, I don’t want you to try and make it a better game.
Just name the damn Pro-Bowlers and have done. Have a few events at the Hall of Fame. Some skills challenges. ESPN loves those. Betcha nobody outside Honolulu will really care.
Hat tip Hot Air.