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Discussing Possible Changes To The Pro Bowl

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 10, 2010 – 9:01 am

As I was surfing the internet and frequenting my usual web destinations, I came across an interesting piece by Jack Bechta of the National Football Post regarding the Pro Bowl and a few ideas to change and improve the NFL’s annual all-star game.

This year, of course, the NFL made a couple of significant changes to the Pro Bowl, moving it from the week after the Super Bowl to the week before and also moving it from Hawaii to the host site of the Super Bowl – South Florida. These changes were significant and much was made about them. For starters, Pro Bowl players on the Colts and Saints rosters were obviously precluded from playing in the all-star game. Also, several players who had just lost playoff games weren’t able to play because of injuries sustained in the previous couple of weeks.

With so many players unable to play and consequently so many replacements needed, the honor of being named to a Pro Bowl roster was a bit watered down. There were a few other complaints and critiques that came out of this year’s Pro Bowl and although this year’s event captured solid ratings, I think many participants came away unimpressed with the experiment.

I have to admit that at first I was very much in favor of moving the Pro Bowl to the weekend before the Super Bowl because I thought it gave the all-star game more relevance. It would be a kick-off even to Super Bowl week and it would be played at a time where it would garner more attention. After all, can you imagine being excited to watch the Pro Bowl this upcoming weekend? I can’t.

But another reason I think I liked the idea of this year’s experiment was because I was generally not a fan of the Pro Bowl. Even with the adjustments made to the playing rules, I think an exhibition game at the end of the season that involves the game’s brightest stars is a risk that isn’t worth the reward. I’d rather see the NFL name Pro Bowl rosters for the NFC and AFC, pay those players their bonuses and call it good. Perhaps that’s too simple, but it would be good enough for me.

In case you didn’t feel like clicking the link to Bechta’s article above, here are a few of his ideas to enhance the Pro Bowl: eliminate the game all-together and replace it with a bevy of events from a QB accuracy contest to a golf outing to an ESPY/roast/awards show type of production as the grand finale, move the event to San Diego and find a way to include celebrities.

So what do you think? Let us know with a comment below…


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6 Responses to “Discussing Possible Changes To The Pro Bowl”

  1. By Robin S. on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    I like the Pro Bowl in Florida because more people can go to it and party with the players. Hawaii is too far and expensive for people to go to. Hawaii has had it long enough. Change the location every year and let different people attend the game. I also like the Pro Bowl because it gives the players a chance to get to know the other players that they normally are going against. It is about having a good time. I don’t want to see them playing golf or anything else. They are football players. Let them play golf on their own leisure time. I also think if you are in the Super Bowl you are very, very lucky and don’t need to be in the Pro Bowl or even show up. That was rediculous that the Colts and Saints players had to show up for it. We have enough stars for both games. Share the fun.

  2. By m. andre on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    I attended one Pro Bowl in Hawaii in 2005, and it is obviously far as a place to travel for players and fans, and maybe it is time for other cities to get a chance to host it. One argument for eliminating the game is the fact that everyone seems so fearful of injury and there is no offensive running game used in the game for interest and balance. In short, the game is less “real” than I’d like from an entertainment perspective. Ultimately, I’d give the top vote to the players who win themselves in terms of what they would want.

  3. By Bruce on Feb 10, 2010 | Reply

    Personally I don’t care where they play. The Pro Bowl has become a joke just like the MVP voting was this year. It’s nothing more than a popularity vote and then on top of that when players get hurt, don’t show up or whatever, they put a Pro Bowl on another’s player’s resume that he didn’t earn. I have seen players get ignored that should have been on the roster and I have seen players even get a NFL MVP when other players deserved it like this year! It’s all a travesty of justice and a BIG JOKE!

  4. By Seth on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Shouldn’t the Pro Bowl be more for the players that have worked that much harder and possessed of that much more talent than the others, than for a ploy by the league to make more money off of bringing the game to the mainland? The honor of being able to play a game in paradise far from home was something the best players in the league looked forward to each year. What would happen if Minnesota gets to host a Super Bowl again? If we do get to host another Super Bowl, it’ll likely be in a new, OPEN, stadium. You think players are going to want to play harder for the honor to play a game in Minneapolis or Anoka or any the other burbs they decide to place the new venue? In early February? Minnesotans know that below zero is common in January and February. The players do too. And yes, the players on Super Bowl teams not being able to play, that was just plain bad form. This year’s final roster was truly watered down.

  5. By dewey13 on Feb 12, 2010 | Reply

    Make the pro-bowl like the MLB all-star game!! Make it a game!!! Winner hosts the Super Bowl next season!! Imagine how hard people would try if they thought it might give them home field in the Super Bowl!!!!!!

  6. By TW VIKE on Feb 15, 2010 | Reply

    I will take ZERO Vikings in the Pro Bowl for a Super Bowl WIN ! Lets focus on that !

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