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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