It seems kind of fitting that on one of the most most exciting days of the NFL calendar, news like this would come out today.
According to league sources, the NFL is considering suspending this season's Pro Bowl and beyond, much to the chagrin of counteless fans across the globe. The game, which has struggled for years to maintain a competitive edge (not to mention fill the stands) has become the butt of jokes due to its apparent lack of interest by players involved and fans alike. It is the NFL's white elephant.
In some respects, it will be sad to see the NFL continue without some type of all star game. All of the other major sports have one at some point during their schedule, so it is obvious that the most popular sport should also have one. However, one only needs to revisit what Aaron Rodgers had to say after this year's 59-41 slugfest to find out what the issue really is:
I'll be honest with you, I was a little bit disappointed. I felt like some of the guys on the NFC side embarrassed themselves....I was just surprised that some of the guys either didn't want to play or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it...
Without directly saying it, Rodgers told the world "this game sucks". If the MVP of the league, one of the faces of the league and certainly one of its most marketable is saying this, it has to be listened to by Roger Goodell, at least somewhat. And listened he must have.
Don't even get me started on the voting process for the game. It's just plain dumb. Fans are allowed to vote, but their vote is only 1/3 of the total. Players get the majority 2/3 vote. Seems democratic for an all star game.
The Pro Bowl conceptually is a great idea. Get all the best players together for a final hurrah to end the season, and a thanks to the fans kind of approach to the game. But NFL games aren't supposed to be 59-41 scoreboard breaking, real life Madden ecapades. Tackling is usually expected during a football game, but is generally hard to find during the Pro Bowl. Finally, players that are voted to play in the game should actually be (get ready for an earth shattering idea) expected to play in the game that they were voted to play in. I know its a stretch to expect this, but actually seeing the guys I vote for would be nice.
Bon voyage Pro Bowl. You won't be missed, at least by this fan.
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