It’s the worst All-Star game in all sports: no one really wants to play, no one really wants to watch, and those promoting it pretend that it’s special. Indeed, the NFL Pro Bowl isn’t popular, isn’t particularly exciting, and isn’t the least bit relevant.
The reasons are many, but the main one is that an NFL game takes so much energy, preparation, and focus that there is no interest or benefit to playing something meaningless.
It’s still played, of course. There are touchdowns and all that, but it’s not really football. There is no hitting, there is no intensity. And that makes sense: no one wants to get injured. It’s less important than an exhibition game where the best players opt out even then.
However, the accolade still has to exist. We should reward those who had great seasons, we should add this honour to a player’s resumes. But it’s a game that is hard to watch.
Recent changes have made it somewhat better: moving it to the bye week before the Super Bowl is a no brainer – no one is returning a week later to watch an exhibition game. That’s a start, but there is more that needs to be done to get this back to something the least bit entertaining.
The only questions that matter deal with how to get people to watch while also making it interesting for players who don’t want to get hurt. Both fans and players are more interested in who is named than the actual game. If we all agree that the Pro Bowl is for pure entertainment, and that it has no semblance to actually football, then let’s have fun with it and make it something worthwhile to check out.
There are few things to consider, or rather accept, as we attempt to fix it. The Pro Bowl cannot be and will never be a game where players try so hard that they might get hurt; that is, there will be no hitting, barely any tackling, and not a lot of action at the line of scrimmage. With that in mind, here are the 10 way we can fix the Pro Bowl to make it the least bit engaging.
10 Player Coaches
9 Make Games Within the Game
8 Hold It Around The World
7 Make It Interactive
6 Switch Up the Positions
5 Fantasy Draft
4 No Punting
3 No Extra Points
2 Skills Competition
1 Get Rid of It All Together
Unfortunately, the best way to save the Pro Bowl is to forget about it entirely. As we mentioned earlier, none of the players want to play hard, few want to watch, and it resembles nothing the least bit close to actual football. So what’s the point? It’s the one sport where an All-Star game is completely antithetical to the sport itself. There is a very real risk of injury each and every week; with only 16 games in a season, a major emphasis is placed on rest, recovery, and workload. Coaches are incredibly cautious when it comes to preseason, and when in a blowout, on either side, they’re more than happy to rest their starters. The Pro Bowl doesn’t fit. Select the name, put it on player’s resumes, send them on a trip and give them a bonus, and that’s it.
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