This week, it was announced that changes to the National Football League’s Pro Bowl are inching toward approval – changes that might institute a draft of eligible players – do fans of the Green Bay Packers really care?
Nearly a year and thousands of miles removed from the 2014 Pro Bowl – which, by the way, will again be played in Hawaii – there may be Packers players who participate. But I’m willing to guess that the number of Packers fans who will attend will be minimal, minute and disinterested.
I’ve made myself clear in many other posts that this game must go away – even with the newest changes being considered. It’s a bore, inconsequential and insignificant. The only people on the planet who have an interest in seeing it continue are the players who participate only for the money and the television moguls who – you guessed it – are interested only in the money.
So, why do we even talk about it? Yeah, you’re right … because of the money.
We know how interested Aaron Rodgers is in the game – he blasted his comrades a couple of seasons ago for their lack of effort and didn’t even participate last season. They said he was injured and he probably was hurt, but we know the real reason. Clay Matthews was also a scratch. Many on the roster were second and third choices, so it’s billing as an “all-star” game is surely dulled.
Oh, and the changes for next year? They propose having a draft where designated captains select players for their team. It might be fun, but to me it’s a gimmick. Who gets selected first? Who gets selected last? The lines in Las Vegas are already being drawn.
So, in the end, this is a game that has no place in the NFL. Packers fans don’t give a rip about it, Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews have demonstrated they don’t give a rip about it, and the NFL should do the right thing and not give a rip about it either.