The National Football League’s Pro Bowl has been nothing short of the toilet bowl in recent years and the decision to turn it into a backyard flag football game will do nothing to increase its popularity and attract fans.
By the time the game is played at the conclusion of the regular season, only those players who want a free vacation to Hawaii commit to the brotherhood’s version of the family reunion outing.
And don’t tell me that recruiting former players Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders as the “captains” in charge of selecting players for their teams will make a difference. It’s an embarrassment and a mockery of the game.
The way I understand it, there will be no NFC or AFC team, but players selected from both conferences will man the teams. One team could have Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning (though I doubt either will be interested in playing) playing against an opposing team with Drew Brees and Tom Brady. It’s an interesting concept and kind of fun to think it could happen.
But think about whether Clay Matthews, who if playing on the opposite side of the ball from Rodgers, will actually try to sack his teammate. My guess is not.
The novelty will be shortlived. This is a plan that may have a modicum of success for a couple of years before the mass yawn session is back to its pathetic depths of previous years.
Kill the game. End it now. Put it out of its memory.
Select players on the merits of their regular season. Let them garner the honor and earn their bonus for being selected, but don’t play the game. It’s not worth anyone’s time. Surely the league doesn’t make the kind of revenue on the game where they will feel the pain of its demise.
From a fan’s perspective, please put everyone out of their misery and end the season where it should end for the majority of players and teams in the league – at the conclusion of the regular season. The Playoffs and Super Bowl are enough for fans to enjoy.
End it now.