The Pro Bowl has been bitten and contracted rabies and there’s no magical inoculation that’s going to save it and like Ol’ Yeller, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must do the humane thing and put the game out of its misery.
The new format with its changes in player selection, use of the clock, no kickoffs and much more have done nothing to interest the NFL fan. We have no stake in it. When seven of the eight San Francisco 49ers players opt out of the game, that’s a statement. When there are 10 Kansas City Chiefs in the game (the most of any team), that tells us something. As a Packers fan, when Eddie Lacy is the only member of that team on the roster, that tells me something.
Unlike Baseball (which has rules that make its all-star game mean something) and basketball (which is a street game at heart anyway), the NFL’s all-star game has been a dud for years and is on life support – thus all the changes to make it “interesting.” The changes do nothing but insult our intelligence. The NFL fan is a pretty savvy lot and when the game’s best players are put on the field in nothing but an advertising stunt, we turn away – in droves.
There’s no reason to watch and if anyone can convince of one reason why I should, then I might, but I doubt it. I would rather drag my VHS tapes of old Packers games out to watch, or I may try to catch up on “The Walking Dead.”
Because this game is filled with players performing like a bunch of zombies anyway.
This “game” is scary bad and it’s time to go away … fast.