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The Trickle - another sports blog
April 26, 2012 - Brian Ferry
The future of the NFL Pro-Bowl is in jeopardy. Woe is me. (Think... dripping with sarcasm.) Twenty to thirty years ago, this would have been something of a tragedy. Now, it's a relief. I watched a few plays of the 2012 game. There were some amazing offensive plays. And some amazingly offensive play. NFL quarterbacks should be able to throw pinpoint passes to poorly covered NFL receivers when the defensive lineman don't even pretend to rush the passer. The game was a joke. I'm surprised they didn't score 75 each. Furthermore, I don't blame the players. I don't think there's anything they can do with the game to make it meaningful enough to get the players to play - aside from making the winning prize in the seven figures and the second place prize low-six. And if they do that, as soon as the difference is more than two scores, one side will quit. This is a rough sport. People get hurt. Premier athletes worth millions a year aren't going to exert for a post-season game that doesn't lead to a Super Bowl. Home-field advantage for the next year's Super Bowl? Way too big and still only motivates a few teams' players. Giving the winning conference the first tie-breaker for draft order wouldn't be enough - many of the Pro-Bowlers don't play for the worst teams. A skills competition could be interesting, but would likely have only a few million more viewers than the World's Strongest Man competition. Name the All-Stars. Give them a trip to Hawaii. Have them make some charity appearances. Pay them extra. Satisfy their contract incentives. Send them home. The Pro-Bowl is a joke. It should go.
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