Since you are reading this....you most likely have checked my blog out before. So you know I love my football. With my NFL Sunday Ticket, I've watched a least part of every freaking game this year. The one game I won't watch? The NFL Pro Bowl.
It is the dumbest idea. I mean, we all know why the game is held after the season....because an injury mid season in that game could be devestating. Understood. But why have this game at all???
*Most of the players don't even play in this game. Many of them are getting those nagging injuries dealt with...some in surgery, some in rehab, some with rest.
*That's good for those NFL reporters who go on and on and on and on about the "snubs". Don't cry for the snubs....they'll get to Hawaii. They'll be plenty of guys dropping out and letting these snubs find their way in.
*Um, some guys are a bit rusty. I'm sure all those Charger defenders will be psyched to be in the Pro Bowl. Problem is that they will not have played a game in 43 days. Just like all the non-playoff players.
*We don't need to see an NFL coach with a flower shirt on and a lei. And is there a freaking law that you MUST wear a Hawaiian shirt in Hawaii?? Does anyone just wear a t-shirt....or a polo shirt?? Why must those coaches [even the NCAA hoops coaches in those Maui Classics] insist on wearing that garb???
*It is the biggest anti climatic event in the history of mankind. I mean, the NFL builds and builds and builds into a Super Bowl frenzy. I mean....the Wildcard Weekend, Divisional Round, Conference Championships and then the Super Bowl. The two weeks of buildup to the ultimate sporting event of our year. The thing that even non-sports fans get into. The betting, the parties, the events, the commercials, the game. After that game and the aftermath....you get the Pro Bowl Ugh. A meaningless game.
*And it isn't even a real NFL game. Therules change. I mean, there is like, no blitzing and limited coverage packages and the like. So, more offense and nobody gets hurt. Why not just have two-hand touch? Or flag football? Or just not have the game at all?
I vote to get rid of this game. Football is known for their "teams" and awards. I mean, the NCAA's All American Team doesn't go and play games. The ACC All Conference Team doesn't take on the Big XII All Conference team in a game. So why should the AFC and NFC match wits? After all, we kinda know who is the better conference when that conference champion wins the Super Bowl a week earlier.
Unlike the NBA or Major League Baseball....there really are no "dream teams". We all loved seeing that Shaq-Duncan-Garnett front line in the NBA all star game. Or those murderous lineups you can throw up there in the Midsummer Classic. But no one needs to see a Manning-to-Chad Johnson TD pass. Or Tom Brady handing the ball off to Larry Johnson.
No. Just give us the ALL PRO team and let that be that. That's all we really care about anyways. Well, that...and not seeing a Redskin helmet on a blue uniform covered with white stars.