That Pesky Pro-Bowl

by Ryan on February 8, 2009

in Sports

As I write this, the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl is at halftime.  It’s 14-10 AFC, which I like since I’m an AFC fan generally. 

The Pro Bowl is one of the only All-Star games which 1) has no consequences relating to the season, or 2) takes place at the very end of the season.  Football is a unique sport which has a special wear on a player’s body, so I kind of understand why 1 and 2 are reality — but I don’t have to like it!

Yet, I’m one of the few people I know who actually tries to watch the Pro Bowl every year.  I have to occasionally defend myself by saying, “Football’s my #1 sport.  Starting Monday, I’m on off-season for six months!  I need all the pro-football I can get!”  Very true, but the rules are different, they don’t tackle as hard most of the time, and there are no booth reviews on close plays – like I said:  I understand, but I don’t have to like it.

I’m for the concept of an NFL All-Star game and that the NFL gives some love to Hawaii by having the Pro Bowl there for so many years, but for the fans it’s dull and obligatory.  If the Pro Bowl had real consequences, more people might watch it and the players may care more about the outcome. 

One solution would be to put the Pro Bowl between the Championship games and the Super Bowl.  However, that still leaves out the possibility that the best players on the two best teams might not even play, since the Super Bowl would be one week away… and actually counts for something.  Ultimately I think the Pro Bowl won’t attract the most possible fans with it having a consequence to the season or even the next season.

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Chris February 8, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Funny you make that suggestion because that is what the NFL is doing next year. Plans are in the works to give a much-needed renovation to Aloha Stadium as well.

I also watch the Pro Bowl and I will miss watching it in Hawaii, wishing I could be out there in the dead of winter.


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