I know the fat man isn't exactly Mr. Popularity around here, and rightfully so, but I thought he had a good idea when it came to what to do about the mess that is the NFL Pro Bowl.Over 30 starters opted out this year. Nobody ever wants to play in it. Nobody ever even watches it. It puts players in danger for no reason. So why do it? Tradition? What about alternatives?
This is where Mike's good idea, at least in my opinion, comes in...
Instead of a game, since nobody wants to play, have a kind of award dinner the week before the superbowl, at the site of that years superbowl. Give out offensive player, defensive player, MVP awards, all that stuff, you can make it into a little show, a mini espy’s type of thing. You can have the best play of the year, best defensive play of the year, best hit of the year, etc. Have players presenting awards and cracking jokes on each other, televise it on ESPN. I think that is a much better idea, I for one would certainly enjoy it a lot more then the Pro Bowl.
As for the athletic part, maybe just have a little hour long skills competition, something like that.
What do you guys think? This game is just silly, and in some cases embarrassing. Why force guys to play in a mock football game, where half the playbooks are excluded to avoid injury? Just get them all in a room and let them have some fun with the camera rolling.