This year in the NFL, the Pro Bowl (NFL All-Star Game) is being played the Sunday before the Super Bowl. This is a first, considering that all years past the game was played the Sunday after.
The NFL is sick of the game having little to no ratings, because after the Super Bowl, all the players have clocked out for the season and were only going to the game for a free trip to Hawaii. They assume, that with the season not officially over, the game might now be more interesting. Nothing could be further from the truth.
First off, you can not have an All-Star game when the biggest star of the league can not play in it. Payton Manning, the Colts’ quarterback, is playing in the Super Bowl and has officially bowed out of the game. His replacement? David Garrard, the QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Drew Brees, the starting QB for the New Orleans Saints, also can’t make it due to Super Bowl commitments, and will be replaced by Philadelphia Eagles’ Donovan McNabb. And of course, old man Favre quit again backed out too, due to injuries, and will be replaced by Tony Romo.
As I typed that last sentence I am already making plans for something else to do that night other than watching that shit.
The NFL needs to get rid of this Pro Bowl. No one cares about it because there is nothing to truly win in an All-Star game in the NFL. In MLB, they made a good move by making the winning side of the All-Star game get home field advantage in the World Series. In the NFL this is impossible, because the Super Bowl is always in a designated, climate friendly city.
The only way the NFL can make the Pro Bowl interesting is if the winning team got money or complimentary “Get Out Of Jail Free” cards.
It’s true. Tell me I’m wrong.