Why don’t I care about the Pro Bowl?
This may be the million-dollar question. The Pro Bowl is the NFL equivalent of the All-Star Game, but it fails compared to the MLB and the NBA ones.
Now, what is the reason for this? It can’t be because baseball and basketball are better than football; now that’s just ludicrous.
Maybe it’s the lack of value in the game. The MLB All Star Game actually matters. The winning division gets home field advantage in the World Series.
This could be a great thing for the NFL to adopt, but then they would have to have the Pro Bowl during the season.
The recent reformatting of the Pro Bowl has only made it worse. Firstly, they moved it to be before the Super Bowl, which excluded some of the best players each year. I mean, that’s obvious, they made it to the Super Bowl after all.
Secondly, it is no longer NFC versus AFC. This has really led to the demise of the Pro Bowl, not that it was ever great, but it was better than this. This year, for example, it was Team Irvin versus Team Carter. Each coach “drafted” players that were selected to the Pro Bowl by voting.
Now let’s be frank, this is just unnecessary. They are trying to model a pickup game of football. Why are you ruining something that could honestly be so great?
Think about it. A game where Aaron Rodgers is throwing to Odell Beckham Jr. Does that sound awesome or does that sound awesome?
On paper, it should be. In reality, it is similar to watching paint dry.
So, why can’t we have the Pro Bowl midseason like the NBA and MLB do?
Maybe the reason the NFL is opposed to this is because of the physicality of the sport.
However, the NFL plays the fewest games per season compared to these sports. Yes, I understand football is literally running into someone and getting hit. But playing 82 basketball games a season probably isn’t too easy either.
Regardless of the levels of physicality, you play any sport at a professional level that often, your body will feel it.
I’m not asking for the NFL to play 50 games. I’m asking for one more game halfway through the season, I’m asking for 17 games. Give these guys an All Star break.
There won’t be any defense until the fourth quarter. It will just be exciting and electrifying plays for the fans. That’s all they really want.
Does anyone watch the NBA All-Star Game for a good matchup? No. We watch it to see a dream team that will never exist elsewhere. We watch it to see Chris Paul lob the ball to James Harden. We watch it to see LeBron throw the ball to the perimeter for Carmelo to shoot a three.
Why can’t we have this in football?
I want to live in a world where I can see Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy in the backfield together for one game a year.
Am I really asking for that much? No, no I am not.
So please, give me an NFL All-Star Game that everyone will watch.
Millions tune in to watch the NBA All Star Weekend. Millions tune in to watch the MLB All Star Game. Let’s add the NFL to that list.
There won’t be a dunk contest, but there could be a 40-yard dash contest, a one-handed catch contest, and a throwing contest.
Basically, it could be a casual combine. I mean, why not?
Do it for the fans. Bring the Pro Bowl back to life. Honestly, the NFL could use all the good press it can get right now.