Great news: Pitiful sporting event likely to be canceled

posted at 3:21 pm on April 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

In an age when left and right agree on so little, my friends, let’s at least agree on this.

Many players who will be selected during this week’s NFL draft are regarded as future Pro Bowl selections, but the game itself likely will be suspended this season and beyond, according to league sources…

If the game is suspended, the league still would have a Pro Bowl balloting process to identify the season’s top players and would direct teams to remain open to negotiating Pro Bowl clauses into player contracts and to honor Pro Bowl incentive and escalator clauses to avoid any serious conflict with the players association. Those players also likely would be honored in some fashion during Super Bowl week.

The league and union held discussions last week on whether the Pro Bowl can become more attractive but neither side has embraced an alternative solution, sources said. Both sides also concede that heightened player health and safety issues have been a contributing factor to a diminished product.

Over at NBC’s “Pro Football Talk” site, the online poll on whether to cancel the game is currently split 82/17 in favor of euthanasia. I’ll neither confirm nor deny that I’ve ever watched the Pro Bowl, but if I’ve watched, then hypothetically I might have wondered if the game would actually be better as flag football. With the fear of brute contact gone, guys could play harder. You’d tune in to watch the NFL’s best and brightest using rules designed for eight-year-olds, right?

In honor of the occasion, here’s one of my all-time favorite Onion vids. Question: Is there any way to make this game kinda sorta competitive? There are plenty of other things the league could do the week before the Super Bowl to pique fans’ interest — here’s one — but if they’re intent on keeping the Pro Bowl, their options are slim. One obvious possibility is paying giant bonuses to the winners. To America’s everlasting shame, the Pro Bowl actually gets higher ratings than baseball’s All-Star Game; a newly competitive Pro Bowl would get higher ratings still. Give the winning side an enormous chunk of the ad revenue. The other possibility that occurs to me is following baseball’s lead by rewarding the winning side with some sort of home-field advantage. That won’t work for the Super Bowl since it’s played on a neutral field, but what if teams in the winning conference got an extra home game the following season against teams in the losing conference? I doubt that’d fly since there’s likely too much money to be lost in playing seven games at home instead of eight, but if you want a competitive game, that’d do it. Any other ideas? Surely there are ways to make this embarrassing spectacle slightly less embarrassing.

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Long overdue.

ButterflyDragon on April 26, 2012 at 3:22 PM

The Pro Bowl is useless.

In the MLB, there’s the “it counts” gimmick. In the NBA, players are selfish and want gaudy stats, plus the game is mid-season.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM

I’ve never watched a Pro Bowl game. I don’t even bother with the NBA All-Star weekend anymore, although those games are usually good in the 4th quarter when the players start to take it seriously. I hate the MLB All-Star game if for no other reason than they decided almost a decade ago to award home field advantage in the World Series to whichever league won the game. What a stupid rule.

Doughboy on April 26, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I think I watched one back in the ’80′s. Maybe not. Just give em a coupon for a free buffet and a participation certificate.

msupertas on April 26, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Great. Now can they cancel Browns games and Raiders games?

The Schaef on April 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Having neither an interest in football, nor ever having watched the Pro Bowl…what was the problem with it? Too much grandstanding, players not playing very hard, or what?

MadisonConservative on April 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I might have wondered if the game would actually be better as flag football.

Well, they did remove a lot of the contact from the QB and receivers. It always reminded me of those ridiculous Battle of the Network Stars or whatever it is they showed on tv on saturday afternoons years ago, nobody really tries and it’s just a goof.

clearbluesky on April 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

The Lingerie Bowl is more exciting than that awful game. I only watch it to dream about returning to Hawaii.

search4truth on April 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

They should keep it and name it “The Barack Obama Bowl” because it’s so utterly worthless and unwatchable.

NoDonkey on April 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Too much grandstanding, players not playing very hard, or what?

MadisonConservative on April 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Players not playing hard, it really was pretty much flag football, just without the flags, a lot of the contact on QB’s and receivers was banned during the game.

clearbluesky on April 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

They seem to WANT to kill it anyway – first they moved it out of Hawaii (then back), and since they scheduled it BEFORE the Superbowl, no players going to the Superbowl play in the Pro Bowl – so we’re missing many of the best.
Not worth watching any more (not that it was ever a big deal) – except for maybe the fun trick plays they tried this year that we typically don’t see when the game “means something”.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Great. Now can they cancel Browns games and Raiders games?

The Schaef on April 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Hey – I LIKE seeing the Raiders get beat.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Solution: Continue to select players to the Pro Bowl, but have their wives/girlfriends play the game instead, a la The Lingerie Bowl.

Chickyraptor on April 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Because every year the same team wins the Pro Bowl, the Steelers.

Bishop on April 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Solution: Continue to select players to the Pro Bowl, but have their wives/girlfriends play the game instead, a la The Lingerie Bowl.

Chickyraptor on April 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Now THAT would be worth watching!

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Any other ideas?

I am a huge football fan and there is no possible way to make me care about this game. I wouldn’t watch it if they played it in my backyard.

All-star worked for baseball when we got one game a week on TV. Now it doesn’t even work for baseball.

The one game like this that did work, was the College All-Star game when the College All-Stars played the Super Bowl winner. That was a game.

That they would never think of playing today.

NoDonkey on April 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Puppy Bowl.

President Obama and the ballot winners sit down at a long table stocked with bowls of puppies.

Whoever consumes the most puppies in 10 minutes wins a new car.

Reno_Dave on April 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

When it happened AFTER the Superbowl, it was kind of a mildly interesting casual end to football season – sort of wrapped everything up like a going away party.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Surely there are ways to make this embarrassing spectacle slightly less embarrassing.

cancel the entire pro season and admit that the whole “football” thing, clownish outfits and all, was just a joke. then put your kid in a soccer program, so maybe in a decade there might be a sport program featuring American athletes that’s worth watching.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

The losing team has to offer up three players chosen at random to be executed.

You would see one hell of a game.

Bishop on April 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I have always liked the idea of the Pro Bowl, but the game itself has always been kind of lame.

dczombie on April 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Soccer isn’t a REAL sport – and it’s fan base is just liberal European types.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Soccer ranks right up there with “Masterpiece Theater” on my list of things to watch.

NoDonkey on April 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

The losing team has to offer up three players chosen at random to be executed.

You would see one hell of a game.

Bishop on April 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Punter, place kicker, and place kick holder. Easy call.

dczombie on April 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Yeah, it went past the “sell by” date.

dogsoldier on April 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

then put your kid in a soccer program, so maybe in a decade there might be a sport program featuring American athletes that’s worth watching.

Why pay for soccer? Put your kids in cheap unitards and have them study interpretive dance, same thing.

Bishop on April 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Soccer isn’t a REAL sport – and it’s fan base is just liberal European types.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

i’m assuming that you’re satirizing the ignorance of the average American. the ‘not a real sport’ part gives it away.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Punter, place kicker, and place kick holder. Easy call.

dczombie on April 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Ya – they’re the ones who get duct-taped to a pole if the team loses anyway…

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Ya. Pro Bowl sucks.

Here’s what it makes sense to replace the Pro-Bowl with:

(1) A “Punt, Pass, Kick”-style competition that lets NFLers show off their skills without the threat of contact

(2) A full-contact game between the worst pro-team and the top NCAA team

(3) Host some sort of Superbowl for top global players of the “Madden” video game series.

Robert_Paulson on April 26, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Having neither an interest in football, nor ever having watched the Pro Bowl…what was the problem with it? Too much grandstanding, players not playing very hard, or what?

No one plays hard. Because it’s an exhibition with no real incentive to win, the first priority of everyone on the field is simply not to get hurt. You can have a fun competitive game of baseball, basketball, or hockey with too much contact, but you can’t really do that in football. Hence the suckage.

Allahpundit on April 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I found Roller Derby to be a tad more exciting than the Pro Bowl.

docflash on April 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

If they cancel the game would anyone notice?

sdbatboy on April 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Having neither an interest in football, nor ever having watched the Pro Bowl…what was the problem with it? Too much grandstanding, players not playing very hard, or what?

It’s like watching a XXX movie where everyone is in different rooms.

NoDonkey on April 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM

i’m assuming that you’re satirizing the ignorance of the average American. the ‘not a real sport’ part gives it away.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

No satire – no cheerleaders, the clock goes backwards, can’t use your hands (except the goalie) so it’s all kicking. Basically a kid’s game favored by whiny liberals – you know – Europeans and South Americans.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Bring back an oldie but a goodie, where college all stars played the winner of the Superbowl. That would garner more attention, plus I the pros might play harder, not wanting to get beat by amateurs.

Erich66 on April 26, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Solution: Continue to select players to the Pro Bowl, but have their wives/girlfriends play the game instead, a la The Lingerie Bowl.

Chickyraptor on April 26, 2012 at 3:35 PM

The ad revenues for such a game would eclipse the Super Bowl’s.

TXUS on April 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

clearbluesky on April 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM
Allahpundit on April 26, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Gotcha. So, basically, it’s like football if liberals were allowed to re-write the rules of the game? Oh! Never mind! I have my answer:

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Sounds like someone always got picked last.

MadisonConservative on April 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I’m a hardcore football fan. I like the Pro Bowl. Heck, I’ve even been to a few of them. But I cannot remember the last time I watched it.

Captain Kirock on April 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM

You can have a fun competitive game of baseball, basketball, or hockey with too much contact

Er, without too much contact.

Allahpundit on April 26, 2012 at 3:55 PM

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Soccer: Hacky Sack with goals.

Bishop on April 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Oh, from the title I thought they were cancelling football altogether.

Oh well, guess I’ll have to put up with everyone screaming about someone else’s rubber ball for a while longer.

bernverdnardo1 on April 26, 2012 at 3:57 PM

cancel the entire pro season and admit that the whole “football” thing, clownish outfits and all, was just a joke. then put your kid in a soccer program, so maybe in a decade there might be a sport program featuring American athletes that’s worth watching.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

…instead of running around in boxer shorts…you might want to watch a real sport…H O C K E Y.

KOOLAID2 on April 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM

…then put your kid in a soccer program, so maybe in a decade there might be a sport program featuring American athletes that’s worth watching.

In the 1963 Twilight Zone episode, A Kind of a Stopwatch, a boring guy in a bar states that soccer is the sport of the future.

Nearly fifty years later, it’s still the sport of the future.

Reno_Dave on April 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM

I’ll neither confirm nor deny that I’ve ever watched the Pro Bowl

I can’t recall if I’ve ever seen any of the actual games. Possibly just the lowlights on sports shows.

And besides, a lot of stars decline to play in it.

rbj on April 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I was in Hawaii when a couple of these were played – so a group of us were sitting on the beach and one of the guys asked if anyone wanted to go. We looked around, sitting on the beach drinking beer watching pretty girls walk by, and said “Nahh”.

Over50 on April 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

My only regret is that I will not to get to see each team break the 100 point barrier!!..:)

PS..No loss..:)

Dire Straits on April 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Euthanize it. Watch Lingerae Football instead, plus it’s easier on my eyes. Why would I waste my time watching overpaid jocks put on a dog and pony show? I swear, my grandmother can hit harder than watching a Pro Bowl.

No wonder I’ve almost quit watching football altogether.

Turtle317 on April 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

One obvious possibility is paying giant bonuses to the winners.

Definitely. Whether in it mostly for love of the sport or mostly for money, makes no difference. A truly competitive pro bowl would garner more $ due to increased viewership. If a player suffers a career-ending injury (which could happen in practice or pre-season game), sure that would hurt the team as well as him, but the point is to go out there, play the game and make money. They all know the risks.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Here’s an idea that might jumpstart the new Pro Bowl. Players on winning team get $1 million after-tax award plus an ALL-expense paid two-week trip to Cartegena, Columbia.

TXUS on April 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Over50 on April 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

+ 100..Good move..:)

Dire Straits on April 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

It’s about time.

By the way, you can be a conservative and love soccer and not be a Euroweenie, despite the ramblings of sesquipedelian.

But you don’t have to.

22044 on April 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Why pay for soccer? Put your kids in cheap unitards and have them study interpretive dance, same thing.

Bishop

Best description of soccer ever.

Hard Right on April 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Soccer: Hacky Sack with goals.

Bishop on April 26, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Except most Hacky Sack players don’t have the bizarre physical constitution of soccer players. A mild bump has them drop to the ground and writhe like they just had their lower intestines ripped from their bodies without any anesthesia. Maybe if they got less frail players the game wouldn’t need “Injury time” at the end of games.

Luckily the teams’ training staffs are miracle workers who can lay hands on those players and then return them to the field exactly as they were before they were bumped…until the next time.

Betenoire on April 26, 2012 at 4:08 PM

It got worse every year. The last one was unwatchable from play one. Good riddance.

Akzed on April 26, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Great. Now can they cancel Browns games and Raiders games?

The Schaef on April 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Great, another Raider hater.

toolnutz on April 26, 2012 at 4:14 PM

How about a bronze-medal game? Take the losers from conference championship, play a third place game and they have a draft wherein they split up duly elected Pro Bowlers? Winner deemed to have won the toss for their Conference’s champ in the Big One.

Greek Fire on April 26, 2012 at 4:15 PM

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

In other sports there’s usually some scoring. Soccer, not so much.

How monotonous can something be?

Kick the ball to a guy. He kicks it to a guy. He kicks it to another guy. He tries to score and misses. Rinse, repeat. Ad nauseum.

Akzed on April 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Pro Bowl? Naaaaw… name the winners and send them all to Cartagena……on Obama’s tab.

Rovin on April 26, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Now if they would just get rid of pre-season games…….

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I’m waiting for true Quidditch, with real flying brooms and balls, not the Muggle version currently seeing play.

hadsil on April 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Love football, haven’t watched a full probowl for 20 years. Let it die.

FireBlogger on April 26, 2012 at 4:27 PM

In other sports there’s usually some scoring. Soccer, not so much.

How monotonous can something be?

Kick the ball to a guy. He kicks it to a guy. He kicks it to another guy. He tries to score and misses. Rinse, repeat. Ad nauseum.

Akzed on April 26, 2012 at 4:17 PM

no, the 10 seconds action, 2 minutes commercials, 10 seconds action, 2 minutes commercials is where it’s at, my friend.

chelsea – barca 2-2, real – bayern 2-1. more excitement in 210 minutes than in the entire history of “football.”

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Football isn’t half the game it was before free agency and the salary cap took full effect. They ruined the game.

Reggie1971 on April 26, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Puppy Bowl.

President Obama and the ballot winners sit down at a long table stocked with bowls of puppies.

Whoever consumes the most puppies in 10 minutes wins a new czar.

Reno_Dave on April 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

FIFY

More incentive for Obama to participate :)

sadarj on April 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

FIFY

More incentive for Obama to participate :)

sadarj on April 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM

What? The puppies wouldn’t be incentive enough for him?

Bitter Clinger on April 26, 2012 at 4:36 PM

There’s an MLB all-star game? Huh.

TexasDan on April 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

They don’t even really play.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM

It is more fun to play in it on Madden than to watch it on TV.

jeffn21 on April 26, 2012 at 4:46 PM

chelsea – barca 2-2, real – bayern 2-1. more excitement in 210 minutes than in the entire history of “football.”

What excitement? All they do is kick the ball around in circles and run back and forth for a couple hours – unless, as betenoire said – someone actually gets touched – then you get masterpiece theater of pain for a few minutes, all screaming and crying until the ref flags someone then the pain is magically gone. BOOOOORRRRRING

I will admit however that as the NFL moves closer and closer to flag or 2 hand touch football – which this wimpy commissioner seems to be doing – it’s getting more boring as well. Might as well be soccer with the direction they’re going.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Change the draft to a two day draft. First draft would be for say 3 picks. Then have a “all star” game of college seniors with the pro scouts voting on who they want to see. After the game, hold the second round for the draft. Lots of incentive and probably a much better game than the pro-bowl.
For the actual pro-bowl, how about paying bounties for anyone you injure. That would get rid of the contact-less contact sport problem. What could possibly go wrong?

yetanotherjohn on April 26, 2012 at 4:51 PM

How about a contest between two teams made up of the AFC’s best offense and defense and the NFC’s ditto? It wouldn’t prove squat but it ought to be a pretty good game and it’d give offensive and defensive squads something else to shoot for.

PersonFromPorlock on April 26, 2012 at 4:56 PM

cancel the entire pro season and admit that the whole “football” thing, clownish outfits and all, was just a joke. then put your kid in a soccer program, so maybe in a decade there might be a sport program featuring American athletes that’s worth watching.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM

why are you wasting my time?

sesquipedalian on February 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2012 at 5:14 PM

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

i’m assuming that you’re satirizing the ignorance of the average American. the ‘not a real sport’ part gives it away.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

clown.

sesquipedalian on February 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

I was in Hawaii when a couple of these were played – so a group of us were sitting on the beach and one of the guys asked if anyone wanted to go. We looked around, sitting on the beach drinking beer watching pretty girls walk by, and said “Nahh”.

Over50 on April 26, 2012 at 4:01 PM

As I noted in the Headlines thread, Aloha Stadium is a dump. It’s a fitting successor to its predecessor, the long-gone “Termite Palace” downtown.

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2012 at 5:19 PM

What excitement? All they do is kick the ball around in circles and run back and forth for a couple hours

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

don’t be childish. of course that’s what they do, and it’s beautiful to watch them do it.

but look at the excitement on display at a clownball game! all those the overweight dads munching on hot dogs and drink piss-like “beer”… at least soccer has actual fans.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I’ve watched it in the past, but not since they moved the game to the week before the Super Bowl, ensuring Super Bowl players will not be there.

Makes for a duller game than in the past…

ladyingray on April 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2012 at 5:15 PM

i’m not sure if your bookmarking all of my comments is creepy or just pathetic.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM

at least soccer has actual fans.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Of course – the kind who riot and cry when their team loses – typical liberals. You’re crying already cuz someone insulted your littel game.
Naturally you prefer the fat slob fans who drink actual piss beer and eat tacos – you – REAL fans…

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Any other ideas?

Replace with Lingerie football?

Tim_CA on April 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Of course – the kind who riot and cry when their team loses – typical liberals. You’re crying already cuz someone insulted your littel game.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

that’s what real fans do.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

that’s what real fans do.

sesquipedalian on April 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Yup – real liberal cry-babies.

dentarthurdent on April 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Replace with Lingerie football?

Tim_CA on April 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

SECOND the motion.

An extra session of Beach Volleyball would attract more viewers, too.

landlines on April 26, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Y’all are communists. There can never be enough football.

J.E. Dyer on April 26, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I can’t remember the last time I watched an “All-Star” game of any kind. It’s difficult to imagine a greater farce.

Jaibones on April 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Yep, we know. Actual fanatics, and superbly definitive of the term.

PXCharon on April 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Basketball and Baseball are good games for all star games. Football is too dangerous and to have the biggest and fastest beat the hell out of each other for no reason is stupid. Giving all the stars another chance to have to sit out next season is not worth it and that’s why they dog it during the game. Just have a Pro Bowl team selected like College has the All American team, don’t actually have them play.

LevStrauss on April 26, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Why is it that people who promote soccer in America always wind up insulting the very people that they should be trying to attract?

I am never, ever going to like soccer, no matter how snooty and condescending it’s proponents behave toward me.

I have noticed a brand new road course is being built in Austin, Texas and will host the F1 United States Grand Prix.

That is a European sport I can get interested in.

Keep your damn soccer ball, don’t need it at the race track.

Brian1972 on April 27, 2012 at 9:52 AM

i’m assuming that you’re satirizing the ignorance of the average American. the ‘not a real sport’ part gives it away.

American soccer ignorance? Unlike Euros who are truly ignorant about American sports-football in particular- Americans DO know soccer. We play it. Forced to as kids. So, when we criticize it we know what we’re talking about.

And, it’s not a real sport because no sport that only uses two appendages could be. And, then there’s the constant flopping. No real sport has such asinine clownish theatrics. I tried to give the WCup a watch once and this idiot throws himself to the ground, writhing in pain as the keystone copesque medics rushed to roll him onto a stretcher…only for him to hop off at the edge of the field and run back in the game. This was the effing World Cup! Such epic buffoonery ain’t a real sport.

kit9 on April 27, 2012 at 10:53 AM

As for the pro bowl, Aaron Rodgers said he was actually embarrassed by the effort by some players in this years PB. And, it was pretty horrendous at times. A flag football game would be pretty entertaining. Would be nice to have something to watch as anticipation for the SB mounts during that middle week.

kit9 on April 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I have an idea. Let em play full contact golf

BillyPenn on April 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

As for the pro bowl, Aaron Rodgers said he was actually embarrassed by the effort by some players in this years PB. And, it was pretty horrendous at times. A flag football game would be pretty entertaining. Would be nice to have something to watch as anticipation for the SB mounts during that middle week.

kit9 on April 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM

I view the Pro Bowl as not much more than a just-for-fun pickup game to end the season, and it just happens to be played by the supposedly “best” players in the league. But without the Superbowl players, even the “best” tag is not entirely valid any more.
Unfortunately, I think the NFL is headed toward being nothing more than flag football if the commish keeps going the way he is. I liked the touchdown celebrations and a bit of grand-standing – but if it’s no long a tough and dangerous sport, it’s not worth the money they’re paid, or worth what they charge to see a game.

dentarthurdent on April 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM

I have an idea. Let em play full contact golf
BillyPenn on April 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I like this idea – let’s see Happy Gilmore and Bob Barker battle Tiger and Phil for king of the green.

dentarthurdent on April 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

How about they have only 1 level of players from the Pros and fill in the rest of the rosters with college players?

danrshaw on April 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM