We all know what a piece of garbage the Pro Bowl has become.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell knows it too and during his pre-Super Bowl press conference, Goodell said change is most likely coming.
“I was disappointed in what I saw on Sunday,” Goodell said. “I raised this issue three or four years ago. We worked with a number of players to make changes to the game. They had a positive impact, at least in the short term but I didn’t see that this past week. …It’s not the kind of game we want to continue to have in its current format. … If it’s not real competition that we can be proud of, we have to do something different.”
The Pro Bowl has been on a downhill trajectory — both in terms of the game itself and viewership — for years.
Back in 2013, the league tried to do something about it. They changed the format to choose the best players overall, not by conference, and went to a fantasy-style draft.
That may have generated some brief interest, but it really has done nothing to change the underlying fact.
No one cares. Not the players and not the fans.
Some people are pushing the idea of replacing the game with a skills competition. We’re not sure why we’d care about that either, though.
Maybe a game between cheerleaders and mascots, like we’re led to believe briefly took place at this year’s game?
Whatever it is, the charade that is the Pro Bowl needs to stop. Frankly, the league now has the NFL Honors awards ceremony and we don’t see why that isn’t a suitable replacement.
If guys need to pat themselves on the back, they can do it right there.