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Memo To The NFL: Scrap The Pro Bowl Once And For All

Sunday night the NFL will roll out its biggest sham of a game – the annual game that usually draws about no true interest from the real NFL junkie – The Pro Bowl.

I have always had the opinion of the Pro Bowl as being rather unnecessary, as usually about 1/3 or more of the players pull out of the game with some injury, or another lame excuse why they can’t lace it up one more time before the offseason.

In a way, I can’t blame them.

You have a situation where a player has to start attending mini-camps April through June, go through a long training camp from July to mid August, play 4 meaningless preseason games, 16 regular season games, and then if you lucky, up to three postseason games (Super Bowl teams no longer have players in the Pro Bowl).

Makes for a long season.

The last thing most of these players want to do after all that, is board a plane, head to Hawaii for a week, and then have to put on pads for a few light practices then play a three hour game with a half empty stadium.

For those of us that actually watch this thing on TV, the broadcast is mostly filled with shots of broadcasters in shorts and flowered shirts laughing and talking about how great their week in the warm weather was.

In other words, the NFL should really take a hard look at taking this “game” and dumping it down the toilet. It’s good that the NFL is putting more attention on if this game should continue to be played. If you really asked the players that matter, I would be easily 80 percent to 20 percent they would vote no.

The game gets nowhere near the attention, nor should it, of the NBA or MLB All-Star games, and since its played on an island, most anyone that dreams of ever attending the game is probably out of luck.

For the players, the fans, and everyone else involved, get rid of it. Name your All-stars, or Pro-Bowlers and leave it at that. With the Super Bowl a week away, we all need a rest from the weekly emotion that comes with watching the National Football League as get our homes ready for the parties of the big game February 3rd.

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