I watched the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl and think the idea is great; it’s never a bad thing to bring together the most talented players in a sport and watch them compete. The Pro Bowl however, is an exception to the rule. It has to be the most boring form of an All-Star event in the entire sports industry.
The players don’t really care about the game, watching the effort they put forth is more like watching a group of guys play a game in the park on a Sunday afternoon. In fact, you’d probably see the average Joe trying harder than the best of the best do during the Pro Bowl.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell agreed with radio host Michael Strahan that this past January’s Pro Bowl was “embarrassing” and is now considering eliminating the Pro Bowl altogether.
“If we cannot accomplish that kind of standard (of high play), I am inclined to not play it,” Goodell said. “It is really tough to force competition, and after a long season, to ask those guys to go out and play at the same level they played is really tough.”
I can fully understand why the players wouldn’t want to play a rough game of football and put their bodies on the line after a grueling season. I know they used to do a skills competition, but one has not been held since 2007. The NFL desperately needs to develop a new way to put on an exciting skills competition. They should follow the NBA’s All-Star game model, their skills competition is more highly anticipated than their actual NBA All-Star game.
It’s time to bring back the skills competition and add some fun to it! I would WAY rather watch some head-to-head skills competitions and have the NFL develop a team and points system to determine which team possesses the best “skills” than watch these players play a half-ass game of football.
I think the NFL needs to listen to their fans on this one, continue to offer an event which pools the best players in the league, and give the fans an event which showcases on the variety of skills that are required to dominate the football field.
Some suggestions for skills competitions they could include are: fastest man, QB accuracy, QB distance, best kicking leg, hardest hitter, furthest kick, etc. Maybe even add a celebration competition for fun. The excessive celebration rules have taken some of those wonderfully entertaining celebration dances out of the game. Let the boys have a little fun at the competition.
It’s time for them to add some entertainment to the sport we love so much and give us fans something exciting and entertaining to celebrate another amazing NFL season.
The NFL should take some inspiration from this fans assortment of skills tricks:
Here’s a video from ESPN regarding the Pro Bowl being scrapped!