Jan 27 2017
In a shocking and unexpected move, (perhaps in an effort to boost ratings for this year), citing lackluster ratings and declining interest in the Pro Bowl, Roger Goodell today announced “…the NFL will be ending the current Pro Bowl format, to be replaced next year with a new and innovative way to showcase the talent of the National Football League while promoting the game in an effort to once again revitalize and rejuvenate interest in our Great Game…” (sic) the week between the end of the playoffs and the Super Bowl.
Wouldn’t that be nice to hear? Something different for Pro Bowl Weekend? Or as we call it here, ‘Dud Bowl weekend’.
As the regular season and the playoffs come to an end, the non finalists turn their eye towards Florida for a week of fun and floundering in the sun. There will be exhibits and plenty of things to do, and it all culminates in a mean nothing football game that is more akin to flag football than the American Sport we have come to love.
Except flag football is more exciting to watch.
I mean, I get it. Multimillion dollars players don’t want to risk injury (or their livlihood) in a real contact game, which since the inception of free agency, has little to no bragging rights. No meaning.
A ‘Who Cares’ game.
They tried dressing it up with some former star personalities ‘picking teams’ like we did as kids.
Yea. That was gonna work.
Maybe they should have tried featuring The Lingerie League during Half time. That would sure boost the male veiwewrship. Maybe add Chip n Dale for the ladies. Make it a Chip ‘n’ Dip Halftime show.
But seriously, here’s what I’d like to see. Instead of a bunch of overpaid (albeit very talented) and spoiled athletes sucking up sunlight, limelight, food, promotional items and other ‘perks’, on an all expenses paid trip, plus draw a game check to boot, (Sweet gig if you can get it, but lets face it, viewership has been plummeting to ‘time to pull the plug’ lows.) But I digress.
Instead, of that, how about about a game that matters again. A game that not only highlights the game itself, but showcases true professional talent. Maybe not the super spectacular plays and catches the elite are capable of making, (ala OBJ et al) but rather fabulous plays made by fresh talent. A chance to evaluate the progress of the leagues best players. A game with a TWIST …
The Rookie Bowl.
Every year hundreds of rookies are drafted into the league. Every pre season they are fighting for a roster spot. Every year hundreds are cut. The ones that remain fight for learning time. Fighting for their jobs. Their livelihood. Their Dream. And isn’t America the land where dreams come true?
But honestly, the way the pros play the ‘Consolation Bowl’, I would rather see a reality series of those same football players spending a weekend at Disney. Riding the rides. Eating. Acting goofy (or with him). Or maybe a series of them doing after season fun. Acapulco. Dirt Bikes. Sky diving. Whatever. I would rather watch THAT, then that stink they put on annually in Hawaii.
I mean, does anybody even watch the Pro Bowl? Is it so much as background noise at some lame excuse of a get together? Do people even get together for that Sunday anymore?
Wouldn’t it be great if people once again gathered on that one last Sunday to enjoy a true and competitive Professional Football game before the Bowl of Bowls? (The Super one.)
Would you tune into watch the likes of Wentz and Mariota battle it out for best rookie QB? (Toss Dak in there now, add Ezekial Ellilot at RB, Aghalor at WR etc etc). Use only 1st to 3rd year rookies and let them battle it out like the days of old. League against League. Only, rookies against rookies.
People would call it The Back up Bowl, but they would tune in. (or maybe the Bubble Bowl, for those who get cut)
Or here’s another idea. Maybe pit the best College Seniors (draft prospects) against the NFL rookies.
Yea. I’d tune in to see that!
(Hopefully) Coming soon. R-E-A-L change to the Pro Bowl.
Written By Brother Grim
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