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The Pro Bowl Stinks…again

The Pro Bowl doesn't work

The NFL produces yet another laughable all star game.  I’m not surprised.  It happens each year; the best of the best from around the NFL come to Honolulu (sans last season) and play in the season’s most pointless game, the Pro Bowl.  While, it’s still a great honor to be named a Pro Bowler, the actual game lacks any significance or excitement.

Last night proved to be as lackluster as usual, with a blunder-filled NFC 55-41 victory over the AFC.  In a game where the AFC threw 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles were returned for touchdowns, and Marc Mariani accumulated more than 300 yards, The Sports Minion wondered a few things about this game.

First of all, why is an NFL all star game even played anymore?  Does anyone actually watch the Pro Bowl?  And who the hell is Marc Mariani?, not to mention other gems like fullbacks Ovie Mughelli (2 rec, 23 yds, 1TD) and Montell Owens (2 rec., 22 yds, 1 TD).

Redskins’ cornerback DeAngelo Hall said it best “I was just about to buy another SUV, so to come out here and grab one for free, I like that.”

Hall was name the game’s MVP and in doing so took home a new Cadillac.  The rest of the players took home either $45,000 or $22,500, depending on the game outcome.  If it wasn’t for the money or car giveaway, I’m sure there’d be even less superstars in there and more starting fullbacks.

I was fortunate enough to attend last year’s MLB All Star game.  It was an enjoyable event, very memorable for me, and the game actually means something to the players.  The NHL made it interesting and had their own players draft this season all star teams, and the NBA always has the skills competition and slam dunk contest during All Star weekend.  The Pro Bowl is just a time where players typically just hang out in Hawaii and get paid for it.  I usually forget the game is on, until the next day, which is what happened today.  I will tune in next year though, only because I cannot wait to see what kind of game Tony Fiammetta turns in.

  1. January 31, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I couldn’t believe the pro-bowl was 42-0 at one point when I flipped on for the first time yesterday. I know it ended up closer but having a combined total of 97 points or whatever it was is just plain stupid. Football needs to get rid of the pro-bowl. Just send the pro-bowlers to Hawaii and leave it at that. Moreover, not having the players who are playing in the Super Bowl is doubly stupid in my opinion. I know it’s not original to think to get rid of it but I don’t see any way they can change it to make it actually exciting. Maybe a Skills competition like NBA or NHL? Idk.


  2. February 2, 2011 at 6:15 am

    This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Certainly not anymore. The Pro Bowl year after year has guys who don’t deserve to be there and who only want to be there to vacation. It’s not an All-Star game or an athletic event. It’s a vacation that the NFL is televising. You don’t have to watch.

  3. DaveSukeyakaMr.Sideburns
    February 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    The Pro Bowl needs to team up with MTV and bring some kind of rock and jock football. How great would it be if you had a rock and jock all star lineup like Dan Cortese, Dean Cain, Joey Lawrence, Bill Belamy, and Roger Mcdowell with his wig? Why not bring out the 14 point football, or the 10 point field goal? This is what the fans want to see… Sports Minion do your job and start the petition.

    Suckey….keep em high and tight

  1. June 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm
  2. June 29, 2011 at 3:14 pm

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