The Pro Bowl Stinks…again
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.