bill-swift - May 24, 2012
When the news broke some time ago that the NFL was considering putting a merciful end to the woeful AFC-NFC Pro Bowl there was not much of an argument raised against the idea.
Let's face it--the game sucks. Some players have been fond of the event (a free trip to Hawaii) while others could not be bothered to attend if their lives depended on it. Therein lies the problem. The best of the best get voted in, but rarely end up playing making it more of a mediocre event rather than an all-star one.
If it wasn't bad enough all ready that few actual all-star (Pro Bowl) caliber players participate in the game, what passes as participation can barely pass as playing the game. It was clear and easy to see that few players made any sort of effort to play the game the way it is supposed to be played.
Hence, all the talk that the game could be cancelled. However, now we are hearing that the game could be played in New Orleans prior to the coming season's Super Bowl. Apparently when that happened in Miami a couple years ago the game was a lot better than the mess that was last year's game.
Superdome officials have been asked by the NFL to keep the stadium free on January 27th, but that is as far as the talks have gotten. With the owners meeting in Atlanta this week there is a good chance that the future of the Pro Bowl will be discussed.
Article by Travis Pulver