What mental midget put the Pro Bowl the week before the Super Bowl?
I write so infrequently about sports that I don’t even have a blog category for my sports-related articles. But I’m so annoyed with the NFL that I’m going to offer a few thoughts, and I’d love to get your comments on whether you agree or disagree.
The NFL changed the date of the Pro Bowl so that this year, for the first time, it happens the week before the Super Bowl. Apparently their thinking is that people will lose their enthusiasm for football during the two week period between the AFC and NFC championship games and the Super Bowl. I’m throwing the bullshit flag.
The extra week gives up more time to figure out whose house we’re watching at, what beer to buy, and how many chicken wings we need. In years past, it gave me more time to find someone who wanted to bet on the game. (I pretty much don’t bet on sports anymore unless I’m in Vegas where I can watch on an enormous screen with a bunch of other football nuts.)
It stands to reason that the two teams which make the Superbowl are likely to have a disporportionately high number of players make the Pro Bowl. And it stands to reason that no coach or football organization will let those players risk getting hurt in a meaningless game a week before the game that means everything. (Yes, I understand the oxymoron inherent in a “game” that “means everything", but from the point of view of a professional athlete, it is essentially an accurate statement.)
I’m tempted to boycott the Pro Bowl just to send the NFL a message…but I probably won’t. Instead, I’ll just be hoping they reverse this stupid decision…a decision which will keep me from seeing the Colts’ and Saints’ best players one more time…and for 2011 and beyond return the Pro Bowl to its rightful spot as the NFL’s last event of the year.
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