Every year in Honolulu, the NFL’s best gather together to play one last game of football. This final display of talent, also known as the Pro Bowl, gives fans one last chance to see their favorite players run around the field before departing for the offseason. Yet, if anything, the Pro Bowl only robs fans of this opportunity. Why, you ask?
With the fear of their multimillion dollar athletes getting hurt, NFL owners and Roger Goodell have implemented a ridiculous set of rules limiting contact and excitement in this pathetic excuse for a football game. Teams are not allowed to blitz, rush on a punt or field goal, or run motion on offense. Even worse, these players do not even make an attempt to hide their lack of enthusiasm or effort in the game. This lack of effort has translated to a lack of enthusiasm from fans, as the NFL remains the only major sport that draws lower television ratings for its all-star game than regular season games.
Roger Goodell has weighed in on the matter, telling the media that he’s unsure of the game’s future:
“If we don’t continue to see improvement, we will have to seriously consider the Pro Bowl’s future in the NFL.” What continues to be problematic is the NFL’s inability to hold the game in the middle of the year. Furthermore, unlike baseball’s all-star game, which is played for World Series home field advantage, the Pro Bowl does not affect the regular season in any way.
For now, the Pro Bowl remains one of the many irrelevant additions to the NFL. However, its place in the league seems pointless at best. The Pro Bowl is no display of quality football. In the words rapper T.I., the Pro Bowl might as well be dead and gone.