February 08, 2009

So 50,000 Come Out To Watch A Practice..

This morning, I woke up under the idea that by the end of the night, I will have done a good, bad and ugly on the Pro Bowl, what with it being the last game of the year and all that. But then at about 5 o'clock I realized something.

How fucking pointless the Pro Bowl really is.

I know, I know. Every major sport has an event to celebrate their all stars. It's pretty much a law. But it's not just supposed to celebrate them, but it's also supposed to celebrate the sport. Which brings me to my main argument as to why I dislike the Pro Bowl so much. It's a scrimmage.

Yep. The best players in the league are selected by fan vote and then by the coaches and then proceed to play in a scrimmage located across the Pacific Ocean (except it won't be next year, as it will be moved to Hawaii. That means John Madden can commentate it. I'm holding my breath for that one.) The main problem with the whole scrimmage thing is that, even though it does have some awesome shows of offense, my favorite part is missing. Defense.

No, there are no Ray Lewis smackdowns, no Albert Haynesworth demolitions or any Ryan Clark decimations of Willis McGahee. Mind you, neither of those two will probably play in a Pro Bowl in the foreseeable future. You're not even allowed to use exotic pass rushes, which is a main part of playing good, solid defense and a reason that a majority of the players who are in the Pro Bowl thrive on their teams.
"15 yard penalty. Playing
real football. #52, defense."

For all the people who say it's a risk to have them playing hard because of injuries, I say we let them play for a bonus. Say 50,000 bucks a piece to the winning team, and we get rid of the rule on restrictive blitz packages. Then it will actually be a celebration of the players AND the sport. That'd be something I'd be thrilled to watch. Sadly, the only thing intriguing about this Pro Bowl was Larry Fitzgerald just dominating. I guess that'll be good, for now.

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