Should the NFL Move The Pro Bowl Back?


Jan 27, 2013, Honolulu, HI, USA; NFL cheerleaders pose after the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL should move the Pro Bowl back to the weekend after the Super Bowl.  Who’s with me on this one?

As much criticism as the Pro Bowl takes for not even living up to exhibition game status, I do find myself missing it this Sunday.  As lame as it is, the Pro Bowl used to be kind of a going away present from the NFL.  A little bonus, like the mint on your pillow at a hotel before you go to bed.  Or maybe better yet, like the little bowl of mints on your way out of the restaurant.  You don’t eat the mints between the main course and dessert do you?  No, you eat them AFTER dessert.  When everything is all over with and you thought you were finished, you get one extra little treat for the road.

Let’s face it.  That’s all the Pro Bowl is.  A little extra treat.  For those that love to bitch about the players mailing it in and not playing hard, or even the players that don’t even play due to “injury”, all I have to say is “Don’t Watch It”.   There’s a lot of crap I don’t like on T.V. and guess what? I don’t watch it.  I don’t spend my time condemning the networks for showing it.   The Pro Bowl is what it is, and actually used to be something you could kind of look forward to.  Not because it was a riveting game, but because it was a last ditch effort at soaking up some football.

I’m okay with the 2 week build up between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl.  We’ve had football on every Sunday since the first of September and I can live with one Sunday off before the big game.  What benefit is there to cramming the Pro Bowl in to the week before the Super Bowl?  The Sunday after the Super Bowl I would watch all the camps and challenges before the Pro Bowl.  All the old quarterbacks running around playing flag football with old receivers, or them trying to throw the football through moving tires.  Did they even do that this year?

Dear Roger Goodell,

As football fans get ready to embark on the longest off season in sports, it sure would be nice to have that mint on the way out of the door.

What do you think?  Before, After or really Don’t Care?

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