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Pro Bowl 2012: How to Fix NFL's Snoozefest All-Star Game

HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 29:  Ben Roethlisberger #17 of the Pittsburg Steelers passes against the NFC team during the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJanuary 30, 2012

Sleeping pills aren’t as effective as the Pro Bowl.

No one gets popcorn ready for the NFL’s All-Star game; they get their pillows ready.  The contest needs fixing and here's what has to go down for it to become watchable again.

5. Increase Cash Prize

Championship rings are nice, but there isn’t much that motivates professional football players more than money.  Offering pocket change isn’t going to make players give 110 percent.  Enough money to buy a new car, on the other hand, would do the trick.

4. Boost Rewards

Speaking of cars, rewarding players for certain things like sacks, interceptions and touchdowns would also skyrocket their motivation.  Upping the pot prevents players from pulling a Ricky Watters every time they’re about to sacrifice their body. “For who?"  "For what?”  After playing at least 16 games, a ton is going to be needed to keep their minds on the field and off of vacation.

3. Live Wired Audio

It isn’t like the league doesn’t have the technology to put microphones in players' helmets that would allow such a thing.  Of course, the language could get out of hand, but edited is boring.  Children watch at their own risk because James Harrison needs some Orbit gum.

2. Enhance Twitter Experience

The NFL is headed in the right direction allowing players to tweet during the game, but they need to take it to another level.  Fans should be able to call plays.  Not every play, that would get ugly, but enough to keep a steady audience focused on the game.

1. Man Up

Forget the no blitzing, no jamming and no anything-that-will-slow-down-an-offense rules.  It gives a defense absolutely zero shot to stop an offense.  If fans want to watch helpless defenses struggle all day long, they can watch reruns of summer league basketball.

 

David Daniels is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.


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