Pro Bowl 2012: 7 Ways to Make the NFL's All-Star Game More Relevant

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Pro Bowl 2012: 7 Ways to Make the NFL's All-Star Game More Relevant
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The dust has settled on the 2012 Pro Bowl and there is one phrase that can appropriately sum up the general feeling regarding the event: ho-hum. Saying the game was uninteresting and unnecessary would be like calling Doritos delicious and irresistible. Tell me something I don't know, Captain Obvious.

The Pro Bowl is lame, let's face it. Sports writers and fans alike have been screaming for changes to the NFL's all-star exhibition for years.  The 2012 version did nothing to change people's minds.

The last time I saw that many athletes dogging it was... the 2011 Pro Bowl!

You'd think dwindling TV ratings would force the NFL to reconsider this farce. Who can blame fans for tuning out. How many times can you watch a receiver haul in a fade pass over a defender that appears to be tying his shoes?

On the contrary, the league is set in their ways like someone who's eaten the same lunch everyday for 10 years and refuses to take a chance and try something new.

To quote Cris Carter, "C'mon man!" Change is scary, but sometimes it is necessary for survival.

Maybe this is the crux of the problem. The NFL knows that even if the Pro Bowl continues to be as competitive as a spirited shuffleboard match, fans will keep watching their product on Sundays.

For the NFL, that's really all that counts.

I know the NFL won't listen, but I have some ideas on how this game could be changed for the better. It needs to mean something. It needs to be reinvigorated and overall, it needs to entertain people.

Touchdowns and men hugging each other repeatedly can only go so far.

This version of the Pro Bowl needs to be given the Old Yeller treatment and be put out of it's misery—for it's own good.

Here are my ideas on how to improve the game and make it entertaining once again.

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