The Dope Bowl

Aaron LiebmanAnalyst IMarch 3, 2008

Recently, the Pro Bowl was played in Honolulu, featuring the best players in the NFL—or at least the best that felt like making the trip to play the game. 

For a game like this, it's hard to choose a team to root for. 

Sure, the NFC had Giants defensive end Osi, but they also had Tony Romo and Terrell Owens

On the other hand, the AFC was without Tom Brady and Randy Moss, who after the Super Bowl, did not feel like playing again—their heads are probably still buried in the dirt in embarrassment. 

Thus, I decided to root for the AFC. 

With that, you have to wonder how do fans root in a game like this?  I mean there's no Pro Bowl color jersey available.  And what do you yell, "Let's go AFC, show us who the real FC is!" 
With all these different players and coaches working together, would there ever be an attempt at intentional sabotage? 

Think about it, you'll be coaching some of your competition and rivals and they'll be on your sidelines and taking instructions from you. Could the coaches call a play that they know will have the offensive line collapse and allow the defense to sack the quarterback, i.e. Tony Romo?  And maybe the players themselves would purposely not block and allow a quarterback get taken down, i.e. Tony Romo. 
You have to wonder if the players would really trust each other. 

There were a few players from the same team playing together. but that's not necessarily a good thing.  It's odd how even in the Pro Bowl, Tony Romo was choking and Terrell Owens dropped Romo's passes to him.  Peyton Manning had his center Jeff Saturday snapping the ball to him, but Saturday managed to hike it over Peyton's head. 

Speaking of Peyton, Osi sacked him in the game and I was waiting for Osi to taunt him by saying "That one's for Eli."
With all the controversy of Spygate on going, I was shocked to see that the quarterbacks' play calls were actually broadcasted live on the air. 

You know if Bill Belichick was coaching the game he would have had his coaching staff watching the game on TV with a cell phone to quickly call down and tell them the play.  Actually, I wouldn't be surprised if he brought down a TV to the sideline.  He could always say that he didn't want to miss the latest episode of "Desperate Housewives" and then flip to the Pro Bowl. 

Who am I kidding?  Not even the players would want to watch the Pro Bowl.
Now when you play in the Pro Bowl, you must go by the coach's play calling.  It sucks that even when you're at an All Star Game and on vacation, you have to study a whole new system.  And with the Patriots all stars, I'm sure they've gotten instruction from Bill Belichick to memorize the plays they learn from the system that week to use next season.
It's funny how although you're elected into the Pro Bowl, you're still relegated to the jobs and responsibilities of your spot on the depth chart.  Browns quarterback Derek Anderson was the third choice for the AFC all stars, yet he was forced to put on a headset and do the job of a backup quarterback—running signals and transporting them onto the field.