Should the NFL Just Say Aloha to the Pro Bowl?

NC Nighthawk@NC Nighthawk (my Xbox gamertag)Analyst IFebruary 8, 2009


The annual NFL Pro Bowl is boring and lame, I proclaim.  No, I am not loose with metaphors of Dr. Seuss.

With the word lame, I mean “weak and ineffectual; unsatisfactory: a lame attempt to apologize; lame excuses for not arriving on time” (

The Pro Bowl is a lame attempt to have a real NFL football game, I proclaim. The old Lingerie Bowl even used to have more drama with underwear and pajamas.

The NFL Pro Bowl is widely recognized as the least enjoyable of all the major All Star Games.  The game is a rather anti-climactic end to the season and the quality of play tends to compare to something found at the middle school level or at the high school girls’ Powder Puff football game, I proclaim.

This game rivals with watching paint dry, curling, and synchronized swimming.  Even a boring NBA game has more drama and action.

Players seem as if they don't even want to be there, as they play “not to get hurt.” The wise players withdraw from this vain game, I proclaim.

The Pro Bowl seems to be a glorified version of Powder Puff Football or Flag Football with some Arena Football League wrinkles.  They have silly rules changes and limits, like no blitzing!

Picking the Pro Bowl roster after week 13 is a joke. Fans vote for the most popular players on their teams, not the best performer players for that particular season.

Did you hear this news about this season’s Pro Bowl?  Amid a deteriorating economy and a sharp decline in tourism to Hawaii, tickets to the Pro Bowl haven't been selling as well as previous years, and whether the event will return to Honolulu in future years remains uncertain.

The league's all-star game could be blacked out on television in Hawaii if the roughly 5,000 remaining tickets are not sold 72 hours before the Feb. 8 game, the NFL proclaims. The game has sold out, usually weeks in advance, every year since moving to the 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium in 1980.

We have heard that the NFL has announced they will make changes to next year's game by hosting it in the Super Bowl city in the off week before the game.  This will not help make the game somewhat relevant, even if it capitalizes on Super Bowl hype to increase TV ratings.

Whoa! An all-star game without the star players to be featured in the Super Bowl? Isn't the entire point of an All Star game to showcase your league's best players?

Doesn’t his create a credibility issue?  Wouldn’t this make a proclaimed lame game worse?

In many cases, aren't these players going to be participating in the game the following week, the Super Bowl? What coach in their right mind would allow a single player to take even a single snap considering the risk of injury?

Apparently, the NFL does not know what to do with it’s lame Pro Bowl game, but I know what do with with the lame NFL Pro Bowl game, I proclaim!

At best, it gives the coaching staffs a chance to cozy up to guys who'll become free agents in less than three weeks. At worst, it's a paid vacation with a football game justifying the write-off.

In its current form, no one would miss it. No one cares much about the Pro Bowl.

So why not simply name the team, and not play the game? That’s right, NFL. Just say “Aloha” to the Pro Bowl. 

Aloha means a variety of things in Hawaiian, including  both hello and goodbye. In this context, it’s farewell.

Maybe during the weekend before the Super Bowl, the league could begin or kickoff the NFL Experience by just naming both the new Pro Football Hall of famers and the all-star team, similar to the way the NCAA announces its all-American teams.

Announce the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s  new members on Saturday and the Pro Bowl/All-Stars on Sunday.

Give each Pro Bowler a $100,000 check. The won’t miss playing an all-star game that is lame, I proclaim.

That is my Plan A.  Do I have a Plan B? You bet. 

Move the Pro Bowl to July and to Canton, Ohio, and play it as the Hall of Fame game to kickoff the NFL preseason.  It’s an exhibition game, anyway, with a lot of substitution.

There are other ideas such as play it in mid-season in November and with a large monetary incentive at rotating sites.  This game could also be used as an experiment with rules changes.

We also probably need to revise how the players are picked so that the best performers, not the most popular players, are selected. Let the NFL coaches select the teams.

Why not just invite all 32 teams to send five or six players apiece and have an actual flag football tournament? For the NFL Pro Bowl is merely glorified flag football already.

However, play flag football on a football field, not on a beach. Remember Robert Edwards of New England?

What are your solutions for fixing the NFL Pro Bowl?


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At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson


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