The NFL's Pro Bowl selection process is a complete mess.
While many owners, players, media and fans would love to scrap the nearly useless event entirely, I actually think the game has some merit. Maybe it's just the hopeless optimist in me, but I look at NBA All-Star Weekend or the old NHL Skills Competitions with jealousy and hope that one day the NFL decides to compete.
Sure the game itself doesn't mean anything, but meaningless football games can still be extremely fun to watch. Rather than scrap the game, the league would be wise to try ways to fix it.
The biggest problem with the game, of course, is the selection process—it doesn't mean a darned thing. Using Pro Bowl selections to talk about "how great" a player is/isn't is the quickest way toward proving how little one knows about football. Why? Fans vote on the Pro Bowl and count as one-third of the total selection process.
Fans aren't stupid, but they're also not concerned about objectivity. Fans also don't watch all 32 teams with regularity nor do they spend time quibbling about interior line play or tracking special-teams tackles. Of course, some fans do. So, the point of this isn't to paint every single one with a broad brush stroke. Players and coaches vote on Pro Bowl nods as well, and it isn't like they're objective—not one bit.
So, each year, players who deserve the honor (and the corresponding financial reward many of them have written into their contracts) get snubbed.
This is a tribute to those snubbed players, whose play has stood out from their peers this season but who were not selected to head to Hawaii in January.