The NFL's Pro Bowl is not exactly the most anticipated game on the schedule, but there was definite intrigue surrounding this year's version.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has hinted at the idea of removing the game completely, so actual effort and competitiveness would definitely be needed this time around.
As always, Twitter was filled with reaction, analysis and commentary of the Pro Bowl. Let's look at some of the highlights:
ESPN Stats & Info noted how Larry Fitzgerald could set a Pro Bowl record Sunday night:
Pro Bowl starting shortly--Larry Fitzgerald enters with 7 Pro Bowl TD, 3 shy of Jim Brown's record of 10.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 27, 2013
Matt Birch was just one of many who tweeted about Train's performance prior to the start of the game. Few people were too excited about Train's efforts:
Someone please tell the poor people attending the Pro Bowl that Train is comprised of no-talent ass clowns.— Matt B. (@MattOnNFL) January 28, 2013
Ross Tucker pointed out the obvious, but forgot to note that the MLB All-Star Game actually features a great deal of effort:
Before anyone complains about Pro Bowl they don't try hard in other All-Star games either & nobody is forcing U to watch it— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) January 28, 2013
ESPN's Mark Schlereth apparently had better thing to do than tune in for the annual contest in Honolulu:
How's the effort at the pro bowl? I'm away from my tv— mark schlereth (@markschlereth) January 28, 2013
J.J. Watt suffered a finger injury fairly early in the game. Bleacher Report was quick to post this gem of an image:
SportsCenter's account made light of some of the game planning and execution in the Pro Bowl:
SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 28, 2013
Adam Schefter commented on a tweet from Patrick Smyth, who noted that Al Michaels has become a staple of the Pro Bowl. Michaels has seen the entire Manning family play in the game:
Fact of day. RT @psmyth12: Al Michaels calling Pro Bowl for 15th time in his career. NFC QB for his 1st Pro Bowl in 1980 was Archie Manning.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 28, 2013
Sunday Night Football's account caught a great image of former teammates Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne catching up with each other on the AFC's sideline:
SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) January 28, 2013
Patrick Smyth noted how Peyton Manning continued some of his Pro Bowl records. On a side note, who knew they tracked Pro Bowl stats?
After today, P.Manning extends his Pro Bowl career records for att. (196), comps (115), yards (1,551) and TDs (15) in 11 career games.— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) January 28, 2013
Never at a loss for words, referee Ed Hochuli had some jokes to share once he had a penalty to announce. Bleacher Report tweeted the following:
Ed Hochuli has jokes--he says "Yes there are penalties in the Pro Bowl" before announcing the first flag. Thanks Ed.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 28, 2013
Erik Frenz opted to poke a little fun at how Matt Slater of the New England Patriots did not have a single catch all season, but managed a reception in the Pro Bowl:
Matt Slater has more receptions in the Pro Bowl (1) than he had all year with the Patriots (0).— Erik Frenz (@ErikFrenz) January 28, 2013
Russell Baxter highlighted the lopsided square of the contest during the fourth quarter:
Troy Aikman may have summed up the festivities best when he commented on the lackluster history of the Pro Bowl:
Not sure it was ever any good. RT @goldenboy_12: Pro Bowl was good in ur days not so much anymore— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) January 28, 2013
When the game finally (and mercifully) ended, the final score was 62-35. Whether or not this will be enough to convince Roger Goodell of the game's validity remains unknown.
What we do know is that it is finally time to fully turn our attention toward the Super Bowl in one week's time.