The NFL is still fighting the good fight to save the Pro Bowl, hoping a draft will give the dying exhibition game a shot of life.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport delivered some interesting news on the future of the lamest All-Star exhibition in sports. Unfortunately, it wasn't a report on how the league was going to kill it off completely.
The @nfl hopes to settle on the future of the Pro Bowl today. One option: Having a draft as a way to divvy up teams, rather than conference— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2013
So, the NFL is taking a possible page from the NHL and considering a fantasy draft of sorts. I think this is a great idea, but with a minor, little-baby hiccup.
Some may think the Pro Bowl is something that can be saved or remedied with some tweaking and clever maneuvering, but it's beyond repair.
And we really should be fine with that. Football just doesn't work as an exhibition—the hits are weak, the play is dull and fan interest is remarkably low.
One play I love to show when making an argument to kill the Pro Bowl is this touchdown run by Alex Mack.
As you can see, nobody plays defense, and tackles are more like exaggerated cuddle sessions. Guys don't want to get hurt, so they don't hit like they do in regular games, which is completely understandable.
We wouldn't want players to get injured over a meaningless game, so we don't blame them for holding back, but that doesn't mean we have to watch it.
I still contend the best idea is to stop the game completely. An annual Pro Bowl announcement can still be held, but the game itself needs to go.
Having a draft is a great idea, as this will garner interest from a sports world that lives for drafts. But when it comes to the actual game, if a win doesn't matter one way or another, why watch?
Our love for football shouldn't force us to maintain a horrible Pro Bowl game. Sometimes, you just have to let go.
Hit me up on Twitter and we can hashtag it all out.