Why The Pro Bowl Sucks...and How It Can Be Fixed

Divya ParmarSenior Analyst IFebruary 5, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Signage is seen during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The Pro Bowl is a game that today is of no interest to the average sports fan. The game is meaningless, and the fans don't care.

There have been solutions proposed to create interest, like moving the game to a different location or day. But that doesn't solve the underlying problem. It's addressing the symptoms, not the disease.

The Pro Bowl is a football game without intensity, the whole reason we love football in the first place.

We love the passion, the intensity, the big hits. We love getting fired up over competition. 

Instead, the Pro Bowl has offensive lineman lightly pushing defenders when they should be power blocking. Returners are ducking out of bounds instead of taking a hit. Players are shaking hands with each other and joking around, not focusing on the game.

All of that is understandable. We know most players don't want to be there, but it makes for horrible football.

Either the game should be cancelled, or we need to add incentives so the players play to win. Maybe the winning team should get a bonus. Or the NFL should add fun side competitions like cooking or dancing. These competitions may generate more interest and make players want to come, not make excuses to leave.

The NFL should be able to create more interest with so much the talent all in one place. With the very unique setting and environment, we should see a different side of these players that we don't see every Sunday.

The Pro Bowl is a great opportunity for the NFL to showcase the league and its players. The Pro Bowl, if the right steps are taken, has the potential to be a spectacle to see.