Super Bowl 2011: Pro Bowl Disappoints Again, Can It Be Fixed?
Super Bowl week kicked off with the Pro Bowl, back in its longtime home of Aloha Stadium in Hololulu, Hawaii after a strange one-year detour to Miami (where the Super Bowl was held last year).
The NFL has tried different strategies to make the event more exciting and relevant, first moving it to before the Super Bowl instead of after, and last year trying to incorporate it more seamlessly into the buildup for the big game. But it hasn't seemed to work.
Yesterday's game was a ho-hum affair in which the NFC jumed out to a 42-0 first half lead before putting things on cruise control, and finishing off a sloppy, 55-41 win. It was the second highest scoring game in Pro Bowl history, but the high octane offense was met with a collective sigh, as the game didn't even sell out.
I would suggest moving the game again, perhaps to before the season, instead of after it. Obviously that would compound the injury concerns that players have, but I'm really not sure what else will work. Especially on a Sunday that also featured the NHL All-Star Game and the Australian Open men's final, the Pro Bowl becomes an afterthought.
At least MVP DeAngelo Hall gets a new car.
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