Pro Bowl Snub Lists Are As Dumb As The Game Itself

By Ben Grimaldi
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In what has become an NFL tradition; just like fly overs before big games, headlining acts for the Super Bowl and fans complaining about how the refs cost their favorite team a game. The annual snubbed list comes out shortly after Pro Bowl rosters are announced. Of course, the rosters are put together from the votes of NFL fans so it’s no wonder there are usually a couple of major omissions.

This year is no different but expecting the fans to get it right is expecting the impossible. They don’t watch every game or study the film, nor should they; after all, they have jobs and lives to live.

I’m not going to sit here and write how ridiculous it is to have the fans decide who plays in a game absolutely no one wants to watch and absolutely no one cares about, until their favorite players don’t make the roster, because it seems pretty silly. Think about it, people waste all this time and energy arguing about who should have made the Pro Bowl and then when the game is on no one watches it.

Please don’t tell me it’s because the game has players in it who didn’t deserve to make it because we all know that’s not true at all. No one watches it because the game itself, stinks. There’s no real competition and the game holds no meaning because no one wins or losses and there’s no personal involvement in it for anyone (unless you and Vegas have some fun).

So why all the complaining over who makes the Pro Bowl roster?

When you think about it, it really doesn’t make any sense because the players who you think got snubbed usually make it anyway because of injury. There is always an alternate list for injured players and there’s also a backup list after the list for injured players as well, so almost all of the deserving players make it anyway.

Then when your favorite players do make it onto the roster, you have to worry about an injury in the game but even worse than that, you have to worry about the players price tag going even higher when their contract comes up because agents love to use numbers as a guide to a players worth. Number like yards, touchdowns, sacks, and yes, Pro Bowls.

So tell me again why you want to see you favorite team represented in the Pro Bowl?

Sure, I’ll concede it makes for good conversation and arguments in a bar but the reality is no one cares about the Pro Bowl, until it makes or breaks your argument over who had the better career, Donovan McNabb or Tony Romo? In the end, you don’t watch the game so it shouldn’t matter if the Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant or Anthony Spencer made the Pro Bowl.

But for some reason it does matter to us and they both should have made it. There you go, that’s my list of snubs. No reason or numbers why, but because it just seems pretty obvious they both deserve to make it.

Not that I’d watch it anyway.

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