5 Reasons Why The Pro Bowl Is A Waste Of NFL’s Time

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5 Reasons Why the Pro Bowl is a Waste of the NFL’s Time

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The struggling NFL Pro Bowl is going to throw a Hail Mary in 2014 with several silly rule changes. First off, the teams will no longer be determined by the players' conferences. The teams will now be drafted by the two leading vote-getters along with two fans who were NFL.com’s fantasy football champions. Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as “Hall of Fame help” for the drafting process.

There are also no more kickoffs, and there will no longer be a kick return specialist selected to either team. The ball will start at the 25-yard line not only after scoring plays, but also at the end of each quarter. That leads us to our next rule change — the ball will switch hands after every quarter, and the two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters to encourage more two-minute drills.

There are also a few changes concerning when the game clock will stop that will just confuse the small amount of fans who care about what’s left of the competitive spirit of the game. The event is losing the fans’ interest and is desperately trying to win it back when it should just be put down for good.

With these ridiculous changes, the game is now a total spectacle. If the NFL wants a spectacle, they should bring back the Quarterback Challenge and add events that include all other positions. For those who don’t know, the Quarterback Challenge was a competition that ended in 2007 which pitted NFL quarterbacks against one another in events involving skills related to the position.

If the NFL is going to get weird with the game, they should move completely away from a four-quarter game. In the Quarterback Challenge, fans can at least root for their favorite players individually, and not just some random collection of players. A contest in which the fans could see who can throw the farthest, the most accurately, run the fastest and so on would be much more entertaining than seeing who could win a game with two random teams in which nobody is really trying. Here are five reasons why the Pro Bowl should just end it now.

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5. The Possible Injuries

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Even if the players aren’t going in at 100 percent, if it’s tackle football, the injury risk is significant.

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4. There's Nothing to Root For

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When it was AFC vs. NFC, fans could at least root for the side their favorite team was on, but now the teams are just random groups that could pit players from the same team against one another.

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3. The Timing

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If the NFL could have a collective bye for the entire league around Week 10 and hold the Pro Bowl then, it could be used as a decent filler much like MLB’s All-Star break. Unfortunately, nobody would play because of the injury risks and the fact, it would cut into to some much-needed rest for players.

Instead, the game is played the week before the Super Bowl when most fans are either focused on the biggest game of the year or have lost interest because their team is finished for the season. The timing also ensures players who just won fans over with great performances to get to the Super Bowl can’t actually play.

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2. They Never Get It Right

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Every year, there are snubs that should have made it over somebody else. This season, Knowshon Moreno deserved to go over Frank Gore (imagine the amount of crying that would’ve provoked), Derrick Johnson deserved to make it over Patrick Willis and several players deserved to make it over Brandon Flowers -- just to name a few examples.

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1. It’s a Confusing Mess

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The new rule changes are going to make the game very confusing. Half of what the commentators say will probably be a tutorial for what is going on. Fans will not be able to relax and watch a normal game with a normal flow. It’s going to be a strange mess, with the ball constantly switching hands. If the NFL wants chaos with a few elements resembling a football game, they should just sponsor the Puppy Bowl.


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