For this year’s Pro Bowl, Team Rice and Team Sanders selected the San Diego Chargers’ representatives, Philip Rivers and Eric Weddle, respectively.
No matter the format, Rivers and Weddle do deserve the distinction of Pro-Bowler. These guys are exemplary players in the NFL. Rivers faced an enormous amount of criticism coming into 2013 as a washed up quarterback on the decline. His performance surprised the nation with prime earning recognition as the PFWA Comeback Player of the Year. Weddle has been the constant rock of the Chargers since his resigning in 2011. His drastically improved play has caused headaches for defensive coordinators around the league.
To include a sort of fantasy football draft is injecting controversy and life into a broken system. It will never take away from the fact that the season is over and you’re practically on vacation in laid-back Hawaii. These professionals are in Hawaii while 75 percent of the nation is stuck with temperatures below 50.
But the true problem with the Pro Bowl is it’s timing. Unlike other major North American sports where all-star games are in-season, the Pro Bowl is played after the season concludes. While most players start to unwind after a long uneventful season, the league and public demand a last hurrah of sorts.
Rivers, Weddle and the rest of the players do deserve the Pro-Bowler title, but the game itself is horrible. But what is the true solution? Are we going to see a game in the middle of the season? It just seems inevitable we won’t see Pro Bowls being played because there’s no importance to this game. Just honor for players like Rivers and Weddle.