Of all the
professional all star games, the Pro Bowl is the least watched and
least anticipated game. I believe the main reason for the lack
enthusiasm comes from the placement of the game. The NBA all star
game, the NHL hockey game and major league baseball all have their all
star games mid season. With the season only half way through
there is usually plenty of hype surrounding the game. Everyone
wants to see their favorite player compete against the league’s best
mid-year when it really matters. For some reason, the Pro Bowl
isn’t structured in this manner; it is scheduled for the Sunday after
the Super Bowl.
Bowl is the biggest sporting event of the year and the most watched.
The event is the ultimate culmination of a four-month season, and when
it’s over, football is over. The Pro Bowl is really just an
afterthought. A couple years back the major league baseball game
began to lose its luster, and the league stepped in and made some major
changes. The biggest of those changes was giving the winning
league home field advantage in the World Series. I don’t like the
idea of awarding home field advantage, and I wouldn’t want the NFL to
institute that, but they should do something to make the Pro Bowl a
more meaningful game.
year’s game had many of the usual stars from both the AFC and the NFC.
Some of the AFC’s veterans were Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison,
Jonathan Ogden, Willie Roaf, Zach Thomas, and Champ Bailey. The
NFC’s veterans were Tory Holt, Shaun Alexander, Jonathan Ogden, Julius
Peppers, Derrick Brooks and Roy Williams. Those vets were joined
by the future of the league in youngsters like, Lofa Tatupu, DeAngelo
Hall, and Nathan Vasher from the NFC and Troy Palamalu, Tommie
Harris and Bob Sanders from the AFC.
watching the first half or so of the game each year, but I have to
admit, I have never watched the game all the way to the end. It
doesn’t mean a lot and the players don’t really play like it means
much. The last problem I recognize is that the game is in Hawaii
almost completely away from civilization. I can see why the
players and their families like it, but it takes the game away from the
fans in the mainland of the U.S. that really support the game.
Maybe in the future they will think about rotating sites like the Super
Bowl does. The 2006 game on Sunday was more entertaining than
most with six takeaways by the NFC, and they were victorious in the end
with a 23-17 win over the AFC.