In an effort to make a meaningless, lifeless game into something entertaining and popular, the NFL has decided that next season’s Pro Bowl will be played on the empty weekend before the Super Bowl. It’s not going to work.
First, they’re automatically eliminating any players from the two best teams. Second, they’ve changed nothing but the date on the calendar.
The problem with the game is that nobody, including the players, cares about it, not that it comes after the season. Want to get me interested? There are only a couple ways to do this – pay me to watch, or have some sort of chalupa giveaway incentive. Now, money doesn’t seem to motivate players enough, and I assume they have a personal chef making their chalupas, so how about a little suspension immunity for players on the winning team? Unlicensed gun go off in a night club? Better win the Pro Bowl this year!
In other words, I don’t plan on watching the Pro Bowl to fill the void between the championship games and the Super Bowl.