2013 NFL Pro Bowl: Does This Game Mean Anything Anymore?
By Joey Levitt on January 27, 2013
The 2013 NFL Pro Bowl—um, sir?
Arbitrary alliteration notwithstanding, this latest installment of pro football’s all-star game has fallen into the dregs of Super Bowl downtime.
One week after the league championships, and one week before the big dance, the annual matchup between the best of the conferences comes to your television screen. The NFL must have its TV time, and we must have something to satisfy our insatiable appetite for the National Football League.
But, to quote the proverbial sub-conscience of the viewing public, “Why do we care?”
Last year’s gridiron friendly certainly didn’t help the cause.
The AFC won 59-41 in an entertaining, but not-so-compelling-matchup. It put things in a most negative light when players refused to tackle, let alone pretend to do what some would call “defense.”
Said the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers after 2011: “I was just surprised that some of the guys either didn't want to play or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it.”
Damning, yes, but isn’t a player’s safety a matter of concern?
“You're more likely to get an injury standing around a pile or just going through it half-speed,” said Rodgers (via ESPN).
We’d agree, but isn’t there a measure of pride involved?
Per the Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald: “It's a privilege to be here among some of the great players in our league," Fitzgerald said. "We understand this is a big game, a big year. We want to keep it hear in Hawaii. We love it (here).”
The league’s class act and epitome of a good person said all the right things. A representation of the NFL’s best should only operate as a showcase of pride and achievement for the fans.
Yet, it doesn’t always appear as such.
Then again, we’ll still watch it—and perhaps even enjoy it.
Let’s hope that means something to someone.
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