Pro Bowl before the Super Bowl a Terrible Idea

Zeke Fuhrman@@mellamoelzekeAnalyst IIIDecember 20, 2009

HONOLULU - FEBRUARY 12:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the NFC team drops back to pass against the AFC team during the NFL Pro Bowl on February 12, 2006 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The NFC defeated the AFC 23-17.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Nobody cares about the Pro Bowl.

I, personally, have never watched the Pro Bowl. My NFL season officially ends after a champion is crowned.

But this year, NFL officials have slated the Pro Bowl the week before the Super Bowl, rather than the week after.

And it's not even in Hawaii.

The 2009 Pro Bowl will be held in Miami, which is where the Super Bowl is also being held. It will be the first time since 1979 that the Pro Bowl hasn't been in Honolulu.

Sure, it's a great experience for players and it looks great on your resume: "Former Pro-Bowler Arrested on Drug Charges."

Spending a week in Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl should be a rewarding experience for NFL players—but not this year. Players will go to Miami, where half the NFL players already go every year.

However, Miami's retirement atmosphere will be a good place for Brett Favre or Kurt Warner to play.

I am excited at the prospect of the Indianapolis Colts capping off the first undefeated season since the 1972 Dolphins in Miami. Peyton Manning is 1-0 in Super Bowls held in Miami.

The game should boast the league's best players, but here is the catch this year: The teams that make the Super Bowl will not have their players play.

So, forget Peyton Manning thrownig TDs to Andre Johnson or Darren Sharper.

As of right now, the Vikings have 11 players that would make the Pro Bowl. If the Vikings make it to the Super Bowl, how are they going to fill those 11 roster spots? It would be like the MLB All-Star game, in which everybody and their mother makes the roster.

It's all about money. I'm sure they expect to sell more tickets to a Pro Bowl held in this continent than they anticipate people flying out to Hawaii for a game that doesn't even count.

I always liked a week free of NFL action before the Super Bowl to gear up my anticipation. Even though the Week 21 will still be void of competitive football, I could still do without.


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