Pro Bowl is all but dead

Discussion in 'The National Football League' started by Playoffs, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. Playoffs

    Playoffs Subscribed Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,210
    Likes Received:
    991
    Pro Bowl is all but dead
    By Mike Freeman | National NFL Insider

    The NFL and union are in negotiations that could possibly kill the concept of the Pro Bowl game, multiple sources confirmed.

    Both league and union officials say privately that while this year's game might still be played, it's highly unlikely the concept would last beyond that. The story was first reported by ESPN...

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/mike-freeman/18839915/pro-bowl-is-all-but-dead
     
  2. gwallaia

    gwallaia Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    7,835
    Likes Received:
    706
    Good. It's a big waste of time anyway.
     
  3. Dutchrudder

    Dutchrudder COOL BEANS!

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    15,064
    Likes Received:
    1,332
    Location:
    Houston
    I'm guessing this means it wasn't making enough money.
     
  4. Rey

    Rey Guest

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    Messages:
    14,475
    Likes Received:
    671
    Bingo.
     
  5. IDEXAN

    IDEXAN Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Messages:
    8,685
    Likes Received:
    222
    Location:
    Houston
    I think the players totally enjoy the recognition of being selected to the Pro Bowl, but have no interest in playing in the game. Solution: select the PB players and then just let them attend a big party (in the Hawaiian vocab known as a Luau), in Hawaii in lieu of any kind of football activities.
     
  6. Dutchrudder

    Dutchrudder COOL BEANS!

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2010
    Messages:
    15,064
    Likes Received:
    1,332
    Location:
    Houston
    Some players like it. Guys like Schaub, Vince Young, Garrard all are "pro-bowl" QBs thanks to other guys dropping out or getting injured. None of them will ever been the hunt for all-pro honors, but their fans sure do like to throw around the term to describe them.
     
  7. drs23

    drs23 Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2010
    Messages:
    4,485
    Likes Received:
    312
    Location:
    No more VIP Suite so back to the recliner
    So, Pro Bowl partyers? Hmmm
     
  8. TimeKiller

    TimeKiller Guest

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2008
    Messages:
    7,648
    Likes Received:
    548
    Location:
    This giant tree, standing 10,000 ft. high but not
    That's too bad. I think they've widely ignored a pretty decent amount of fans who would like to see less of a game and more of a skills competition. Like a combine for established players or something. I would've watched it. Oh well....

    I guess my dream of seeing super bowl winner vs. team of all-stars for all the glory is completely dead. You wanna see guys get after it for real? Put bragging rights up.
     
  9. Yankee_In_TX

    Yankee_In_TX Dance Lindsay!

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2004
    Messages:
    12,448
    Likes Received:
    444
    Location:
    Houston, 77008
    I think players not showing up (literally and figuratively) puts a bad product on the field and the NFL is blackmailing the players - you want a party in Hawaii you're going to have to actually go to and play the game
     
  10. GP

    GP Go Texans!

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2005
    Messages:
    17,747
    Likes Received:
    1,573
    Location:
    TEXAS!
    And the player paycheck for playing in PB was higher than the paycheck for players playing in the SB.

    Pretty embarrassing that you pay players more for half-speed honorary game than for the title game.
     
  11. GP

    GP Go Texans!

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2005
    Messages:
    17,747
    Likes Received:
    1,573
    Location:
    TEXAS!
    Know who is REALLY bummed about this?

    ESPN and NFLN analysts who went over there to "cover" the news. Bummer.
     
  12. Playoffs

    Playoffs Subscribed Contributor

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,210
    Likes Received:
    991
    My understanding is the game will be done away with. Pro Bowl selections & incentives will remain, and there's no stopping the league from sending the guys out to Hawaii for some kind of skills show or golf tourney/charity fundraiser/fan interaction lovefest.
     
  13. Thorn

    Thorn Dirty Old Man

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2007
    Messages:
    24,034
    Likes Received:
    1,813
    Location:
    Houston
    Might as well do that. I don't watch the game anyway, and I doubt I'd watch something like that either. Or at least not the whole thing. I'm sure I'd watch highlites of Texan players gettin' some camera and love time.
     
  14. Yankee_In_TX

    Yankee_In_TX Dance Lindsay!

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2004
    Messages:
    12,448
    Likes Received:
    444
    Location:
    Houston, 77008
    Right now nothing is dead. The League wants to suspend the game to blackmail palyers into taking it more seriously.

    To avoid issues with the NFLPA there will still be voting and selections and teams will be required to enforce bonuses in contracts.
     
  15. Texan_Bill

    Texan_Bill Subscribed Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2003
    Messages:
    48,636
    Likes Received:
    2,075
    Location:
    Houston. Mediocrity Lives Here!!
    Last year's Pro Bowl was a freaking joke. I couldn't even watch the entire game.
     
  16. Rey

    Rey Guest

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2010
    Messages:
    14,475
    Likes Received:
    671

    The end of the game is where the intensity stepped up...
     
  17. Goatcheese

    Goatcheese Nightmare Over

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Messages:
    5,270
    Likes Received:
    671
    Some of the first half was boring, but I enjoyed the rest of the game.

    I like to watch guys go out there and just have fun playing the great game of foozball. You see all sorts of things in the Pro Bowl that players wouldn't normally do(e.g. laterals after a pick). Plus, the refs generally don't ruin the game by throwing flags constantly and trying to get on camera to show off their biceps in way too tight shirts.
     
  18. The1ApplePie

    The1ApplePie Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2007
    Messages:
    9,946
    Likes Received:
    518
    Years ago they had skill drills during Pro Bowl weekend that were awesome.

    I remember Larry Allen being in one that involved the bench. After he took his turn, the others didn't even bother trying to match him. A Steelers OLB may an honest run at it, but burnt out about 15 reps before catching him.
     
  19. gwallaia

    gwallaia Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2004
    Messages:
    7,835
    Likes Received:
    706
    They should have the Pro Bowl players compete in a huge Madden tournament against each other.
     
  20. hot pickle

    hot pickle Canada Eh

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2004
    Messages:
    2,468
    Likes Received:
    66
    Location:
    Winnipeg, Canada
    I went to the pro bowl when it was in miami, and had a decent time. beer was way to expensive, so we only stayed till half time lol
     

Share This Page