Is it just me, or is the NFL trying too hard? The Pro Bowl has been suffering for at least the last five years, and maybe even longer. And now they’re trying to piggyback on the immense popularity of Fantasy Football when there is no real connection between the two. Trying to merge fantasy and reality is like trying to bring movie story-lines to life. Some things are just better left in the virtual space.
As many of you who follow the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL already know, the Pro Bowl fantasy voting just concluded. As expected, there are Cowboys players on both squads. This causes a real problem, not only for this year, but for the future of the all-star game. Players have already been dogging it on the field, and now teammates are going up against each other. Will this spike or kill what competitiveness remained? In my opinion it will be the latter. It will be easy for players to take it easy on one of their own. They don’t kill each other when they are hard at work during the season, preparing for the upcoming opponent. Are we to expect that they will go all out when they know one of their own guys might get the blunt of the pain and possibly suffer an injury?
Just in case you missed it, here’s a rundown of the teams Dallas’ Pro Bowlers were drafted by, so you can see what potential matchups might occur:
- DeMarco Murray
- Tyron Smith
- Jason Hatcher
- Dez Bryant
- Jason Witten
What can be done to fix the Pro Bowl, if anything? Should these multi-millionaires be offered more money to win? Should they move the game back to its original slot, the week following the Super Bowl? Or should they just ax it? I don’t think there is a fix. They can either continue to force this game down the players’ and fans’ throats, or cut their losses. All I know is this little experiment the NFL is trying this year is not the answer.