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“The Pro Bowl was so bad I ________”


On Sunday, the NFC All-Stars defeated the AFC All-Stars 55-41 in one of the most boring games in football history known as the Pro Bowl. The score may have been high, but the interest most certainly was not.

Most viewers had given up at halftime, when the NFC was up 42-7 in a game no one wanted to make tackles.

This shellacking prompted a Twitter contest to see who could come up with the best line to finish this sentence:

“The Pro Bowl was so bad, I ______”. It was started by sports reporter Darren Rovell and among the thousands of responses here are a few that truly sum up the lack of excitement of the game:

“The Pro Bowl was so bad, I turned on The Real Housewives of Atlanta to see someone get tackled.”

“The Pro Bowl was so bad, I offered to lower my salary to $1 if they would end it.”

“The Pro Bowl was so bad, people were hoping for a lockout just for the rest of this game.”

The AFC All-Stars might have come back in the second half, but it didn’t really matter. The damage was already done and the fans had spoken.

The only time the stadium attendants, and seemingly the players, got energized was when a young kid ran onto the field during a break in action. The crowd noise amplified, the players were literally rolling on the ground laughing, and the viewers at home were left with wonderment as the cameras chose to focus on the reactions to this act, rather than the act itself.

It was at this point that I realized that the NFL Pro Bowl is a complete joke. The honor of making the roster is great, but the game itself is totally unnecessary. Forget the week long vacation in Hawaii, the corny sideline reporting and the cheesy flowered shirts that made some of the commentators look more like beach bums checking out of life. Just give the players the title of a “Pro Bowler” and move on because the football matchup is not worth watching.

The game is sloppy because it’s impossible to have everyone operating under one system in a week’s time when each NFL team has a unique set of plays. The timing is off because the play-calling is different, the routes have changed and the players have changed.

Just imagine the difference between a pass by Drew Brees and Michael Vick or between a route run by Dwayne Bowe and then Wes Welker the very next play. They might be professional athletes, but that doesn’t make them impervious to change.

For instance, the AFC squad had a stretch of five plays that featured three turnovers. They finished the game with six total turnovers, five of which were interceptions. Now you tell me if that sounds like a fun game to watch.

The problem with the Pro Bowl is that the only motivation is money. According to Adam Schefter, “Each player on the winning Pro Bowl team receives $45,000, while each player on the losing team earns $22,500.” Now that may seem like a lot of money, but in pro football terms, that’s pocket change. To put it into perspective, James Harrison would need to win the Pro Bowl twice and get a $10,000 bonus just to pay off his fines from this year.

So the motivation surrounding this game is minimal at best. The players care, to a certain degree, but that’s just because they’re competitive at heart. What they really care about is their health and making sure that the training staff never has to come on the field. With the hard hits and explosiveness removed, due to the fear of an injury, the Pro Bowl becomes a glorified flag football game. Sure, it’s cool to see Matt Ryan complete a pass to Larry Fitzgerald, but if the secondary is operating at half-speed, who really cares? The answer is simple: no one does, not even the players.

So until the time comes when the game actually means something, it will never be worth watching. Maybe Roger Goodell should take some cues from Bud Selig when it comes to this matter. The MLB All-Star game might be lopsided, but at least it matters.

Used with permission of the author.

Los Angeles Based Logan Rhoades is the Associate Editor of the website JocksBehindBars.com. With an extensive knowledge of ESPN topics and celebrity gossip, he is known for mixing sports and pop culture. Check out his “Skip to My Logan” blog and Follow him on Twitter @loganrhoades.

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Favre in 2008 is a slideshow & sideshow


As we let the news settle in that Brett Favre, QB of the New York Jets, has made the Pro Bowl for the umpteenth time (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)in his career and take side bets if he’ll schlep to Hawaii with Deana and the family, let’s remember what it took to get him to this place.

Winter

Favre, still a member of the Green Bay Packers, slinks home to Mississippi after a cruel loss in the NFC Championship game on the home field of Lambeau. He threw an interception in overtime that paved the way for the New York Giants to go to the Super Bowl.

Speculation begins about his future in Green Bay.
The Packers press him for a decision to avoid the previous year’s strung-out process. Aaron Rodgers keeps mum on it all and waits to learn his fate as the new starter on the Packers or the perpetual backup.

Favre calls a press conference and mesmerizes the public with a tearful and seemingly clear statement: I am retiring of my own volition.

Speculation begins anew that he is not clear on that statement. He has conversations almost immediately including with the Packersa bout returning. The team’s concern is that he isn’t 100% certain, just as he wasn’t prior to the announcement.

The Packers are relieved, name Rodgers their starter and set about planning for their first draft without having to keep Favre in mind, except they do. Brett is having retirement remorse.

Spring

Favre, the Packers and sports media begin a months’-long soap opera about whether the Packers gave Favre the signal that they wanted him gone and if he jumped too soon.

The contractual side of the story gets ugly as the Packers refuse to consider Favre’s return. If he doesn’t file retirement papers the team owns his rights and refuses to consider releasing him which would net them nothing in return, especially if he goes to a rival.

Favre takes the bait and starts taunting the team with going to a division rival but…he can”t say for certain if he wants to play at all. He still might retire but he doesn’t understand why he wouldn’t be welcomed back to Green Bay.

The war of wills continues as Packers fans are split down the middle on the loyalty front. Half believe he should come back, half don’t.

Summer

Favre shows up in Green Bay via private jet, as training camp is in progress, won’t take questions about his future and realizes there isn’t much sentiment left for him in Wisconsin. The impasse over him wanting a release and not being accommodated with one gets deeper.

He goes on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren to tell his sad tale of woe. Still can’t understand why the Packers won’t release him from his contract if they don’t want him to start for them any longer.

The commissioner gets involved and asks both sides to enter counseling. The Packers show their good faith by saying he’ll be benched and hold a clipboard for Rodgers if he wants to stay in Green Bay. Favre threatens to go to Minnesota and beat the Packers brains in. This is why they needed counseling.

Favre signs reinstatement papers but doesn’t file them.

The Packers get down and dirty and claim he is a malcontent who just wants it all his way. Immediately, the team hires a PR specialist who used to work at the White House but some say it’s too late.

Reinstatement papers are filed and commissioner expresses sadness as he accepts the inevitable.

Packers and Favre’s agent get down to business to try to break the impasse of where his rights get traded.

Minnesota Vikings look like jerks for having had conversations with Favre supposedly about fishing and hunting, not about coming to their team.

The sweepstakes begin in the NFL. Jon Gruden pisses off his QB by considering Favre joining him. The Packers have offered Brett an alternative to playing for them or anyone: a ten year marketing agreement with unspecified responsibilities but a pay check of $25 million in total.

And that is a first offer.

Favre who a month prior wasn’t interested in New York signs with the Jets, gets welcomed by the Mayor of New York and Jets fans dance in the streets. EA is forced to provide download image of Favre in Jets’ uni after their game went to press with him in Packers’ colors.

Fall

Favre starts slow, gets on a roll, settles back down to earth and proceeds to take the moribund team to the brink of the playoffs and gets voted into the Pro Bowl.

Future?

What’s in store for this offseason? Why wait for that? Favre is already starting the cycle of drama again as he told the media in New York that these last few games might be his last. Don’t act surprised. It’s got to be this way for him and unfortunately for fans of the team he plays for.

Happy New Year, everyone.

See the slideshow pertaining to this article at Paula’s Examiner column.

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NFL Pro Bowl selections and surprises


Selections were announced for the NFL Pro Bowl game on Tuesday and here’s a quick run-down.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)The N.Y. Jets had the most selections with seven and QB Brett Favre who leads the league in interceptions is on that list.

There are 17 first time appearances for the AFC and 14 for the NFC.

Titans RB Chris Johnson is the only rookie selected.

Both Mannings will participate. QB Peyton is starting for the AFC while QB Eli is on the NFC squad.

The combined age of the NFC kickers is 86 years (see below).

Teams not represented are Detroit, Jacksonville, Cincinnati and St. Louis.

Players not selected included Cowboys QB Tony Romo and pot-stirrer WR T.O.

A few comeback players are also joining the NFC team.

Topping that list is 44-year-old John Carney who actually put on the pads early in the season to play “fill-in” for a few games while the Giants’ starting placekicker Lawrence Tynes was nursing an injury.

Carney responded by kicking 27 of 29 field goals and his only two misses were blocked. The kicker has remained in the position on a full-time basis and was rewarded by being selected to represent the NFC this year. Carney, the oldest player ever selected for the game, will be joined by teammate 42-year-old punter Jeff Feagles.

Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner who joined the Cardinals to mentor young Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart finds himself in the limelight again after rebooting his career in the desert.

Warner, who has passed for 4,290 this season and led his team to a guaranteed home playoff game, will start for the NFC. He will have familiar targets as teammates, WR Anquan Boldin and WR Larry Fitzgerald both were voted in.

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