Time for NFL to Stop Pro Bowl Farce

Street Talk Time for NFL to Stop Pro Bowl Farce

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The farce of the NFL Pro Bowl is at an all-time high these days. It’s time to get rid of the game in its entirety.

While the format has gone back to the days of old where the NFC plays the AFC, and they’ve added a skills challenge to be played on Thursday, none of that will be enough to turn this once proud game around.

Sorry Mr. Goodell: watching Pro Bowl players competing in a game of dodge ball or a relay race isn’t going to change things. Nor is a precision passing contest or a best hands competition.

Just stop the madness!

Pro Bowl Center Jeremy Zuttah

Then there are the players who end up participating, and the actual game itself.

Rosters are watered down as players bail out of the game faster than a one-armed man in a canoe. It’s so bad that  Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah was added to the Pro Bowl on Monday.

Yes, THIS Jeremy Zuttah:


Those are FILMSTUDY’s game-by-game grades for Zuttah this year. Not exactly stellar – to put it nicely. Yet, he’ll be representing the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

What a joke!

There are no real incentives for players. Nothing hinges on a win or a loss which leads to a game that resembles a watered-down walkthrough in helmets where defense isn’t played and the tackling is invisible. Sure, the winners get $55,000 while the losers receive $28,000, but as Happy Gilmore more once stated, “Even if I come in last place I get some money.”

In a billion dollar league that consistently preaches the importance of player safety, the Pro Bowl is just another way for Roger and the boys to grab some quick cash long after the turnstiles are closed from the regular season fan faithful.

Ticket prices on some of the top websites range between $50.00 for a nose bleed seat through $225.00 which gets you a bit closer to the so called action.

It’s truly time to stop the madness.

The game doesn’t need to be played. The players who battle all year long deserve to be recognized, to be sure.. Instead of having them suit up to “play,” why not have an awards banquet, perhaps during the NFL honors ceremony?

That would make much more sense.

While it’s silly to expect the NFL to stop trotting out its players while they continue to print money, count me as one of the many who won’t tune in to watch the farce any longer.

In fact I don’t even remember the last time I actually watched the game…

Will you watch the 2017 Pro Bowl


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Brian Bower

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Brian Bower is avid football fan, born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He has covered the Baltimore Ravens and NFL player positives in the community for the past 6 years. This will be his 3rd season with the Russell Street Report. His work has been featured on NFL.com, ESPN blogs, Comcast SportsNet Baltimore, as well as the Baltimore Ravens web page. He is also a regular guest on local radio and ESPN Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii. Brian is very involved in the community and has spent the last twenty years as a volunteer firefighter. Email him at [email protected]

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