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NFL Pro Bowl Can’t Be Fixed [NoeBrainer]

Yes, the Pro Bowl stinks.  Many fans think they have a great idea that would make a world of difference in fixing the Pro Bowl.  They don’t.

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Look, the NFL Pro Bowl has never been a great game.  It’ll never be a great game.  I laugh when I hear people make suggestions that they envision making a world of difference though.  The reality is that most of these ideas would make a minimal impact at best.
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I’ve heard it all.  “They should put the game in the preseason so it’ll be the first game you see leading up to the season.  They should do a skills competition.  They should make it a flag-football game.”  I want to tear my hair out when I hear these suggestions.

I’ll break down these ideas one by one.  If the game occurred in the preseason, there would be even more incentive for the players to take it easy.  They wouldn’t have time to heal if they got nicked up.  The regular season would only be a few weeks away.  The game would actually be less intense.

A skills competition?  It would be cool to a point.  Do you drop everything you’re doing to watch the NBA skills competition though?  No, an NFL skills competition would make a small impact.  Flag football?  Let me know when you’re no longer in an altered state and I’ll talk to you.  Can you actually envision a flag-football game being a great solution that would fire up the masses for the Pro Bowl?  Flag football?  Really?

The best suggestion is this; if you don’t like the Pro Bowl, simply don’t watch it.  There is no magical solution to fix the Pro Bowl.  Although it doesn’t appeal to everybody, NBC drew a 7.9 overnight rating on Sunday evening.  That’s a good number.  People still watch this bad product.  If you don’t like it, then simply don’t watch.

Brian Noe is the Program Director at 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio in Albany, NY.  Brian also hosts “The Noe Show” each weekday from 1-3pm ET on WTMM.

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