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Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:48 pm
 
V. Jackson played in the Pro Bowl (AP).By Josh Katzowitz

A couple new exciting (!) features this season were supposed to make this year’s Pro Bowl slightly more palatable. It didn’t exactly work.

The first change was to make it a more financially-sound decision for the players to give an effort by rewarding the winning players with $50,000 and the losers a paltry $25,000.*

So, how’d that work out? Well, look at the tweet from Bears radio sideline reporter @ZachZaidman, who tweeted the following in the first quarter: “I'd rather watch players in the Pro Bowl tweet about playing in the Pro Bowl than watch them play in the Pro Bowl.”

Indeed, most of the effort given in Hawaii was rather, um, lacking. Which is totally understandable and to be expected. There’s no sense in badly injuring yourself in order to triumph in a glorified All Star game. So, no matter the monetary incentive, an extra $25,000 isn’t going to make the risk/reward ratio any different.

* For the record, this is similar to what Will Brinson proposed last year when he wrote the NFL should make it a winner-take-all event.

“Make it winner-take-all so that each player's legitimately motivated to win the game and make the Pro Bowl competitive,” Will wrote.

Heck of an idea by Will and the NFL. Unfortunately, it didn’t work.


The second change, though, really could have been interesting. Well, as interesting as anything else the Pro Bowl could offer.

The NFL relaxed its in-game tweeting prohibition and actually set up computer stations on the sideline so players could instantly translate their in-game ramblings into 140-word thoughts. It was, um, not so exciting.

Or as the Newark Star Ledger’s @StevePoliti tweeted, “Tweeting stations. I turned on the Pro Bowl, and they're talking about tweeting stations."

Here’s a sampling of what entered our feed during the game.

@MillerLite40 (Von Miller): first series was great!!! it was an honor just to be on the field with all the guys!!!! #gigem #probowl

@ajgreen_18 (A.J. Green): first pro bowl TD!!! blessed!! #probowl

@GregJennings: Having a blast out here... bout to go out on O to catch some more passes!!

@ericweddle1: Truly blessed to be here! Such a amazing atmosphere #GREATFUL

To sum it all up, here’s “Late Show with David Letterman” (#onCBS!) head writer Eric Stangel, who penned the following, “Remember everyone, with the #ProBowl, this year- it counts! And by "counts" I mean is a complete waste of everyone's time."

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Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 1:59 pm
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out


Do you literally live under a rock?  First of all, I dont know many billionaire CEOs, and I certainly dont know many billionaire bankers.  Second, maybe you should take a break from sportsline and read the NY Times or CNN once in a while.  Occupy Wall Street? Obama's State of the Union address?  Republican Primary topics?  Who's not talking about bankers & taxes.
You don't know billionaire CEOs and bankers and I'm the one that lives under a rock? CEOs and bankers make a lot more money than your average athlete. Then when you add in their net worths it's not even close.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

Nice job Word of Treason, throwing in your brainwashed political beliefs into a probowl game message board! IDIOT!



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2012 8:42 pm
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

Why is it Americans will always suggest this type of thing for millionaire pro athletes but asking billionaire bankers and CEOs to pay more in taxes is taboo?


Do you literally live under a rock?  First of all, I dont know many billionaire CEOs, and I certainly dont know many billionaire bankers.  Second, maybe you should take a break from sportsline and read the NY Times or CNN once in a while.  Occupy Wall Street? Obama's State of the Union address?  Republican Primary topics?  Who's not talking about bankers & taxes.



Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2012 7:19 am
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

The Pro Bowl is worthless. Honor those selected with a plaque, and announce their names,
NEsport- Exactly!



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:07 pm
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

Can you ijmagine in the economy we have now (Thanks Obama) that a defensive lineman and the opposing offensive lineman could just get in a 3 point stance, then stand up and basically put your hand "softly" on the other guy (and the other guy on you) and slightly push each other for about 3 hrs and make a minimum $25,000?  Yep, it's the NFL Pro Bowl.   Now don't get me wrong, I also believe they should not play at 100% speed, but lord have mercy, 10% speed was just comical.  I actually saw James Harrison let one of the NFC QB's just walk right past him.  Unbelievable!!!   I think the honor of being acknowledged a Pro Bowl Candidate should be retained, but cancel the Pro Bowl Game or at the minimum....play it in Europe.  US NFL fans are not that naive to think that was anything but football, as we know it.  I stomached the first half and then shut the TV off.



Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:29 pm
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

wow .. i couldnt believe my eyes
..that had to be the most pathetic airing of a sports event ever in the history of television
....  i dont care how much you stand to lose by getting hurt, which by the way, there is no way in the world of telling when that might happen
...but if being a man means acting like that on a football field ... then i'd rather be queer 



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:41 pm
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

Instead of paying millionares 25 of 50 thousand dollars to NOT play in the pro-bowl, yes I not play, because I didn't see any of the players putting out. Use the money for a raffle and send fans to the game. With that amount of money, they could send at least a 100 families.
Why is it Americans will always suggest this type of thing for millionaire pro athletes but asking billionaire bankers and CEOs to pay more in taxes is taboo?



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 6:16 pm
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

The Pro Bowl is worthless. Honor those selected with a plaque, and announce their names,  but don't let them waste our time by pretending to play A GAME OF TOUCH FOOTBALL, that nobody real cares enough to win. It ranks with the NBA and the NHL All Star Fakes as meaningless. The only ones excited about it are the players families who did'nt get to go to Hawaii. Let the AFC and the NFC Cheerleaders play in bikinis, The scenery will be better and at least somebody cares enough to try to win the game.



Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:33 pm
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

Instead of paying millionares 25 of 50 thousand dollars to NOT play in the pro-bowl, yes I not play, because I didn't see any of the players putting out. Use the money for a raffle and send fans to the game. With that amount of money, they could send at least a 100 families.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Pro Bowl incentives don't pan out

Since the players don't want to get hurt, which is understandable, let the "All-Stars" play a softball game instead so no one would get hurt and there might actually be more effort exerted by the players. Baseball seems to be the only sport where the All-Stars try, and that might be stretching it a little.


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