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Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Posted on: February 5, 2012 11:27 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 8:59 am
Goodell said the Pro Bowl could be eliminated. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Last Sunday's Pro Bowl was a sloppily-played joke of a game that was ripped by fans and the media. Aaron Rodgers came out and said some of his NFC teammates should be "embarrassed" by the way they played. LeSean McCoy told us that he was "one of those guys" who didn't try.

Which may explain why Roger Goodell said on Sunday morning that the NFL is "considering eliminating" the Pro Bowl.

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"I really didn't think that was the kind of football that we want to be demonstrating for our fans," Goodell said on Mike and Mike Sunday morning. "And you heard it from the fans. The fans were actively booing in the stands. They didn't like what they were seeing."

At the very least, Goodell said, something's going to change or the game will go away.

"We're either going to have to improve the quality of what we're doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes or even considering eliminating the game if that's the kind of quality game we're going to provide," Goodell said. "I know players love to be in Hawaii but we have to start with the quality of what we're doing.

"If the fans are responding negatively to what we're doing, we better listen. And that was my message."

Say whatever you want about Goodell (and if you're a Steelers fan, you'll probably say a lot), but the guy knows how to make the game of football more popular. If getting rid of the Pro Bowl does that, then Goodell won't hesitate to do so.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:44 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

The whole mental process of pro athletes is so far different than when I was growing up ad watching the games. A long time ago, even games like the Pro Bowl were taken seriously by the players. Now, it is just a free trip to Hawaii for the players, their families, and friends, and Party Time. Really sad, the way that the union, agents, and most of all, money has really changed the way that athletes look at things now. It is the fault of the players to a degree, but they way that they are treated, the guaranteed contracts, and other factors have caused this to happen. Lombardi and many of the other coaches of the past eras would be filled with derision at the way today's players act, but that is life.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:21 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Finally, something that I agree with Goodell on.  That game was sad. 

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2012 7:10 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

I did not watch the pro bowl and knew of none of this, but the fact that Cam Newton was actually in the Pro Bowls speaks volume for all I need to know.  If you put Jim Carrey in a movie, you should expect it to be funny, if you similar type named players in pro bowl, you should expect it to be a joke.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:54 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

I totall agree with Goodell. It's a meaningless game. It's played before the Super Bowl, eliminating some of the best players.
Goodell is the one who moved it to before the Super Bowl, thus eliminating some of the best players.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:10 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

They should either eliminate some of the rules (like 4-3 defense only, no blitzing, no rushing punter/kicker) and make it more like a real game or abolish it.  The Pro Bowl's ratings have dove like some of the players in the game and if they are not going to at least make an effort to play, get rid of it and just elect Pro Bowl teams without playing the game so the players can earn their incentives for making the Pro Bowl.

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:09 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

The fans were booing sCam Newton because his play was awful.  Don't misinterpret what was actually happening.  They cheered when he got sacked since he was so terrible.  

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:06 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

The problem with the Pro Bowl is it isn't worth getting hurt playing a game where nothing is really on the line.

Rather than a regular game for the Pro Bowl, why don't they do a series of "Home-Run" derby or Slam-dunk contests similar to the pre-All Star games for the MLB or NBA; maybe something like the ABC's Super-Stars from back in the 70's. The QB's could put on an accuracy/arm strength competition while the Wide-receivers could see who could catch the most one-handed grabs in 60 seconds.

They could have a 40-yard dash or 40-yard obstacle course competition. All that would be entertaining and fun to watch without putting as much risk on the player's health.

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:06 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

Goodell gets what Goodell wants.

Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2012 6:02 pm

Goodell: NFL 'considering eliminating' Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl and MLB All Star Game have been turned into soft fiascos.

I personally can't stand either one.

I say either ditch the Pro Bowl or put it back AFTER the Super Bowl.

And make the All Star Game more serious. No more players lying on the field during the home run derby with personal video cameras and their kids rolling around in the grass next to them.

The broadcasters and producers have the soveirgn power to make it or break it.
It IS what they make it and PEOPLE WATCH what they're given.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2012 5:55 pm

Eliminate the thing

Since it became all about the money, the pro bowl really is meaningless. The risk of injury being so high in football, it is no players interest to risk injury in the game. Before money it was about pride, the product on the field showed pride has long since left the building. Pulling the plug is the wise thing to do to preserve the facade of the NFL.

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