a. Physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.
b. A particular form of this activity.
2. An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
3. An active pastime; recreation.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Pro Bowl, WHY?!!

This is a new twist compared to our past research into the world of mundane sports.  First, let me explain that we the 'Is it a sport?' team recognize American football as a true spectator sport.  It delivers dynamic, bone-crushing athleticism with a hint of courtroom drama (coach's challenge etc...).  However, even very impressive spectator sports have shortcomings.  In this case, let's discuss the NFL's Pro Bowl.
The Pro Bowl is an event where both conferences invite their elite players from various teams to play each other in Hawaii.  The game's outcome has no bearing on anything relevant (aside from injuring more players right before the Superbowl).  Essentially, the Pro Bowl is a big NFL picnic in Hawaii that is broadcast to the general public who doesn't really care.
Let's face it, there's little incentive for the players to 'give it there all' in this event aside from a Pro Bowl MVP award (I equate this to my perfect attendance award in high school.  No, I didn't receive any kind of scholarship, but I did get a free sundae at the local ice cream parlor.  Still makes me angry, but that's for another blog).
I'm sure the NFL enjoys itself on this big televised vacation in Hawaii.  Amy Winehouse enjoys boozing until she has to go to rehab (or prison), but that doesn't mean I have to watch it, especially when I've heard enough about it in the form of song.
Could there possibly be a better replacement for the broadcast of the Pro Bowl?  Undisclosed sources* suggest a breakthrough solution: Have the worst AFC team play against the worst NFC team for the glory of a first round draft pick.  Now there's an event that people can believe in, not to mention it could potentially boost the Vegas economic index.  Imagine, two teams scrapping for the chance to recruit a hero who'll save them next season!  This could also help promote smaller market teams while benefiting the franchise as a whole.
Would it be called the 'Stupor Bowl'?   Perhaps the 'Empty Bowl'?  Would it also be held in Hawaii? I don't know, the point is, many people enjoy watching NFL events so why spoil it with something as trivial as the Pro Bowl?  Oh yeah, don't get comfy over there NBA, you and other organizations with your All-Star games and the like are just as guilty.

*Undisclosed sources: a term used by FOX News to explain that their information is complete bullshit

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I like this idea! The Barely Pro Bowl should definitely be played somewhere like Gary, IN or Flint, MI. That way, the economies of stunted towns have a chance to benefit, the cushiness of Hawaii is taken away so as not to reward the lackluster teams and perhaps the players feel the necessary fear in these settings to finally perform well. It's like the Razzies to the Oscars. I dig it.