Caption this: Pro Bowl nearly a no-hitter
January, 31, 2011
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Kyle Terada/US PresswireHelp us caption this photo of Carolina's Jordan Gross drilling New England's Brandon Merriweather.There was an actual hit delivered Sunday in the Pro Bowl.
We have photographic evidence.
Fittingly, the shot didn't count.
With about 6:30 left in a worthless exhibition slightly less entertaining than a walk-through OTA session, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten caught a pass and appeared to fumble on his way to the Aloha Stadium turf. New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather collected the loose ball and returned it.
All day, "tacklers" tried to hang onto ball carriers until the forward-progress whistle or to nudge them out of bounds.
I've seen more action on the Pro Bowlers Tour.
But Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross relished the opportunity to deliver a hit. So he did, obliterating Meriweather with a helmet-to-helmet blast. But officials ruled Witten was down before the ball came loose. All was for naught -- aside from us getting the chance to witness an honest football collision.
In the photo, New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis might be grimacing or laughing. I can't tell.
Please take a moment and write a caption for this photo. Try to sum up the play within the context of such a flaccid event.
And try to be funny.