Thursday, July 21, 2011
Commish for a day: Abolish Pro Bowl
By Paul Kuharsky
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Our divisional bloggers discuss one thing they'd change as commissioner for a day:
Elect a Pro Bowl team. Call guys Pro Bowlers. Just don’t play the game.
I still want to honor the best players in the league with an extravaganza. But I don’t want to see a watered-down version of the game kick off, and I don’t want rosters watered down by excusing players from the Super Bowl teams and guys who are injured.
The seventh quarterback in line for the AFC shouldn’t be able to call himself a Pro Bowler under any circumstances, and if we continue on the current course, Pro Bowl appearances won’t be a legitimate comparison for players from different eras.
So, here’s what we will do:
Elect Pro Bowl teams as we always have. Guys who make the team still get pineapples with the year on them in their media guide bios. They still get a week in Hawaii -- the week AFTER the Super Bowl. Rather than practices, they participate in clinics and charity events. Then, rather than the game, there is a live skills competition Sunday afternoon. Quarterback target practice. A skill position race to establish the league’s fastest man. A linemen lift to find the strongest. We’re accepting suggestions for more.
That night, guys attend a banquet to end all banquets, at which we’ll reveal the comeback player of the year, the offensive and defensive rookies of the year, executive of the year, coach of the year, offensive and defensive players of the year and the league’s MVP.
Thanks, good night. Fly home safely.