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10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl

Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:20 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2011 11:04 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Pro Bowl is a little broken, in case you can't tell. The NFL will tout the awesomeness of its end-of-season all-star game, but come on: the score at halftime Sunday was 42-7. 'Nuff said. (The NFC eventually held on for a, um, slightly decisive victory.)

With that in mind, the NFL F&R braintrust (in Dallas for all the Super Bowl coverage you can handle) came up with a list of ways to fix this debacle.

1. Captains pick the teams

Okay, not "pick the teams," because there's no real need to delegitimize the Pro Bowl selections by putting them in the hands of people capable of selecting deserving candidates. But once everyone's in Honolulu and ready to rumble, the NFL should -- *gasp* -- follow the lead of the NHL and innovate the game by allowing captains to select the various teams.

First of all, it would make things spicier because the captains would have to "build" their team either offensively or defensively. It would crank up rivalries (like, if Jay Cutler ever makes a Pro Bowl, you think Philip Rivers is picking him?). It would make the game more intense, because whoever got snubbed in the selection process would be out to prove the opposing captain wrong.

And, most importantly, it would provide some entertaining filler for the NFL Network's already abundant coverage leading up to the game.

2. Winner take all

Did you realize that the Pro Bowl winners make more for this game ($45,000) than the losers of the Super Bowl ($42,000)?

Well, they do, and frankly, that seems unfair. Also unfair: that everyone on the AFC roster could get a $22,500 check for their effort on Sunday night.

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

Bonus: in non-lockout years, the winning team can donate the money to charity!

3. "Advanced scoring"

There's a reason why people liked NBA Jam -- the crazy scoring. Alright, this is probably more accurate to "Rock N' Jock" softball games than the greatest video game of all-time, but still, people like crazy scoring.

What if field goals were worth fantasy points? Three points for 39 yard kicks or less, four points for 40-49 yards and five points for anything over 50.

The only opposition is that "it's not real football," and, um, well, it's not anyway.

4. Flags

Why not? Flag football's the greatest game on the planet, and infinitely amusing to watch, if only because there's more zaniness than you'd see in a normal football game.

Plus, this way there would actually be something that resembles "effort" or "tackling."

5. Mai-tai chugging

Pretty simple: Every time someone scores a touchdown, they have to chug a mai-tai in the endzone.

Worst case, we're all guaranteed a really funny speech from the MVP. And maybe someone doing something as dumb as Brian Moorman's fake punt.

6. Glazer punches Caliendo for every point scored

Everyone wins in this scenario, especially if the final score is 75-50.

7. Defense and offense swap sides

I'm not even sure how often this should happen, but it should -- who doesn't want to see Julius Peppers run the triple option with B.J. Raji and Brian Urlacher? Or Michael Vick intercept a pass and then watch people try to stop him on the way to the house? (Although, in that scenario, I suppose the "offense" already knows how to do that, but still.)

8. Steroids

What? It apparently worked for baseball, if you listen to all the MLB people whine about how awesome their All Star Game is.

9. A running clock

This is Josh's idea, and there's no freaking reason why this hasn't been implemented yet. Again: not real football, so it doesn't matter if the rules are precisely in-line with the regular season. Let's keep that clock moving, have some set TV timeouts in place and plow through this puppy so America can get to sleep before midnight.

10. Cancel it

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Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 12:14 am

10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl

Here's a crazy idea to make the Pro Bowl Game worth something.  Have it the weekend before the super bowl, like it is now.  Make it so it's important for the next season.  What I mean by this is that, whichever side wins, then the next year either the AFC or the NFC stadium that we designated beforehand gets to host the SB.  Therefore for the superbowl, you have two different locations set up (one stadium from an AFC team and one from an NFC team).  Whichever side wins the pro bowl (the AFC or NFC), gets the rights to have the s bowl the next season.

I know, it's crazy because both stadiums and cities would have to set up like they are hosting the super bowl, but it's better then the shit they're putting on TV right now!

And it would definitely give players a major incentive. 

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:55 am

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl

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Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2011 7:17 pm

10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl

bring the skills comp come bak one 1 half of playing football with team captins and a running clock. 

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2011 3:10 pm

10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl

There is only one way to fix it and  that''s not play the game at all. Pick the players, send them to Hawaii for a Bob Hope type special where a celebrity or host announces them. It will be like the college All-American announcements on the old Hope Shows. You can have John Madden host and some comedian like Frank Caliendo/Jay Mohr perform. Put it on Fox and maybe have Homer Simpson and Peter Griffin make some remarks as well. Bart Scott could guest star. "Can't wait!"

The only All-Star game that made any sense was baseball's and now that they've ruined it by adding home field for the winner taking away the fun, it's a waste as well.

Only the NHL's pick-up game fiasco is worse. Luckily no one saw it since it was on a station no one wants or gets.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2011 2:31 pm

10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl

Since the location of the Super Bowl is predetermined, have the pro bowl winner get their choce of receiving the ball first or not and get rid of the coin toss. Also, let the fans pick them like MLB. Dont follow the NHL, please!

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: January 31, 2011 2:18 pm

10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl

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Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: January 31, 2011 2:03 pm

10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl

If the game is in the middle of the season, what is removing it from MLB. Make the game determine where the Super Bowl is played. Winner of the Pro Bowl gets home field advantage.

If you don't like that route, maybe an awards ceremony like NHL does.

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