Let’s get a hand count, who really watches the NFL Pro Bowl?
Want to know my guess? Not many.
Don’t get me wrong; there will be some fans interested in the score, which will prompt them to occasionally take quick glances at their TV screens. Others might even sit through a handful of plays and enjoy a bit of the game, but I can guarantee that not too many die-hard NFL fanatics will actually set aside three hours of their time to watch a FULL sixty minute NFL Pro Bowl.
Here are three reasons WHY:
The Game Is Meaningless
It’s simple. The outcome of the NFL Pro Bowl doesn’t benefit anyone. Why watch an All-Star game if the results mean nothing? Let me explain. In MLB, the team that wins the All-Star game [National or American League] is given the opportunity to host the World Series at home for the first two games. Unlike the NFL Pro Bowl, the MLB All-Star game has significance, which is ultimately the reason why more fans watch the event every year. This is one particular component that the National Football League lacks in a major way.
NFL Players Just Mess Around
If you’re looking for hard hitting tackles and great route running, you’re probably watching the wrong All-Star game. The NFL athletes know the game doesn’t have any importance, therefore a majority tend to be more lackadaisical. Of course, all the players will have a fun and upbeat attitude, which is a definite positive. For the most part, there will be a few handpicked athletes that will be mic’d-up for the game, an element that the NFL does a very good job of delivering.
The NFL Pro-Bowl is often a high-scoring game. It’s a loose and fun environment for the players and it seems that the NFL is even trying to make it more interesting. According to NFL.com, the league has approved to set up a computer on each sideline for the Pro Bowl. Say what? Players will have the opportunity to use Twitter [social media tool] to communicate with fans, teammates and even with opposing players during commercial breaks or when their offensive or defensive squad isn’t on the field. Well, that’s something new right? Honestly, as long as it’s intended solely for the Pro Bowl, I think it’s great for the fans and the NFL community.
Sports Fans Care Only About the Super Bowl
The Pro Bowl is just another quick reminder that the Super Bowl is nearly one week away. Many fans are not thinking about who will be scoring a touchdown in the All-Star game. That’s just the reality. Instead, people are making bigger decisions on which food to cook and what drinks to serve for the Super Bowl. What did you expect? I mean… it’s only the most highly anticipated game ever! Ever! Ever!
In conclusion, many fans will tell you that they have better things to do than watch the annual NFL Pro Bowl. Sure, you get to see all your favorite players on the field, but the game simply needs a makeover. The Twitter element incorporated into the Pro Bowl certainly creates a new dimension. I hope to see more of the same creativity from the NFL in the future.
In case you don’t have any plans and is completely bored out of your mind, go check out the NFL Pro Bowl. The game will take place in Hawaii on Sunday, January 29, 2012 [7:00 PM ET] at Aloha Stadium.
Enjoy… I guess?
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