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Every year, the week leading to the Pro Bowl, the NFL's annual all-star exhibition game, becomes saturated with talk about how bad the game is. Then, 24 million people watch the game on TV. So, is there really something wrong with the game, or is there something wrong with all of us? How would you "fix" the game?
The 2013 Pro Bowl is this Sunday, with the NFL's all-stars converging on Honolulu, Hawaii this week to take part in the game. However, the build up to the game every year features non-stop talk about how bad a performance the game itself is. It was so bad last year, that the NFL nearly canceled the game this year. But, last year's "horrible" performance still led to over 24 million people watching the game last year.
With the NFL looking to take the all-star game, and theoretically taking away the all-star players' paid trip to Honolulu, Denver Broncos quarterback, and elder statesmen at the game, Peyton Manning implored players this week to play the game up to full speed. Of course, there was immediate skepticism that the players will actually listen to Manning and "try" during Sunday's game.
Which brings us to today's discussion. How would you "fix" the Pro Bowl. There's talk of just turning it into the end of the year awards ceremony, still giving the players' a trip to Hawaii, but not playing the game. Maybe you want to see a skills competition like the old NFL Quarterback Challenge, but expanded to include all the positions. Would you add a Freshmen vs. Sophomores type game like the NBA has? Or should we all just suck it up and leave the game alone; enjoy the players' having fun, and accept that the game may not be the best football, but it can be entertaining.
What do you think would work, making the game "watchable" while not injuring the players? Let us know below. Later this week, SB Nation will be running a post combining some of the best ideas submitted. So, give us your best concept.