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SBD/April 26, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Aloha Means Goodbye? NFL Reportedly Moving To Suspend Pro Bowl
Published April 26, 2012
NOT EVEN CLOSE TO THE REAL GAME: ESPN’s Bill Polian noted, “It’s gotten to be a joke among football people." Polian: "Players pull out of the game, then you have players you would never consider Pro Bowlers playing in the game and being advertised as Pro Bowlers. Then the play on the field has gotten to the point where it’s a flag football game. It’s not surprising, it’s something that’s been bandied about for quite a little while. In the end, depending on what it’s replaced with, it maybe is the right move” ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 4/26). ESPN’s Mike Golic said, “You can’t control how guys are going to play. ... So I guess it wouldn’t shock me because the way it was played last year there would be no reason to play.” ESPN’s Mike Greenberg said, “Name a Pro Bowl team, or call it whatever you want, but don’t play the game” (“Mike & Mike in the Morning,” ESPN Radio, 4/26). YAHOO SPORTS’ Matthew Darnell writes the NFL “is a violent game," but what happens at the Pro Bowl “is that the violence goes away, as the one true goal for any player in Hawaii is to walk away healthy.” Darnell: “If there's no violence, the game is not the game -- the intensity and effort are not there, and it's impossible to play this game in an entertaining way without intensity and effort” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 4/26).
TWITTER REAX: Syndicated radio host Jim Rome wrote on his Twitter feed, "'Suspend' the Pro Bowl? Take that thing out back and bust a cap in it. This dog should have been put down a long time ago." The Charlotte Observer's Scott Fowler wrote, "Good -- game has become embarrassment." ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote, "So what if they don't play a Pro Bowl this season. They didn't play one last season, either." Sportscaster Bob Brainerd wrote, "If the NFL Pro Bowl goes away, can it please take the NBA All Star Game with it...?" The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss wrote, "If NFL kills Pro Bowl, Big 12 will then corner the market on flag football exhibitions."