Tag:AFC Pro Bowl roster
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.
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.)
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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Posted on: December 28, 2010 7:36 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2010 7:38 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
Tags: Aaron Rodgers, AFC Pro Bowl roster, Andrew Whitworth, Atlanta Falcons, Brent Grimes, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Chris Johnson, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Jonathan Babinueax, Kansas City Chiefs, Kyle Williams, Lawrence Timmons, New Orleans Saints, NFC Pro Bowl roster, Olin Kreutz, Pittsburgh Steelers, Roman Harper, Scott Wells, Tamba Hali, Tennessee Titans
Posted on: December 28, 2010 6:45 pm
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