Tag:Pro Bowl
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:20 pm

Rob Bironas' Pro Bowl 'My Bironas' viral video

By Will Brinson

OK, maybe Rob Bironas' campaign to make the Pro Bowl isn't "viral" yet, but we're gonna try to help. As did Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who tweeted out a good-natured jab at Bironas along with a link to his website (RobBironas.com).

"Talk about a shameless pro bowl vote request video," Hasselbeck tweeted on Thursday.

As you can see in the video below, Bironas is soliciting a little help from his friends, many of whom are famous and all of whom want you to vote for Bironas to make the Pro Bowl.

Naturally, it's set to "My Sharona" ... except it's the "My Bironas" version, which is exceptionally better. (But really, it's just the same.)

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Posted on: June 10, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: June 10, 2011 10:53 am

Hawaii doesn't want to pay NFL for Pro Bowl

Hawaii doesn't want to pay for the Pro Bowl any more (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Two years ago, the NFL experimented with the timing and location of the Pro Bowl, playing the game a week before the Super Bowl in the same city as the Super Bowl (Miami). The next year, the Pro Bowl was back at Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium (and, incredibly, watched by a large number of people).

The one-year absence didn’t scare first-year Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie, who’s come out and said he doesn’t want to honor the $4 million deal the state has to pay the NFL in order to play host to the game this year and next.

“You can't do things like give 4 million bucks to a $9 billion football industry and not give any money to children,” Abercrombie said, via the Tribune News Service. “You've got this spectacle of these multimillionaires and billionaires out there arguing about how they're going to divide it up, and then they come and ask us to bribe them with $4 million to have a scrimmage out here in paradise.

“We've got to get our values straight and our priorities straight.”

The game remains incredibly popular in Hawaii (when the NFL took the game to Miami, it broke a 30-year streak of sell-outs in Hawaii), and it continues to give the state a solid return on its $4 million investment. According to tourism officials, last year’s Pro Bowl attracted 17,000 visitors the state, and the game created $28.15 million in tourist spending and $3.07 million in state taxes.

And I’m sure if the NFL waived the $4 million fee, Abercrombie would be happy to welcome the Pro Bowl back into his state.

Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hanneman – who negotiated with the NFL to keep the game in that city – said the game is an economic booster. Abercrombie knows of another way to raise funds, though – same-sex civil unions.

“We'll get more out of civil unions in a weekend then we'll get out of those guys,” he said. “We're going to market. Don't worry about marketing.”

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Posted on: February 23, 2011 3:25 pm

Arian Foster had minor surgery on right knee

Posted by Will Brinson

There are many reasons why the Pro Bowl is annoying, but "injuries to players" usually isn't one of them. Except for today, as it appears that NFL-leading rusher Arian Foster might have gotten hurt while playing in Hawaii to celebrate his great 2010 season.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that Foster just recently underwent "minor arthroscopic surgery" on his right knee because of an injury he suffered at the Pro Bowl.

McClain notes that "if this were the regular season," then the Texans running back could return to the field in three weeks. He apparently thought rest following his trip to Hawaii would help, but it didn't, and he opted for the surgery.

Obviously this injury is something of concern for the Texans, because they don't want their newly-studded running back to roll into 2011 with a pile of injury concerns lingering over his head. But the good news is that the surgery was minor, Foster is theoretically going to be fine and there are bigger issues surrounding the NFL that need to be solved before we can even see Foster try to run.

The lesson here, as always, though: the Pro Bowl is evil.

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 4:42 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 4:44 pm

Pro Bowl most-watched 'all-star game' since 2009

Posted by Will Brinson

The Pro Bowl aired on Sunday to much criticism -- baseball writers were screaming about how awesome their version was, casual fans were complaining, and even NFL heads were bitter at the dismal performance. (In fact, it was so bad, it inspired our "10 ways to improve the Pro Bowl" post.)

But here's some surprising news: it was still really, really popular.

According to an NFL press release, the 2011 Pro Bowl was the "most watched all-star game for any sport since 2009."

Put that in your syringe and shoot it, Bud Selig!

But, no, really: 13.4 million viewers, which is the highest number of Pro Bowl viewers since the 1997 rendition, tuned into watch the NFC spank the AFC in a glorified version of beach volleyball.

While we can't be sure they were hanging around for the thrilling conclusion (Alex Mack's touchdown run), that's still a big number.

In fact, it's the largest number of folks who tuned into an all-star game since MLB's 2009 All-Star Game, which was aided slightly by this guy named Barack Obama throwing out the first pitch.

Pro Bowl viewership was up nine percent from 2010 and up a whopping 53 percent from 2009's game. The lesson, as always? People love the NFL.

Or maybe people just know that with a lockout looming, they need to maximize their chance to watch the sport on live television.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 1:20 pm

Pro Bowl replacements for SB players announced

Posted by Andy Benoit

Last season the NFL decided to move the Pro Bowl from the week after the Super Bowl to the week before the Super Bowl. The idea was to take the utterly irrelevant All-Star event and make it just regularly irrelevant. It’s been an alright ploy, though a consequence is players from the competing Super Bowl teams cannot compete.

Thus, the league had to replace all of the Steeler and Packer players on the roster. So who did they tap?
For the Packers:

CB Tramon Williams replaced by Antoine Winfield

CB Charles Woodson replaced by Brent Grimes

FS Nick Collins replaced by Roman Harper

OLB Clay Matthews replaced by Brian Orakpo

WR Greg Jennings replaced by Larry Fitzgerald

LT Chad Clifton replaced by Donald Penn

For the Steelers:

OLB James Harrison replaced by Tamba Hali

S Troy Polamalu replaced by Eric Berry

C Maurkice Pouncey replaced by Jeff Saturday

DE Brett Keisel replaced by Randy Starks

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 4:28 pm

Cassel is headed to Pro Bowl

Posted by Andy Benoit

CBSSports.com senior NFL writer Clark Judge will be happy to know that Matt Cassel will play in the Pro Bowl after all. Ironically, the man he is replacing in Hawaii is Tom Brady (foot surgery).
It will be Cassel’s first Pro Bowl appearance. He earned the trip after leading the upstart Chiefs to an AFC West title and posting a career-high 27 touchdowns and 93.0 passer rating.

Since we have a Cassel post going here and not much left to say about his Pro Bowl nod, we’ll take this opportunity to say, Doesn’t the guy look a lot like Cameron from Ferris Buehler’s Day Off ?

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 10:23 am

NFL Week 17 Podcast Preview

Posted by Will Brinson

It's the end of the world as we know it, people. Oh? What's that? It's only going to be 2011? Whew. There will be football Sunday after all. Which means it's time for a podcast to get all you poor folks working today through your end of the day (and the year!).

Andy and I break down Week 17, wondering whether the Falcons or the Saints are the tougher out at this point, whether or not teams should play their starters at this point in the season with nothing to actually play for, whether Eric Mangini's job is safe in Cleveland, whether Jacksonville had a successful season even if they miss the playoffs, whether the Raiders should be happy after 2010 and whether it was smart to bring back

All those topics tackled (plus much, much more) -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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