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Old 02-04-2009, 09:21 AM    (permalink
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"I just think you take away from everything the Pro Bowl means," Ray Lewis said on Tuesday. "I don't understand it all.

The Baltimore Ravens linebacker, who played college football at the University of Miami, said he would "probably not" play next year's game if selected.

"That's no vacation," he said. "That's what we regularly do. You don't want to go to the Pro Bowl and do what you regularly do. You want to come over and do something different. You want to tour the islands and bring the kids over here to see something different."

"If something is good, why do you want to change it?" Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning said. "I don't know what the economic factors are that come into play, but I know the times I've come over here, it's a special week."


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I don't like changing it either, to the location of the Super Bowl and the week before. Don't like it at all.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:31 AM    (permalink
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I love how its a week before the Super Bowl. I have 0 interest in the Pro Bowl as it is. The Super Bowl is the climax of the NFL season, afterwards there is no real desire on my part to watch a glorified scrimmage. Plus the week off in between the Championship games and the Super Bowl is dull. I think the switch in time is great.
Whether or not it's in Hawaii makes no difference to me as a viewer, but I love the schedule change.
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The Probowl will become even more irrelevant if players from the top two teams do not feature, seems pretty pointless.
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I would feel bad, but can't they just go to Hawaii for a week anyway? I mean a week off before off-season training does not sound ridiculous. So why not just go on their own dime. Ray Lewis is complaining he can't see Hawaii, I'm sorry that doesn't really grip at my heart strings.
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The Probowl will become even more irrelevant if players from the top two teams do not feature, seems pretty pointless.
Sir, it already is pointless. This way it kicks off Super Bowl Week. You could even have the players in the super bowl involved in some way. They call some plays or what have you. I think it's a good way to get MORE pub for your biggest day in the NFL the Super Bowl. It will get people down there earlier for the economic impact to be even greater.
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I always just considered the Pro-Bowl worlds most talented game of back yard football. A reason for these guys to play, but in a more relaxed setting.
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The Probowl will become even more irrelevant if players from the top two teams do not feature, seems pretty pointless.
I agree with this 100%. Why would anyone who is about to play in the biggest game of their lives jeopardize that to play in the Pro Bowl?
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Yeah should still be in Hawaii. That's the only motivation for players to go to the game, an excuse to take their family out for a week to Hawaii. I can see many people declining now. And to a post above it's not that these players can't afford to go to Hawaii, but the pro bowl forces them to go out of the country and relax, many of these players won't leave their offseason training to go to Hawaii, so the pro bowl is a nice forced reward. Hate that it's moving to the week before the superbowl.
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Eh, it's not like the actual game matters. The players don't care about it and the fans really don't either. I agree with the sentiment though. Keep the game and the history in Hawaii.
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I was inches away from getting my Ware jersey signed by Damarcus at today's pro bowl practice... Pisses me off!

Keep it in Hawaii!!!

Keep it after the season... Putting it at the week before the SB means players from the top 2 teams won't make it and players from the 3rd and 4th best teams will show up late. As of right now, the SB players show up late.

The NFL should be more considerate about tradition. In 2010 it's going to be in Indianapolis!!! Who wants to be there in February when it's 75 degrees in Hawaii???
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Will the skills challenge be back this year? That's the best part of the probowl and they didn't have it for the past couple years.
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If you were player wouldn't you want it in Hawaii?
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Can we just stop the pro bowl or at least not let fans vote.
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This is so stupid, alot of players come from the super bowl teams and now they can't participate. Its just pointless, its the game where the league's best play and now they can't.
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They should substitute the Pro Bowl in favor of the Skills Challenge. I always thought that was the most interesting aspect of the entire thing. This way the players have a really small chance of getting injured and there is still a reason to go to Hawaii. It may not be as profitable, but it's way more reasonable. But of course the NFL is going to capitalize on profit first.
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I would feel bad, but can't they just go to Hawaii for a week anyway? I mean a week off before off-season training does not sound ridiculous. So why not just go on their own dime. Ray Lewis is complaining he can't see Hawaii, I'm sorry that doesn't really grip at my heart strings.
its become a tradition. why stop now. the players obviously enjoy it.
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Even though it's only like previously mentioned, a "glorified" scrimmage; I like Honolulu. I like checking out the backdrop during commercial breaks or when they air the skills challenges.

I'm completely, 100% aware that I may sound like George Michael (and not of Arrested Development fame) but Honolulu has to be more desirable than Miami. Not a knock on Miami but Honolulu seems more like a place to relax than Miami.

Then again, I've only seen both during sports.
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I always forget the Pro Bowl is the week after I automatically get into off-season mode because usually the coaches start getting moved around and hired.
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They have to either get rid of the thing or make it relevent I mean no blitzing? no hard tackles? why don't you ust put lipstick on em
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They have to either get rid of the thing or make it relevent I mean no blitzing? no hard tackles? why don't you ust put lipstick on em
Sadly that's how every professional All Star Game is like, with the exception of hockey, with less impact.

Pro Bowl: Lacks blitzing and hard tackles, sans ST on Moorman.
NHL All-Star Game: Rarely any checking, fighting, etc.
MLB All-Star Game: Continuious subbing. Only real action came from Pete Rose.
NBA All-Star Game: Defense? French for "do nothing".
NASCAR: That's just ****** up.

Every professional All-Star game tends to skew to the safe side. Who wants to get hurt in doing something that doesn't matter, period? Some fans complain their players lack heart or won't do anything for the sake of the team, yet they blame others for not "honoring" the league or playing "soft".

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Sparknotes: They all do it.

Footnotes: Not directed at you broth, just fans as a whole.
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