Pro Bowl Preoccupation

I didn’t watch the Pro Bowl in its entirety because, well, that’s time I’d never get back in life.  However I glimpsed at it while channel flipping through the second half and – in the style of NBA viewing – I watched the entirety of the final three minutes.  Despite the my limited attention span, I formed some opinions.

1.  The uniforms were pretty cool. I particular liked Team Sanders’ colors with the green highlighting that was kinda Oregonian. Team Rice’s uniforms didn’t pop quite as much, but both teams looked more exciting than previous years’ relative blandness.

2.  The last three minutes the game suggested that I may have missed something reasonably interesting on the defensive side of the line, like the defense on both sides actually made an effort.  This seems improbable, but maybe typically injury-phobic Pro Bowl participation was given a reprieve this year.  At game’s end, there was also some dubious time management by the coaches who didn’t have any particularly good reason to care about the sandlot pick-up game; obvious sideline lapses compensated a bit for missing on-field entertainment.

3.  The game ended 22-21 with a 67-yard attempt by Justin Tucker to win it for Deion’s team.  Team Rice was down by a score with more than two minutes left to go and Alex Smith led his team down the field to take the lead.  After the Demarco Murray screen that resulted in a touchdown, Team Rice decided to go for two and the win with a Tolbert FB smash up the middle that was a very close call.  With no kickoff,  Team Sanders took possession and Nick Foles made a few key throws the get in position but then got flushed out of the pocket and grounded the ball to avoid the sack and lost a yard. Tucker’s attempt at a game-winning kick came up short.  Still, the effort was clearly still there to try and win the game.   I gotta admit that I witnessed an exciting three minutes of completely meaningless football.

4.  If I had it to do over again, I’d maybe have watched the entire fourth quarter.  So let’s try the pick-up approach again next year.   I like that it’s scheduled during the off week leading into the Super Bowl, except that the game glaringly misses players from the Super Bowl teams.  And who wouldn’t want the “Legion of Boom” out there talking smack to the rest of the league, especially with some of the great receivers that were on the field last night.

5.  The fantasy-league sandlot pick-up approach to team rosters made for compelling matchups on paper that – much like calling another channel’s Grammy performance by Paul and Ringo a “reunion of the Beatles” – was far less interesting than hyped.  Maybe if Paul and Ringo had performed a Beatles song…maybe if Sherman had been allowed to roam the secondary against Wilson…well, then I’d be whistling Yesterday today.