Yesterday we lastly received information that the NFL is contemplating eliminating the Professional Bowl!
YES!!! YES!!! YES!
Shoutout to Lizzo, as a result of it’s about rattling time! I do know this in all probability received’t occur this yr, however not less than the NFL is contemplating it. It received’t be lengthy till we don’t need to endure terrible, half-hearted play in a sport that’s alleged to showcase the game’s most elite gamers. But the query stays, what takes its place? Nothing? I imply, I hate the Professional Bowl simply as a lot as the following man, however I don’t suppose having no technique to acknowledge the perfect gamers within the league is the way in which to go. Extra Madden? Not an opportunity. As unhealthy as viewership was for this yr’s Professional Bowl (averaging 6.69 million viewers), it was a 263 % improve in viewership from the Madden “celebration” that occurred final yr. So, what ought to they do? I believe the reply is evident, incentivize competitors, and broaden on the Abilities Showdown.
Most individuals who’ve watched the whole lot of Professional Bowl weekend for the reason that Abilities Showdown’s inaugural season in 2017 will let you know that the perfect a part of the entire shebang might be the dodgeball portion. It’s simply NFLers having enjoyable, enjoying some dodgeball in opposition to each other. It’s fascinating to see the totally different methods that sure gamers take. The quarterbacks have the perfect arms, however are sometimes seen hiding within the again as a result of they’re additionally typically the least athletic guys on the market. Linemen like to attempt to catch the ball, whereas cornerbacks and extensive receivers are typically those making the dangerous ventures into the center of the enjoying space.
The issue is that even these drills don’t have the identical urgency that makes soccer so nice. There was a 40-yard race on the Professional Bowl this previous yr. That ought to’ve drawn a lot of eyes. Soccer followers love velocity and with guys like Tyreek Hill and Nick Chubb competing, it’d be cool to see how these speedsters matched up with each other. Nonetheless, the individuals who ran the race didn’t actually strive. Hill wore saggy sweatpants and completed final, far behind the remainder of his rivals. The race went from a query hundreds of soccer followers had been asking for years to a joke that basically solely displayed simply how briskly Micah Parsons is. The identical rule applies to occasions just like the Finest Palms competitors as nicely. It appears far too depending on the throws the quarterback makes. Additionally, something that includes a panel of judges voting…simply throw out that concept. No person likes that. It’s so subjective and biased. Simply no. The Finest Catch competitors gave off large dunk contest vibes and everyone knows how horrible that’s these days.
The NFL wants to determine what sort of content material and competitions would resonate with followers essentially the most. Primarily based on what I’ve seen on-line, aggressive drills would in all probability be an excellent first step. Another concepts embody 1-on-1’s between high corners and receivers, Oklahoma drills between the perfect offensive and defensive linemen in soccer, a 4×100 meter relay squaring the eight quickest gamers within the NFL in opposition to each other, a deadlift or bench press competitors, and tug of battle. That’s 5 concepts I pulled out of my ass that individuals would (in all probability) go nuts for…if the gamers take it critically, that’s. That’s the place financial compensation is available in. It’s important to give the gamers a motive to go arduous, and nothing speaks louder than money. Winners get bonuses and the profitable workforce after all the occasions will get an enormous bonus on high. Gamers will nonetheless undoubtedly not go as arduous as they might in a sport state of affairs for concern of harm, however the extra incentive the NFL locations on every occasion, the extra probably gamers will go all-out, which is all of the followers actually need anyway.
The NFL is taking a step in the best route by contemplating the elimination of the Professional Bowl. Nonetheless, as we’ve seen with the NFL’s unwillingness to vary their time beyond regulation coverage for therefore lengthy, it might take some time for any precise adjustments to be made. The NFL clearly is aware of what the followers need, however they’ve by no means been capable of truly get these adjustments going. They all the time seek for compromises to make everybody joyful, so hopefully with one thing as damaged and unappealing because the Professional Bowl, these adjustments will come sooner relatively than later.