Jan 26, 2012, Honolulu, HI, USA; AFC center Nick Mangold of the New York Jets (far left) and AFC tackle Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns (closest to camera) perform a drill with teammates during practice for the 2012 Pro Bowl at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Schechter’s Lectures No. 10: The Pro Bowl


This week, the lecture involves a game that there is great debate about. It happens once a year, people watch it, or they don’t. Players play in it, or they don’t, or sometimes they can’t due to the upcoming Super Bowl. It involves a lot of offense, not too much defense, and a heck of a lot of controversy. This year might be the last of its kind, and in my opinion, this is vastly unfortunate. This week we are talking about the NFL Pro Bowl.

Take your seats. Class is in session.

People all over the country complain about the Pro Bowl, and I don’t get it. They want the game to be over with, why? It’s an all star game for chrissakes! Nobody has called for the NBA All Star game to be cancelled, have they? Not that I have ever heard, and the lowest score recorded by one team in the NBA All Star game since 2000 is 110. Does that sound like real basketball? No. But nobody calls for it to be cancelled. Why? It’s fun. People like to see scoring.

What about the NHL All Star game? Since 2000, the winning squad hasn’t scored less than 6 goals! 6 goals! That’s not real hockey by any stretch of the imagination. They don’t even check each other, they bascially just watch each other skate by and shoot on the goalie. That’s not hockey, but nobody ever discusses cancelling that game. Why not? Because fans love scoring.

Yet, people want the Pro Bowl cancelled. Why? I am not exactly sure to be honest. No, it’s not real football, but no all-star game is. The closest is baseball, but even that game doesn’t allow the pitchers to go longer than 3 innings. That’s not real either. But the Pro Bowl comes under such scrutiny. It’s crazy. Everybody knows that an all star game is not going to mimic a real game of any kind. If you go into it expecting a real football game, guess what? You are going to be disappointed. It’s not, it’s a showcase of skill. That’s it.

If you don’t enjoy it, don’t watch it. But no other game gets threatened with cancellation. Leave the Pro Bowl alone.

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