The NFL conference champions are crowned, and everyone should now be aware the Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2.
What many people forget, however, is that there is another game to be played before one of the biggest spectacles in sports.
I speak of the NFL Pro Bowl. I am guilty of this forgetfulness as much as the next person. To be honest, I don’t care to watch a game that has no bearing on anything.
Sure the players are happy to be selected. And for most of them, it is a chance to play one more game before the offseason since there are only two teams left with anything to play for at this point.
It is basically a game that means little that happens to be played in a pretty place – Honolulu, Hawaii.
As a matter of fact, there are often players who are selected to the Pro Bowl who don’t show up because, hey, they happen to be playing in the Super Bowl and don’t want to accidentally get injured prior to the game that everyone cares about.
It happens every year.
This year, the powers that be decided to “shake things up” by instituting a “draft” of sorts from the players selected. Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders were selected as team captains, and each got to select position players to enhance their chances of victory. I’m all for having a good time, and I love watching football, but even I get bored with the Pro Bowl. I don’t think I even remembered it was on television for the last three or four years.
If Team Rice beats Team Sanders 40-10, will fans really care? Some might, but I’d be willing to bet that the majority of football fans are more focused on betting their neighbors what the score will be in the Super Bowl, and which team will be the victor.
There might even be some discussion at the water cooler about what company will have the best commercial. Or how the halftime show will turn out.
But who wins the Pro Bowl? Probably not so much.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.