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George Hale Talks about the Pro Bowl 

SOME OF FOOTBALL’S BEST WILL SUIT UP FOR A GAME THIS WEEKEND.
BUT MANY OF THE VERY BEST IN THE LEAGUE WILL SIT IT OUT.

GEORGE HALE IS *NOT* A BIG FAN OF THE PRO BOWL. HERE IS WHAT HE HAS TO SAY:
WELL IT’S NO SECRET THE SEASON ENDED FOR THE PATRIOTS LAST SUNDAY.

IT WAS AN EXCITING RUN BUT NO REPEAT THIS YEAR.

SO WE CAN ALL WATCH OUR STARS IN THE PRO BOWL IN HAWAII THIS WEEKEND WHILE WE WAIT FOR THE SUPER BOWL NEXT WEEK BETWEEN THE PANTHERS AND BRONCOS.

BUT WAIT A MINUTE.

WHILE SEVEN, COUNT THEM SEVEN, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS WERE CHOSEN FOR THE PRO BOWL NOT ONE WILL APPEAR.

NOT QUARTERBACK TOM BRADY, TIGHT END ROB GRONKSOWSKI, LINEBACKER JAIME COLLINS, DEFENSIVE END CHANDLER JONES, CORNERBACK MALCOM BUTLER, KICKER STEPHEN GOSKOWSKI AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER MATTHEW SLATER.

ALL OF THEM, EVERY ONE , SAID THANKS BUT NO THANKS.

AND THERE-IN LIES THE PROBLEM.

THE N F L PRO BOWL GAME IS SUNDAY AND THE QUESTION FOR FANS REALLY IS — DO YOU CARE?

IF THE PLAYERS DON’T THEN WHY SHOULD THE FANS.

PLAYERS DECIDE NOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GAME FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS.

SOME ARE IN THE SUPER BOWL AND CAN’T DO IT, SOME HAVE INJURIES THAT PREVENT PLAYING BUT THIS YEAR A LARGE NUMBER SIMPLY SAID WE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN THE GAME.

THIS HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY TRUE IN THE QUARTERBACK SPOT WHERE MOST OF THE BIG NAMES ARE AMONG THE MISSING.

ANOTHER FACTOR FRANKLY IS MONEY.

SOME CONTRACTS STIPULATE A BONUS IF THEY ARE SELECTED BUT FOR STAR PLAYERS THE MONEY IS SMALL BY PRO STANDARDS.

IF YOUR TEAM WINS THE GAME IT’S WORTH 58-THOUSAND DOLLARS, THE LOSERS RECEIVE 29-THOUSAND.

IT’S A GOOD CHUNK OF CHANGE TO THE AVERAGE PERSON BUT TO PLAYERS WITH LUCRATIVE CONTRACTS IT AMOUNTS TO PENCIL DUST.

SO THE N F L WITH AN OPEN WEEK BETWEEN THE FINAL GAMES AND THE SUPER BOWL TRUDGES ON WITH A MEANINGLESS GAME.

LET’S BE HONEST FOR A MOMENT.

THE PATRIOTS PLAYERS AND OTHERS HAVE REALLY DONE THE SPORT A FAVOR OF SORTS.

THE PRO BOWL IS NOT AN ALL STAR GAME AT LEAST IN THE SENSE OF HAVING SOME MEANING.

AT BEST IT’S AN EXHIBITION WITH SOME FUNKY RULES THAT ALLOW PLAYERS TO SOCIALIZE WITH ONE ANOTHER AND GIVE THEIR FAMILIES A NICE TRIP TO HAWAII.

ALL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS HAVE TROUBLE WITH THEIR ALL STAR GAMES.

BUT MOST COME DURING THE SEASON AND NOT AT END AS HAPPENS WITH THE N F L.

THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE ALL-STAR WEEKEND IS HAPPENING NOW IN NASHVILLE ” THE MUSIC CITY” BUT EVEN THE ICE HOCKEY GUYS HAD TO GIMMICK IT UP THIS YEAR.

INSTEAD OF THE TRADITIONAL FIVE ON FIVE IT WILL BE THREE ON THREE.

THE N B A WILL HOLD THEIR MID-SEASON STAR GAME ON FEBRUARY 14TH IN TORONTO FEATURING EAST VS WEST.

BUT FRANKLY MOST INTEREST IS IN THE THE SLAM DUNK CONTEST.

SO LET’S GO BACK TO BASEBALL FOR A MOMENT.

OF ALL THE ALL-STAR GAMES BASEBALL’S MID-SUMMER CLASSIC HAS THE MOST INTEREST AND DOES PROVIDE SOME REAL COMPETITION.

BUT EVEN HERE BASEBALL HAS THE QUIRKY RULE THAT GIVES HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE IN THE WORLD SERIES TO THE LEAGUE THAT WINS THE GAME.

TO ME IT MAKES NO SENSE BUT M L B LIKES IT AND PLAYERS GENUINELY LIKE BEING SELECTED TO PLAY AND ONLY A FEW PASS ON IT.

COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL CAME CLOSE TO KILLING THE FOOTBALL GAME IN 2012.

TO SAVE THE EVENT THE PLAYERS UNION CAME UP WITH A FANTASY DRAFT TO TRY TO BREATHE SOME LIFE INTO IT.

I REALLY DON’T HAVE AN ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM OF ENTICING PEOPLE TO GET ON BOARD WITH THIS GAME.

THE SIDE SHOW EVENTS IN OTHER SPORTS DRAW PLENTY OF FANS.

BASEBALL’S HOME RUN CONTEST REALLY PACKS THEM IN.

AS I SAID BASKETALL FANS LOVE THE SLAM DUNK DEAL.

SO PRO FOOTBALL NEEDS SOMETHING DRESS IT UP OR THEY SHOULD GIVE UP AND LET THE SUPER BOWL SAY IT ALL.

SOME KIND OF PASSING OR RUNNING OR KICKING CONTEST…SOMETHING.

FOR THE RECORD: TEAM IRVIN WILL PLAY TEAM RICE.

IT WILL BE ON SUNDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN P M ON E S P N.

THE EXHIBITION (I REFUSE TO CALL IT A GAME) WILL BE PLAYED AT ALOHA STADIUM.

I HAD TO LOOK ALL OF THAT UP BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER WATCHED MORE THAN 15 MINUTES OF A PRO BOWL IN MY LIFE.

THIS IS GEORGE HALE WITH MY PERSPECTIVE ON SPORTS.