Pro Bowl Excitement

I enjoy football, but somehow I’ve never watched a Pro Bowl. No one else really seems to pay attention to it. There’s not a lot of “water-cooler” talk after the game so I maybe that has something to do with it. I was talking to a friend about it today. We weren’t even sure exactly when it is this year (it’s this Sunday) or where (back in Hawaii). But I also stumbled across some of the rule changes that only apply to the Pro Bowl to make it more exciting safer. Here are some of those rules:

  • No motion or shifting by the offense
  • Offense must have a tight end in all formations
  • Offense can’t have 3 receivers on a side
  • Intentional grounding is legal
  • Defense must run a 4-3 at all times
  • No press coverage except inside the 5 yard line
  • No blitz
  • Not allowed to rush a Punt, PAT or FG attempt

Sounds riveting. While I understand the need to protect the players, if you’re going to add rules why not add some rules to make it more exciting? If not, just make it a game of flag football and be done with it.