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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

A staff writer

What's Wrong With Hawaii?


I think the worst possible thing anyone could do with the Pro Bowl is try to "improve" it. The spirit of headless improvement is how we got a hand-wringing Commissioner and a stupid All-Star game deciding home-field advantage in the World Series. What's wrong with an exhibition? What's wrong with a league-sponsored, week-long Hawaiian adventure for the league's best players?

And now, Roger Goodell wants to move the Pro Bowl from Hawaii to the annual Super Bowl site? And move it to the Super Bowl bye week? Why in the name of Bert Bell would that be a good idea? Who in the media, prepossessed with the coverage blitz as they must be, would take time out of their plans for the biggest weeks of their respective seasons to focus on a game that is the exact opposite of the Super Bowl's importance? Yeah, I get that the economy's tight. But the NFL is one of the few businesses in America making money hand over fist -- it's a self-generating mint at this point -- and the players voted to the Pro Bowl rosters make a lot of that scratch for the league.

The thing is an exhibition -- a place for players from different teams to lounge with their families and friends, making new friends, and enjoying a light practice schedule and a celebration of another great season. To delete it altogether, or to fabricate some sort of importance that really doesn't belong, makes little sense.

If Goodell wants to show a caring side when it comes to the economy, why doesn't he make all teams dip their pre-season prices? Why should anyone pay season-ticket rates to watch fifth-stringers?

Leave the thing in Hawaii where it belongs. The Pro Bowl is, like any sunset, placed best on the islands.

By Doug Farrar  |  February 6, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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