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  1. sb1

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    Apparently It's now going to be teams created by "fantasy draft" format like how the NHL is doing it.

    Don't know how I feel about no kickoffs but other than that...nice!





    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter23m
    No more kickoffs in Pro Bowl. Rosters will consist of 43 players per squad. Game will be played Jan 26 in Honolulu.


    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter25m
    Now players will be assigned to teams through the Pro Bowl Draft (really). Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will be draft captains.


    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter27m
    NFL eliminated traditional AFC-NFC Pro Bowl matchup; will be replaced with Pro-Bowl fantasy-like draft, per ESPN sources.
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    Will the players selected be made up of equal AFC and NFC players, and THEN the fantasy draft happens.........

    OR could potentially all six QBs be from the AFC (or NFC)?
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    It should be fun to see how this works. Will it improve the quality of players in the game and will it make players less inclined to skip it? Is the "draft" before the SB participants are decided?

    I like it.
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    Not that I needed another reason to not watch the pro bowl, but I guess this is it.
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    They should have a skills competition...then I would be interested.
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    I still do not see it... suspect a lot of players will opt out.

    Maybe the best thing they could do is some type of skills competition... strength, speed, accuracy and other football type activities...
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    Wasn't there a skills competition years ago? Not at the pro bowl but sometime in the offseason? I thought I remembered Brady winning some passing competition....
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    With Pro Bowl rosters being determined completely by fan voting, the award will become even less meaningful than it already is. I didn't think that was possible.


    As for the game itself, they should just do away with it since the players are going half-speed in an attempt to avoid injury. Replace it with a flag football game and some skills competitions: for example, a mixture of what is done at the combine (e.g., three-cone drill, vertical jump) and other 'fun' events (e.g., tug of war, best ball golf).
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    Sandlot flag football causes a lot of injuries...especially to running backs.:rolleyes:
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    I think it's still players, coaches and fans?
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    ala 3 point contest or homerun derby. Something like that...
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    :rolleyes: indeed.



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    Oops, you are correct; thanks for the correction.

    :brick:
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    I don't see how this is going to make the game better. I'm putting my money on another "pat-a-cake pat-a-cake" performance this year. It's a free trip to Hawaii and outside of running around in a pretty green cow pasture for a few hours it's all fruity drinks with umbrellas in them and a day at the beach. I think I'll head to the beach myself that weekend. :)
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    Not sure how I feel about not doing it by conference anymore, don't really care about the new game rules except that they removed special teams from the game. Special teams are just as important as anything else.

    EDIT: I misread the release, thought Rice and Sanders would be the only people who had any say in who makes the Pro Bowl...
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    I would hope that it still is anyway....
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    Not that I care about the Pro-Bowl, but I absolutely HATE the way the NHL does their Allstar game, so this will give me another reason to not watch the Pro Bowl.
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    True, at least in the NHL version of this draft you have active players making the choices.

    I think Brady and Peyton should be captains making picks for their own teams.
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    If this is accurate, then it's not just Deion and Rice making the picks:

    I guess it's kind of cool that fans will be involved. Pretty good way to troll some players you hate!
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    Probably not a great idea to have current players making the draft selections, could cause some friction.
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    Regarding the idea of flag football:

    It does not have to be played in sand.



    Split up into four teams and have two games played simultaneously (sideline to sideline) at the stadium. The two winning teams then play for the 'championship' either after a rest period, or the following day. If you add in some of the skill competitions then you could make it like a track and field meet, for most competitions being won determining that year's overall champions. Rather than a contrived draft you could start out with four teams: AFC offense, AFC defense and special teams, NFC offense, and NFC defense and special teams.

    As a bonus we get to watch Vince Wilfork at QB.

    :woot:
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    Only fantasy geeks and people who call Calvin Johnson "Megatron" would get excited about this...:rolleyes:
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    It could but I think players choosing would be less of a problem than if the coaches do the choosing.

    The NHL is doing this, so far there hasn't been a problem there...
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    I'd still think that having active players or coaches doing the drafting could be an issue. Having retired guys do it (either coaches or players) makes sense to me.

    Per your NHL comment, I could easily be wrong :)

    I just see ego's getting involved. Some defensive guy is going to get all bent out of shape that Brady chose someone else over him.

    You saw what happened to Cam at the PB when ego's got involved, right ?
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    Looks like the story I linked to early in this thread has been updated.

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    What has two thumbs and still won't be watching the Pro Bowl?

    This guy.
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    Yeah there used to be a televised QB challenge with a handful of QBs each year. I remember watching this in the 90s all the time. In fact, I remember specifically really falling in love with the Pats and Drew Bledsoe in '94 due to his appearance on it. I would've been 15 and my interest in NFL really took off that year...

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