This week, the Chosen Ones from the AFC and NFC are off doing gridiron battle in Honolulu, Hawaii. I smile when I think about it because it's so monumentally ridiculous.
The Pro Bowl players are chosen by the votes of the fans, the coaches, and all players. In other words, if you are a fan of professional football a la USA (not soccer, known worldwide as football) and have access to a computer and the worldwide web, then you can have a say in who goes to the Pro Bowl. It is the heights of democracy!
For the third year in a row, the Pro Bowl is played on the Sunday between the end of regular-and-post season play and the championship game, also know as the Super Bowl. How colossally dumb is that? Of course, not a single player that will be going to the Super Bowl can play. Were they to be injured, that could harm their own team's advantage. So it's a bunch of guys who are fine players getting a trip to Hawaii -- an excellent place no matter the time of year -- to grunt and push and strain and dash for the greater honor of the NFC or the AFC. And who the heck cares because the guys you want to see playing can't play because they have to save it for next week! The Super Bowl! The biggest battle of professional sports in the United States! Winner take all! Advertisers start your digital cameras!
I will share who cares: Real fans of football because they want to see A Game to get their football fix, to have stats they can swap around, to speculate on a fantasy concoction, to pick a side and hope their side winners. The players in the bowl also care because it looks mighty fine on their resumes and it's Hawaii! Name five people who would not like a free trip to Hawaii who is in their right mind. Really? Five? Are they in their right mind? Are you sure they are in their right mind? Go to Hawaii and then tell me they are in their right minds.
As for the players, the winning team, AFC or NFC, gets $50,000 for each player, while the losing team members each gets $25,000. Pretty good for grunting and straining, pushing and dashing and, yes, in Hawaii.
It would make most sense for it to go back to the week (or two) after the Super Bowl so there's a more accurate representation of the Chosen Ones but, back to my point, no one asked me. It might sadden me but I'm used to it.
Super Bowl XLVI next week and I am so for the Giants. Anytime the Pats, Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick can be proven stoppable, then I am all for it.