Tuesday, February 22, 2022

How Can The Pro Bowl Be Fixed? Don't Ask Me!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how ridiculous the NFL's Pro Bowl has become

It's without a shadow of a doubt a waste of time for fans and players alike. 

What is also a silly exercise is answering questions I've seen on social media which asks 'How Can The Pro Bowl Be Fixed?'

I see a lot of people suggest the following notion: the game should be done away with and have a playoff of the worst two teams in the league to compete for the first overall draft pick.

I'll tell you why it looks good on paper, but nonsensical when you think harder.

The number one draft pick goes to the team with the worst record each year. Using this season, as an example, the 3-14 Jacksonville Jaguars would compete against a team with a 3-13-1 record in the Detroit Lions.

Going by pure guesswork, I'd say that - if that game were to be played one hundred times - the worst team (in this example: Jacksonville) will lose more than they would win. Therefore, they would miss out on getting the first pick in the draft, which is what the NFL hands out to the worst team per its aim for a competitive balance between all teams in the league. 

I'm not saying it's a completely stupid idea. It is a lot better than the Pro Bowl. It's just not viable.

Another thing to think about is this.

Could you really see a quarterback (or a player from another key position) try their best to win a game for a team that will likely cut them in favour of the first pick?

Logically, the loser of the battle between the two worst teams should get the first pick. But then we're returning to Pro Bowl levels of pointlessness.

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