Do you want to see a bunch of talented guys pretend to play football? You can on Sunday. You probably know it as the Pro Bowl, although there isn’t much professional about it.
It’s the most meaningless game in pro sports. The Pseudo Bowl. If you doubt it, take a close look at the line play (or lack of play) up front during the game. I’ve seen more aggressive blocking in a touch football game at the Y.
It's also a game that doesn't include players from the two best teams. No one from the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles play in the game because they’re preparing for the Super Bowl next weekend.
So Tom Brady, the best quarterback in history, won’t be on the field. Nor will nine other players from those teams.
The risk of injury makes it a no-go, which also is a factor for many others players voted to the Pro Bowl. They opt out because they have an injury that keeps them from playing or they don’t want to risk aggravating an injury they had when the regular season ended.
They played in a real game with those injuries, but they won’t play in a fake one. And I don’t blame them, but it means more than a few replacement guys are in the game who wouldn’t be there otherwise.
In the past this game was played in Honolulu, which made the game week a little more fun for the participants and the people covering it. The game is in Orlando this year. Well, maybe the MVP can go to Disneyworld.
The no-defense All-Star games for the NBA and the NHL aren't much better, but at least they take place in the middle of the season.
No one on the field Sunday will be playing NFL football, but it is a chance to see some of your favorite players have some fun in a glorified exhibition of a few athletic skills.
There will be some amazing offensive plays, mainly because no one is trying too hard to stop them. And you might see a pseudo sack or an impressive interception, as well.
The circus is in town. Or maybe a better description is a Las Vegas magic act. None of it is real, but it’s entertaining in a fantasyland sort of way.
Give me the Vegas magician. At least he can fool me.