The 2013 NFL Pro Bowl was a Huge Success!

If you watched, you have to conclude that the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl was a Huge Success and a special tribute to the NFL and it’s history!

In an age recently characterized by disappointing NFL Pro Bowl‘s, tonight’s game was a huge success for the NFL and it’s tradition of honoring it’s best players.  Following last year’s debacle, I wasn’t sure I even wanted to waste my time tuning into this year’s Pro Bowl.  I had other choices!  I could catch up on a bit of work.  I could tune into some mundane movie that I’ve probably seen before.  But, I’m an NFL fan, and I wanted to see what type of show the NFL would produce.  I was totally prepared to be disappointed,

However, I witnessed tradition, competition and a love for the game.  I won’t declare it the best football game I’ve ever witnessed, but the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl is one to remember.

What made the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl Special?

1.  Commissioner Roger Goodell’s message to Pro Bowl participants. In a recent October comment, Goodell stated publicly that the NFL would consider dropping the Pro Bowl if the level of competition in the game didn’t improve.  Apparently, certain NFL Pro Bowl heeded Goodell’s warning.  And, if you happened to watch last year’s game, you probably understand why.  There were countless plays that looked like practice “walk throughs” an not football.

2. Peyton Manning’s Determination to make the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl a Competitive Game!  According to Mike Florio, Peyton Manning implored the players to provide full effort in order to keep Goodell from canceling the game.  And, the player’s listened.  I’ve never been a huge Peyton Manning fan.  He’s a great field general, but I’ve always thought of him as being a bit over hyped on pure football talent.  However, I have a renewed respect for Peyton.

Why?  Because Peyton Manning, unlike any other recent super star quarterback understands the tradition of the NFL and it’s tribute to it’s all star team.  Manning doesn’t miss a game.  If he’s invited, he participates.  I’ m a huge Green Bay Packer fan.  I could never understand why Brett Favre didn’t play in more Pro Bowls.  And, now Aaron Rogers seems to be following in his footsteps.  Tom Brady and most of the New England Patriots selected to this year’s Pro Bowl failed to show up.

Yeah, there are ton’s of arguments on why top NFL athletes shouldn’t risk injury in an exhibition game, but they are missing the point and passing up an opportunity that only Peyton Manning seems to understand.  And, as I listened to his interviews today, I finally understand why the NFL Pro Bowl is so important.  It enables a player to connect with both past and future of this great game.

There is no doubt that Peyton Manning is a first ballot hall of famer!  He doesn’t need to drag his family to Hawaii and risk injury.  He could be only one hard hit away from total paralysis. Certainly, he can afford to take his family, mine, yours and Eli’s to Hawaii for a little fun.  He is all about preserving NFL tradition and sharing it with younger players.

Nor does he view the NFL Pro Bowl in this negative light.  Manning is all about accentuating the positive, and by doing so, he is strengthening his NFL legacy.  He’s a leader unlike any other ever to play in the NFL.  It’s his leadership in the NFL and let’s call it “his off field” activity that should shape him as the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.

 

NCAA Bowl Bans are Hurting the NCAA

Are NCAA Bowl Bans Hurting the NCAA? Grant it!  The NCAA needs some enforcement power over college sports!  After all, it wouldn’t be much of a governing body if it didn’t. The NCAA has been using bowl bans since 1953 as a sanctions tool.  To be more explicit, bowl bans have been a means by which the NCAA punishes major college institutions. But, if you think about it, who does it really hurt? Thanks to Football Geography.com, I can show you the history of NCAA Bowl Bans: What is the real purpose here?  According to Webster, sanction means: the detriment, loss of reward, or coercive intervention annexed to a violation of a law as a means of enforcing the law. Wow!  That’s pretty heavy.  But, if you follow major college football, wouldn’t you agree that bowl bans by the NCAA are designed to cause “loss of reward” to a school; and…

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Will Greg Jennings be a Green Bay Packer Next Year?

Packer wide receiver Greg Jennings is in his contract year! Greg Jennings becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of this football season. This subject has been bugging me for the past couple of months.  I finally decided to write about it.  It’s now popped up at a critical time of the year for the Green Bay Packers.  It’s a time when team unity is important heading into the playoffs and contract discussions do not need to be talked about publicly.  The Packers secured a playoff position last Sunday when they defeated the Chicago Bears. Yet, the question gets asked to Greg Jennings and he responds.  Greg appears to be a stand-up guy, but I don’t believe he needs to be as upfront with the media over his contract as he is.  It may be posturing on his behalf, but I think it detracts from team unity. On Wednesday…

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Who is the Best Team in College Football? Vote Here!!

The BCS standings will be announced on Sunday night, and it looks like the Alabama Crimson Tide will fall out of the No. 1 spot with their lose today to Johnny Football and his Texas A&M Aggies.  As reported by ESPN,  Johnny Football and the SEC newbies from Texas A&M took down the biggest bully in their new neighborhood and left No. 1 Alabama with badly bruised national championship hopes. Johnny Manziel, a.k.a, Johnny Football, led the 15th-ranked Aggies to a 29-24 win against the BCS Standings No. 1 Alabama on their home turf on Saturday. Now, courting an 8-2 record, Texas A&M should make a significant  jump in the BCS Rankings.  Their two losses were to Florida (20-17) and LSU (24-19), and both games were at home.  But, are they No.1?   A better bet might be Kansas State, or even better the Oregon Ducks.  Or, perhaps the Fighting Irish…

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I had tuned out Monday Night football this evening.  What originally sounded like a great match-up between the Peyton Manning led Denver Broncos and Philip River’s San Diego Chargers quickly feel sour in the first half.  I must admit, I didn’t pay much attention to the game.  I had it on in my office as I caught up on some work.  The score at the end of the first half was 24-0 in favor of the Chargers.  Plus, the Chargers were the home team so the second half wasn’t something I was looking forward to watching. Peyton Manning orchestrates second half come from behind victory. I must also admit… I’m not a big Peyton Manning fan.  I attribute this to my own bias.  I’m a huge Brett Favre fan.  Consequently, anything positive toward Peyton Manning or Tom Brady for that matter just seemed to detract from what I believe should…

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I’ve been watching closely, and it’s apparent to me that the Green Bay Packers have been sucked in by what I’ll call the Hollywood dilemma. Consequently, once this dreaded disease hits a football team they lose the need and desire to win!  Too bad! The Green Bay Packers have a great football team. In other words, they have lost their competitive advantage!  Armed with the best receiver corp in the NFL, the offense has gone flat. Aaron Rogers, last year’s NFL Most Valuable Player, is consistently bad on his deep balls.  I haven’t counted how many times he’s overthrown a wide open Jordy Nelson this year.  But, I do know that seldom happened in the past. Here’s the problem!  There are entirely too many commercials with Aaron Rogers, Greg Jennings, B.J. Ragi and Clay Mathews.  When a team, in this case,  the Green Bay Packers goes Hollywood, they totally lose their…

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NFL Replacement Officials and The Innacurate Reception

It seems clear to me that the NFL is not really concerned about it’s teams and players. All they really care about is profit and maintaining the status quo as they define it. And their current definition includes the protection of their NFL Replacement Officials. Hey, profit is important, but the NFL  has taken this to another level.  Given the opportunity to make amends and overturn last night’s Replacement Ref’s egregious mistakes, they turned to the strict interpretation of the rules and refused to directly address the most obvious deficiencies of the NFL Replacement Officials.  Here is a video on the most egregious and final play of the game… compliments of the NFL: If you watched any news today, you know that the overwhelming public and professional opinion is that the NFL Replacement Officials blew this call on the Inaccurate Reception (Term Coined by ESPN’s Adam Shefter).   The NFL supported the…

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NFL Replacement Officials Blew it Tonight!

I just witnessed a crime on Monday Night Football.  The NFL Replacement Officials just made perhaps the greatest series of mistakes every made in the history of the National Football League (NFL). In my opinion, the NFL just  experienced a significant blow to their reputation. I’m a huge NFL fan!  But, ending this week when we commemorate the passing of an NFL legend, Steve Sabol, President of NFL Films, the NFL blew a huge one!  I would think Steve Sabol is turning in his grave.  I doubt very much if he ever saw anything like this in his life.  However, his impact and affect on football lives on.  No doubt, NFL Films have recorded this game for posterity.  I witnessed NFL history tonight, and it was extremely disappointing.  This is game that will surely go down in history!  And, it will show the fallibility of the NFL.  So, for the first time in NFL…

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