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Power Take: Pro Bowl has become an unnecessary joke

By Jay Skurski

News Sports Reporter

Please, have some heart Roger Goodell.

Put the Pro Bowl out of its misery.

The league’s annual all-star game is a running joke. This season alone, 30 players originally selected won’t actually participate. Of those, 16 are ineligible because they play for either Carolina or Denver and are busy getting ready for the Super Bowl. Yes, players from the two best teams can’t play. Brilliant!

Others who have backed out do have legitimate injuries. The rest simply don’t want to go. That’s how Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor gets in. He had a nice season, but few would say it was a “Pro Bowl” year.

That waters down whatever honor comes with participating. Even the original selection process is flawed. Should the Bills’ lone original representative, LeSean McCoy, really have been chosen after finishing 12th in the NFL in rushing?

Television ratings might be decent (although they were at their lowest in eight years in 2015), but taking the physicality out of football results in three hours of glorified two-hand touch.

The one issue I can see is bonuses in player contracts for making the game. The league and players’ association need to orchestrate a plan to rectify that and end this charade.


Power Takes are opinion blasts from Bucky, Sully & members of The News’ sports staff -- three will appear in Wednesday’s and Friday’s sports sections.

Today’s Power Takes

• Jay Skurski’s Power Take: Pro Bowl has become an unnecessary joke

• Bucky Gleason’s Power Take: Super Bowl ‘Roman Empire’ likely to fade into history

• Jerry Sullivan’s Power Take: Golden State can make legitimate run at 72 wins

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