After last year's complete farce of a contest, there were rumors flying around that the National Football League could possibly do away with the Pro Bowl. Even moving the game from the week after the Super Bowl to the week between the Conference Championship games hasn't turned out to do much. . .there are just slightly bigger names out there going through the motions.
Well, it turns out that the NFL isn't convinced after all, and has announced that next year's Pro Bowl will, indeed, take place on January 27th in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the week before Super Bowl XLVII.
The league can point to the ratings for the Pro Bowl and how successful it is from that standpoint. . .it was the most viewed "All Star game" of the four major sports by a significant margin. . .but fans know that the game has sort of become a joke at this point. Defenses really can't do much, nobody's really going full speed. . .personally, I don't really spend any of my time watching it, but plenty of people do, and that counts for more than anything, it appears.
Apparently the NFL players fought for the game to continue. Maybe that means they'll actually try hard during the game itself. . .though I don't think I'd hold my breath about that, either.