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Your 2012 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl Open Thread

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's the second-to-last game of the entire 2011-12 NFL season, and it comes to you LIVE from Honolulu, Hawai'i in just a little while.

The Vikings only have two representatives in this year's contest, unfortunately. Those two men are defensive end Jared Allen (because. . .well, duh), and linebacker Chad Greenway (who was added to the team after Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs withdrew because of an injury). Adrian Peterson, who was the MVP of the Pro Bowl back in 2007, likely would have been on the team if not for. . .well, you know.

I know that a lot of people think of the Pro Bowl as a waste of time. As far as "All-Star" games go, the Pro Bowl is probably the worst of the All-Star games held by the four major sports. The Pro Bowl, along with the NBA All-Star Game and the NHL All-Star Game, are generally "defense optional" affairs that end up with ridiculous amounts of scoring. . .it makes for good viewing for the less hardcore fans, I guess, but for the more hardcore fans of the sport, it can get a little hard to watch. The only All-Star game that doesn't suffer from this sort of problem is the baseball All-Star Game because. . .well, in the words of the immortal Earl Weaver, in baseball you can't kill the clock. You've got to give the other man his chance.

Well, Earl said it in a much more colorful manner than that, but I'm trying to keep it family-friendly.

So, if you're going to be watching the Pro Bowl, feel free to talk about it with your fellow Viking fans right here!