I guess the NFL held the Pro Bowl this week, in an effort to generate excitement over something that is inherently unexciting.
I actually think this is true of all All-Star conclaves at the professional level, save things like the Futures Game, where we get a chance to see up-and-comers show what they have against like counterparts.
But, at the NBA/NHL/MLB/NFL level, the who-process is mostly silly, and I write this as one who has attended two MLB All-Star Games, and as one who had a pretty good time at both. In fact, if another baseball All-Star fete comes to the bay area, I would probably make an effort to go.
In fact baseball has done something to try and legitimize the mid-season classic by giving home field advantage to the winner, which is a nice trick.
Since I don't really watch hoops or hockey, I cannot really comment on the value of them. I can imagine, just like baseball, that there are fans who love watching the stars of their favorite sport, like LeBron James or Jonathan Toews, mix it up. And, I suppose it is fun watching those guys display their skills, like it was fun watching Dave Parker uncork a throw, or Bo Jackson climbing up the wall to catch a ball.
The thing is, hockey and hoops, and even football, are much more team-oriented sports than baseball. Not that a team isn’t necessary for baseball, but for the most part what we see are outfielders hitting the cutoff, or holding runners, and that is just not the same as the execution of a post pattern play. At least not to me.
As for football, the idea of making the game a week before the Super Bowl, while the season is still essentially on, is not a bad idea. Save it excludes the possibility of Aaron Rodgers or Hines Ward appearing, because, well, the other problem with All-Star games is, players do get hurt.
If you don't believe me, ask Ray Fosse.
As for the game today, I had a choice to watch. I took a nap instead.