The Pro Bowl is in the books now and there is nothing that can stand in the way of the Super Bowl. In the second year of using a Hall of Fame Captain and conducting a fantasy draft, Team Irvin and Team Carter produced an exciting, highly competitive and watchable game. In the end, Michael Irvin walked away with the victory and the bragging rights, beating Cris Carter, 32-28. This game may be pointless, and just a softer, more toned down version of the game we love to watch on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and sometimes Saturdays, but there are still some points to be taken away from last nights game. Here is my recap of the Pro Bowl.
Matthew Stafford may need a new line. The Georgia product and the Lions 1st overall pick back in 2009 had himself a day, throwing for 316 yards and 2 touchdowns, on his way to being named the Co-MVP. The Team Irvin quarterback gave a glimpse of what he could be if given enough time in the pocket for his receivers to get open deep down field. The Lions could be a potential Super Bowl team if they give their quarterback the protection he needs.
The Pro Bowl is back and should be a game the fans look forward to for the future. In the past, the Pro Bowl featured the greatest players playing something that resembled a lax two hand touch rather than the NFL brand of football. It was unwatchable almost, and the viewership was not there. But with this new fantasy draft format, there is the fire, the competitiveness seen in the games during the season. Players were trying to win rather than trying to avoid getting hurt. Michael Irvin and Cris Carter brought the intensity up another notch, smack talking each other throughout the game. It wasn’t patty cake football, but rather a showcase of the greatest football players that the NFL has to offer today (or who weren’t hurt or playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday). If you missed this years Pro Bowl, I highly recommend you tune in next season. These games are now must see sporting tv.