January 26, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; AFC center Chris Myers of the Houston Texans (55) prepares to snap the ball during the AFC practice on Ohana Day at the 2013 Pro Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
How many of you are fantasy players out there? Well, Roger Goodell might be one as well, based on the news that just surfaced a little while ago.
Sources at ESPN have told insider Adam Schefter that the league has decided to scrap the traditional Pro Bowl. Instead of the old way, of AFC vs. NFC, the selected captains are going to choose which players they want, much in the style of a fantasy draft. For the upcoming Pro Bowl, Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as the captains.
One other change being made, according to Schefter, is that there will no longer be kickoffs in the game. At the time of this post, the details on the alternatives to kickoffs have not been released yet. The game will be played on Jan. 26th, still in Hawaii.
My reaction is what?? Why turn the game into a fantasy draft? It’s a very strange scenario, one that I can’t remember in any sport.
There were several more changes, take a look here to read some of the highlights.
If they want to get rid of the game, it sounds like they are starting very effectively.