Pro Bowl’s new format is pretty absurd — and also kind of promising

LAS VEGAS — Absurd. Silly. Fun. That’s the best way to describe the inaugural Pro Bowl Games that the NFL put together this year in lieu of an actual game.

The week started with the most coordinated athletes in the world tossing water balloons to each other and playing dodgeball and ended with a series of flag football games where not a lick of defense was played until the final game in the three-game series.

Welcome to the new Pro Bowl. The facemasks have been exchanged for sunglasses and t-shirts replaced the jerseys. Embrace it, shun it. It’s here to stay.

There’s been a certain charm watching the players be the most relaxed, childlike versions of themselves. There were players that preferred to play in an actual game with helmets and shoulder pads, but everyone was having a good time competing with lowered stakes and most importantly, lowered injury risks — well, outside of Jalen Ramsey decking Tyreek Hill as Hill crossed the goal line for a touchdown.

Ramsey wasn’t the only player to struggle with the rules of flag football, Geno Smith ran for a touchdown which didn’t count because the quarterback can’t run with no blitzers in his face.

As one might imagine, there was a whole lot of scoring in the flag football games with the NFC beating the AFC by a score of 35-33. The field only spanned 25 yards in each direction, making the entire field 50 yards for the guys to play on. Ravens quarterback Tyler Huntley kicked off the scoring for the day with a touchdown pass to his teammate Mark Andrews while Geno Smith and Justin Jefferson showed some unusual chemistry for guys that haven’t played much together.

This version of the Pro Bowl felt more like a party than an event that was centered around the sport of football. Snoop Dogg and Pete Davidson were active participants in the broadcasts. LaDainian Tomlinson interviewed Justin Jefferson on proper “Griddy” techniques. Rae Sremmurd had an uninspired halftime performance. Hill got some reps on defense in…

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Publish date : 2023-02-05 23:36:41

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