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Pro Bowl Bust?


NFL cheerleaders perform at the AFC-NFC NFL Pro Bowl football game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii February 8, 2009. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry(UNITED STATES)

The NFL Pro Bowl is supposed to showcase the game’s biggest stars on the same field, but this weekend’s annual event is just going to interfere with the momentum of the playoffs and ultimately fall short of delivering the star-studded lineup it is intended to do.

Instead of having the best players from the league’s AFC and NFC conferences play each other in Hawaii the week after the Super Bowl, the league decided to schedule the uninspired exhibition game in Miami a week before the Super Bowl. So the teams that take the field will be without some of the game’s best players.  It may be a tough sell for the NFL.

Some players selected to participate are either busy preparing for the Super Bowl the week after, injured, or just not interested in suiting up for the postseason scrimmage so soon after a season that fell short of their expectations.

The new schedule has even prompted Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian to lash out at the NFL, calling the new setup  “stupid” and “a disruption” to his team’s seven players who will be honored at the game. The seven Colts, who were supposed to have the weekend off, will not play in the Pro Bowl but must participate in pre-game introductions and other ceremonies.

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