Keeping the Pro Bowl for its Tradition?

HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 29: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers scrambles out of the pocket during the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium on January 29, 2012 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

Newly elected NFLPA president Domonique Foxworth tweeted Thursday: "The Pro Bowl is an important tradition we are in talks with the league to improve and preserve the game for our players and fans."

What type of tradition are we talking about? The only tradition I can think of when it comes to the Pro Bowl is annually trying to pump myself up for the game (because its football), knowing full well that the game is going to be treated as a joke. When it comes to the game, that doesn't sound like a tradition worth preserving -- the bottom line is that players don't want to get injured in a meaningless game, so they are either going to skip it or play very laid back.

Just before the draft, Chris Mortensen of ESPN revealed that the future of the Pro Bowl was in doubt. With all of the craziness of the draft, it seemed like a topic that could wait until another week (hence the delay in posting about it).

I'm not even going to bother doing an official poll asking whether the Pro Bowl game should still be played; I assume the majority of responses would be a definite "no." Fans have discussed some alternative ideas in the past, but let's use this thread to come to a consensus as to whether we want the Pro Bowl weekend eradicated altogether, or whether some adaptation of it can still be on display for fans that is light years more entertaining.

I think the thing that stands out right away is the idea of a skills competition of sorts, which is something the league used to do as a small sideshow to the game. The skills competition still allows players to have fun in a more competitive fashion (i.e. a quarterback trying to hit a long distance moving target). I imagine there would be a higher level of intrigue for fans too.

What are your thoughts?

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