Thursday, August 1, 2013
Giants' receiver Victor Cruz not a fan of the revamped Pro Bowl
The AFC vs. NFC format is no longer in place. The NFL took a page from the NHL's playbook and will have teams chosen by team captains, with Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders being honorary captains . Fan voting will determine the draft pool.
Additional changes also included: The NFL also said it is having a two-minute warning at the end of the first and third quarters and possession will change at the end of every quarter, giving fans more opportunities to watch teams play in the two-minute drill. There are also a few other changes, such as kickoffs being eliminated, zone coverage by defensive backs being allowed and a shorter play clock.
There haven't been too many known player reactions to the changes but New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz isn't a big fan of it.
"Not the biggest fan of it to be honest with you," Cruz said, via the New York Daily News. "But you know, they're trying to make the Pro Bowl fun again, and I respect it. I like Jerry [Rice] and Deion [Sanders] so it should be some fun interaction between those guys. But it's all good. I'm just worried about doing what I have to on the field. And the Pro Bowl and everything will take care of itself."
Cruz and most of America seem to be in lockstep on this opinion.
Personally I'm with 99% of the NFL fans who are in violent agreement: get rid of the Pro Bowl already! It's a stupid, no-meaning game designed to make money through entertainment. It has nothing to do with the serious game of football. It's just a huge blemish, weighing down a popular sport like an anchor.