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Is Pro Bowl near the chopping block?

February 6, 2012 - Robert Collias
It is if folks believe what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said to the "Mike and Mike in the Morning" radio show before the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Goodell acknowledges the players thoroughly enjoy Hawaii — they also do clinics on several islands, including Maui, and have for many years — but the fans here aren't going to put up with what went on at Aloha Stadium eight days ago for long.

"I know players love to be in Hawaii but we have to start with the quality of what we're doing," Goodell said on the radio show. "If the fans are responding negatively to what we're doing, we better listen. And that was my message."

Goodell also said, when asked about the fans in the Aloha Stadium stands booing the effort:

"I really didn't think that was the kind of football that we want to be demonstrating for our fans," he said. "And you heard it from the fans. The fans were actively booing in the stands. They didn't like what they were seeing."

Somewhat like the Hula Bowl being an outdated, unneeded all-star contest for college players before finally dying a deserved death five or six years ago, the Pro Bowl is fast becoming a sideshow. The NFL and Goodell have tried moving it to the week before the Super Bowl and playing it at the Super Bowl site, but neither of those moves has done much ot help the game and may have, in fact, hurt it.


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