Upon further review, the Pro Bowl might be worth saving after all.
It isnt the new format no longer conference vs. conference that might keep the dying annual postseason exhibition game alive. Surprisingly, it was the defensive effort by Team Rice and Team Sanders that made for one of the most competitive games in years.
Team Rices 22-21 victory was the lowest-scoring Pro Bowl since the NFC beat the AFC 23-17 in 2006.
While the players on both rosters made it clear its still just an exhibition by wrapping up the opposition more often than lowering a shoulder, the effort to be more competitive was evident from the start.
The defensive pressure early in the game seemed to surprise New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees. He was sacked twice and frantically threw the ball away numerous times (theres no intentional grounding in the Pro Bowl).
The teams combined for nine sacks with near-countless hurries, and the pressure on the quarterbacks led to a combined six interceptions.
By comparison, last years Pro Bowl had six sacks and four interceptions with nine more pass attempts.
So the postseason exhibition game nobody wanted to see anymore now is worth taking a look at as long the teams keep putting in the effort.
Now about that two-day draft. Sack it.
What to watch
College basketball, N o. 11 Kentucky at LSU, 6 p.m., ESPN: Check out freshman power forward Julius Randle, who is expected to be an NBA lottery pick.
Should the NFL continue the Pro Bowl?
• Yes, its a tradition.
• No, many of the top stars dont play.
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