The 2011 NFL Pro Bowl was played yesterday out in Hawaii. Actually, a more accurate description would be to say that the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl was held yesterday and the players went through the motions. I don't know if you can say they actually played when linemen were standing around right after the snap and tackle attempts would make flag football players laugh. The game was a joke in more ways than one, and the NFC ended up beating the AFC in this exhibition by a ridiculous score of 55-41.
Calvin Johnson, the only Lions player to actually suit up for the game since Ndamukong Suh was out due to shoulder surgery, had one catch for 11 yards during the Pro Bowl. He was targeted four times, including once on a bomb from Michael Vick on the opening play of the game. It was at that point that I turned the game off, so I can't really tell you much about what else happened with Johnson other than what I found in the boxscore.
To say that I couldn't care less about the Pro Bowl would be an understatement. Often times during the regular season I will watch games that turn out to be pretty crappy (e.g. the Monday Night Football game with the Jaguars and Titans), but I just had no interest in wasting my time with the Pro Bowl. All-star games are always going to include guys not putting in their best effort (except maybe the MLB All-Star Game), but during the Pro Bowl players were literally just standing around. I suppose somebody could argue that the NHL All-Star Game, which was also played yesterday, isn't much different when it comes to effort or quality of play, but at least that was interesting to watch, especially with the fantasy draft leading up to it. The Pro Bowl, on the other hand, would have put me to sleep if I didn't find something else to do.
I don't expect the players to go out there and try hard by any means, and I wouldn't want them going all out and risking injury, so I don't blame them. The problem is with even having the game. Being voted in is a big honor for players and earning a trip to Hawaii is pretty cool, but they have no incentive to make this game even remotely watchable. If it were up to me I would just scrap the Pro Bowl altogether and do away with playing an all-star game that nobody cares about, but that's just me. Maybe others enjoy watching no defense and lots of scoring, but it's tough for me to care about a meaningless, uninteresting game like the Pro Bowl.