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Friday open thread: How do you feel about the Pro Bowl?

It is almost time for the annual exhibition.

NFL: Pro Bowl-NFC Practice Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There are just two weekends left in the 2019 NFL season, which feels like a relief to many Lions fans. The Super Bowl should be exciting, though, with two dynamic teams facing off in a matchup that could feature a lot of offense. Both teams are well deserving of the chance to earn the game’s biggest prize.

Before we get there, however, we have to go through this weekend. The Pro Bowl is not the most notable affair, and the actual contest is hardly football, but it is one last chance to see these stars in action for the year and perhaps the only place that all of the top players in the league are congregated together.

Detroit is fortunate to have a pair of representatives this season, and both have every right to be part of this distinguished group of players. Darius Slay is no stranger to the spotlight, and even if he has fallen off a little bit he is still one of the most recognizable at his position. Meanwhile, Kenny Golladay got a late invite but was absolutely snubbed the first go around with his shiny stat line this year.

Today’s question of the day is:

How do you feel about the Pro Bowl?

My answer: Personally, I find All-Star games extremely boring. The actual game play is not really representative of the real game, and unless you overemphasize the outcome like the MLB used to or make it gimmicky like the NHL now does, it just does not seem worth the while. The skills challenges are a little more exciting but even they struggles to grab my attention.

I do like the idea of all of the stars hanging out together and it does provide some decent social media content, but honestly I do not think we would be missing anything if they just canceled the Pro Bowl. We already get All-Pro honors, and the voting for those seem just as messed up anyway. For the NFL to fairly recognize its top players, it should find a more engaging way to interest its fans.

Your turn.

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