So that only proves that it couldn't be a worse idea to play the league's all star game in the week between the Conference Championship games and the Super Bowl. The fans don't care, the coaches don't care and most obviously, the players don't care. Seriously, what kind of All-Star game lacks the best players from the league's two best teams? The NFC was up 42-0 before AFC coach Bill Belichick had time to check the video... you know, to "make adjustments."
Of course the best quarterback to ever play the game*, Tom Brady, didn't suit up (as an aside, I wonder how many times in his career Brady knew before he even stepped up to the line what defense the other team was calling?). Instead, we got an effort from Peyton Manning that only further solidifies his Hall of Fame career -- 2 for 5, 12 yards, one interception. Because as everyone knows, basically walking out onto any field is a good move for Manning's career when it comes to his stature among the league and the media. He could collapse into the fetal position out of fear of getting sacked, or maybe slide at the five yard line with one guy to beat for a touchdown. It doesn't matter my friends, it's freakin' Peyton Manning, alright? I mean, his father is an NFL legend -- the kind of legend with a 35-101-3 (.263) record as a starter and a 67.1 career QB rating.
But probably best summing up the effort all around was the game's MVP, DeAngelo Hall, the Washington Redskins cornerback, who said, "I was just about to buy another SUV, so to come out here and grab one for free, I like that." Yes! That's why we watch this game - to see grown men put it all on the line for a backup SUV.
Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys was interviewed earlier this week on ESPN radio** and was asked if he ever got really clocked by an opponent in the Pro Bowl, and he recalled that one year Troy Polamalu really lit him up, adding that it was a good, clean football hit. I guess some guys come to play no matter what the game is. Of course, the way they play it now, if the Steelers aren't in it, that's a very good thing.
*with hair extensions
**actually it was last Friday 1/28 on the Scott Van Pelt show.