Ideally, the Pro Bowl would be an illusion. It would look and sound like a football game, but would not be an actual, dangerous, football game.
This is the biggest issue facing the NFL today, primarily because the Super Bowl isn't until next week. The league needs to find a way to make professional football look fast and physical without being fast and physical, and that might not be possible.
Sunday's game the NFC won 62-35 was an improvement over last year, but that's kind of like winning the 5k on The Biggest Loser.
Last year's game was a watershed moment in Pro Bowl history. For the first time, the players seemed to go out of their way to show they weren't trying. It looked like a silent plea to retire the event. They jogged through enough plays that the NFL this year let the players know if they weren't going to try any harder than that the league might just shut the thing down altogether. Speaking on NBC before the game, Peyton Manning carried some of the NFL's water, sa...