|Posted on February 7, 2010 at 6:13 PM|
Almost every year since 1984, one day before the All-Star-Game, the NBA has held a night of contests. These contests include H.O.R.S.E., a team shooting contest, a skills contest, a three point shootout, and a dunk contest. This night has gotten many viewers and has attracted fans to watch the big event the next day: the All-Star-Game.
The NFL all star game, the Pro Bowl, could really use a promotional strategy like this since the Pro Bowl isn't very exciting any more. This is mainly because football is a physical sport. Nobody wants to get banged up in a meaningless game so, therefore, people don't go hard and the toughness of football is lost. To attract attention to the Pro-Bowl, the NFL should have contests with the league's flashiest players participating.
This year's Skills Challenge, a contest of passing, dribbling, and shooting, in the NBA is featuring Deron Williams, Steve Nash, Brandon Jennings, and Derrick Rose, all great point guards.
The NFL could have a quarterback skills competition with Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Philip Rivers, the four most exciting quarterbacks in the league. The contest would consist of throwing into close, moving targets, using quick footwork, and then throwing into stationary targets a ways down-field. There has been an on-going argument in this decade over who is the best quarterback in the league, and what better way to answer the question than by holding a competition of pure skills?
The NBA Three-Point-Shootout this year will have Paul Pierce, Chauncey Billups, Channing Frye, Daequan Cook, Stephen Curry, and Danilo Gallinari, hoisting up three pointers to see who is the best shooter in the NBA. In my opinion, Gallinari will run away with the trophy since Pierce and Billups haven't had success in past shootouts, Curry is erratic, Frye is just 'money' because he plays with Steve Nash, and I don't know how Cook won last year since he's not all that good.
Anyway, the NFL could have a similar field-goal-kick-off with the game's elite kickers attempting to knock the ball through the uprights. Even though fans say that kickers don't make a difference and aren't good athletes, this type of competition may change their minds.
Another exciting competition that could be held would be a wide-receiver combo vs. a defensive-back combo. It would be 3-on-2 with a quarterback and his two receivers facing two defenders. The offense would have four plays to score a touchdown and, if they score, they move on in the bracket, and if the defenders stop them, the defenders move on to the next round. Wouldn't it be fun to have Randy Moss and Wes Welker against Darrelle Revis and Lito Sheppard?
Adding skills competitions to the NFL Pro-Bowl weekend would be a great idea. I would definitely watch all of these contests and might even be tempted to watch the pathetic Pro-Bowl the following day.
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