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All-Star Games are all-star wastes

January 31, 2011 - Seth Staskey
It's official, the only all-star game with any relevance is the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and that's not just because it has actual meaning because the winner gets home-field advantage for the World Series.

It's got relevance because it's played like a real game unlike the two all-star games that took place Sunday. The NHL All-Star Game and NFL Pro Bowl are absolute jokes. In two weeks, the NBA All-Stars will lace it up and again not a lick of defense will be played, but the players are so sickening athletic that it's entertaining.

First off, the NHL All-Star Game was broadcast on Versus, which is a damage to credibility right there. You mean to tell me the game couldn't get on NBC. It had figure skating on, which I guess tells you where hockey ranks in terms of media. Secondly, the league employed a draft for its players with two designated captains picking up sides like a kids' game. The casual observer would have no idea who was playing for whom. There was no way to unless you had a roster or actually saw the draft. Then the teams were named by the captain names, Staal and Lidstrom. Again, no way to identify with anyone except those two guys. As for the game itself, I realize it's a physical game and the players can't afford to get hurt before they return to their regular teams this week, but there wasn't one hit that I saw in the game.

Then the ultimate joke was NFL Pro Bowl. The NFL prides itself on being the most well-run and respected league in this football-crazy sports society. Well, the NFL needs to swallow its pride and do away with the Pro Bowl. It's a total joke other than the players and their families get a vacation in Hawaii. The Pro Bowl looked like a glorified walk-through where the linemen were just standing up and there was no attempt by the defense to rush the passer. Again, I understand the health risks and the quarterbacks involved, but they could at least fake it. Then you've got an offensive lineman score the final touchdown of the game after he catches a lateral. I mean, yeah, that was a great moment for Alex Mack of the Browns, but come on, let's get serious.

Something desperately needs to be done or just do away with these all-star games. I am sure the NHL Players wouldn't mind 3 full days away from hockey and the NFL players can afford to go to Hawaii on their own because something tells me deep down, they would have rather been sitting on the beach or playing golf then putting on a WWE like acting job in a football game.


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