The NFL's Commissioner Roger Goodell decided to hold the league's all-star game in the Super Bowl's host city (Miami, FL) last year. But after players and coaches complained about it not being in Hawaii's Aloha Stadium like every other season, Goodell decided to give Hawaii their game back.
This year also marked the second time it has been played the week in between the Conference Championship weekend and Super Bowl weekend, rather than the week after the Super Bowl is played.
The idea of holding the game the week before takes the game away from the two Super Bowl teams--Pittsburgh and Green Bay--but I'm sure they wont complain about that too much, considering they have a shot at the Vince Lombardi trophy this Sunday.
This year's NFC squad wasted no time in putting points on the scoreboard, putting up 42 points in the first half. The final score of the game 55-41, in favor of the NFC, marked the second-most points scored in the history of the Pro Bowl (between the two teams).
Washington Redskins' cornerback DeAngelo Hall was named the game's MVP with his six tackles, interception and fumble recovery returned for a 34-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Despite lack of effort in some instances, the Pro Bowl was still the most-watched all-star game of any sport since last year, and the most-watched Pro Bowl since 2000. Perhaps that could be the result of Goodell bringing it back to Honolulu? It's possible.
The players appeared to have plenty of fun too, and when it comes to the Pro Bowl, that's all that matters. Just ask Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, whom scored on a 67-yard pass play after a couple of laterals with 16 second to play in the game. Of course, there was little effort to make a tackle on the NFC's part, but that's what made it so cool to watch because it allowed the 300-pound lineman to get in to the end zone.
Wacky ending to a wacky game, but that's exactly what the fans love to see happen when it comes to this pointless, second-to-last game of the 2010 season.
Michael Vick: AP Photo/Eugene Tanner
DeAngelo Hall: AP Photo/Marco Garcia
Alex Mack: AP Photo/Marco Garcia