Like everyone else, I ignored most of the Pro Bowl yesterday. But I feel compelled to acknowledge that it happened just because it's my last chance to write about an actual football game until next fall.
So, the AFC blew a 17-point first half lead and succumbed 42-30. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Terrell Owens, and Adrian Peterson each scored two touchdowns, and Purple Jesus received the Most Outstanding Player award. As always, I strongly recommend his highlight reel over at NFL.com.
A lot of people hate the game because it's so irrelevant, and there's some boo-hooing about Der Kommissar Goodell's talk of moving the game to the Super Bowl bye week, but I'm okay with the Pro Bowl. Even though it's unsettling as hell to watch Ben Roethlisberger complete passes to T.J. Housh and Jeff Garcia throw to T.O. in the end zone, it's still a nice way to ease into the offseason. The stark emptiness after the Super Bowl demands one more football fix, even if it's a completely half-assed game by stars on vacation. Because after this, it's all basketball and hockey. And… *shudder*… baseball.