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Sunday, 29 January 2012

Pro Bowl Day Has Arrived

Today the Pro Bowl will be played in the Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. For those that are not familiar with the Pro Bowl, it is basically the All Star game for the NFL. The players that play in the game are voted on by the fans throughout the regular season. The fan voting only accounts for 1/3 of the total vote. The other 2/3's of the vote are done by their fellow players and coaches.

However, it is important to note that the Pro Bowl used to be played after the Super Bowl. It was implemented two seasons ago that it would be now be played during week break between the AFC & NFC Championship games and the Super Bowl. This change has also effected the players that are on playing in the Super Bowl, they are replaced by players that would have made the team based on their votes. These players would have been considered reserves and would not start the game but would come on as substitutes later in the game. Therefore, the players that were voted from the New York Giants and the New England Patriots would not participate in this year's game.

Since the game is more for fun and entertaining the fans, the rules are not as strict as they are in a regular season game. This is particularly to ensure that the players do not get hurt during the game. For example, in the Pro Bowl game, there are no blitzes by the defense against the quarterback. The offense must have a tight end in all play formations. Intentional grounding by the quarterback is legal. The defense must always be in a 4-3 formation, meaning the defense must have four down linemen and three linebackers. 

Something interesting that the league is introducing this year at the Pro Bowl is tweeting. The NFL will have  a computer set up on each conference's sideline. Tweeting is voluntary by the players. The players will be tweeting using the hashtag #ProBowl. The players cannot bring their mobile phones onto the field but will be allowed to use them before the game and during half time if they wish.

A full line of the AFC and NFC Rosters can be found here

Each player on the winning team will take home $50,000 and each player on the losing team will earn $25,000.

With that being said, I hope everyone enjoys the game tonight!

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