The Professional Bowl has lengthy been the worst of the most important All Star video games in sports activities. You would possibly disagree, however deep down it’s true. There’s nothing at stake like MLB, and lazy no-defense play makes the NBA’s All Star recreation at the very least enjoyable, as a result of it’s simply glorified avenue ball.
Largely there’s simply been zero cause to look at the Professional Bowl. It’s only a mediocre recreation the week earlier than the Tremendous Bowl that no one actually cares about. Nonetheless, they may have simply discovered a approach to make me watch.
The concept of “Spot and Select” was taken from the Ravens’ suggestion in 2021 on find out how to modify time beyond regulation. It was a singular concept that nearly added a component of “HORSE” to the NFL, and naturally it was voted down by homeowners as a result of it was a enjoyable concept. Now we’ll get to see it in follow, and I’m fascinated to see the way it performs out.
Spot and select is pretty easy. For those who win the toss you’ll be able to say “Ball on the 30 yard line.” Then the opposing crew can select to both take the ball at that spot, or defend from that place. Now, the 30 would possibly probably not promote this, however think about when you have got a crew with an elite protection vs. an elite offense. The nice offensive crew may say “ball on the 5,” assured their QB can acquire the yards — dissuading the opposite crew to take possession.
It’s a enjoyable wrinkle, and comes at a time the place individuals are typically sick of the league’s guidelines on time beyond regulation due to the unsatisfying ending to Payments vs. Chiefs within the Divisional Playoff spherical.
The second component is a change to the after-score kickoff. It’s lengthy been prompt that the NFL ought to beef up the methods a crew can get again right into a recreation late in the event that they’re down a number of scores. Modifications have been made to onside kick guidelines, but it surely’s probably not sufficient. So this yr groups have a significant alternative.
They’ll kickoff like regular, or select to retain the ball at their very own 25 yard line, however begin on 4th and 15. Clearly a failed try would virtually assure a rating from the opposing crew, but it surely’s a extremely cool big-risk choice to attempt to rating lots of factors in a brief time frame.
These two components take a recreation I completely didn’t care about, and switch them into one thing I really wish to watch. The NFL will possible be monitoring the response to those too and seeing how they play out on the sphere. It’s totally doable that success this weekend may see guidelines like this make their method into the common season, even when they’ve some caveats just like the ball retention rule after a rating is allowed solely within the remaining two minutes, or spot and select is in time beyond regulation.