I Want Real All Star Games
Does anyone else feel like All Star games have lost their luster? Watching the NFL All Pro game last Saturday, I couldn’t help but feel that they have. The concept of an All Star game is a sports fan’s dream, to watch the best players go head to head. However, it seems to me that both fans and players alike are becoming less enthusiastic about these contests.
One obvious reason is that the players do not take All Star games very seriously. The NBA All Star game is well known for this. The first three quarters of the game is basically a plug for the And1 Mix Tape Tour, minus the guy screaming “Oh baby!” in the background.
The NFL All Pro game flows a little more genuinely, if you can get the real stars to play that is. Many players choose to sit out of this game because they have “injuries.” Those that do play, especially on defense, tend to take a little more caution leading to poor tackling and choppy gameplay. I get a sense that all of the players feel they are winners, regardless of the game’s outcome, if they did not get hurt in the game.
Anyone happen to see the number of open seats at the Pro Bowl? The seats were only half full! I’m awed by the extreme lack of support from fans. They play the game in Hawaii, which could account for some of the lack of attendance, but it was still surprising to me.
The MLB All Star game might be the only one that has it right. They have the game mean something and do an excellent job of promoting it. Fans love the mid-season classic and rightfully so. The players support one another and play the game as hard, if not harder, as they would a regular season game.
Maybe it’s just me, but I wish that all of the All Star games meant something, to fans and players. It’s a sad day when we have to listen to Tyrus Thomas say that, “I’m just going to go out there and do whatever…I’m out there to collect my paycheck.”