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NFL Pro Bowl Is the Midwinter Rip-Off

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The Pro Bowl never has been anything but an unsightly wart on the face of televised sports, a sad, overblown contrivance that features a collection of reasonably talented football players operating at about 18 percent of their skill level.

But at least the National Football League had the good sense - that is, used to have the good sense - to schedule it a week after the Super Bowl. It was the Nicorette of the NFL: After five months of top-tier, smashmouth football, the Pro Bowl helped take away your craving for the hard stuff.

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