Sure, the decision to throw out the AFC vs. NFC matchup in favor of a "fantasy" draft was -- like a morose Will Smith Christmas release -- something no one asked for but kept getting anyway. But that's all over with now, a wise decision which also released Jerry Rice from the private hell of being the worst fake general manager in sports history.
On Monday, the NFL announced details of a "re-imagined Pro Bowl Week", which returns the league's all-star game to a traditional AFC vs. NFC format while also adding a Skills Showdown to the mix. Cool.
You shouldn't always listen to concentrated public outcry -- this is how you end up with things like Johnny Manziel and "Zoolander 2" -- but in this case, the NFL was smart to cave to annoying Internet folk (like me!) who wondered why the Pro Bowl skills competition ever disappeared in the first place.
Here's how the league described, in a press release, the new competitions that'll take place in Orlando:
» Power Relay Challenge: Four team members will compete in a timed relay race.
» Precision Passing: Two players on each team will battle it out, trying to hit moving targets of varying size and distance.
» Best Hands: Quarterback and wide receiver duos from each team will show off their skills, connecting on as many pass attempts as possible before time runs out.
These are all solid events, though I feel it's only fair that "Epic" is included in each title, not just dodgeball. While we're here, I'll go ahead and add a few more ...
» Epic TB12 Challenge: Players will be bussed to a ranch where they'll faithfully follow Tom Brady's fitness and diet regiment until they a) become unstoppable ageless humanoid victory warlocks or b) go clinically insane.
» Epic Win Vontaze Burfict's Money: All of Burfict's fine money will be collected and put into one of those glass-case things where there is cash flying around inside. Players will get 30 seconds in the case to collect as much of Burfict's surrendered salary as possible.
» Epic Bennett Brothers Dunk Tank: Players take their turn trying to hit the target and drench Martellus and Michael Bennett as the brothers hurl a barrage of hurtful personal insults.
» Epic Browns Victory Simulator 3000: Cleveland players are asked to step inside a victory simulation machine, then explain how they're feeling immediately upon exiting.
» Epic 10-Cent Wings Night With Andy Reid: Nothing more to explain here. This just sounds like fun.