I for one wouldn’t. The game last year was icing on the cake. Never have I seen so many missed tackles and half-assed effort since the last Raider game. I kid, but really. Much like baseball, once upon a time, the players used to care about the outcome. Baseball’s All Star game became a joke when the game got roided up and they turned it into a 3 day event. The newcomers game? Ehhh. The home run contest? Horse shit. I wonder how many players ruined their swings during that forced competition.
Anyhow, once upon a time you had guys like Mark Gastineau, yeah, a hot-dog supreme, but he nearly killled Joe Montana in a pro bowl years ago. The one I went to in 1998, Kevin Gogan and Derrick Thomas were ejected for fighting. The games were at least nominally played the right way. Last year’s was atrocious. I went to a hockey all star game in 2000, and it was the same thing. No one wanted to hit anyone, and it was mainly target practice for the scorers. The game ended up something like 11-8. Booooring. NBA? same deal. Defense isn’t considered part of the game. Baseball’s all star game is still the best of a sorry lot, even if they have to inject meaning into it by giving home field to the team that wins. The NFL can’t fall victim to perpetuating this sham of a game.
So, what they should do is still have the voting, still have the trip to Hawaii, but turn it into a celebrity golf tournament. Have some kind of fan interaction. Say, a lottery to go and golf with the players, have the players hang out somewhere so the fans can meet them and chat them up, anything but the sham the game is now.