If advocates for the Pro Bowl were looking for an exciting game this weekend to help stave off the annual NFL All-Star Game’s extinction, they did not exactly get their wish. The league’s biggest stars — except for the 31 who missed the game because of injury, their participation in the Super Bowl or their participation in an unfortunate nightclub altercation — went head-to-head in Honolulu on Sunday, and as the Associated Press writes, the NFC won in a laugher.
Whether the NFL’s all-star game will return next season is something the league will ponder the next few months after the NFC’s 62-35 blowout of the AFC on Sunday.
“It’s been an unbelievable week,” Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson said, “And the thing was, if you watched us, everybody was competing today and it was really awesome.”
Wilson at least got the crowd pumped up in the second half with some nifty scrambles and three passing touchdowns. There was also Houston’s sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt going out for a couple of passes as a wide receiver, and retiring Green Bay center Jeff Saturday snapping to two Mannings on opposite teams.
But while the NFC appeared unstoppable on offense, with nearly each player putting up fantasy-worthy lines in limited play, the AFC had five turnovers and scored most of its points well after the game was no longer competitive.
Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph was voted the game’s MVP with five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.
As for that aforementioned nightclub altercation, Mike Jones writes the man who assaulted Redskins left tackle Trent Williams apparently has a colorful, criminal past:
The man who assaulted Redskins left tackle Trent Williams in a Honolulu nightclub was the club’s owner, Michael Miske Jr., police have told the the Honolulu Star Adviser.
The 38-year old Miske struck Williams in the head with a champagne bottle during an altercation, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Friday night, the statement issued by Honolulu police said that more arrests were possible. But police have said Williams is a victim and not guilty of any wrongdoing.
Williams, who hasn’t responded to phone calls or text messages, received stitches to his head and wasn’t able to play in the Pro Bowl.
Miske was released on $250,000 bond, the Star Adviser said. He has an extensive criminal record that includes 10 convictions since 1993, six of them for felonies.
Miske didn’t immediately reply to a voice message left for him. The incident took place at Miske’s M Nightlife nightclub at Restaurant Row, according to the Star Advertiser, which said Miske also is owner and president of Kamaaina Termite and Pest Control.
And, now that the Pro Bowl is out of the way, Mike Wise writes the Harbowl Hype is in full swing:
Their dad is tired of talking about them. The brothers are so tired of the topic they have decided to hold a joint news conference in New Orleans this week, after which they hope everyone will shut up about it. Everyone, save a high school classmate or two, wants to play the game already.
Yes, only a week left, America, of Prelude to the Harbowl.
And yet, after the same regurgitated anecdote about Jim and John Harbaugh once putting a line of yellow “Do Not Cross” tape in the middle of the room they shared as combative adolescents is told 100 times too many, Jim’s 49ers and John’s Ravens facing off in the Super Bowl on Sunday must be considered among the greatest sibling feats in sports history.
Consider there are roughly 16,000 high schools in the United States that field football teams, about 625 four-year universities that compete in the sport and 32 NFL teams.
So, of the approximately 16,660 head coaches at the game’s three highest levels, two teams coached by brothers managed to advance to the biggest game on the planet.