Monday, January 11, 2010 at 12:26 p.m.
Since 1980, the Pro Bowl has been played in Hawaii, and because our 50th state doesn't have a team of its own, it's been a nice opportunity for locals to catch some NFL action, even if the players don't typically bring their best game.
But this year's Pro Bowl will take place in Miami, with the possibility the game could find a long-term home in South Florida. Miami has its fill of football, though. We have our beloved ragtag Dolphins, and are we're hosting the Super Bowl this year. Not to mention the fact that we're home to two Division I college football teams. So who's going to want to shell out $200 for the Pro Bowl?
Because Jake Long is out of the game owing to injury, there isn't even a single Miami Dolphin playing, lowering the appeal for locals. And the dreaded NFL blackout rule still applies to the Pro Bowl. Which means if the game isn't sold out, we won't get a chance to see it on television in South Florida.
However, spectators will get to see seven former Hurricanes play. Ex-Canes include Andre Johnson, WR, Houston Texans; Ray Lewis, LB, Baltimore Ravens; Bryant McKinnie, T, Minnesota Vikings; Ed Reed, S, Baltimore Ravens; Ed Reed, S, Baltimore Ravens; Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts; and Vince Wilfork, DT, New England Patriots.