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Has the Pro Bowl run its course?
The Pro Bowl is the black sheep of major American All-Star games, but the NFL is trying a number of ways to make the game more relevant. Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders are part of the latest effort, as they're divvying up rosters playground-style as opposed to the traditional AFC vs. NFC matchup. Rice and Sanders made their initial selections on Tuesday, with Rice picking Drew Brees and Robert Quinn to anchor his team. We'll know soon enough if this ends up being a template for future Pro Bowls or a simple one-year gimmick.
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Deion Sanders in the Pro Bowl?
Deion Sanders was an athletic marvel, the kind of player who shut down passing games for years at a time in the NFL while simultaneously becoming a respectable baseball player. He hasn't played since 2005, but if he has his way, there will be some Prime Time at the Pro Bowl. Sanders and Jerry Rice are both taking part in a draft that will divvy up the Pro Bowl players into two rosters, and Sanders tweeted Monday that he plans on suiting up at the event. Sanders disguised himself as ''Leon Sandcastle'' and was picked first overall in a fictional NFL draft in a commercial for last year's Super Bowl, but one would think that real life wouldn't be quite so forgiving.
Maybe Tim Brown is just a big Beastie Boys fan. Or maybe he's still stinging from the Raiders' loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII. Either way, he's saying that game wasn't just a bad day for Oakland, it was "sabotage." Brown said Tuesday that then-Raiders coach Bill Callahan sabotaged the team by changing the game plan as a way to get back at the Raiders and help Jon Gruden. ESPN analyst Jerry Rice, who was also on that Raiders team, backed Brown up. So what do you think? Did Callahan intentionally blow the game plan, or was he just outcoached?