Betting On The 2011 Pro Bowl Will Be Hard With Plenty Of No-Shows
Gamblers used to use the excuse that the Pro Bowl was the last NFL game of the year until September, so they had to place a bet on the game. Now, however, the game is played the week before the Super Bowl, but millions of dollars are still bet in Las Vegas sports book on the exhibition game.
This year, gamblers will have even less likely a chance of handicapping the game. The Pro Bowl squads were revealed by the NFL on Tuesday, and many of the players that were picked have a legitimate shot at playing in the Super Bowl.
If the players picked have their team in the Super Bowl, they are relieved of their duties to play in the Pro Bowl. That will make odds makers squirm while creating a line for the game, with players likely to pull out for one reason or another up until a few days before the game takes place.
Tom Brady and Michael Vick were chosen as the starting quarterbacks for the all-star game. Brady's Patriots are currently the number one seed in the AFC playoffs, and with two wins, New England and Brady will be playing in the Super Bowl. Brady is joined by five fellow Patriots on the AFC Pro Bowl team.
Atlanta is one win away from securing home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, and if the Falcons were to advance to the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl would lose seven players, including quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner. Tight end Tony Gonzalez was also chosen for the team.
Players that are already clear for the date of the Pro Bowl include Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, and Dallas tight end Jason Witten on the NFC side. All three players saw their team miss the playoffs this year. On the AFC side, Phillip Rivers, Andre Johnson, and Richard Seymour will lead the way from the non-playoff team.
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