2013 Pro Bowl: Play For Real This Time, Says Peyton Manning

Listen up, Pro Bowlers. Peyton demands your ears. - USA TODAY Sports

With the Pro Bowl becoming more and more of a joke each year, Peyton Manning has urged his colleagues to treat the game like an actual game this year.

As TDC noted yesterday, the Pro Bowl has devolved into a glorified exhibition game. That may even be overstating it a bit, as preseason games have considerably more intensity than the NFL's paean to all-stars does. Peyton Manning has a problem with that.

"The past two years, the play in this game has been unacceptable," Manning said. "If it was a walkthrough, your coach would say it was a bad walkthrough. And that's why (the league) could try to cancel this game."

Are you optimistic that Peyton can rally his colleagues to treat the game more like a real contest? Or are you skeptical that anyone can stem the tide of the NFL Pro Bowl becoming an even bigger affront to competition than it already is?

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