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

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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.

Listen up, Pro Bowlers.  Peyton demands your ears.
Listen up, Pro Bowlers. Peyton demands your ears.
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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?