I’ve watched tennis and NBA basketball today: if these aren’t dire straits, then I don’t know what is. In that light, the Pro Bowl is a welcome, albeit neutered, version of NFL football. We malign the Pro Bowl, and rightly so, but it’s better than in years past: at least it’s a pointless distraction the week before the Super Bowl, rather than after.

Of course, there will be no Giants or Patriots in tonight’s game, which may benefit the NFC slightly more: Ben Roethlisberger will start at QB for the AFC, and the depth chart quickly gets thin after that. The NFC, of course, won’t miss Eli Manning, as Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Cam Newton will share snaps behind center. That’s about as much analysis as I can force myself to muster. Meh.

So anyway, if you’re a die-hard glutton for even a tufurkey version of an NFL game, this is the thread for you. Use our new commenting system to let everyone know how much you hate Chris Berman’s Hawaiian shirt.