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Horse Tracks: Pro Bowl reviled by most, yet watched anyway

This year's Pro Bowl is in the books. Admit it... You watched.

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With the season over and Super Bowl festivities about to get underway, it was time for everybody's favorite event to hate. Some fans get excited.

...and then change their mind.

Others, like me, don't mind it so much. Sure, the effort is terrible, the quarterback play declines the later the game goes on, and the dialed-back rules make it even harder to watch, but it's still football. Kind of.

The cynic says that the game itself should be put out to pasture as a relic from the past. I don't agree. Yesterday's Pro Bowl was fun to watch. The game tightened the later it got and, for a brief moment, appeared that it may get tied up with mere seconds to go. Were it not for a Kirk Cousin's pass that was picked off at the goal line and then lateraled to Aqib Talib, the victory may have been imperiled for the AFC.

Did I cheer? Did I 'oooh' and 'ahhhh?' Was I entertained? Had I had two beers to help make the watered down play more palpable? You betcha!

While many fans out there, sometimes myself included, love to throw shade on the Pro Bowl, most of us watch it anyway. Ratings for the event are consistently higher than the social media tirades against it would lead you to believe.

Now that all football related to current Broncos is over, you can go ahead and say it. It's was nice to see the Broncos logo back on a football field... Even if it was for the Pro Bowl.

HORSE TRACKS

Yay! The AFC won! Meh... Yay! The NFC didn't win? Meh... There was football on yesterday with Broncos players in it! Broncos, AFC secure Pro Bowl victory | Denver Broncos

Conference battle produces competitive Pro Bowl for NFL | ESPN

Here's a look inside the Pro Bowl locker room. 2017 Pro Bowl: Inside the locker room | Denver Broncos

The watered-down product on display Sunday was not always what the Pro Bowl was about. Sacco Sez: The Pro Bowl's changing tradition | Denver Broncos

This week's installment of Romo-watch 2017

Tony Romo, the Denver Broncos, and what makes sesnse | FOX Sports

If Romo hits free market, Broncos could express interest | 9news.com

Chris Harris is looking for the Broncos to be active when free agency opens. Chris Harris: John Elway will make offseason splashes - NFL.com

Elway will have some tough (and not so tough) decisions to make. Denver Broncos must make decisions on players returning from injury - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPN

It's Andrew Mason's Mailbag! Mason's Mailbag: The best at the Senior Bowl, Andy Janovich in the new offense, and more | Denver Broncos

Okay, we all knew that he shot himself. Now Aqib Talib's attorney is confirming what we all suspected. Lawyer Confirms Broncos CB Talib Shot Himself In June " CBS Denver

With the Falcons back in the Super Bowl, the retrospectives on their loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXIII are trickling in. Here's one now! As Falcons return to big game, remembering the Dirty Birds - CBS46 News

John Lynch? Yes, our John Lynch. The one who played with the Buccaneers, too? That John Lynch! He's going to be the 49ers new GM. Seriously! I'll miss him in the broadcast booth. Bronco Ring of Famer John Lynch is 49ers new GM | 9news.com

The Colts finally got their new GM. Colts hire Chris Ballard as general manager to replace fired Ryan Grigson - CBSSports.com

Apparently, not everyone is a big fan of the Antonio Brown show in the Pittsburgh locker room. Antonio Brown's 'antics' are reportedly 'wearing thin' in Pittsburgh - CBSSports.com

Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals have some tough decisions to make... but first, they need to know a couple things. Cards eager to know if Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald will return - NFL.com

A former Bronco and a notable widow chimed in on an important current event.

Steelers' Ryan Harris on Trump's immigration ban: 'Playbook of hatred and divisiveness' | USATODAY

Pat Tillman's widow rips Trump's ban: This isn't the country he died for - CBSSports.com