This weekend's Pro Bowl game in Honolulu started with a half-an-hour delay due to unfavorable weather conditions, the Inquisitr writes.A warning was issued by the National Weather Service for Sunday, January 27, for the island of Oahu, Honolulu, the capital city of the U.S. Hawaiian state, being located on said island.
NFL wrote that the NWS alerted residents of the possibility of floods, due to heavy winds and rain. A chance of thunderstorm was also announced.
Weather reports prompted discussions about whether or not the players would show up for the game.
“Everybody’s all ‘the Pro Bowl’s a joke.’ I think it’s an honor and a tradition. But for you to expect the best athletes in the NFL to come out and play a game 100 percent when you can’t game plan, you can’t blitz, you can’t do all these things, it’s just not going to be competitive like everybody wants it to be.
“We’re going to try to step it up a notch this year, but at the end of the day, you’re not going to see 100 percent effort out there, it’s just not going to happen,” Houston Texans' Arian Foster told Ultimate Texans.
“It’s not a real game. [...] It’s an all-star game. It’s more for the show. It’s more for the fans, the people of Hawaii, things like that,” he added.
The running back pointed out that players could be injured by playing on rainy and windy weather, which would affect their odds for the rest of gaming year.
This year, the Pro Bowl ended in the NFC wining 62-35, registering a 31-14 score at halftime, Miami Herald details.
“That was the big emphasis this week, making sure that we were competitive and I think we showed that,” Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph notes.