Bad weather overcasts Pro Bowl delaying kickoff 30 mins
Hours before the kickoff, the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for the entire island of Oahu, including Honolulu where the Pro Bowl game was set to take place at 7 p.m. ET.
With strong winds picking up early morning and a developing cold front expected to bring heavy showers, the NFL wanted to give the Pro Bowl a shot at stability and delayed the game by half an hour in hopes of waiting out the nasty weather. A thunderstorm was also forecasted for the Honolulu region later in the afternoon.
While the terrible weather conditions could liven up a game where players tend to hold back due to injuries, it still further complicate the efforts to revive the Pro Bowl after the quality of the last season’s game was widely criticized. Earlier this month, the NFL threatened to pull the plug on the event unless there was a marked improvement in the 2013 Pro Bowl.
Earlier this week, Pro Bowl AFC roster coach John Fox (Denver Broncos head coach) and NFC roster coach Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers head coach) emphasized on the significance of the all-star game at Honolulu as well as the players’ responsibility towards up holding its standards. Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning also reiterated that the future of the game rests on the players’ commitment and quality of game in the current Pro Bowl.
"The guys will be ready to play. It will be a good, competitive game, I think. This is an important event for the NFL and for the players,” said Peyton Manning after Friday’s practice for the Pro Bowl at Honolulu. “The commissioner's made it clear that he's making considerations to cancel it. And I think it's important to have more of a quality game."
While many will look at the players to put in more effort due to the importance of this year’s Pro Bowl and to overcome the difficult weather conditions, hopefully they’ll still be able to avoid serious injuries.