A significant cold front is expected to hit Honolulu today as the city prepares to host the annual Pro Bowl which airs at 7 P.M. ET tonight. Heavy rainfall and wind has been forecasted, as well as the possibility of thunderstorms. The island of Oahu, where Honolulu is located, has been issued a flash-flood warning that will remain in effect until tomorrow afternoon. Although players like Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning have recently made public statements about raising the level of play in the NFL's annual all-star game, the Pro Bowl is still generally regarded as the least competitive game on the NFL schedule. Last year's Pro Bowl was heavily criticized by fans and the media alike for the lack of effort shown by players on both teams. In last year's matchup, the AFC team beat the NFC team 59-41, but there was so little effort from each side that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called it "embarassing" and raised the possibility of eliminating the game altogether. At least fans who wanted to see the Manning brothers compete against each other in New Orleans this year will have the consolation prize of seeing them compete against each other in Honolulu. Peyton Manning will be representing the Broncos on the AFC roster, while younger brother Eli will be representing the Giants on the NFC roster.
Fans will be interested to see if the players and coaches who promised a more competitive Pro Bowl this year will still follow through despite the nasty weather that is expected to hit Aloha Stadium today. Players tend to be more cautious in the Pro Bowl as they try to avoid getting injured and rainy weather tends to increase the possibility of injuries. The San Francisco 49ers, who originally had the most players on the NFC roster, won't be sending any players this year since they are going to Super Bowl XLVII on February 3rd. Still looking for those dream Super Bowl tickets? Fantastic deals on Super Bowl XLVII tickets are still available from Maxim Tickets, the premier resale ticket marketplace.