Every week (just about) the contributors to The Irrelevant will share the one thing we've been into this week. It can be a movie, a book, a song, an album, some youtube video, a random meme, or twitter user, anything that's been taking up more space in our mind than it should. We want to share this with you because we like sharing things we're into. Also these are perfect things that you can consume over the weekend, so here they are:
Let me preface by saying I have no rooting interest in professional football and have not for some time now. When I watch a game I’d be lucky to know even three players between the two teams. I don’t know how I became a Blake Bortles true believer but I am. I have launched the #BlakeBortlesForever campaign on twitter and not since my days of unwavering love for Dan Marino have I cared about a player more. I think it was originally fueled by the running gag on NBC’s The Good Place but their improbable run this season had me watch a complete game for the first time in years this past Sunday. Something about a character on the show, Jason’s, commitment to, before this season, such a losing and comical cause gave me an adoration for his fan base. Reading Rod’s piece about how he’s just an extremely talented regular dude made me care about him. That is something that has not happened in an age. I can’t say how long this jag wagon ride will last but I can say I am now following @BortlesFacts on twitter and you should be to.
NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown
The NFL Pro Bowl is the worst All-Star game, period. DESPITE the fact that the NFL has the most varied athletes, in terms of body mass composition of ANY sport. Their All-Star game is awful. Why? Unlike the NBA or MLB, it happens at the end of the year RIGHT before the big game that everyone cares about. Naturally, all of the players that are in the Pro Bowl would much rather be playing next week at the big game and no one wants to risk injury for a meaningless game. The ONLY good thing about the Pro Bowl got removed for years and barely returned last year. That is the skills challenge/showdown, and this year it was better than ever.
The Skills Showdown is perfect because even though these guys aren't gonna play football all out, they're all still extremely competitive and freak athletes. So why not put them through an obstacle course, or make 'em play dodgeball, get the kickers and make em play some contrived version of tic-tac-toe through the uprights. There's something very entertaining about seeing Von Miller effortlessly jump a 9 foot wall, or seeing Jarvis Landry make one handed catches of Derek Carr passes with the ease in which I make one handed catches of my keys. I think every game should have Skills Showdowns but having it once a year is better than not having it at all. I'll embed one of the challenges below but watch them all!
Also, Russell Wilson is just weird.