PITTSBURGH - It's OK to second guess coaches, even if they're offensive coordinators.
That's a big part of what happens among media types and talk show callers.
Everyone has an opinion, whether it's informed or not.
It can be irritating, but it doesn't really matter much.
But second guessing doctors?
That's another issue altogether.
So proceed with caution when trying to determine what the Pittsburgh Penguins did or should have done with Sidney Crosby's lingering concussion symptoms.
Let's start from this premise: The Penguins want Crosby back as soon as possible. Crosby wants to play as soon as he feels as though he's completely healthy.
How they get to that point is a matter for medical minds to debate.
There's been a lot of speculation in the media, and it serves no purpose unless someone trained in medicine is addressing the issue.
As frustrating as wait and see is, that's where the Penguins and Crosby are at this point.
Any efforts to jump-start that process by laymen is pure guesswork that doesn't do anyone any good.
Not very entertaining
The Pro Bowl is a nice vacation to Hawaii for players who make the NFL's All-Star game.
That's about the only purpose it serves.
If you saw any of the "game" on Sunday evening, you know it bears no resemblance to legitimate NFL-caliber competition.
The "pass rush" consisted of defensive linemen pausing for a beat after the snap, latching on to the shoulder pads of offensive lineman and doing some sort of two-man shimmy.
It's a new version of "Dancing With The Stars."
It's a joke, which only makes sense.
After a 16-week regular season (and playoff games for some), the players are beat up and exhausted.
They're not going to risk their health in a meaningless exhibition game.
They treat the trip like the vacation it is.
Some of the players even skip the game, which means that the depth chart includes some dubious choices.
If that's the best the NFL can do, scrap the game. Put together some sort of skills competition.
Let the players have some fun that way.
The "game" is already a no-contact affair.
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