It's Pro Bowl day! It’s hard to get overly excited about the NFL’s All Star Game, but at least this year the San Francisco 49ers have some representation. A year ago, the 49ers were shut out of the game, making a hard to watch affair that much more difficult. This time around, we can watch left tackle Joe Staley and fullback Kyle Juszczyk show off for the football world for at least a little bit.
I would actually argue the next best reason to watch this year’s Pro Bowl is the announcer duo. The game airs on ESPN, which normally would mean Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden, and Lisa Salters calling the game. However, with Gruden joining the Oakland Raiders, this year’s game will feature Matt Hasselbeck as the color analyst. ESPN has not made an announcement as to who will replace Gruden in the Monday Night Football booth, but this is likely a tryout of sorts for Hasselbeck. You can watch the game via live online stream on WatchESPN.
The other interesting aspect to this game is an earlier kickoff. Normally the game kicks off at 5 p.m. PT, but this year, the game was bumped up five hours and will kick off at noon PT. I’m kind of more inclined to watch it at the earlier time as basic background noise, but we’ll see how much I actually watch.
How many folks will be watching the game this year? It’s the worst of the four All Star Games, but I suppose it’s one last bit of quasi-49ers football for some of us.
How to Watch
When: 12 p.m. PT
Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Commentators: Sean McDonough, Matt Hasselbeck, Lisa Salters