Inside Slant: Cosmetic Pro Bowl changes

New uniforms for the Pro Bowl are a perfect analogy for the NFL's efforts to reinvigorate the game itself. They are cosmetic adjustments that will do nothing to change the essence of an event. It will remain, for ever and always, an exhibition game with no relevance and little in the way of genuine competition.

Players will wear the uniform of a team they're selected to by captains who have achieved that status as the top two vote-getters. (This year, honorary captains Jerry Rice and Barry Sanders will assist.) Other aesthetic modifications include the elimination of kickoffs and a 35-second/25-second play clock.

Will new uniforms, and modified rules, inspire players to approach this game with the regular-season intensity? Of course not. Will new fans and corporate sponsors be drawn by neon colors? (Wait, don't answer that.)

You can put lipstick on a pig, but in the end, well, you know the rest of that saying. I appreciate the league acknowledging the Pro Bowl has become a clunker and trying to fix it. A new paint job isn't likely to move the needle.