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Will there be a “Hard Knocks” This Year?(VIDEO)

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bill-swift - April 7, 2012

The only true casualty from the whole NFL labor mess last season was not the Hall of Fame game (although losing that was a shame). No, the only true loss was that the best reality show on television took the year off.

I'm talking about the HBO docu-drama Hard Knocks of course. Rumor has it that it could be coming back and the New York Jets could once again be featured.

For those that don't have HBO or live under a rock, Hard Knocks follows the subject team as it tries to prepare for the coming season. Since 2001 the show has been made during six seasons and has featured five teams: Baltimore Ravens (2001), Dallas Cowboys (2002 and '08), Kansas City Chiefs (2007), Cincinnati Bengals (2009), and the New York Jets (2010).

No show was done for the 2011 season. There wasn't anyone that wanted to commit to doing it with the labor issues putting the season in jeopardy.

According to rumors, Woody Johnson (the Jets owner), has stated that he would be interested in the team doing the show again. He hasn't said that they would do it for sure, but that it would most definitely be considered.

Of the current teams, the Jets would be the perfect one to center a reality show around. They have all the qualities of top-notch reality program.

New York City is the perfect stage. The city that never sleeps is the perfect playground for a bunch of muscle-bound athletes to potentially get in trouble.

They have the NFL's "It" boy on the roster—Tim Tebow. Is there any one player that the public can't get enough of (love or hate)?

Rex Ryan is the man. I can't see any other coach truly being himself (and be entertaining) quite like this big foul-mouthed teddy bear.

The best thing a reality show needs—controversy. Where do you begin?

  • I'm sure Rex Ryan is going to cry wolf, I mean claim his team is Super Bowl bound, again. Such braggadocios behavior is always good for a laugh. If he doesn't do that, he'll do something else outlandish like flip off a bunch of cameras or something.
  • There will likely be some ill feelings about between Mark Sanchez due to all the trash talk there has been about him from his teammates.
  • Sanchez will have a chip on his shoulder due to the trash talk not to mention the team acquiring Tim Tebow.
  • The Jets recently signed an Australian rugby player, Hayden Smith. The hope is to make the 6-foot 7-inch 240lb'r into a tight end (there will likely be plenty of comments about how real men don't wear pads).
  • Any locker room described as toxic is bound to have a lot of TV-friendly drama.

So what do you say HBO? Time to cut out all the informal chats and make it happen!

Who could ever forget this nugget of good, quality television?

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