HBO is currently looking for it’s next team that they will feature on their Summer series called ‘Hard Knocks’. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it gives you a close look at a specific team and everyday football operations. You get behind the scenes with the NFL draft, coaches, families, practices and special events.
I’ve personally been a fan of the show ever since it started back in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens. I haven’t missed a single season and always have the DVR ready when it’s set to make a season premiere. Those who have watched over the last decade have seen teams like the Dallas Cowboys twice, Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals twice, New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins.
Rex Ryan cussed a lot during the 2010 season with the New York Jets. They actually had to censor him after a little while. But most head coaches swear, unless you’re Lovie Smith. Anyways, right now there happens to be a short-list of teams that HBO has available for their cameras.
“To me, it’s all about football. Personally, no. But if that was in the best interest of the club, I’m sure we would all consider it If that helped bring the Chicago Bears, particularly our fans in Chicago, we would consider it.” Emery via ESPN Chicago.
The Chicago Bears are a team on that list. The league could actually force the team to be on camera, even if general manager Phil Emery doesn’t like it. He voiced his opinion on it once before and still hasn’t had a change of heart according to ESPN Chicago.
“As I spoke about in our first press conference at the start of camp, we are a traditional organization that feels our best connection with our fans is to come down to Bourbonnais [Ill] and enjoy the live experience with us. There’s nothing like seeing the team through your own eyes and how it’s coming together.” Emery said during a live chat in September via ESPN Chicago.
This is definitely a distraction for every team involved, but is a really entertaining show. One of my favorites when it’s on television.
What do you think Chicago Bears/football fans? Would you like to see your team on HBO’s Hard Knocks?