Since HBO started producing Hard Knocks I have wanted one thing and one thing only from the show: put the Bears on. I love these type of behind-the-scenes shows in sports, whether it’s “Hard Knocks,” the 24/7 on the Winter Classic, or even the series Showtime did on the Miami Marlins a few seasons ago.
I love them even more when they’re about teams I root for.
A few years ago MLB Network did something with the White Sox, but it was exactly how you’d expect a show about an MLB team, produced by a network owned by MLB would be. There was nothing all that interesting about it.
Hard Knocks is the opposite. It is the apex of these shows. I’ve watched it since the beginning, knowing that as long as the Iron Curtain of the Lovie Smith/Jerry Angelo regime existed it was never going to happen. That is no longer the case.
Lovie and Jerry have been replaced by Phil Emery and Marc Trestman. While I don’t truly know how Trestman would feel about having HBO’s cameras around during training camp, we have all seen how Emery is in front of reporters at a press conference. I have to think he’d love the chance to be on the show.
And he might just get it.
After so many teams balked at the idea of being on the show in recent years the NFL passed some new rules during the last lockout to ensure that there will be a new season of the show every year. You can read about what those guidelines are right here if you want, or you can just look at the eight teams that meet the requirement: the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams and your very own Chicago Bears.
Looking at those teams, three stand out. You’d have to think the Giants, Steelers and Bears would be the three most attractive teams for HBO given the history of the franchises, with the Bears and Giants being at the top due to the size of their markets.
Millions will watch no matter the team, but a few million more will watch if Chicago or New York is involved.
Please let this happen. You know you want to see Jay Cutler changing a diaper.
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