Football fans (at least those with HBO), raise your hand if you’re pumped about an all-access pass to the quarterback competition between Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill and David Garrard.
If not, well, that’s what you have to look forward to on “Hard Knocks”.
That’s because, after months of speculation and after several teams reportedly either declined an offer or expressed zero interest, we learned Tuesday that the Miami Dolphins have agreed to be featured in this summer’s edition of the HBO reality show.
Not the New York Jets and their Mark Sanchez vs. Tim Tebow storyline. Not the San Francisco 49ers and their crazy, unpredictable coach, Jim Harbaugh. Not the Indianapolis Colts and No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck, nor the Washington Redskins and No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III. Not the New Orleans Saints and their attempt to recover from the bounty scandal without coach Sean Payton. Not even the New York Giants and their defense of their Super Bowl championship.
Of all the storylines to get the spotlight this summer after this craziest of offseasons, the Dolphins and their training camp QB battle is what we have to look forward to.
Not all that pumped? Neither am I.
For Miami, this makes a lot of sense. Local interest in the team has waned as the Dolphins have endured a string of losing seasons. Owner Stephen Ross desperately has wanted the team to generate buzz, and certainly there is no bigger way to do so in training camp than to appear on “Hard Knocks”.
For HBO, well, I suppose they have some storylines to work with, most notably the aforementioned QB battle that includes Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. There’s also Joe Philbin to follow in the opening stages of his first-year as head coach, and Reggie Bush does provide some name recognition.
The fact remains, though, that the Dolphins overall are not a very interesting team, which is why this news is a bummer.
But here’s hoping the “Hard Knocks” producers do what they do best to make the show as compelling as they can, given what they have to work with.