'Hard Knocks' won't go unanswered
The most important NFL-related media news Tuesday was the premiere of PBS’ documentary “League of Denial,’’ which dealt with the serious business of concussions.
But the strangest development came earlier that day with word owners had passed a resolution that would make it possible for teams to be forced into appearing on HBO’s training camp show “Hard Knocks,’’ absent volunteers.
There are exemptions for teams that have made the playoffs at least once in the previous two seasons, that have a first-year head coach and that have appeared on the show sometime in the previous decade.
So the coach least likely to agree to allow cameras into his world, the Patriots’ Bill Belichick, appears to be safe. But what about the Giants, who unless they make a coaching change figure to be eligible in 2014?
Team president John Mara famously told the Daily News in 2010 that the announcement of Big Blue being featured on “Hard Knocks’’ would come “when I’m next to my father in Gates of Heaven cemetery."
Not so fast! Mara voted against the resolution, saying participation should be voluntary, not compulsory.
It seems unlikely the league would take him on over this, but apparently it now can if it wants to.
Defensive end Justin Tuck summed up the reaction of many coaches and players when he said, “The NFL is trippin’. Seriously, how are they going to pass a rule to force you to be on ‘Hard Knocks?’ That’s hilarious. Wow.’’