May 292012

So the Miami Dolphins are going to be the 2012 “stars” on HBO’s Hard Knocks series.

Even as a fan of an AFC East team, I have to admit that this is an uninspiring choice. Karlos Dansby’s assertions aside, the Dolphins are not a serious Super Bowl threat this season. While they may be able to compete with the Jets to stay out of the basement of the AFC East, they are not as good as the improving Buffalo Bills and certainly nowhere near as good as the Patriots.

Still there is some entertainment value, mostly deriving from a publicity-seeking yet seemingly incompetent owner who knows that his team can’t fill seats in the stadium, so he will seek his attention elsewhere. Meanwhile, the single best source of team news is a quarterback battle that could best be described as a  “who cares battle royale” featuring Matt Moore, Ryan Tannehill, and David Gerard. Yawn.

It seems that HBO drew the short straw this season as other, potentially more entertaining teams were not willing to take part. Even the Jets would have been a far better choice given the off-season drama that has unfolded, and the fact that the Jets have at least had a winning season (two in fact) since 2008. While I normally am willing to watch anything football related, I think I am going to be taking a pass on Hard Knocks this season.

Ghost Rat

Football fan and longtime follower of the New England Patriots. Happily married father, professional, and author.

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