Wrong History Of Raheem And Hard Knocks

April 5th, 2012

Joe could entertain himself all day long blasting ESPN, but that’s not what this post is about.

Yesterday, Joe read ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas’ take on the Bucs and other teams potentially being featured on the HBO series Hard Knocks. Yasinskas, while assessing the Bucs slim chances of being on the 2012 edition, painted a picture of Raheem Morris asking his bosses to get his club on national reality TV last year. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were courted for the show last season and former coach Raheem Morris was lobbying for his team to be on the show. Ultimately, the Bucs declined.

This smelled all wrong to Joe based on Joe’s knowledge of the Bucs and Hard Knocks, and Joe has re-confirmed that, in fact, Raheem was dead set against his yungry bunch landing on Hard Knocks last season. Raheem himself spilled an explanation last year during an interview with the dean of Tampa Bay sports radio, Steve Duemig, on WDAE-AM 620.

“For us it was more about the first time we may get with our players could have been with full-fledged cameras in our face,”Raheem said. “And also, it could have been my first time seeing my team since [the lockout] or talking to them. And no matter what you might say, the guys shy away from you with a microphone on you.

“The one thing I didn’t want to do was push Mike Williams away from me, or push LeGarrette Blount or even Josh Freeman because those guys don’t necessarily don’t want to be on the camera.”

Raheem loved to call himself an “entertainer,” but even Ray Charles could have seen that putting the young Bucs on Hard Knocks last year was a bad idea and could have hurt the great chemistry coming off a 10-6 season in 2010.

That written, perhaps a TV microscope might have tightened the Bucs’ ship — the one Ronde Barber laughed about yesterday — and better prepared the team for the adversity that killed it last season.

8 Responses to “Wrong History Of Raheem And Hard Knocks”

  1. Big Picture Guy Says:

    Mel Kiper still thinks the Bucs went 5-11 last year. BSPN is my last and worst case scenario addiction enabler.

  2. Vince Says:

    Hard Knocks would have helped Raheem personally, made him look at the mirror at the way he ran his team.

  3. Eric Says:

    Good thing they didnt mess up the chemistry.

  4. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We can blast ESPN all we want, but guess what ? My Son is out there watching it as we speak, and watches it every morning. In fact, my 73 inch Mitsubishi HDTV is always tuned to ESPN it seems, or the NFL Network.
    Sure they screw up sometimes, but people watch them anyway.

  5. SteveK Says:

    Glazers were embarrassed by their salary spending efforts, or lack their of.

    HBO would’ve shed some light on just how lacking the talent in the Bucs Org WAS last year.

    Glazers- lacked spending talent

    Dom- lacked drafting a probowler thus lacking talent

    Rah- lacked coaching talent

    Players- lacked coaching talent, and personal talent

    Why did tickets cost FULL price if the effort is only HALF there?

  6. Eric Says:

    What’s a full fledged camera?

  7. bucfat Says:

    I would love to watch my Bucs on Hard Knocks.

  8. Pete Dutcher Says:

    @ SteveK
    Actually, ticket prices were reduced in each of the last few years.

    I have always wanted to see the Bucs on hard knocks…but I think to do so this year or next would be a huge mistake.