BS Called On Hard Knocks Distraction

May 23rd, 2015

lovie 1110bJoe brought word of a report claiming the Bucs will not be featured on Hard Knocks, the show produced by NFL Films and HBO to give fans a reality-show look at coaches and players inside training camp.

The subject was so lively yesterday, Joe will flush out a couple of important things brushed over.

Hard Knocks is riveting television, especially in late summer when there is nothing on but skunky preseason football and baseball and baseball and baseball and baseball.

(Joe covers Bucs preseason games because it is his job. If Joe didn’t have this here site on the Interwebs, you couldn’t put a gun to Joe’s head to watch every snap of preseason football.)

First, Joe is neither for nor against the Bucs appearing on the show. If it happens, it happens. Normally (keyword there), Joe would be hesitant when a team is breaking in a rookie quarterback. However, “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston, is a different cat. Hard Knocks for him would be a distraction about as significant as a water break.

Remember, as a 19 year-old kid, Jameis endured pressure that makes just about anything else pale by comparison. At one point, because of allegations against him, Jameis didn’t know if he would be on Florida State’s football team, didn’t know if he would still be enrolled in college, didn’t know if he would be behind bars and have his promising life left in ashes. It was all out of his control.

And how did he respond? He put Florida State on his back, led the team to the national championship and won the Heisman Trophy along the way.

That, friends, is very impressive, and it was to the Bucs. The team stated several times it liked how Jameis handled pressure so calmly.

So compare all of that to extra cameramen at practice for a few weeks? There is no comparison.

And as far as this nonsense of a distraction that Hard Knocks creates, Joe calls BS. Per Wikipedia (yes, not the best source), during the 10-season run of Hard Knocks, four teams went to the playoffs and a fifth team, Dallas, finished with a winning record.

Really? So half the teams in Hard Knocks have winning seasons? So tell Joe exactly how this is such a horrible death knell? Given the records of teams highlighted, the Bucs ought to be begging to host the damn series.

Let’s be real here: The Bucs have yet to win a playoff game since January 2003. Can’t blame that on Hard Knocks

Oh, and how did the Bucs ever finish with the worst record in the NFL last year without the aid of hosting Hard Knocks? As Joe’s old high school coach once told him, “Distractions are distractions if you let them be distractions.” Sort of an early version of Bill Belicheat’s, “Just do your job” mantra.

Distractions are a cute excuse for paranoid types and lesser minds.

Joe will guess that if a team blames December losses for a few extra camera crews at training camp, then that team has much bigger issues.

16 Responses to “BS Called On Hard Knocks Distraction”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers…..”America’s Non-Hard Knocks Team”

  2. drdneast Says:

    Just because Joe has an unhealthy love affair and man crush on Winston doesn’t negate the fact that TV crews would not be a distraction for thest of the team.
    If Joe love reality TV so much, plug into the Kardashians and watch how they have turned a once healthy testosteroned male into a preening narcissistic little girl. Talk about the classic case of emasculating females.
    Alll “Reality TV,” is a horrible sideshow joke anyway. They have just moved the carnival tent into our living rooms.
    Riveting TV?
    Joe’s tastes must have been accrued in some Gibsonton trailer park.
    Riveting TV is Edward R. Morrow skewering Joesph McCarthy over his un-American ideas or 60 Minutes exposing tobacco executives for the pack of greenhead lying drug pushers that they were.
    Riveting TV. LMAO.

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    translation – Joe has nothing to watch on TV, and also he can write stories from Tv instead of driving to 1 Buc.

    Remember Joe, this is the same Head Coach who OK’ed the Super Secret Offense for last year that was to be reveal ” never “!!!

  4. Tiny Tim Says:

    tiny tim Says:
    May 22nd, 2015 at 12:39 pm
    I’m glad the bucs higher ups have avoided hard knocks for all these years. There is no need to open your facility for all to see. I say way to go bucs. You don’t need to manufacture interest in your team. You do what the late great al davis said and just win baby and that will create all the interest you will ever need. Way to go bucs. You continue to get this right.


    I would also like to add that Dungy, Gruden Raheem and schiano all turned down hard knocks and so have L & L. Not surprised Licht turned it down because he came from the belichick tree and he is all about privacy. I am sick of this generation with all this reality TV as if I really care where you are taking a vacation or how you live day to day. I am sick of the NFL “forcing” teams to participate in hard knocks. Obviously most teams want to avoid such a side show which should tell Joe all he needs to know about the spectacle.

  5. Yeah It's me! Says:

    Not that i think Jameis will screw up but imagine that Joe. During hard knocks Jameis gets in trouble. Just what we need is camara’s inside the locker room during camp. you might have to drop your STUPID NICK NAME too.

  6. DooshLaRue Says:

    I agree with you drdneast.
    But I’m sure Joe would see even more traffic to this wonderful site……and that probably is more important to them then the quality of the show.

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    Am I alone in getting fatigued at the “America’s Quarterback” drivel?

    Seriously: wait until the guy does something substantial in the NFL. Until then he’s just another high-pick rookie who—based on the odds—may crash in failure.

    Such a man-crush prolly makes Winston a *tad* nervous. Maybe he doesn’t roll that way…

    I am glad the Bucs never participated in “Hard Knocks.” I also thought “Paper Lion” was lame.

    Football is only entertain,ment on game day. Let’s keep it that way. The Kardashianism of our culture is bad enough without lowering the NFL—and the Bucs—to that level.

    But some people just need that kind of trash in their life…

  8. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “First, Joe is neither for nor against the Bucs appearing on the show.” – Joe, today

    “Damn, damn, damn, Joe would have loved to see the Bucs and Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback, on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer.” – Joe, yesterday

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    I agree.

  10. Joe Says:

    Am I alone in getting fatigued at the “America’s Quarterback” drivel?

    Buckle up cowboy. Training camp isn’t even here yet. 🙂

  11. Buccfan37 Says:

    I read a article about how all the “reality” shows on the boob tube are in fact all scripted beforehand. That makes sense. In other words, no reality exists except in daily life, if it’s filmed and not live sports, it’s acting. I guess one could make the case that we are all actors in the grand scheme of things though.

  12. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    America’s quarterback. Well done Joes. Johnny Football was a clear whiff, but Winston is the real deal.

  13. drdneast Says:

    No Cobraboy. Everybody detests the nickname and are forming a psychological reactance to it.
    If Joe keeps on this tact, even the most ardent of fans will begin to dislike Winston and begin to hope that he fails.
    It is a natural phenomenon that occurs in people when they are being forced to accept something they haven’t agreed to or made their own personal decision or opinion.
    Joe should have taken a Social Science course in college beyond the 200 level.

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    We are a losing team in the 13th market in a horrid division which lacks a star team, and includes markets like Charlotte and New Orleans. Atlanta is the only big market in our division.

    Again I don’t see how we shake the boredom factor. Fameis is “America’s QB” only here at JBF. Where the Bucs are concerned…Fameis or not…for the rest of the country we’re a big meh….

  15. lurker Says:

    america’s qb = tom brady! even hard knocks thinks so.

    sorry famous jameis, the joes are trying to be cute. please forgive them for they know not what they do.

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    From a reputation perspective, the Joes were indeed fortunate the Bucs didn’t draft Party Boy Manziel, touted as possibly the greatest college QB of all time, a football Game-Changer Messiah, the Bucs savior.

    Can you imagine the Joes defensive testiness over that debacle when WonderBoy crashed in Tampa, wiping out yet another draft? Think Manziel partied too much in Cleveland? Can you imagine the complete personal trainwreck had he been in Tampa?