Living In The New York Bubble

August 7th, 2017

Disconnect with NFL fans.

Maybe because Joe is wired to the web the way his beer-filled fridge is wired to electricity, it blows Joe’s mind when folks say there is no buzz for “Hard Knocks.”

Of course, many of those saying this live in the secluded bubble of New York where they are obsessed with Russia and President Trump and believe anyone living beyond the Hudson (until they reach California) communicates with two tin cans and a string and still ride mules to buy “fixins” in town.

Every day for the past two weeks, on Facebook and Twitter, either or all of the accounts manned by the NFL, NFL Films or HBO have put out teasers and clips on “Hard Knocks,” which premieres tomorrow night.

Hell, NFL Network, specifically it’s morning anchor team on “Good Morning Football,” have been talking about “Hard Knocks” almost daily for months.

But in New York? What’s Donald Trump doing today? Or, who won the Tony Awards?

The NFL? Off the radar, down the media food chain from the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

Last week, Joe was listening to the one and only Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on SiriusXM NFL Radio and a New Yorker called in who sounded as if he has season tickets to the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds.

The baseball New York Giants.

He complained HBO wasn’t pimping “Hard Knocks” and wanted to know what team was being featured. Again, this guy sounded old enough to have charged San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt.

Stunningly, Russo didn’t know which team “Hard Knocks” was featuring.

Joe can sort of give a pass to Russo. He’s a baseball guy and he always says he is only interested in games played, not ancillary stuff that has nothing to do with actual games. Fair enough.

And Joe can give a pass to that old coot who called Russo who likely thinks the internet is a Chinese flu-like virus.

But Peter King? Really?

The California train-romancing, anti-football proliferation, outhouse-admiring, airline-napping, steerage-flying, Yogi Berra-worshipingurinal picture-takingvideo game-playingTaylor Swift-listening, pickpocket-thwartingBucs-uniform-frowningAllie-LaForce-smittenBig-Ten-Network-hatingpedestrian-bumpingolive oil-lappingpopcorn-munchingcoffee-slurpingfried-chicken-eatingoatmeal-lovingcircle-jerking, craft beer-chugging, cricket-watchingscone-loathingcollege football-naïvebaseball-box-score-readingNPR-honkfilthy-hotel-staying, fight-instigatingbarista-training Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame, wrote this morning on his site that there is no buzz about the Bucs and “Hard Knocks.”

“Hard Knocks” (with the Bucs) starts Tuesday at 9 p.m. on HBO, and NFL Films and HBO have done so much of this inside-the-team stuff (with the “Hard Knocks” and now the “All or Nothing” franchises) that there’s virtually no buzz about this year’s series. HBO is going to have to have a killer show for this to get the attention it’s had in previous years.

Geez, maybe King needs to get his head out of NPR and try to pretend he’s a football follower, not the activist he has seemed to morph into, based on how his Twitter feed has jumped the shark. For any NFL reporter to suggest they don’t sense any buzz or promotion with “Hard Knocks” tells Joe they have either been on vacation or unplugged from the interwebs.

Joe likes King a lot and he’s always been good to Joe. But good grief, for a guy like King to suggest he isn’t sensing any promotion for “Hard Knocks,” well, it tells Joe that King is living in the non-NFL Manhattan vacuum.

38 Responses to “Living In The New York Bubble”

  1. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I seriously doubt King listens to NPR which btw in survey after survey has the best educated most informed listeners of any network…TV or radio.

    But then again in this country why value education and people who actually know how the government works…it’s the vaunted “low information” voters who rule.

    Why not feel sorry for uniformed coal miners in WVa and Ky who believe lies about coal making a comeback. Yeah and we’re going to jump start our economy by opening a bunch of horse and buggy factories in Michigan.

    There is a reason the Chinese are eating our lunch…it’s not them….it US!!!

  2. shouldhavedraftedeifert Says:

    I know we all want to think the nation cares about the bucs but they really don’t, they never have and never will. Support them as a fan and don’t worry about popularity contests in your head.

  3. Lamarcus Says:

    Outside what u see on NFL network or social network. There isn’t any buzz about hard knocks in Vegas….. sad

  4. Buc50 Says:

    People are gonna know about the Bucs soon enough. I don’t care if anyone knows about them now, as long as they know during the playoffs.

  5. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    2nd paragraph is dense-minded stereotypical bs. Get your fat head outta your fat a $$, Joe.
    Btw, where does Good Morning Football broadcast from again?

  6. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Joe doesn’t know anything about NYC. Joe is just a campfire sitting cowboy eating salsa out of a jar.

  7. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    The best city in America, and Joe wants to dump on it for no good reason.

  8. Kobe Faker Says:

    “I believe most of the country will only see a episode or a few sections of the show vs hardcore fans in Tampa/Florida….but our faces will be more recognizable…thats why concerning marketing and advertising, we have to make the playoffs and use HBO as a stepping stone….winning covers alot of warts”

    Kobe Faker

  9. BaldBuc Says:

    There’s buzz in Montana! I have people coming up to me often saying they can’t wait! #stickcarrier

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    In fairness I never hear any buzz about Hard Knocks until after it actually airs. But I do agree with Peter King being a NPR-listening d-bag.

    I’ve never seen the show but will grab a free month trial of HBO Go from somewhere to watch it.

  11. Joe Says:

    I seriously doubt King listens to NPR

    You clearly don’t read his columns. He often references NPR shows.

  12. 1sparkybuc Says:

    I believe the foundation is in place for the Bucs to be a playoff team year after year. Sports talk radio in Philadelphia mentions the Bucs as a contender for the first time in the 14 seasons I have lived in the area. They hate the Bucs here and rarely show any respect for our team. Beat good and great teams and we won’t need HBO to get noticed. Win the division and Peter King can’t ignore us. The franchise has never had the talent in coaching and in the players that it has right now. The Glazers and Licht have put together an organization designed to dominate the next decade. I believe they will. We have a great foundation, and for the first time ever, a balance of offense AND defense. Go Bucs.

  13. SOEbuc Says:

    What do you expect Joe? You got a lot of Jets fans up there in New York and they already know there is going to be no mention of their team so they don’t even bother to pay attention.

  14. TheShaz Says:

    Politics. Plain and simple.

    National media for the NFL is nothing but Colin Kaepernick and concussion studies.

    Legacy media have already lost or currently losing their base. And that is for both local (SP Slimes & WDAE) and ESPN/ SI.

    The internet has passed them by, they goofed when they injected politics in their sports reporting. We the sports loving public have found alternatives.

  15. MadMax Says:

    Uh oh, trigger trigger trigger…..ROFLMAO! You go Joe 😉

  16. unbelievable Says:

    LOL St. Pete, well said my friend.

  17. MadMax Says:

    The good thing is if people dont watch us they wont take us serious and wont see it coming…just like the hillary base.

  18. unbelievable Says:

    @Joe maybe you should bring back the MCoJ if you wanna go back to pimping the orange dumpster fire daily again, lol

    Most football fans I know don’t really care about Hard Knocks any year, regardless of their team, but will always end up watching if they have HBO.

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    @unbelievable Yeah I had never actually watched an episode before this year coming up. And don’t they always do it with a team that has no chance? Rams last year. Was it Miami the year before?? At least we’re a team with a lot of good players that people are talking about.

  20. Irishmist Says:

    People will tend to watch the reruns if the Bucs do well. Since the NFL has a financial interest, maybe that means we will actually get a few calls this year.

  21. DB55 Says:

    You guys are funny! Hate to burst your bubble but the only people excited about hard knocks are riding mules to buy fixings at brocatos. But stay in the bubble it’s a nice change from the doom and gloom.

    No one north of the mason dixxon line knows anyone on our team except for Jameis and only bc of his off field issues in college. Needless to say not too many fans outside the 813.

  22. Maze Says:

    Haven’t taken King seriously for years

  23. Jim Says:

    Outside of Tampa Bay and its few scattered world-wide fans, no one cares about the Bucs, nor should they,..not until the Bucs go to the Super Bowl or win a conference championship. Denigrating NYC, NPR and your opponents won’t earn respect. That comes from winning football games, a lot of football games…

  24. BFFL Says:

    It’s more like a Northeast Bubble. I live in the Boston area for my work but originally from Tampa (grew up in Sarasota and college at USF). I can say without a doubt that people up here are clueless about the rest of the league. Good for me because it’s like taking candy from a baby in fantasy football when these idiots are drafting all patriots players in their drafts.

  25. grafikdetail Says:

    @BFFL i agree… lived in brooklyn a few years and it was all giants & jets… worse years of my life LOL

  26. RustyRhinos Says:

    Geez with all this “The California train-romancing, anti-football proliferation, outhouse-admiring, airline-napping, steerage-flying, Yogi Berra-worshiping, urinal picture-taking, video game-playing, Taylor Swift-listening, pickpocket-thwarting, Bucs-uniform-frowning, Allie-LaForce-smitten, Big-Ten-Network-hating, pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, craft beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve, baseball-box-score-reading, NPR-honk, filthy-hotel-staying, fight-instigating, barista-training Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame, Filling his already inflated view of his work and his job doing it, maybe nothing ever gets past that head.

    Go Bucs!

  27. gotbbucs Says:

    Who cares about Hard Knocks? Good teams want nothing to do with it? I don’t care if I see a single episode. I’m here for the football, not the soap opera.

  28. unbelievable Says:

    @SOEBucs yea many years it has been a bad team that gets featured.

    There have been a few w/ good teams too, just not as many. I think ATL and Cincy were both coming off good seasons when they went on (but then both had terrible seasons).

    Actually read an article a while back about all the teams featured since it started. It was somewhere around 60 / 40 of teams having bad seasons vs good seasons the year they were on Hard Knocks. I think we all just remember the bad teams more ( or they have been bad in the more recent years).

  29. Kalind Says:

    I’m up in DC. Most people either don’t know what Hard Knocks is, don’t know what a ‘Bucs’ is…(that’s a quote) or don’t have HBO. (Yet they’re up to date on Game of Thrones….)

  30. ClodHopper Says:

    I effing love you, Joe!! 😍

    Lol Max. It’s the same old usual suspects getting triggered time and time again ain’t it??!!

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    stpetebucsfan Says
    “I seriously doubt King listens to NPR which btw in survey after survey has the best educated most informed listeners of any network…TV or radio.”


    You just showed your age! lol

    I love NPR. So we’re both old men 😉

  32. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bucs will be the first Hard Knocks team to go to the Superbowl. That will turn plenty of heads.

    The ratings on the reruns will be larger than on the first airs.

  33. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Guilty as charged. I’ve never read a single thing King has written other than excerpts you may have highlighted.

    I’ve only seen his TV persona and that’s MORE than enough.

  34. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    This post shows us how much Joe misses his weekly pedestal aka MCoJ. This kinda nonsense doesn’t belong on the regular football thread. There’s no need for you to add slant to your website, Joe.

    @ Max & Clod

    Look at yourselves. You knuckleheads are ones to talk. Awe. You guys miss me as much I miss you.

  35. BucTrooper Says:

    I used to read MMQB religiously but then after a while I noticed that it’s just Tom Brady and Boston boot-licking so I gave it up.

  36. DalvinCookRules Says:

    The idea that any sport should exist in that god-forsaken region of the country, the NY-New England area (where I am now forced to live away from beautiful Florida) is pathetic, but come on. That said, there is really no need for writeups like this, it just makes Joe and really all of us in the entire Bucs fanbase look pretty butthurt.

  37. Joe Says:

    That said, there is really no need for writeups like this, it just makes Joe and really all of us in the entire Bucs fanbase look pretty butthurt.

    Not the point at all. Again, Joe gave Russo a pass on why he didn’t know.

    But for a guy who is thought by many to be the ultimate source of NFL news to claim “Hard Knocks” isn’t being promoted thus, there is no buzz, tells Joe that King isn’t as plugged in as many believe him to be or he has tuned out most NFL news (his Twitter feed the past few months suggests just that).

    Hell, King has complained in recent months there is too much coverage of the NFL. This coming from a guy who runs an NFL site! That’s like a guy who owns a hamburger stand saying people eat too much beef. Or, like Joe saying there is too many stories written about the Bucs.

  38. Rod Munch Says:

    I agree with Joe, if you ever actually listen to King he comes off as a complete self centered wants be above writing football articles douche. I don’t mind his columns, generally, but hearing this guy speak – his voice is as potent as ambien.