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Posted 24 August 2010 - 10:31 PM

The Year the Jets Tackled Television

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By JASON GAY

If America can sustain interest in the lives of not one, or two, but three Kardashian sisters, it can tolerate the New York Jets. That is one presumption guiding the latest season of "Hard Knocks," the HBO documentary series which, like a truffle hunter, believes that intrigue can be found in the muck of the NFL preseason.

Previous editions of "Hard Knocks" have chronicled teams like the Baltimore Ravens, the Cowboys of Dallas and, of course, the 2007 Kansas City Chiefs, who would go on to spellbind the nation with a 4-12 season. This year, the Turtle & Drama network has chosen the Jets, a confident if tormented franchise fueled by generations of mocking disrespect. What's next? A group of spray-tanned New Jersey kids getting a hit show on MTV?



Surely by now you've heard that the star of "Hard Knocks" is Rex Ryan, the brash, oversized tactician who, in between fistfuls of M&Ms, has emerged as New York's most charismatic coach in ages. Most NFL coaches are tightly-wound doorknobs, but the 47-year-old Mr. Ryan is unbridled id—he says what he thinks, even if he thinks unspeakable things, like the Jets will win the Super Bowl. He's already been bashed for cursing too much in "Hard Knocks," but it was more shocking that anyone was shocked.

Cursing football coaches? What's next? Frustrated wide receivers?

We wished "Hard Knocks" divulged more eccentric Jet behavior—revealing, for example, that general manager Mike Tannenbaum spends one day each week constructing a family of stuffed pandas at the Build-A-Bear Workshop. But the action through the first two "Hard Knocks" has been dutifully conventional: struggling rookies, wily veterans, scrappy assistant coaches. An NFL camp naturally has the arc of a reality show—strangers meet in a single location with bad furniture, fight it out, flourish, or get sent home to obscurity, or worse, a contract with the Oakland Raiders.

Still, it's not easy to make this compelling. Preseason NFL football is considered the most meaningless sporting activity on earth, next to Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. At times "Hard Knocks" appears inorganically goosed, like when Jets legend Joe Namath arrives at camp wearing a pair of white shorts ratcheted at his navel, and Bob Denver's haircut. One empathizes with the banal life of the "Hard Knocks" crew, lugging heavy equipment to a movie theater to film Mr. Ryan taking his men to "Dinner with Schmucks." The Frozen Tundra, this is not.

But it looks great. It sounds great, too—thanks to the mellifluous baritone of the New York actor Liev Schreiber, who somehow makes honey out of turgid lines like "Ryan has plenty of brio, but he's also got bona fides." Edited on the fly, "Hard Knocks" is less a documentary than it is a tone poem—it emotes and mythologizes, sometimes too enthusiastically, as it did when Mr. Schreiber intoned that the holdout of cornerback Darrelle Revis was "the biggest story of the NFL preseason."

Oh, really? Somebody tell that 40-year-old drama junkie up in Minnesota with the copters over his head.

So far, Mr. Revis has avoided the HBO spotlight, which reveals something about the star and the culture of his team. Despite all the Super Bowl buzz and Mr. Ryan's potty mouth, this "Hard Knocks" is proving that the 2010 Jets are less a team of flashy extroverts than they are working stiffs. They want to win, but are content to let the coach suck up the oxygen. There is no Jet who is one-hundredth as kooky as Roger Mayweather, the boxing coach and Cosmo Kramer of the peerless HBO boxing series, 24/7.

Except for, perhaps: cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who stole the last "Hard Knocks" with an interview in which he methodically listed the names and ages of his eight children, at least four of whom appear to be around three years of age, and are not twins, triplets or quadruplets.

It was the type of you-had-to-see it moment that makes all the downtime worth it. You know, just like watching an NFL game.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 09:00 AM

Someone please interpret what he is trying to say here.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 11:39 AM

[quote name='gmany3k' date='25 August 2010 - 10:00 AM' timestamp='1282744835' post='308519']
Someone please interpret what he is trying to say here.
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I say the same thing to myself when I read most of your posts.
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 01:18 PM

[quote name='Jetsman05' date='25 August 2010 - 11:39 AM' timestamp='1282754361' post='308544']
I say the same thing to myself when I read most of your posts.
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Well than I should be able to comprehend him...........but I don't . But I would be happy to assist you 05. :)
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 02:15 PM

[quote name='gmany3k' date='25 August 2010 - 02:18 PM' timestamp='1282760333' post='308547']
Well than I should be able to comprehend him...........but I don't . But I would be happy to assist you 05. :)
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Haha. Just givin' shit :Cool:
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Posted 25 August 2010 - 02:18 PM

Good read. We also locked up 3 MNF games, plus the slide scheduling... We'll be under the spotlight all year and that comes from 1 of 2 scenarios. We either rape everyone like Tom DuBois and the attention is on our dominance... Or we suck dick and everybody wants to watch us eat crow as we fall

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"And once again, the meow became a roar"


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