By: Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas

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Is the show Hard Knocks on HBO hard at all? I’m sorry, but this season with the Cincinnati Bengals seems like its a joke.  What’s so hard about it?  Is training camp tough?  Seems pretty easy.   Do they practice hard?  If in shorts and no pads is hard, then yes.  Are they playing physical at all?  Not even a bit, except for the first episode they did the Oklahoma drill.  Is this what really goes on in football now (Damn you CBA!)?

With the new need to protect players the NFL has taken away the physical nature of the sport.  Imagine that your an accountant, and for your training the company gives you easy problems, then expect you to handle complex problems later that week.  This is what the league has become and “Hard Knocks” is just showing the world that the league is becoming powder puffs.

Hard…  I mean “Soft Knocks” is just a joke now, you sure I’m not watching Def Comedy Jam?  All I can get from this show is laughter, grown ass men talking about superheroes, and Harrison flicking off the camera man.  Now if they show Harrison go out and hit somebody then that would be a great thing to watch. Unfortunately we are stuck seeing players with there girlfriends or the show highlighting a nobody that’s about to be cut.  I know that is part of the experience of the show, but give us something to root for.  Show a nobody working hard and getting cut because the team has other needs (Danny Woodhead anyone?).

With that being said maybe I should be critical about the team?  Is it me or does Coach Marvin Lewis seem a little soft or should I say suspect?  Even when he yells I don’t think I can take him seriously.   Could “Soft Knocks” be accidentally showing the beginning of the end of Marvin Lewis and neither him or HBO realize it?  Coach Zimmerman on the other hand is the real, they should just give him more time and let him cut loose, its to bad he doesn’t have a head coaching job (wink wink).

Bottom line is the show doesn’t portray how hard the sport of football really is.  Especially when the coach tells his team they wont have to practice in full pads for the rest of the season unless they piss him off.  Really???  Really!!!  And what happened to players getting cut on every episode?  This new CBA has partially killed the “Hard” in “Hard Knocks”, because these guys seem like they are not afraid of getting cut at all.  Despite the the team winning preseason games, this year of “Hard Knocks” is a joke.  I’m not  saving room on my DVR for this shit!

Maurice "Cool Reece" Thomas @CR_UnSportsMen

Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas