Chicago Bears Reportedly Among Finalists for Hard Knocks

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Back in January, we looked at the top 5 reasons why the Chicago Bears would make a great choice for HBO’s Hard Knocks.  Based on the “The Hard Knocks Rule”, since so many teams were opting out of the HBO miniseries that tracks one team’s training camp experience, the cable network will seek volunteers, but if no one volunteers, the league will appoint a team BUT there are three key exceptions:

All organizations will be eligible with the exception of those that have a first-year head coach; teams that have made the playoffs in at least one of the last two seasons; and teams that have participated in the previous 10 seasons.

Teams that can’t back out because of the above reasons include the following:

Arizona Cardinals

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

Jacksonville Jaguars

New York Giants

Oakland Raiders

Pittsburgh Steelers

St. Louis Rams

A report from Fox Sports’ Tomm Looney has the Bears as finalists for the next edition of Hard Knocks:

With the latest news, I thought I’d reprint my Top 5 reasons the Bears Would Be an Excellent Choice for Hard Knocks, with a couple of updates based on free agency and the latest news so far.

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  • Dr. Johnny Nacho

    You will be forcing a reality TV show on a team that doesn’t want it. How is this good for the team involved? Oh that’s right, the NFL doesn’t care….all they want is that paycheck from HBO.

  • John Mack

    Hmm, I’m conflicted. I enjoy my team, but I don’t believe I’d enjoy some scripted-mayhem or a production video cropping to only show what’s sensational (i.e. reality show) about them.

    *On a somewhat related side note* Jay Cutler is missing the branding opportunity of a lifetime! Since the NFL has made or highlighted (depending how you feel about him) Jay as the villain, he should play it up! No, I don’t mean be moody/mopey or evil to his teammates. But do villainous things: wear black suits, get spotted on yachts in the Mediterranean, and put a shark tank in his living room (well…maybe THAT would be going to far). Peyton Manning, has been able to capture the heart of Americans by not taking himself too seriously. Remember that Jaguar commercial with Sir Ben Kingsley, Mark Strong, and Tom Hiddleston? Jay should find a company needing a spokesman, play up a little John McEnroe mixed with Jim McMahon and build his brand. This is a gold mine!