Chicago Bears Reportedly Among Finalists for Hard Knocks

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I’m sure everyone would love to get to see how the other Manning lives (Eli) or have Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin reenact his little sideline stunt that he pulled against the Ravens, but let’s face it, the Chicago Bears would be the best choice for Hard Knocks.  There are many reasons, but here are my Top 5:

5. Founding Franchise

The Bears are the founding franchise of the league.  If not for Papa Bear Halas, we might all be soccer fans.  The Bears franchise is rich with tradition and I’m sure plenty of football fans would love to get a glimpse at how this organization works.  Maybe we get a glimpse of Virginia McCaskey, the granddaughter of Halas and matriarch of the Bears and arguably the league.

4. Phil Emery and Marc Trestman

Revenge of the Football Nerds2If the end of the season presser is any indication, the Bears in charge – namely GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman – are not camera shy.  They gave you nearly 90 minutes on the end of the season moves, speaking in painstaking detail and giving you everything you could want and more.   These guys tell it like it is and something tells me they like the attention.   It would be like a Hard Knocks – Revenge of the Nerds edition.

3. Best TV Market

Of all of the prospective teams, none of them has a TV market like the Chicago Bears.  Chicago offers the third largest TV market, but when you consider there is no team in Los Angeles (until the Jags move there eventually) and the Giants split the market with the Jets, who were just on a couple of seasons ago, the Bears offer the biggest undivided piece of the pie. 

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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!