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Bucs turn down Hard Knocks

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After months of reports tying the Tampa Bay Buccanneers to Hard Knocks, the team announced Monday that they have declined to be featured on this year’s version of the HBO show.

“We have respectfully declined this year’s Hard Knocks invitation. Wonderful show, but the team wants to keep the focus on the field in 2011,” the team said in a statement.

There’s a solid chance there won’t even be a Hard Knocks this year anyway, if the lockout drags on until August.  (Unless we get Hard Knocks: Hoboken High School.)

Still, we’re a little surprised that the Bucs turned it down after openly flirting for months.  So what happened?

It’s possible the team’s legal troubles recently caused the squad to shy away.  A focus of the show would have possibly been on Aqib Talib and other courtroom issues.   Or perhaps the Bucs knew they weren’t going to accept the invitation all along, knowing that they would get a lot of free publicity along the way.

Either way, we are disappointed the Bucs won’t be on the show.  It would have been fun to hear more from Raheem Morris and Josh Freeman.

We just hope some team’s story gets told instead and that one of the best shows on television doesn’t fall victim to the lockout.

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29 Responses to “Bucs turn down Hard Knocks”
  1. nyctexan says: May 16, 2011 12:56 PM

    As a cowboys fan, I gotta say good call.

  2. leviticus268 says: May 16, 2011 1:00 PM

    Hopefully the Texans get it. I think it would be fun to see Cushing shooting up roids.

    But seriously. My vote goes to the Packers or the Texans.

  3. baddegg says: May 16, 2011 1:03 PM

    This makes me respect Tampa Bay. I agree with staying focused on the field and keeping the pressure off.

  4. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: May 16, 2011 1:08 PM


    That was the only way the local fans will see the team on TV.
    Soccer anyone?

  5. klock77 says: May 16, 2011 1:11 PM

    Daaa Raaaaaidddddders

  6. lgbarn says: May 16, 2011 1:14 PM

    Good…I didn’t want the distraction of what is happening with the Bucs. Why ruin a good thing when Josh Freeman is on the road to becoming an elite QB unlike over-hyped Mark Sanchez.

  7. bunjy96 says: May 16, 2011 1:14 PM

    Good for them!

    Someone down there has there head on straight.
    With all their 1 & 2 year players, the many returning from IR plus 8 new draftees, its a smart move-they need uninterrupted practices out of the limelight.

  8. zoxitic says: May 16, 2011 1:16 PM

    I think an entertaining team to follow would be the Raiders.

  9. docredskin says: May 16, 2011 1:17 PM

    I realize that there are only 32 possible options and that the show is always phenomenally constructed, but I can think if few teams that would be less interesting to see on the show.

    I bet the tens of people who are Bucs fans are bummed.

  10. dgforreal says: May 16, 2011 1:18 PM

    Niners would be an interesting Hard Knocks, but on the flip side I’d rather they not deal with the distraction.

  11. gypjet says: May 16, 2011 1:18 PM

    I have no feelings good or bad about the Bucs, but they should be fun to watch this year, and even better in a couple years after they fire that poser head coach who only got to be coach because he trashed Jon Gruden behind his back and kissed ownership’s a$$ into the position of head coach.

  12. bleedsoe9mm says: May 16, 2011 1:19 PM

    should be the jets every year , and change the name of the show to fat crazy bastard

  13. thevillain112 says: May 16, 2011 1:22 PM

    Bucs would have been a good choice. Freeman is entertaining and they have a lot of players that people don’t know much about.

    On the plus side, it’ll be good not to see Gerald McCoy on T.V. That guy has been way too arrogant for a guy that hasn’t done jack in the NFL yet…

  14. snnyjcbs says: May 16, 2011 1:25 PM

    Smart move by Tampa and as for the Raiders?, it is a Pipe Dream and will never happen. The Raiders would never let it happen period.

  15. readimgram1 says: May 16, 2011 1:38 PM

    Pssst… To have hard knocks you need to have training camp.

    I wonder how much HBO pays for this…I wonder if they get that money back if it does not happen.

    Anyone else curious?

    How about some investigative reporting PFT!

  16. canadianvikingfaniii says: May 16, 2011 1:42 PM

    Hard Knocks: Kiln, Mississippi

  17. eacuna05 says: May 16, 2011 1:44 PM

    @dgforreal I’m sure Crabtree would love the spotlight, but we don’t need to see more of him doing interviews unless he’s scoring 10 or more TD’s a season consistently

  18. buckybadger says: May 16, 2011 1:52 PM

    The people who are saying this is a good move for the Bucs aren’t looking at how past teams have done. For the most part the teams that did this had very good camps and pretty good years. Have been a couple that haven’t but for the most part having the cameras on these guys gets better efforts in practice. Vince Lombardi used to invite NFL films and tell them to make the cameras appear they are tolling if they are not because he felt the players tried harder when they thought others would see them.

    I think there is something to what Vince Lombardi thought. I was hoping the Bucs would take this as I think they have an interesting team down there. I think the Raiders would be a good one as well. Even as a Packer fan I think we are a poor choice, coach and GM are very boring [thats a good thing but not for TV].

  19. kevinfromphilly says: May 16, 2011 1:53 PM

    If the lockout goes through the summer, will they change the show to “Knock Knock, Who’s There? – Nobody”?

  20. baddegg says: May 16, 2011 2:05 PM

    Honestly, the most entertaining option would be the Redskins, because you have Fat Albert running round doing shuttle tests, Donovan McNabb sulking on the sidelines, and Dan Snyder suing local business establishments. Talk about a circus. But, Hard Knocks wants to follow winning teams so they probably wouldn’t focus on them. But, for entertainment value, admit is…it would be gold.

  21. nyjalleffingday says: May 16, 2011 2:14 PM


    I agree, and that was also hilarious. TY for first funny fat Rex joke in a year.

  22. pistolsmoke says: May 16, 2011 2:18 PM

    Best option is Vikings. New coach, new QB (or a QB competition), Jared Allen’s personality, AP, Mike Singletary (Asst. coach), Stadium talks, Harvin, etc.

  23. dgforreal says: May 16, 2011 2:28 PM

    @dgforreal I’m sure Crabtree would love the spotlight, but we don’t need to see more of him doing interviews unless he’s scoring 10 or more TD’s a season consistently

    Oh I’m sure he’d love that. He has diva written all over him. He’s probably change outfits no less than 5 times per episode.

  24. bucsballer says: May 16, 2011 3:20 PM


    Rlly dis Morris?? Bet ya ur coach kissed major @$$ to get a job. Morris is the energy the bucs needed to get them goin

  25. bucngator says: May 16, 2011 3:48 PM

    @ docredskin…. pull down your skirt, your jealousy and envy is showing… ewwww!!

    I’m torn between wanting to see more of my favorite team, and the fact that our GM has been finding absolute “gems” later in the draft and rookie free agency.

    There’s no need for the other 31 teams to see who they are wanting to “stash away” on the practice squad…. good decision.

  26. grudenthediva says: May 16, 2011 3:49 PM

    “I bet the tens of people who are Bucs fans are bummed.”

    You clowns still paying Deion and Bruce Smith? Talk about bummed (and you guys would know, clearly).

    “even better in a couple years after they fire that poser head coach who only got to be coach because he trashed Jon Gruden behind his back and kissed ownership’s a$$ into the position of head coach.”

    Because clearly Gruden did nothing to assist in the decision to terminate his employment. What astute logic. Kinda like the coach who got to where he was because the table was already set for him once he got off the plane from Oakland?

  27. schmitty2 says: May 16, 2011 3:58 PM

    Probably a good idea. Half the episode would be about the good things (Freeman, Blount,Williams etc) and the other half would look like a Cops episode

  28. sfsaintsfan says: May 16, 2011 4:53 PM

    HBO should reach an “exclusive” agreement with the NFL that Hard Knocks would feature the team that won the last Super Bowl. Would be interesting to see how a Super Bowl Champion deals with filling all of the holes in their roster. Either that, or take the loser of the last Super Bowl. It would give teams a consolation prize for losing…..

  29. dg0122 says: May 16, 2011 11:39 PM

    it could be on Court TV

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