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Bengals return to Hard Knocks

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Child please indeed.

The Bengals once again will serve as the guinea pigs for Hard Knocks, the popular HBO and NFL Films series.  As reported by Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News (who apparently tweeted the news then deleted it) and confirmed by Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals are the pick.  Per Reedy, an announcement is coming next week.

The Bengals last served as the centerpiece for the show in 2009.  Shrugging off the potential distractions, the Bengals unexpectedly won the AFC North with a 10-6 record.

This time around (and with only 13 players who experienced the event four years ago), the Bengals are shooting for a third straight postseason berth, and some (e.g., me) are seriously considering picking the Bengals as the eventual 2013 AFC champions.

While perennial playoff teams rarely need or want the exposure that comes from Hard Knocks, the Bengals can seize the opportunity as a coming out party, especially with the potent mix of young and experienced players with a high degree of talent.  Moreover, coach Marvin Lewis presumably was pleased with the outcome in 2009, or he wouldn’t be allowing it to happen again.

It’s also  safe to say that the presence of the cameras will result in a cameo appearance — invited or not — from Chad Johnson, who was the star of the team’s last stint on Hard Knocks.

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77 Responses to “Bengals return to Hard Knocks”
  1. acerockefellar says: Jun 15, 2013 12:42 AM

    Pretty good choice.

    There are a good amount of teams that would be worse.

  2. rickyspanish says: Jun 15, 2013 12:45 AM

    Excellent, I want to see Margus Hunt eat an entire cow for lunch. That guy is huge!

  3. seahawkshurtpeople says: Jun 15, 2013 12:50 AM

    How boring. Nobody wants to watch the Bengals.

    No self respecting team wants anything to do with Hard Knocks so we’re stuck with teams like the Bengals and Jaguars. Yuck!

  4. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 15, 2013 12:57 AM

    NO WAY the Bengals win the AFC this season! NO WAY!

  5. ridnaway says: Jun 15, 2013 12:58 AM

    I wonder if Jim Lippincott will invade someone’s bedroom at 4:00 am again ON CAMERA to tell some poor player he’s been cut. Classless to the bitter end.

  6. 303bengalguy says: Jun 15, 2013 12:58 AM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I don’t care about the stigma of the show, it worked out pretty well the last time around.

    This is awesome!

  7. Sackville Rc says: Jun 15, 2013 1:10 AM

    This is a great team for this case study.

  8. toeknee2toes says: Jun 15, 2013 1:12 AM

    I am a long time Bengals fan. I absolutely love the idea of being featured on hard knocks again. Who dey! I believe this team will be more about business than entertaining

  9. b4n9edweimer says: Jun 15, 2013 1:13 AM

    I bet HBO was turned down by the Chicago Bulls before turning back to the BangLulz again.

  10. alphadux2u says: Jun 15, 2013 1:14 AM

    I think Florio secretly wants Chad to smack him on the butt

  11. canadianbucsfan says: Jun 15, 2013 1:16 AM

    Much more talented Bengals team this time around for the show. Should be interesting.

  12. granadafan says: Jun 15, 2013 1:24 AM

    At least the parole officers will know where their “clients”are.

  13. jdmonte11 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:27 AM

    “…the Bengals are shooting for a third straight postseason berth, and some (e.g., me) are seriously considering picking the Bengals as the eventual 2013 AFC champions.”

    Go home Florio, you’re drunk.

  14. hedleykow says: Jun 15, 2013 1:34 AM

    I already know what’s going to happen: I’ll add HBO to my service, intending to only keep for a couple of months while Hard Knocks is running. Then I’ll be too lazy to every cancel it, and it will end up costing me thousands of dollars over 20 years. But it’ll be worth it.

  15. bigboysmash says: Jun 15, 2013 1:35 AM

    Does this count as community service for the criminality bungles?
    And im pretty sure the correct term to use is kiss the baby not child please.

  16. stopmakingexcuses says: Jun 15, 2013 1:41 AM

    Doth this team not understand the word class? A few years ago they had a bad rap for the way they ran their franchise…………not alot of winning and alot of problems.

    They’ve been winning more and having less problems recently and they go back to the camera.

    Is it money or stupdity?

  17. silverandblackfan77 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:45 AM

    AFC Champs is a little much maybe AFC North but in order to get that far Andy Dalton needs to take the next step much and his OC should probably try to get a pass targeted at Green in the first half I say they make it as a wild card once again

  18. gmen16 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:46 AM

    Solid team=solid show. Wasnt a fan of the dolphins last year bc they weren’t a good team at that point. From a giants fan

  19. ghostofseantaylor says: Jun 15, 2013 1:47 AM

    RG3 does not approve.

  20. robyesno says: Jun 15, 2013 1:51 AM

    “Child please” lol Mike, that was really funny!

  21. thesteelers says: Jun 15, 2013 1:55 AM

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

  22. thememyselfandiguy says: Jun 15, 2013 2:06 AM

    who wants to see the boring bengals, other then bengals fans. not me and i dont know anyone that does. obviously a great choice by hbo….. lol

  23. derekv651 says: Jun 15, 2013 2:11 AM

    The newest addition of Cops is now call Hard Knoks? I’m confused

  24. bigboysmash says: Jun 15, 2013 2:18 AM

    Yeah buddy hbo should change its name to court tv or prison. C

  25. pacificnw7722 says: Jun 15, 2013 2:30 AM

    I hope they follow up on Pacman……..

  26. nflhof says: Jun 15, 2013 2:33 AM

    Boring selection

  27. bharr170 says: Jun 15, 2013 2:55 AM

    A lot of great storylines on this team. This is going to be good.

  28. pacoltsguy says: Jun 15, 2013 3:05 AM

    This has probably been brought up in the past, but I’ve gotta believe there is a pretty good monetary payout to the franchise “owner” for participation in this so-called Reality Series.

    Just sayin’ this might be some indication of where the team management’s heads are.

  29. cruells says: Jun 15, 2013 3:15 AM

    I wonder if HBO will have The Bengals signing Chad Johnson just so he can get cut on camera again this season and help the ratings..

  30. coachbeck says: Jun 15, 2013 3:26 AM

    Cool stuff. Who Dey…. Theirs was the best hard knocks since Baltimore and Jacksonville.

  31. joetoronto says: Jun 15, 2013 3:33 AM

    “Some (e.g., me) are seriously considering picking the Bengals as the eventual 2013 AFC champions.”

    No way no how this team of turds wins the AFC with Andy Dalton at QB.

  32. stlunatik says: Jun 15, 2013 3:40 AM

    worst part is when a guy does good at camp and gets cut because there’s no room for him, then bam, camera right in his face

  33. alonestartexan says: Jun 15, 2013 4:03 AM

    Cincinnati will try for the 3rd straight year to get past Houston, and will fail again.

    Go Texans!

  34. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: Jun 15, 2013 4:04 AM

    I think Hard Knocks is a good thing. Besides the fact that each series is brilliantly entertaining, showing the mechanisms by which a professional sports team operates. I think as a team that you’d want that scrutiny. If you can’t handle the “pressure” of some cameras hanging around, or deal with what you’re ” edited” to look like, then maybe you don’t have the mental strength and focus as a team to accomplish anything.

  35. trevor123698 says: Jun 15, 2013 4:16 AM

    they will take the AFC north this year as well. you can bet on it! I already have.

  36. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 15, 2013 4:35 AM

    God damn Lions too chicken and SCARED to play real ball.

    Mad props to the Bengals, to be on it twice already, that’s just awesome. Good for them.

  37. lew24 says: Jun 15, 2013 4:38 AM

    I hope Andre Smith keeps his shirt on!!!

  38. busterhighmann says: Jun 15, 2013 4:54 AM

    Call it morbid fascination but I’d rather watch the Jet’s continued implosion.

  39. bonniebengal says: Jun 15, 2013 4:56 AM

    I’m kind of torn about it. The reality show types like Chad are gone, and I would rather this young team didn’t have any distractions. Of course, I will be watching it anyway. It was great last time.

  40. stubbyjones says: Jun 15, 2013 5:12 AM

    like to see the Bills in one.

  41. ghostofnflpresent says: Jun 15, 2013 5:12 AM

    Hear that?!

    31 teams just sighed in relief.

  42. dennyg2 says: Jun 15, 2013 6:49 AM

    Great news. This will be the first time that Hard Knocks will host the eventual Super Bowl Champions.

  43. j4man1 says: Jun 15, 2013 6:51 AM

    Anyone ever picking the bengals to be the AFC champ’s is a moron

  44. allhailkingflacco says: Jun 15, 2013 6:53 AM

    And we now go live to Ocho in San Quintan…

    “Chad are you the butt slapper or the slappee these days ?”

  45. jjb0811 says: Jun 15, 2013 7:18 AM

    Glad the show is back on for another year.

  46. vapor54 says: Jun 15, 2013 7:34 AM

    bigboymarsh- LOL on community service comment

  47. robt927 says: Jun 15, 2013 7:52 AM

    Who cares about the Bengals? This show is terrible for team building.

  48. bigwaveseeker says: Jun 15, 2013 8:07 AM

    I think they should film the show a season in advance. That way teams wouldn’t have to worry about revealing current strategies and such. They could also include filming at the draft.

  49. watermelon1 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:11 AM

    Hard knocks should just follow around all those dollars the bengals refuse to spend to get them over the hump and be a real contender!

  50. rhamrhoddy says: Jun 15, 2013 8:40 AM

    There’s something about the Bengals unis that are intriguing.

    On one hand, the black and orange combo is sharp.

    On the other hand, it looks like a cross between modern orange prison jump suit and old school black stripe prison-wear.

  51. qdog112 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:52 AM

    Not a sexy pick for Hard Knocks, they are my pick to lose to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

  52. sportsbastard says: Jun 15, 2013 9:20 AM

    Hopefully some more laughs are in store when watching Katie Brown attempt contract negotiations. HBO must have realized that was funnier than Entourage.

  53. sampsonswag01 says: Jun 15, 2013 9:33 AM

    The BEST would have been dueling Hard Knocks with Seattle vs San Fran filmed concurrently. Granted it’ll never happen but that would’ve been even more jet fuel for a Week 2 meeting! Gonna be a great game fo’ shizzle!

    #49es

  54. rajbais says: Jun 15, 2013 9:37 AM

    I would have preferred the Detroit Lions or Arizona Cardinals.

    If four years is the statute of limitations for a come back, okay.

    But Cincinnati’s first attempt with the show was much more special because it was trying to resurrect its national image.

    The Lions have somewhat of an image problem because of their on-field discipline issues and the Arizona Cardinals need to be on the map. Bruce Arians is an underrated quote machine.

    As for Chad, isn’t going to Cincinnati for him a bad idea anyways? After all he needs to meet with his probation officer More often.

  55. greyhawk9 says: Jun 15, 2013 9:52 AM

    translation .. the bengals were the only team willing to be on hard knocks

  56. t8ertot says: Jun 15, 2013 9:58 AM

    Yeah buddy!!! Last time Cincy was on hard knocks they won the division. I expect the same results

  57. Schrammbo says: Jun 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    Kiss the baby!

  58. t8ertot says: Jun 15, 2013 10:03 AM

    “Doth this team not understand the word class? A few years ago they had a bad rap for the way they ran their franchise…………not alot of winning and alot of problems.

    They’ve been winning more and having less problems recently and they go back to the camera.

    Is it money or stupdity?”

    Because being on camera is classless. Yeah that makes total sense

  59. bonniebengal says: Jun 15, 2013 10:05 AM

    “ridnaway says: Jun 15, 2013 12:58 AM

    I wonder if Jim Lippincott will invade someone’s bedroom at 4:00 am again ON CAMERA to tell some poor player he’s been cut. Classless to the bitter end.”

    Jim Lippincott is retired.

    “t8ertot says: Jun 15, 2013 9:58 AM

    Yeah buddy!!! Last time Cincy was on hard knocks they won the division. I expect the same results”

    We not only won the division. We swept the division.

  60. bigbluwreckincrew83 says: Jun 15, 2013 10:23 AM

    Giants fan here and I thoroughly enjoyed the last time the Bengals were featured. I gained alot of respect for Marvin Lewis and they swept the division later that season. This show never had the stigma of being a distraction until the Jets came along and turned it into a full on circus

  61. bonniebengal says: Jun 15, 2013 10:27 AM

    We have some intriguing stories this year, lots of position battles, the aftereffects of the Carson Palmer trade, and Margus Hunt: Nobody has a story like Margus Hunt. Estonian track star and Junior Olympic champion who moved to the U.S. to train. The track and field program at the school he went to was cancelled, so he took up football for the scholarship. He learned the basics of football by playing Madden! Then fast forward four years and he’s a 26 year old rookie getting drafted in the second round.

  62. bonniebengal says: Jun 15, 2013 10:46 AM

    The 2009 season featuring the Bengals had higher ratings than any previous Hard Knocks season. They also won two sports Emmy awards for that season.

  63. sellout1983 says: Jun 15, 2013 11:47 AM

    I’m a Bengals fan so take this with a grain of salt but I think the previous Bengals season of Hard Knocks was the best of the entire series. I think this season has a lot going on and potentially could be a good show too. The competition battle between Gresham and Eifert, the arrival of Harrison from the Steelers, the Pacman situation, and the struggle of Mauagula since his rookie season (which was the previous hard knocks season).

    I just want to hear Zimmer mic’d up and chewing everyone out three ways from Sunday.

  64. coachbeck says: Jun 15, 2013 12:06 PM

    I wanna hear marvin with another “be a #^*#^ Pro!!!!! Quote

  65. bigdon76 says: Jun 15, 2013 12:36 PM

    J.J. Watt will be watching for the snap count.hence miami dolphins. 49ers will never be on this show. The show is a joke because teams do not want to be on it.

  66. paulbrownbengal says: Jun 15, 2013 12:48 PM

    Only team stopping Bengals from winning AFC is Denver.
    This time around you will see a more professional looking Bengals team. No Lippy or Chad. Mike Brown is the man who got the current CBA passed and idiots want to be down on him.
    Prediction from BengalsJungle 12-4 AFC North Champs and in AFC Championship game with Denver. Then on to SB against either GB, SEA, SF, ALT or NO.

  67. nickster31 says: Jun 15, 2013 12:49 PM

    Perennial playoff team? 2 years in a row and 3 apperances in the last 30 years.

    Try harder PFT.

  68. beelicker says: Jun 15, 2013 12:51 PM

    Allll righty then … make my whodey!

    The window is OPEN

  69. novoodoo4409 says: Jun 15, 2013 1:32 PM

    Who dat >who dey

    Who dey is copycat and stupid….fact….geaux bungles….lmao…

  70. samoanjungle says: Jun 15, 2013 1:55 PM

    nickster31 says:
    Jun 15, 2013 12:49 PM
    Perennial playoff team? 2 years in a row and 3 apperances in the last 30 years.

    Try harder PFT.
    ———————————————-
    Why don’t you check your facts Nickster. Playoffs 3 out of the last 4 years alone

  71. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 15, 2013 2:12 PM

    With the exception of James Harrison, the Bengals have zero personality. Ending my subscription to HBO was the best move I ever made.

  72. hailvictory10 says: Jun 15, 2013 2:46 PM

    I’m sure The Bengals were Hard Knocks like 15 th choice. But no team with championship aspirations would ever do this show. It’s all publicity and nonsense.

    Only a dumb ass franchise would do it twice ( oh yeah DALLAS, lol)

    HTTR. NFC east champs.

  73. t8ertot says: Jun 15, 2013 4:45 PM

    “Who dat >who dey

    Who dey is copycat and stupid….fact….geaux bungles….lmao…”

    You have it backwards. Who Dey was first. Look it up silly Aint fan

  74. bmoretitansfan says: Jun 15, 2013 5:15 PM

    I like this choice. I think it’ll be a better series then the Dolphins…and maybe another Andre Smith impersonation…that was a classic lol

  75. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jun 15, 2013 6:24 PM

    Figured this thread would be full of haters. Mostly Raiders and Steelers fans who are just butt-hurt the Bengals beat them recently. Bengals have been to the playoffs 3 of the past 4 seasons, have a ton of great storylines (as you will soon see), and a roster full of some of the most talented youngsters in the NFL, like Geno Atkins and AJ Green.

  76. voyager6 says: Jun 15, 2013 6:42 PM

    In 2009, when on camera, Marvin adopted a hard-line approach to coaching, holding players accountable for their on and off field actions. He softened up in 2010. I would love to see him hard on the players gain as they will respond and play better.

  77. xjokerz says: Jun 17, 2013 3:04 AM

    The bengals again ? No thanks

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