Recently rumors have swirled about which NFL team would be hosting the HBO reality TV series “Hard Knocks” for the upcoming 2014 NFL season. Several lists have been released, and there were recent reports stating that the Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears and New York Giants were the finalists to host the show during their training camp.
That report was nullified by the NFL, but it was enough to get Steelers fans talking about how much they would despise having their favorite team host the series. To that I say, who cares?
Not only is the HBO show great television, but which fanbase wouldn’t love to see their favorite team up close and personal and some of the inner workings that go along with an NFL training camp? I know that I would love to see Mike Tomlin and company run practice and operate a successful camp.
The naysayers are ones who declare the show to be a distraction and will take away from the Steelers possibly winning their seventh Super Bowl.
Can a television show really be a big distraction in training camp? Are cameras going to turn Ben Roethlisberger from a Super Bowl winning quarterback to Tim Couch? Are interviews at the end of the day going to make Antonio Brown drop passes? Plain and simple, the answer is no.
If anything, the Steelers could use some publicity heading into the 2014 season. They simply haven’t been that good the past two seasons, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to remind a national audience that the Steelers are still, well, the Steelers.
If the Steelers don’t get the show, there won’t be any sleep lost over it, but if they do host “Hard Knocks” at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. this training camp, it would make for some great television for Steelers fans everywhere.
I know I’ll be tuning in.