As it often can be, Twitter was abuzz with speculation that the Pittsburgh Steelers would be selected to appear on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks.’
If you aren’t familiar, this is where cameras follow players and coaches through training camp and there is little left to the imagination. Just ask the New York Jets.
All teams are eligible to appear with the following exceptions; they have a first year head coach, teams that have made the playoffs in one of the last two years and those who have been on the show in the last ten years.
That means the Steelers are eligible along with Arizona, Chicago, Buffalo, Jacksonville, St. Louis, New York Giants and Oakland Raiders.
A team can volunteer but the last two seasons have seen the decision come right down to the wire and the NFL will likely want to avoid that.
Personally, I want absolutely nothing to do with this. As has been proven on the series with teams like the aforementioned Jets, the Cowboys and the Bengals, very little comes out of a positive nature.
The Steelers are coming off back to back 8-8 seasons and are likely to have many new faces in 2014. Having cameras and microphones in those faces does nothing for me except keep me up at night.
Although HBO and the NFL would love to see the Steelers on the show because of the ratings, I can’t imagine it would be very entertaining. Can you imagine Mike Tomlin?
It would be like a 24/7 press conference with him. The number of times he would say ‘obviously’ would probably result in a death from a drinking game or sheer boredom.
I am imploring the NFL to consider someone else for Hard Knocks. If not for the Steelers sake then how about my own?
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.