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Hard Knocks 2015 Potential Teams

Hard Knocks 2015 Potential Teams

Football season is approaching its zenith of competition over the next several weeks but with the end of the regular season, speculation has already begun over which team will be featured in the annual late summer series Hard Knocks.  In years past the show has featured teams with stars in transition trying to break through to the next level and compete with the best in the league.  Last season the Atlanta Falcons were featured coming off of a 4-12 season with zero star power.  In recent years teams are featured not because they want to take advantage of the added publicity but due to contractual obligations with the NFL.  The teams...

HBO Boxing’s Best of 2014

HBO Boxing’s Best of 2014

Next week HBO will be serving up a series of its top fights of the year for several nights in a row starting Saturday December 27th through Tuesday December 30th.  They can also be seen anytime On Demand and on HBOGO.Saturday December 27th Golovkin vs Geale and Golovkin vs Rubio (11:30 pm) These two fights were the best opponents the fearsome fighter from Kazakhstan could get in the ring this year.  Geale was a quality fighter from England who gave his best in a high action, violent brawl. Rubio on the other hand came into the fight for a payday and nothing more in this farce of a fight. Golovkin stayed the course on his way up the pound...

HBO Sports Documentary: TAPIA

HBO Sports Documentary: TAPIA

Overview: TAPIA uses first-person narration and archival footage to explore the achievements, personal demons and ultimate redemption of the popular fighter known as Johnny Tapia who died in 2012 at age 45. The film is executive produced by multiplatinum award-winning musician, entrepreneur and actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and sports promoter, producer and entertainment executive Lou DiBella. Rick Bernstein, executive producer of HBO Sports stated – “Johnny Tapia’s life story was an incredible journey, and we are eager to celebrate his biggest accomplishments and chronicle the toughest and most difficult moments of his...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “First Ladies”

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “First Ladies”

Overview: The fourth installment focuses on the challenges of balancing the pursuit of professional success and family obligations. This film focuses on three couples whose vows shape their decisions on the field and at home. What role has each of these spouses played in her family’s success? Profiled are Mike and Kiya Tomlin, Kevin and DeLana Harvick, and Scott and Megan Lenhoff. Mike Tomlin is head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Kevin Harvick drives a racecar on the NASCAR circuit, and Scott Lenhoff is head football coach at Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas. Expectations:  Before I even see this installment I have to say I...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Culture Shock”

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Culture Shock”

Overview: This third edition of the STATE OF PLAY documentary series from HBO Sports starts with a 30-minute documentary that explores how the National Football League, America’s most popular sports organization, is confronting the enormous challenge of making the game safer, chronicling the physical toll of the game on its players, a subject that has taken center stage over the past two years. How does the sport survive amidst a proliferation of long-term injuries and lawsuits? The film begins with Berg revisiting a heartbreaking moment in Texas High School football history: the 2003 game between Westlake High School and Madison High of...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: Broken

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: Broken

Overview: This second edition of HBO Sports STATE OF PLAY tells the story of college football player Eric LeGrand of Avenel, NJ (No. 52 at Rutgers) and mountain biker Steve Shope of Newfields, NH, who both competed at a high level, but suddenly, became paralyzed on the field. This moving film follows both men and their families as they struggle to accept new physical limitations, painting a raw and inspiring portrait of endurance and love. Berg hosts a panel discussion that includes Eric LeGrand, his mother, Karen, Steve Shope and his wife, Julie. STATE OF PLAY: BROKEN is executive produced by Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey; co-executive...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Happiness”

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Happiness”

Overview: The first new edition of STATE OF PLAY begins with a 35-minute documentary that explores the lives of three former NFL greats, quarterback Brett Favre, running back Tiki Barber and wide receiver Wayne Chrebet, as they transition from leading the lives of American superstars to those of civilians. With the help of experts in the burgeoning science of happiness, the film follows the players’ journeys to find the surprising truths of what made them so happy while in the game and how to find happiness outside of the sport that defined them for so long. Also interviewed for the film are: former NFL stars Howie Long, Michael Strahan,...

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