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Coming Up on the August 22, 2017 Edition of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

Coming Up on the August 22, 2017 Edition of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL

We have horribly neglected HBO Sports and such programs as REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL. We admit that. Gumbel and company, for example, have been airing sports stories for twenty-two seasons and when I saw the announcement that the content of that show’s 245th installment was posted I thought, “damn some attention needs bestowed.” So here it is it in entirety.   REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL EXAMINES THE STATE OF THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION; EXPLORES THE BOOMING YOUTH SPORTS TOURISM INDUSTRY IN AMERICA; PROFILES ZACK HAMPLE, BASEBALL’S INFAMOUS BALL HAWK; AND REVISITS THE DANGEROUS ISLE OF MAN MOTORCYCLE RACE WHEN A NEW...

HARD KNOCKS 2017 Focuses on the Buccaneers!

HARD KNOCKS 2017 Focuses on the Buccaneers!

We speculate on which team every year. We narrow down the eligible players and wait for the official announcement. Well, HBO Sports has dropped that announcement and declared that the NFL team to be scrutinized this training season on HARD KNOCKS is – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.   Here is a portion of the official press release – HBO SPORTS, NFL FILMS AND THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS JOIN FORCES FOR HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, A NEW SEASON OF THE GROUNDBREAKING SPORTS REALITY SERIES, DEBUTING TUESDAY, AUG. 8, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO   HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team up for an...

HBO Picks HARD KNOCKS For Four More Seasons But Yet To Pick 2017’s Team

HBO Picks HARD KNOCKS For Four More Seasons But Yet To Pick 2017’s Team

That’s right, though the lucky team faced with training camp scrutiny in 2017 has not been decided yet a mutual ruling has been declared that HBO Sports’ HARD KNOCK has been renewed for four more seasons. Here, in its entirety, is the official press release: NEW YORK, April 3, 2017 – HBO Sports, NFL Media and NFL Films announced today that they have reached agreement on a long-term extension of the HARD KNOCKS franchise, with this year’s five-episode season to begin Tuesday, Aug. 8. The first sports reality series, HARD KNOCKS debuted in summer 2001, becoming the most acclaimed sports reality franchise on TV and earning recognition...

HARD KNOCKS 2017 – The Short List

HARD KNOCKS 2017 – The Short List

HBO has not dropped anything official about which NFL team will be the focus of HARD KNOCKS in August 2017. It is too early for it to so. But the buzz about it does drop early every year. It proves to be one of the biggest casting questions of the year for the network. Those familiar with the sports series knows the criteria that make a team eligible for the yearly scrutiny. A team cannot be selected if they were in the playoffs in either of the last two seasons, if they have a first-year head coach or if they have been on the program at any point in the last 10 years. That is exempt, however, if any ball club chooses to volunteer for the...

HBO Sports: STATE OF PLAY Round 2

HBO Sports: STATE OF PLAY Round 2

Overview: Out of nowhere comes Peter Berg with yet another round of sports documentaries under the STATE OF PLAY banner. What follows is a review of the three installments that debuted on 12.13, 12.14 and 12.15. “Inherent Violence” – Combative sport has transcended time and remains popular today. Is violence an inherent part of sports, or is it an inherent part of human beings? This film explores combat sports through two father-son relationships, a 33-year-old American professional MMA fighter who is combat training his ten-year-old son, and a 47-year-old retired player of Calcio Storico in Florence, Italy, who has groomed his...

Buzz From The HARD KNOCKS 2016 Press Conference

Buzz From The HARD KNOCKS 2016 Press Conference

HBO’s HARD KNOCKS is an extraordinary sports series with the fastest turnaround from filming to airtime for any show of its kind. But it is not like HBO and NFL Films hasn’t had years of practice now. But, as the forthcoming clip states this coming season, HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE LOS ANGELES RAMS, is like no other season of the show. Let’s take a moment to recap the series to date. Season One (2001) gave us the Baltimore Ravens and a look at key veterans seeing their last games of play; Season Two (2002) had the Dallas Cowboys when Emmitt Smith was still playing; after a few years off it was then time for Season Three...

HBO’s HARD KNOCKS 2016 Drops Trailer Early

HBO’s HARD KNOCKS 2016 Drops Trailer Early

Boom! Did it drop fast or what? NFL Films and HBO Sports have their eyes trained on the L. A. Rams as they prepare to cover the team’s return to the gridiron this fall. They do so with the sport series HARD KNOCKS and the hype is building up already. Does it seem as though this team is made for this series. Of course the ball club in question has a big angle to play up in the upcoming eleventh season of the series: the football franchise is returning to southern California. From 1946 to 1994 the team called Los Angeles home. Its home field was the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and later the Anaheim Stadium. Then the Rams moved to Saint...

HARD KNOCKS Features the L. A. Rams in 2016: Air Date August 9th

HARD KNOCKS Features the L. A. Rams in 2016: Air Date August 9th

Well, we got rather quick results this year regarding the NFL team going under the scrutiny of the HBO and NFL Films cameras at training camp later this year. The chosen team is the Los Angeles Rams! Here is the official word from HBO Sports:   HBO SPORTS, NFL FILMS AND THE LOS ANGELES RAMS JOIN FORCES FOR A NEW SEASON OF THE GROUNDBREAKING SPORTS REALITY FRANCHISE WHEN HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE LOS ANGELES RAMS, CHRONICLING THE EXPERIENCES OF NFL TRAINING CAMP AS THE LEAGUE RETURNS TO LOS ANGELES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 22 YEARS, DEBUTS TUESDAY, AUG. 9, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO   With anticipation building as the NFL returns to...

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