The NFL Can Force These Eight Teams To Appear On Hard Knocks

After the NFL and HBO had a devil of a time finding a team to agree to be on Hard Knocks, owners passed a new rule. Now the league can force a team to admit HBO cameras into their training camp unless that team a)has a new head coach, b)made the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons, or c)already appeared on the… » 1/20/14 4:42pm 1/20/14 4:42pm

The NFL Can Now Force Teams To Appear On Hard Knocks

After peaking with the Jets, Hard Knocks has had a hell of a time finding teams to go under the documentary microscope for training camp. After a string of refusals the 2012 edition settled for the boring Dolphins, and though the Bengals stepped up this year, it was another forgettable season. But thanks to a new rule… » 10/08/13 1:37pm 10/08/13 1:37pm

Yes, Jim Lampley's Glasses Have Real Lenses

It's recently become an odd topic of speculation that HBO boxing commentator and occasional bad decision maker Jim Lampley wears glasses on-air that don't have any lenses in them. This speculation, indeed, has come up inside the Deadspin offices. After all, they're so damn clear! There's no glare! We want to believe… » 12/19/12 9:35am 12/19/12 9:35am

Game Of Thrones House Sigils, As Re-Imagined By A Nike Designer

Darrin Crescenzi is a Portland-based graphic designer, and something of a go-to guy for Nike. He's responsible for, among other things, the Team USA Olympic jerseys, Nike's Livestrong campaign, and various logos and brandmarks going back half a decade. These are all corporate things that are hard for anyone who's not a … » 9/07/12 2:45pm 9/07/12 2:45pm

Chad Johnson Getting Cut Made For A Devastating Hard Knocks

It's all falling apart for Chad Johnson. On Saturday, an arrest on domestic violence charges after allegedly headbutting his wife. On Sunday, he was cut from the Dolphins, possibly the last NFL team that was going to give him a chance. But undrafted rookie or 11-year veteran, the end always comes the same way: a call… » 8/15/12 10:05am 8/15/12 10:05am

Last Night On Hard Knocks, We Learned What NFL GMs Use As Their…

HBO's Hard Knocks has to maintain a balance between access and secrecy. The fans get to spend a few hours with the players and coaches in unusual settings; the coaches go along with the cameras but still get to obscure their plays and play calls from the public. Everybody wins all the time. Well, almost all the time. » 8/08/12 12:50pm 8/08/12 12:50pm

Matt Moore's Bachelorette Fandom And Chad Johnson's Sex Life: Highlights …

The seventh season of HBO's Hard Knocks premiered last night after an offseason of searching by producers for a team willing to be featured on the Emmy award-winning program. With the Miami Dolphins onboard—and newly un-renamed Chad Johnson signed to the team—the premiere was highly anticipated by pay TV-subscribing… » 8/08/12 10:20am 8/08/12 10:20am

The Dolphins Will Be On Hard Knocks

After every interesting team in the NFL decided they weren't interested, and after we feared it might come down to the eager Jaguars, up steps a team that no one predicted. It's the dark horse fish mammals, the Miami Dolphins, that will be featured on HBO's Hard Knocks. » 5/29/12 1:15pm 5/29/12 1:15pm

Nobody Wants To Do Hard Knocks Except The Jaguars, And Hard Knocks

ESPN says that the Falcons thought about it really hard, but decided they'll pass on being profiled on Hard Knocks this season. They say they'd like to focus on football and football only, which makes us wonder if Rex Ryan wasn't the worst thing that ever happened to this show. » 4/23/12 6:10pm 4/23/12 6:10pm

Rex Ryan Is The Only Person In The World Who Doesn't Want The Jets To…

Owner Woody Johnson was curiously coy about the Jets doing another edition of HBO's Hard Knocks, when asked about it last week. That's because, according to Fox Sports, he's totally all about it. What's not to like? Tebow! Sanchez! Holmes! Ryan! This could be the greatest reality/docudrama/propaganda film ever created. … » 4/11/12 12:35pm 4/11/12 12:35pm

HBO Unable To Film TV Show About Horse Racing Without Horses Dying

Say you're a high-profile media company and you've got a hit show on your hands that delves into the shadowy world of horse racing. You know what might be in your best interest? Keeping the horses alive. First off, because they're the stars of your show. (What, you were going to say Nick Nolte?) But most importantly,… » 3/13/12 10:40pm 3/13/12 10:40pm

Why You Should All Be Watching HBO's Brilliant On Freddie Roach

Sports documentaries tend to adhere to a certain formula: tremendous amounts of archival footage plus talking heads. If you're Ken Burns, you mix in some banjo music. Sometimes you get the subject to reminisce about a time in his life that is still of abiding interest to sports fans, and maybe, if you're lucky, you… » 2/28/12 6:23pm 2/28/12 6:23pm

At The Winter Classic, A New Year Belongs To Gary Bettman

PHILADELPHIA—These are supposed to be the treasured memories of the NHL's Winter Classic: Star-crossed Brayden Schenn's first career goal. Mike Rupp's mocking Jagr salute after his first score. Henrik Lundqvist stoning a penalty shot for the game. But they're transient memories, already fading. » 1/03/12 4:00pm 1/03/12 4:00pm