For some inexplicable reason, the next NFL team to be profiled by HBO’s popular “Hard Knocks” series will be the Miami Dolphins, per Jeff Darlington. NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports the first episode will air on August 7th.
Excuse me while I try to remember the last time the Dolphins were relevant. Pretty sure it was back in the early 1990s when a guy named Dan Marino played quarterback. Were the Seattle Seahawks not available?
But it’s cool. Who doesn’t want to watch a show about a team that went 6-10 last season and currently calls Matt Moore its starting quarterback? Vegas.com has the over/under on the number of games they’ll win this year at 7.5. Scintillating stuff.
Since it’s HBO, I have no doubt they will do a great job with what they have to work with. But I just don’t know why anyone would want to watch the Dolphins right now. Granted drafting Ryan Tannehill in the first round of April’s draft does give them a little cultural currency, but they’ve made no stand-out offseason acquisitions, no trades, no nothing.
There is an argument to be made that the Fins are a once proud franchise trying to rise from the ashes and prove themselves. There’s something respectable about that. But by the same token, how are they going to make for good television? There would actually have to be some kind of progress shown in order for the underdog story line to work and I’m not sure they’re going to be able to do that, at least in training camp. Which is when “Hard Knocks” shoots, natch.
It’s an odd casting choice, certainly, but Reggie Bush is a Dolphin now. So there’s a least a little piece of man candy. And the opportunity for a Kim Kardashian cameo (don’t act like it won’t happen).