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CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO STAR

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  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

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    3-25-2010

    Part NFL films, part prime-time reality show, HBO's "Hard Knocks" attempts to give viewers an inside look at the day-to-day life of an NFL team's training camp. Normally closed to the public and indeed most of the press, NFL offseason workouts are somewhat of an enigma. HBO had expressed strong interest in featuring the San Diego Chargers for a season, but General Manager AJ Smith was not having it:

    "I think it’s fake, I think it’s phony, I think it’s put on, I think it’s basically a motion picture. And anyone that wants to be in the motion picture business, or enjoy that stuff, they buy into it, they enjoy it, the fake phone call conversations, the fake chatter, the whole thing is a joke and (Chargers CEO) Dean Spanos said it was my call and I made it very quickly."

    "I’m a fan of Steve Sabol and everything he does but that particular segment to get ready for a football season, it’s beyond my comprehension."

    So while you shouldn't expect to see the Chargers on TV much anytime soon, you can at least see former Chargers Ladainian Tomlinson and Antonio Cromartie as they join their new Jets teammates on this season.
     
  2. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    :icon_rofl: Typical AJ.

    Our pre-season is going to be very interesting this year, with new position battles and potential hold outs. But I can't say these guys need more time in front of the camera.
     
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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    Kinda weird. This quote is from a July 2009 Darren Smith interview concerning the Bengals doing the Hard Knocks show... http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/chargers-gm-calls-hard-knocks-fake-a-joke-25359 I can't find the 2010 ESPN article that this reportedly came from, only posts reporting it on Bolt Hype and the Chargers.com board. I was expecting to find some sloppy journalism but struck out. (darn it)


    A.J. Smith: “I just think it’s a tremendous distraction. … I think it’s fake. I think it’s phony. I think it’s a put on. I think it’s basically a motion picture…the fake phone call conversation, the fake chatter, the whole thing is a joke. Dean Spanos said it was my call, and I made it very quickly.”

    Darren Smith: “So in other words you’re not a fan of the show.”

    A.J. Smith: “I’m a fan of (NFL Films president) Steve Sabol and everything he does, but that particular segment to get ready for a football season, it’s beyond my comprehension.”
     
  4. Retired Catholic

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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    Just another TV "reality" show.
     
  5. Johnny Lightning

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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST


    :lol:

    http://www.bolthype.com/2010/03/thr...hype+(BOLTHYPE+-+The+San+Diego+Chargers+Blog)
     
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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    AJ is so awesome.
     
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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    AJ Smiff applied a GLORIOUS back hand to the face of Sabol
     
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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    though i do admit it'd be very fun watching AJ pimp slap his way through the pre season and training camp
     
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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    Are you say T.V. is lying to me???
     
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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    I agree with AJ and am glad he turned it down as the team does not need the distraction. Of course if the Bolts did do the show, I would be tuned in every week, I bet Merriman would put on a great show.
     
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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    And to the players who forget the reason they are in the NFL.

    I am glad A.J. said no.

    This team has not done **** to deserve anything. They need to stay focused.
     
  12. Buck Melanoma

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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    Cromartie will be doing a spin-off called "Knocked Up". :yes:
     
  13. NORV4LIFE

    NORV4LIFE NO MORE NORV!!!!!

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    CHARGERS TURNED DOWN HBO's "HARD KNOCKS" BUT THE JETS ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO ST

    I like this no nonsense attitude. It makes sense. Just like Twitter is a distraction and can be malignant, especially with players like Cromarie tweeting daily... I bet this show can end up hearting a team overall. Look at the Bengals... they flopped at the end of the year after Hard Knocks last year... Makes sense they picked Bengals with Ochocinco(mastter tweeter) and chargers, then Jets Cro( tweet addiction)
     

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