(photo by Brian Murphy)
With the Washington Redskins preparing to take on the New York Jets this Friday night, I couldn’t help but wish that these two franchises could magically change places.
I know what you’re thinking – the Jets came within one win of the Super Bowl a year ago while the Redskins went just 4-12. Of course I’d want to see the teams flip flop.
But that’s not what I meant. You see, the Jets are the featured team on “Hard Knocks,” HBO’s popular reality sports documentary series. For those not familiar, the show gives fans an inside peek at the life of a football franchise, whether it’s through the eyes of an undrafted rookie free agent hoping to earn a roster spot or a sage veteran trying to extend his career one more year.
I admit that the Jets were an easy choice for HBO. They’ve got more intriguing storylines than anything you’ve ever seen on “Entourage.” Just to name a few:
- They’ve got Rex Ryan, a second-year head coach full of piss and vinegar who happens to be the son of Buddy Ryan – the architect of the 46 defense. His colorful language alone was the talk of the first episode.
- They’ve got franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez, hoping to avoid a sophomore slump after a solid rookie season.
- They’ve got Darelle Revis, who, for my money, is the best cornerback in football (although he’s nowhere to be found at the moment thanks to his displeasure with his contract situation).
- They’ve got LaDainian Tomlinson, one of the best running backs of all time, who was cast aside by San Diego and is motivated to show the world that he can still be productive.
- They’ve got Antonio Cromartie, who provided one of the most enjoyable TV moments in recent memory when he failed to name all seven of the children he’s fathered in last week’s episode.
- They’ve got Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, two productive receivers who have been known to find controversy off the field.
- They’ve got Bart Scott, the loudmouth linebacker who never met a microphone he didn’t like.
- Hell, they’ve even got a rookie fullback named Jon Conner, who his teammates have naturally nicknamed “The Terminator,” turning heads every time he has a chance to hit somebody.
Seriously, the Jets were a no brainer for “Hard Knocks.” I fully admit it.
It’s too bad though. If ever there was a year for the Redskins to be featured on the Emmy-award winning program, it’s this one.
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