Monday, April 2, 2012

Woody Johnson: Jets could return to Hard Knocks

As if owner Woody Johnson didn't receive enough publicity the past two weeks when the New York Jets traded for controversial quarterback Tim Tebow, the star-struck owner didn't rule out a Gang Green return to HBO's "Hard Knocks."

"I've heard (the speculation), but we've yet to receive a formal invitation," Johnson said during a promotional appearance to launch the NFL's new pop-up store in Manhattan. "And when we do, we will take a look at it."
Johnson said there have been informal talks with HBO, but he declined to speculate on an outcome because "we can't react to anything unless it's a real invitation."

In case you need to be reminded, the Jets flipped "Hard Knocks" on its head in the ratings department after Rex Ryan spewed more F-bombs than Tony Soprano in an entire episode of "The Sopranos." The Jets were truly entertaining when they did "Hard Knocks" two years ago, and a return to it would be very interesting with Tebow now in a locker room that was fractured by poor relationships between incumbent Mark Sanchez and his teammates.

If HBO does invite the Jets, and why wouldn't they, the Jets are a good product from an entertainment standpoint; don't be shocked if the Jets jump in faster than you can say "Bada Bing!"  

"Hard Knocks" did not air last year because of the lockout, and many speculated that the Detroit Lions would be HBO's next choice after the success of the Jets from 2010. But, hey, a Jets sequel would definitely be a lot more fun.

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