I don't have any action or fantasy implications on TNF, so I've been watching muted on a laptop split-screen with various music videos/live shows (went down a Billy Strings rabbit hole) while playing video games because I need all the blue light I can get. I totally forgot about the big halftime news regarding the future of Hard Knocks, but I happened to catch it out of the corner of my left eye (R.I.P.) when I saw Coleen Wolfe and the Playmaker. Hard Knocks isn't getting canceled like I saw some jokes on Twitter imply; instead, HBO and NFL Films are giving us the first ever in-season Hard Knocks, with the Indianapolis Colts.
Amazon's All or Nothing has followed NFL teams throughout their season, but never before has there been an actual in-real-time NFL docuseries (I thiiiink). This NFL (Films) expansion has the potential to be incredibly compelling. Hard Knocks is cool, but unless there are some prominent characters, it can get dull QUICK. I didn't even make it to episode three of the Cowboys this year.
As a lover of all things football and NFL Films, I'm excited. BBuuuuuuutttttTttt, Hard Knocks 2021.5 doesn't debut until after week 10, so this whole "follow the Colts as they look to return to the NFL Playoffs" thing could be a tad overzealous. For the sake of #content, I hope the Colts are still in the mix, and with how bad the Titans looked against the Cardinals, they very well could be, but this seems like a pretty big gamble. If they're like 3-7 (I'm trying to be quick so I'm not wasting time looking up to see if their bye happens beforehand), HBO could be delivering a stillborn, but you gotta credit all parties involved for at least giving it a shot. I'm sure Roger wants to get a piece of that pie with shows like Drive to Survive on Netflix getting people to care about fucking F1. The NFL is King, but Roger wants it to be God, and with a monopoly on Sunday, add Wednesday as an important night on the NFL calendar. Hard Knocks In Season debuts Wednesday, November 17th at 10 pm EST.
I'm sure there will be a Kwity Paye segment at some point, you have to tell the man's story!!