John Mara won’t let the Giants go on “Hard Knocks”
When HBO’s Hard Knocks first appeared several years ago, New York Giants’ co-owner John Mara made it clear that his team will never be on the popular cable reality show.
“That announcement will come,” Mara told the NY Daily News back in 2010, “when I’m next to my father in Gates of Heaven cemetery.”
The problem is that the Giants fit the NFL’s criteria to appear on the show. In case you’re wondering what that is see below:
- The team does not have a first-year head coach.
- The team has not made the playoffs in either of the previous two years.
- The team has not appeared on “Hard Knocks” over the previous 10 seasons.
According to the list above, the Giants are a perfect fit for the show and Dan Hanzus of NFL.com believes that New York as well as the Dallas Cowboys are compelling candidates to appear on “Hard Knocks” in 2021.
Don’t expect to see the Giants on Hard Knocks unless the Mara family chooses to be involved. Given that hasn’t happened in the first 15 seasons of the show’s existence, it seems unlikely at this time. Then again, maybe Big Blue management will jump at the opportunity to showcase a new era of Giants football now that the Eli Manning era has receded further into memory. The organization seems quite happy with second-year coach Joe Judge, and the return of Saquon Barkley from reconstructive knee surgery is a compelling subplot, as is the story around third-year passer Daniel Jones, who may have competition in the quarterback room come training camp. The Giants will always feel like a Hard Knocks longshot — perhaps that’s part of the reason I find them to be a compelling subject.
Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports has released a list of the top five teams that could appear on “Hard Knocks” and the Giants came in at number three. He has the Cowboys at number one. Here’s what he wrote:
There’s a strong case they belong even higher, because they’ve never appeared on the show before. More importantly, they’ve got one heck of a cast of characters, from edgy coach Joe Judge to meme generator Jason Garrett to hit-or-miss QB Daniel Jones to computer whiz general manager Dave Gettleman. The G-Men would make for must-see TV because of their market, their just-miss finish to 2020 and, well, the normal shenanigans that seem to accompany New Jersey — er, New York — football. You know what? If you’re still reading this, let’s just pretend they share No. 2 with the ..
With how much pull the Mara family has within the NFL I guess the Giants likely won’t be selected. But I would imagine that Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones would love the attention.