Review of HBO’s 2017 Hard Knocks

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Published on : September 20, 2017

 

HBO’s Hard Knocks is the best lead into the NFL regular season there is. It’s leaps and bounds better than any preseason action. This year, the spotlight turned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their young star QB, Jameis Winston. The season may be only five episodes but it’s a legit look behind the curtain of the intense drama of NFL training camp. All the cuts, all the fights and all the jokes. Get ready for a lot of cursing and more dancing than you’d expect.

 

The first and last takeaway is that DT Gerald McCoy is hilarious. Like Shaq level comedy. His jokes and personalty jump off the screen. Give this guy a movie already. Plus, he is obsessed with Game of Thrones and hearing his recaps of the episodes are brilliant. The cherry on top is that he helps carry his teammates’ pads at training camp. A chore normally reserved for the hazing of rookies. McCoy just believes in helping out. I’m swooning over here.

 

One of the training camp stories is Riley Bullough, a linebacker from Michigan State. Riley is tough as nails and never shuts up. His heart and leadership is clear. The team honors him with the nickname “Joe Dirt”, mostly because of his long hair and overall WWE style. Riley has the perfect on-the-bubble story of trying to make the team. It’s dramatic and very satisfying.

 

 

Another roster hopeful is WR Bobo Wilson. Bobo has the advantage being former teammates with Jameis Winston back at Florida State. But he is no lock to win the job. Need to watch to fully enjoy the whole arc. Then there’s defense linemen, Chris Baker, who dances with the palm tree. And yes, it’s sexual.

 

Oh and then this one time, Gerald McCoy danced with this tiny little girl who was in the stands at one of the preseason games. It’s in episode four and it’s just the god damn best. Speaking of the best, the rookie show. Which is a part of training camp where all the rookies sing a song for the rest of the team. It’s like a sporting talent show. But if you stink, then they will boo you off stage. Doug Martin danced onto stage and swept the dude away with a broom.

 

Get to the stars already. It’s all about the wide receivers. Most notably, Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson (or D-Jax). They are so cute together. Like the Rock and Kevin Hart. One is real tall and charming, the other is short and charming. A classic comedy duo. Beyond the jokes, this tandem is going to kick ass this season. Jameis should rack up the yards with these two weapons. At the very least, you know some fantasy owners think so. I also drafted D-Jax.

 

 

Hard Knocks ends with the last cuts. AKA the big heartbreak. Head coach Dirk Koetter and his staff handle this meetings with class. A total change from last year with Jeff Fischer and the Rams, where Jeff treated the players like staff of a fast food restaurant.

 

HBO and NFL Films have done it again. They are straight Midas with this football stuff. I hope they make a video about me someday. Maybe when I run my own football team. Getting back on topic, the Bucs look good. Especially in slow mo. Unfortunately, the hurricane in Florida postponed Tampa Bay’s week 1 matchup against the Dolphins. Let’s see if all this hype pays off during the regular season.

 

Buc yeah.

 

 


Get to know Charlie Blackmon

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Published on : June 5, 2017

 

We are living in a new era of the MLB. Stars can be found all over the league and they are really impacting the game. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are already household fixtures but it’s time to get to know some of the less-famous studs who are making a name for themselves. Today’s spotlight falls on a mountain of man they call Charlie Blackmon.

 

Blackmon plays center field for the Colorado Rockies, who are one of the best squads in baseball. They currently sit atop the National League West Division with a record of 36-23. The Rockies are rolling and Charlie’s elevated play has a lot to do with it. His defense and more importantly, his bat, have been excellent of late. So far this season, Blackmon has 47 RBI’s and 13 HR’s with a .328 batting average. If he can keep this power hitting up, he will have the Rockies in the postseason for the first time since 2009.

 

 

Charlie Blackmon is listed as 6’3″ and 210 lbs but his beard and flowing mullet give him an aura of 6’7″ and 265 lbs. This grand stature leads the talking heads of ESPN to make the same Game of Thrones joke about Charlie day after day. Turn on SportsCenter, wait for the baseball highlights and you’ll see two things: Blackmon batting in a few runs and the pundits calling him a wildling (a group of nomadic barbarians in Game of Thrones). A decent comparison but come on ESPN, brew up some other references. The Brawny paper towel guy, the son of ZZ Top, Rasputin, something.

 

Watch out Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Giants, the Rockies are legit contenders at this point and should be in the mix for the NL West crown come end of the year. This is no fluke either. We all know it’s easy to hit in the thin air of the Mile High city but this crew is getting it done on the road, as proven by their 21-10 record away from Coors Field. This team is clicking and the overall future is very bright in Denver right now thanks in part to the man-beast they have patrolling the center field lawn.

 

 

We need more athletes with epic facial hair. Nice shades too. Hopefully Charlie Blackmon can lead a whole new generation of bushy beards and manly mustaches to join the ranks of our already great roster of hairy sports heroes. Keep it up Charlie!

 

Beardo.

 

 


Pogs are back!

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Published on : February 8, 2016

 

 

Pogs, the original compact disc, are cool again. The strange collectable game is making a Christlike return that isn’t totally unsurprising since this is the era of remakes and reboots. Everything comes back in fashion eventually, and I guess Pogs are once again ready for their close up. I know most of you are saying “WTF is he talking about” or “I kinda remember that bullshit” but don’t fret, SBS will catch you up on all the rules and trends so you can be ready for the Pog invasion 2.0.

 

The Rules

Pogs are round paper/cardboard tokens with art on one side, normally featuring something wicked awesome like a spider, 8-ball or yinyang. Games need at least 2 players but could accommodate a whole group, all with the same rules. Each player picks an equal number of Pogs to play with. Let’s just say two players and ten Pogs each. They next make a mixed tower out of their combined Pogs. Making sure that they are all face down.

 

Gameplay is simple. Players take turns throwing. Using a extra thick Pog called a Slammer. These can be huge and made from materials like rubber, plastic or mean metal. So players use the Slammer to hit the tower of Pogs. Any Pog that flips face up goes to the thrower. Turns continue until all the Pogs have been claimed. The player with the highest number of Pogs, wins.

 

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Some, crazy kids play for keeps. Meaning the Pogs you add to the tower can be lost permanently if they flip up when your opponent is shooting. Scary stuff, I know. I never play for keeps with any of my favorites. I mean you could lose an important member of your collection.

 

New Sets

Alf, Game of Thrones, Hunger Games all have new sets coming out (not fact-checked). These are the must-haves this Spring gaming season. If you do miss out on one of those hard to get pieces then you can always turn to eBay where for just a few hundred dollars, you could be the proud owner of a choice collection.

 

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Get into it NOW!

This is going to hit us like a wave and you want to be surfing this one, my friend. You do yourself the favor and invest now. It’s a great game. It has original art and is basically gambling for kids. The Pogs get stored in this cool plastic tube that looks like weed from the medical dispensary. I think Gut Fieri is really into it (also not fact-checked). So if you ever meet him you can bring up Pogs and not food stuff. Then you guys would totally be friends and he would probably buy you some of those cool backwards sunglasses.

 

If you do one thing right in 2016, it should be get into (or back into) Pogs. It’s like Yoga, but for your mind. Think about that.

 

Just like time, fun is also a flat circle.

 

 


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