Like many of you, football is my first love. Yes, I can sink my teeth into a myriad of other things and often that is quite rewarding. I mean, hell, who would have thought I'd get all Tiger Woods fist pumpy watching women's soccer yesterday.
But for many of us, football is king and February through August feels as painful as trying to not breathe when going into a tunnel in car as a kid. But alas, you can breathe now because Hard Knocks is here.
Some mark the return of football with camp opening, the Hall of Fame game, or the purchase of their first fantasy magazine. Those work and are fun, but for me it's the voice of Liev Schreiber magically drawing me in to give a shit about a random team's training camp.
For the record, I wasn't fond of the selection of the Dolphins but understand that HBO doesn't exactly have the pick of the litter. With that said, in less than 12 hours, I'll suddenly find myself totally enthralled with the Dolphins new direction under their new head coach, Joe Philbin.
The thing with Hard Knocks is that you never really know what's going to make it special. Last year, it killed me that the NFL lockout prevented a team from signing on to do the show. This year we have Miami and while there isn't a lot of buzz surrounding this year's team, you never know what memorable moments and characters will captivate us in the weeks to come.
With that in mind, here is a look at five of our favorite Hard Knocks moments from seasons past.