Arizona Cardinals recent loss proves it’s foolish to watch Hard Knocks
By Sion Fawkes
If I hear of a movie or TV show touted as “based on a true story,” I skip it, just like I skipped watching the Arizona Cardinals on Hard Knocks.
Nothing makes me laugh out loud more than people who watch TV shows and movies based on or inspired by true events, as you wouldn’t believe how many think/thought them to be 100% accurate. The looks on their faces when I tell them most of the movie Invincible, for example, was dramatized. Or Rudy. And it’s why I don’t watch sports movies, or really, TV in general unless it’s a sporting event.
I read and write, and when I’m not reading or writing (or watching sports), I’m looking for something to read and write. Which is why I never bothered to buy the HBO package and tune into watching the Arizona Cardinals on Hard Knocks. Why? Because it’s a TV show focused solely on getting ratings, not necessarily presenting an accurate interpretation of the Cardinals.
I can throw a bunch of jargon around to teach you how the television industry works, but in actuality, it’s high and dry information. So despite all the motivational speeches and passion on Hard Knocks that practically depicted the Cardinals as a Cinderella team to an outsider, if you could read between the lines, you knew better.
Want the truth about the Arizona Cardinals? Watch them play
Even I jumped on the Colt McCoy bandwagon and said the Cardinals had a chance to win if McCoy played. And to be honest, he didn’t look half-bad, and probably would have given them a chance if it wasn’t for short fields, poor defense, James Conner’s bobbled pass that led to an interception, and ill-timed penalties, starting with DeAndre Hopkins’ taunting call.
While the call looked ticky-tacky to the fans’ eyes, further review showed Hopkins counting the number of defenders trying to cover him on the play, via pointing. In today’s game, it’s a penalty every time, and a well-called one.
Not making excuses for McCoy, as I further said the guy is a career-backup and not a long-term starter. And really, that he should only hold onto the job until Murray earns it back. But Kingsbury’s bumbling in-game management was also on full display – How many more failed fourth down attempts do you need to get it, Kliff?
Oh, and how has Hard Knocks depicted Kingsbury? The same way most of the media depicts, or depicted him, even if the narrative that Kliff is one of the league’s best coaches is diminishing by the week. Hard Knocks also failed to deliver on its “shocking footage” promise regarding Houston Texans and former Cardinals running back, Eno Benjamin.
Or taking full advantage of Patrick Peterson’s “Where’s Steve Keim” rant. So if you want the truth about your Arizona Cardinals, stop watching reality TV because you aren’t going to get it there, and watch the only thing that matters: The game itself.
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