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Giants’ Tom Coughlin Laughs at Idea of Appearing on Hard Knocks: They’d Fire Us in a Minute

May 11th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Dan Benton

New York Giants co-owner John Mara once said the only time Big Blue would appear on HBO's "Hard Knocks" would be when he's buried next to his Father in the Gates of Heaven Cemetery.

Despite that stance, the league passed a resolution last year that could force teams to appear on the show — even against their will — based on certain criteria. And for the better part of this offseason, speculation was that the Giants could have been the team in line for the first forced assignment.

Ultimately, they escaped that fate and will not be appearing on the show in 2014. However, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin laughed at the idea on Saturday, saying not only would he refuse to give the show the kind of access they demand, but that HBO would likely "fire" the franchise within a minute.

“You wouldn’t get what you normally associate with that show,” Coughlin told the New York Post. “I’d go the other way and they’d fire us in a minute. Canceled. Nobody would watch it.”

In reality, there was never a chance the Giants were going to appear on Hard Knocks. Resolution or no resolution, John Mara and Tom Coughlin would have made it a near impossibility for the crew to do their jobs — they would have never been granted the sort of access they covet, no practices would have been filmed and all of those private interviews with the coach? Yeah … good luck with that.

“Do you think it has anything to do with whether I say yes or no?” Coughlin said. “First of all, realize that I would have absolutely no say in this, but if it came down to me? Absolutely not.”

Although the Giants are never going to appear on Hard Knocks, they did offer a consolidation prize to the NFL; they allowed a live NFL Network camera into their war room for the first time in franchise history during the 2014 NFL Draft. And while it had no sound and revealed absolutely nothing it at all, it was a peace offering from a team that is otherwise exceptionally private in their day-to-day business.

But if you remain hopeful that the Giants will eventually appear on Hard Knocks, we'd advise you to stop holding your breath. As we here at Giants 101 have stated all along, it's absolutely never going to happen. It's just not.

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Tags: Football, John Mara, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

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3 Responses to “Giants’ Tom Coughlin Laughs at Idea of Appearing on Hard Knocks: They’d Fire Us in a Minute”

  1.  Krow says:

    And it’s a shame … because it would be a lot of fun to watch.

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      It’s a distraction and an invasion this team doesn’t need. And it would only be fun to watch if the Giants allowed full access and didn’t care the cameras were there — neither of which is ever going to happen. I’m glad they stood their ground on this, honestly. Perhaps for selfish reasons — I am busy enough. I wouldn’t want to have to order HBO and cover the stupid show every week. lol

      •  Krow says:

        All of that … but it would be a laugh riot too. And we’re probably not going to do much this season, so the timing was right.

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