The moment all Jets fans have been waiting for with the exception of the Darrelle Revis hold-out ending, and actual football, finally arrived tonight as HBO aired its first episode of Hard Knocks. For the first time since its inception has the show chronicled a team as talented and exciting as this year's Jets as the new faces from the offseason join a cast that last year found itself one half away from the Super Bowl.
Much like everything they produce, HBO did a fantastic job luring both fans of the team and football alike to be hooked from the get go. I for one instantly wished that it was already Week One just by seeing Rex Ryan's face for the first time as he thanked the fans at Cortland for coming out and supporting a team he expects to contend for the Super Bowl this year.
Then, almost instantly you were thrown into the locker room for team meetings full of lively and colorful commentary from the head coach to the jabs between players on the field such as Bart Scott calling Mark Sanchez a nacho. For the first episode fans got to witness GM Mike Tannenbaum deal with the Revis situation and at one point calling himself a failure after a meeting with Revis's representatives.
Jet fans also got to see how much time the GM actually spends with the team either during practice or when competing with Ryan in throwing and kicking contests. More off-the-beat highlights included Ryan's eating habits and fines he puts on himself when he strays from his supposed diet as well as defensive assistant Jeff Weeks use of tanning spray and running around shirtless resulting in $5 fines.
One of the more sincere moments in the first episode was Ryan checking the dorms for his missing cornerback saying "Revis? Revis, where are you? C'mon, Revis. Come on home." Here it showed how much the coach misses and needs his best player at camp with the team instead of holding out for money which he will eventually earn.
Both on and off the field the Jets seem to finally be finding their own identity as the confidence is through the roof with their bite finally matching their bark. I am already looking forward next week's episode as Revis Watch 2010 will most likely continue on unless Revis decides he is missing out on some quality camera time after tonight.
How excited are you for this show and the upcoming season Jets fans?