If you were to guess what a conversation with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin would be like in regards to HBO's NFL training camp-based show "Hard Knocks," you'd probably guess it'd go something like this.
"Have you watched (Hard Knocks)?"
"No, I don't."
"Do you like reality TV?"
"I hate it."
Tomlin, interviewed by KDKA's Bob Pompeani, spoke defiantly about the possibility of the Steelers appearing on the show in 2014. The video above can highlight the particulars, but the bigger picture story is the fact Tomlin clearly does not want to participate, neither does general manager Kevin Colbert, but they recognize they may not have a choice.
Except Tomlin hinted at something of a nonviolent protest. His participation in the show, logically, would be mandated by the league. Perhaps James Harrison's participation was mandated last year. His participation included making a point to show all cameras he wasn't participating.
'Course, Harrison was paid to be on the field last season, and Tomlin just paid to be on the field.
Point is, HBO may choose the Steelers to be on the show. It makes perfect sense, they don't really need a gimmick, they're arguably the most popular brand in the league. A head coach who doesn't want them around can be used by a good producer to make compelling television.
The Jaguars, Bills, Bears, Cardinals, Rams and Raiders join the Steelers as the teams eligible for 2014. The brash, out-spoken former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians in Arizona would seem to make the most sense. And as soon as he hears Tomlin didn't want any part of it, he may just be on board.