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Brown Ready to Have the Bengals be a Part of HBO’s Hard Knocks

Seems that Mike Brown is set for the Bengals to be the next team on HBO’s Hard Knocks:

Asked if he was going to try to pump up or preen before facing the cameras, Mike Brown shook his head and sounded as if he were mirroring Marlon Brando: “I’m bald. I’m fat. I’m old. I’m probably a little addled. If that’s how it comes across, that’s how it comes across.” Isn’t that Colonel Walter E. Kurtz, the rogue character Brando played in “Apocalypse Now”? While the look may be the same, the Cincinnati Bengals owner wants nothing to do with that title.

The Apocalypse — one winning season in the past 18, the rash of arrests a couple of years back, last year’s injuries and losses and dissatisfaction — he hopes is in the past. And Brown believes that’s what people will see when the Bengals are documented by NFL Films this preseason and turned into HBO’s “Hard Knocks ’09: Training Camp with the Cincinnati Bengals.” More than 1,000 hours of film will be shot for the five-week miniseries; the first installment will air at 10 p.m. Aug. 12.


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