Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 8/7/12

Like many of you, football is my first love. Yes, I can sink my teeth into a myriad of other things and often that is quite rewarding. I mean, hell, who would have thought I'd get all Tiger Woods fist pumpy watching women's soccer yesterday.

But for many of us, football is king and February through August feels as painful as trying to not breathe when going into a tunnel in car as a kid. But alas, you can breathe now because Hard Knocks is here.

Some mark the return of football with camp opening, the Hall of Fame game, or the purchase of their first fantasy magazine. Those work and are fun, but for me it's the voice of Liev Schreiber magically drawing me in to give a **** about a random team's training camp.

For the record, I wasn't fond of the selection of the Dolphins but understand that HBO doesn't exactly have the pick of the litter. With that said, in less than 12 hours, I'll suddenly find myself totally enthralled with the Dolphins new direction under their new head coach, Joe Philbin.

The thing with Hard Knocks is that you never really know what's going to make it special. Last year, it killed me that the NFL lockout prevented a team from signing on to do the show. This year we have Miami and while there isn't a lot of buzz surrounding this year's team, you never know what memorable moments and characters will captivate us in the weeks to come.

With that in mind, here is a look at five of our favorite Hard Knocks moments from seasons past.

5- Bernard Pollard Could Have Starred in Magic Mike

No explanation needed. By the way, did you even realize that Paul Rudd narrated this season. Seriously.

4- Mrs. Price

There are some people in life who act a bit more crazy than the rest of us. Some of them are so well liked that people just go "Oh that's just ____ and that's what they do." With that in mind, Mrs. Price certainly seems to have been given free reign to do whatever she pleases at Cowboy camp and that's just awesome.

3- The Budding Bromance of Tank and Turk

2- The Ravens Rookies Bring The House Down Impersonating Shannon Sharpe and Ray Lewis

Sharpe and Lewis, two intense guys, can't help but revel in the moment. A rare glimpse at them without their game faces on.

1- Cromartie Struggles With Counting His Children

Not sure if it's good or bad, but Cromartie now has 12 children. Hopefully he can be a bit more concise in naming them all.

There you have it. What did we miss? Any guesses on who might steal the show this year? Don't have HBO? Well, what are you waiting for.

This article first appeared on Awful Announcing and was syndicated with permission.

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