Episode 1 of "Hard Knocks" had a little bit of everything including hilarity from Carl Nassib.
1. Hard Knocks is back in a big way.
This season's debut episode on HBO on Monday night was highly entertaining with a little bit of everything—and of course, the soothing voice of Liev Schrieber.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry gave one hell of a speech to his teammates.
There was a tense and fascinating scene in which Browns coaches pleaded with head coach Hue Jackson to stop giving players time off before Jackson dropped the hammer and told them he was the boss.
There was plenty of emotion with Jackson grieving for his mother and brother who had both passed away in a two-week span.
Baker Mayfield sang a truly horrible rendition of "Take Me Home, Country Roads."
However, without question, the breakout star of the episode was defensive end Carl Nassib, who was dropping math and knowledge left and right.
First he tried to explain the importance of interest and saving money to his teammates while also revealing how he almost tried to impress Taylor Swift.
"I met Taylor Swift and before the concert, and I was like, 'I need to buy a Rollie so she knows I got it," Nassib confessed.
Later in the show, Nassib passionately pleaded with this teammates to get off Instagram because they spend one month out of the year on the social media app instead of "bettering" themselves.
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3. I can so relate to Kirk Cousins here.
I guess I’m getting old...today a teammmate said he didn’t know who Cal Ripken Jr. is....what???— Kirk Cousins (@KirkCousins8) August 8, 2018
My co-worker, and SI.com golf producer, Daniel Rapaport is 24 years old and has never seen an episode of Seinfeld. Not one. Feel free to shame him on Twitter. He deserves it.
4. Baseball needs more things like Felix Hernandez laughing at Adrian Beltre and telling him to go back to the dugout after striking him out.
5. I stand with Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth.
Jayson Werth on MLB analytics: "They’ve got all these super nerds in the front office that know nothing about baseball...I think it’s killing the game. It’s to the point where just put computers out there. Just put laptops...It's a joke." https://t.co/RzMtDcPLPB— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) August 8, 2018
6. The Rock has actually stepped up his dieting and training to get in better shape because clearly he had let himself go the past few months.
Break thru your barriers 💦 💪🏾 After months of strict training and diet, we had a big breakthrough day in the gym today with new levels of strength, shape and intensity. Made a promise to the FAST & FURIOUS fans and franchise I’d come thru in the best shape of my life and deliver a fresh, exciting movie to the world. Been clangin’ & bangin’ hard core on this iron since I was 13yrs old, so it’s always fun to break thru barriers with new gains and raise the bar. And yes, when I was 13 I did tell myself “stop cryin’ like a little bitch and get in the gym and make something of yourself” when we got evicted off the island for not being able to pay rent. It worked. And I need therapy. And a cheat meal. #BreakThruYourBarriers #GotU #HobbsAndShaw
7. RANDOM STAND-UP VIDEO OF THE DAY: Jerry Seinfeld on going to the doctor. So good.
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IN CLOSING: The Red Sox actually aren't getting enough attention for their ridiculous 80-34 record.