This is an excellent development, especially in this season, as traditional powers like the Giants and the Steelers pratfall to unheard-of records. Who wouldn’t love Giants coach Tom Coughlin’s penance for his awful season be to have to appear on Hard Knocks? And Mike Tomlin, the Shaft-like coach of the Steelers, is born for the program.

Sure, the league has its dark side, but this time it has come to the light.

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Robert Weintraub is the author of The House That Ruth Built. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Slate, and a television writer/producer based in Atlanta.