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Antonio Cromartie takes shot at 'Hard Knocks;' Rex Ryan, Tony Dungy meet

For a tiny little reality show on a premium cable channel (I know; it's not TV, it's HBO), "Hard Knocks" is leaving a lot in its wake this week.

Antonio Cromartie threw HBO under the credibility bus; HBO returned the favor.

have_another_donut.pngRex Ryan and Tony Dungy met face-to-face and had a "man-to-man" chat about the portly pottymouth's language.

First, Cromartie, who was featured in a clip in which he struggled to name his eight children. He told the New York Post that HBO did a second take of the scene.

"Nah, I didn't have trouble," Cromartie told the Post. "I mean, they asked me to pause. I had nailed it the one time before, but they had to redo it and they just told me to pause between each one of [the names]."

HBO spokesman Roy Stallone told the Post that the show "is factual, it's real, it's not manufactured." Said Stallone: "I spoke to the director and everyone involved, and this scene was done in one take."

Ryan and Dungy discussed Dungy's criticism of Ryan's foul language and Ryan's contention that Dungy had "unfairly judged" him. Dungy, in a radio interview, had suggested that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell get involved.

"I wanted him to know how I felt," Ryan said. "We talked man-to-man. He told me his position, and I definitely told him my position. It was good. He knows some people I know. There are a lot of positive things being said about me ... We'll leave it at that. We look forward to having him come up and see what we're all about."

Dungy, in a radio interview, said he didn't appreciate Ryan's foul language, said he'd never hire him as a coach and suggested that commissioner Roger Goodell should get involved in the matter.

Octopus sells out

Paul the Octopus is now an ambassador to England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup. He achieved fame and a book deal (people, he's an octopus) by correctly predicting the result of each of Germany's matches in the World Cup from his aquarium home in Oberhausen, Germany. It's seems he's English hatched born.

Top tweet: Doh! Dept.

So weeks after Coach Lebeau speaks highly of my intellegence in a HOF speech. I run outta gas on the highway. Makes no sense!less than a minute ago via txt

By Cindy Boren  |  August 20, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
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Ryan was driving down to meet Leigh Torrance. It's a long trip. No shame there...

Posted by: daggar | August 20, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Notice how big mouth Dungy doesn't have anything to say about this guy with 8 kids he can't name and by how many different mothers?
Dog torture, illegitimate kids, drug abuse..this is all OK with slimeball Dungy, just don't be white or say a four letter word while doing it.

Posted by: dbowles | August 24, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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