There are many things that fascinate fans of the National Football League, one of the more recent obsessions has been the HBO series Hard Knocks, while it’s incredibly popular among fans it’s become more of a distraction for teams causing many of them to dread the thought that they may be asked to appear on the show. (wikipedia) From a fan perspective the show offers a behind the scenes look at some of the inner workings of an NFL franchise and allows us a brief glimpse into the personal lives of either our favorite players or those of up and coming rookies. (twitter) The problem is that more and more teams are trying to refuse taking part in the show, their point is that there are enough distractions around the building when you’re running an NFL team, adding in a bunch of cameras doesn’t really help those on the team or in the organization to concentrate on what’s important. (givemesport) Each year fans begin to speculate on which team will be selected for the program, primarily based on moves the makes or things that happen off the field involving certain players on the team, thinking that whatever would make for the most compelling television is the easiest selection, although that’s not always true. (usatoday)
There are some very interesting options this year to appear on Hard Knocks, anything from Cleveland with Johnny Manziel and the Josh Gordon fiasco, the Colts with their Robert Mathis situation, Chicago as they try to return to glory, and there’s always the Bills or Bucs as they attempt to “return to glory.” (profootballtalk) The most likely scenario could see the St. Louis Rams stepping into the role based on having selected Michael Sam in the NFL Draft as the first openly gay man to enter the league, with such a historic moment why wouldn’t the league want to capture the entire process on film for posterity? (stltoday) With the chances of this happening, the Rams have already come out against the idea. (nfl) They selected Sam based on his talent not for a publicity stunt as a result they want to give him as many opportunities to make the team without cameras following around everywhere he goes, well unless those cameras are from the Oprah Network anyway. (yahoo) Personally, I would love to see Cleveland on the show, as much as the Michael Sam story is compelling I just think that Johnny Football would be the perfect star to highlight on the popular HBO series.