Pro Football Talk has been running a series of polls to determine which team fans want to see on HBO's Hard Knocks. An ESPN poll already showed that interest in the Lions on a national level is high, and PFT's poll is justifying that.
With almost 10,000 votes in, the Lions are up on the Oakland Raiders in the finals of the Hard Knocks poll by a margin of 53.09 percent to 46.91 percent. The Raiders have received 4,540 votes, whereas the Lions are over the 5,000-vote mark.
Of course, none of this means anything because the Lions have already turned down the show. Actually, the Broncos, Buccaneers, Falcons and Vikings have also turned down the show. It seems like nobody wants to be on Hard Knocks this year, but if it were up to the fans, it's pretty clear the Lions would be the team. With high-profile players like Calvin Johnson and Ndamukong Suh, an interesting coach in Jim Schwartz and up-and-coming attitude, fans want an inside look at the Lions.
Since the Lions are not actually going to be on the show, perhaps the next poll PFT needs to run is about which team that hasn't already turned down the show is most likely to say yes to an invite to be on it. I think the Raiders would be a decent bet, although what are the odds Al Davis is even aware of what HBO is?