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Tuesday open thread: Will you watch ‘Hard Knocks’ this year?

Do the Cowboys make “Hard Knocks” unwatchable?

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Late last week, the NFL and HBO announced that the Dallas Cowboys would be the subject of this year’s training camp documentary series “Hard Knocks.” The announcement came as no surprise, since the Cowboys—one of the most profitable and recognizable sports franchises—were one of five teams that could be forced to do it.

I know there were some Detroit Lions fans hoping the team would volunteer to do “Hard Knocks.” Seeing as how much Dan Campbell has already let his personality shine in his first six months on the job. More behind-the-scenes Campbell would surely be both enlightening and entertaining.

Alas, we’re stuck with more Cowboys content, something this world has never had a shortage of and likely never will. So today’s Question of the Day is:

Will you be watching “Hard Knocks” this year?

My answer: Yep. As much as I groaned when the NFL announced the Cowboys were the team, it’s not going to change my viewing habits. Even though it feels like the storylines get repetitive every year, “Hard Knocks” is still a highly-entertaining documentary that gives unparalleled access into the inner workings of a football franchise. Why would I want to miss out on that?

Unfortunately, there’s no real Lions tie-in to the Cowboys this year. The most notable former Lion they have on the team is safety Jayron Kearse. Perhaps it’ll be interesting to see Kellen Moore’s coaching style as the team’s offensive coordinator, but that feels like a stretch.

Rather, like every year, I’ll get to know some of the undrafted rookies on the Cowboys roster and hear their personal stories. Over the course of the show, i’ll become big fans of them, only to see them brutally cut before the regular season.

Yeah, it’s now become a trope for this show, but it’s also an important reminder of the emotional roller coaster that is training camp for 40-some players on each of the 32 teams. There are people behind those helmets, and no national TV show does a better job of highlighting that than “Hard Knocks.”

Dak Prescott has always seemed super likeable, too, and his rehabilitation should make for a good storyline this year. However, I’m not the biggest fan Ezekiel Elliott nor their first-round pick. It’s definitely a mixed bag. Still, count me in.

Your turn.


Are you watching Hard Knocks this year (with the Cowboys)?

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