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HBO is Insane if They Don't Choose the Raiders for Hard Knocks

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 16:  Jon Gruden the head coach of the Oakland Raiders  watches the action against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Andy Lyons

With the start of NFL training camp less than two months away, die-hard fans are already gearing up for a new season of HBO's "Hard Knocks." Anticipation is building to find out which team will be this season's subject. In 2018, HBO announced it would be the Browns on May 17, but as of yet, they have made no announcement for the upcoming season.

Teams with new coaches, those who have participated in the show in the last 10 years, and those with playoff berths in the last two seasons are allowed to decline participating in the show, which leaves the producers with limited options.

However, of that list, it would be an absolute disgrace not to choose the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders circus marched on this offseason after last year's hire of Jon Gruden and the ensuing trades of pro bowlers Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper.

After hiring NFL Network's Mike Mayock to be the GM, the Raiders traded for the outspoken and controversial Antonio Brown –– soon after, they signed Brown's arch-nemesis Vontaze Burfict. Most recently, Oakland signed famed bully Richie Incognito out of retirement.

Combine these elements and throw in three rookie first-round picks, and you have one compelling season of television.

Of course, Mark Davis doesn't want this team's inevitable dysfunction to be broadcast weekly on national television. Unfortunately for Davis, he doesn't have a choice.

So please, HBO, do the right thing: give us Gruden's Raiders for Hard Knocks. What else would you rather watch? Six weeks of Daniel Jones?