The New York Giants have avoided HBO’s “Hard Knocks” for yet another year, as the always entertaining and dysfunctional Oakland Raiders have been given the honors in 2019.
With no shortage of interesting storylines — a move to Las Vegas in their future, the addition of a star wide receiver and an embattled head coach — the Raiders should be quite compelling television.
Now, that’s not to say the Giants didn’t have some intriguing angles for the HBO show to cover.
After all, it has been a tumultuous offseason for general manager Dave Gettleman, who has made major changes to Big Blue’s roster and received a ton of criticism for them. On top of that, watching the future quarterback in Daniel Jones practicing alongside the veteran and future Hall of Fame signal-caller Eli Manning would have been must-see TV.
Despite being in the running for “Hard Knocks,” the Giants were considered a long-shot and there were rumblings that the G-Men wouldn’t be chosen.
Instead, we’ll watch a Raiders team that was dysfunctional at best last season. Second-year head coach Jon Gruden will try to add some credibility to a franchise in desperate need of it, and the antics of Antonio Brown will undoubtedly be on full display.
And that’s just the beginning.
Aside from the Giants, the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions were also in the running. Thankfully for those Giants fans that are more traditional, you dodged this bullet for another season.