Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders

Hard Knocks needs the Raiders, Kliff Kingsbury caters to Millennials, Clemson-Oklahoma save the date

Hard Knocks has five candidates for this season, but the Raiders are a perfect choice, Kliff Kingsbury caters to Millennials and Clemson-Oklahoma make a date.

Does anyone want to be on Hard Knocks?

Detroit, Oakland, San Francisco, Washington and the New York Giants are all eligible to be on HBO’s Hard Knocks this summer, but none of them appear all that interested. However, the Raiders would be must-see TV like NBC Thursday nights in the 90s.

Give me Jon Gruden, Mark Davis, Mike Mayock, Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict and three first round rookie draft picks. That would be a contender for the most entertaining season of Hard Knocks in years. I’d rather watch five episodes of the Raiders on Hard Knocks than 1 of their games.

Davis says it would “disrupt” the Raiders and jokes he’d rather fire Gruden in Year 2 of his 10-year, $100-million contract. But it can’t be any more of a disruption than, oh, I don’t know, moving the team to Las Vegas or trading away future Hall of Famer Khalil Mack or an ascending star receiver like Amari Cooper, could it?

In order of interest, I’d have the Raiders, Giants, Redskins, 49ers and Lions if I was in charge of HBO programming. Alas, I’m not, otherwise Game of Thrones wouldn’t be ending.

Kliff Kingsbury caters to the Millennial athlete

First-year Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants to make sure he keeps his team focused, so he’s instituting mandatory cell phone meetings. Wait, he’s doing what? To do what now?

Yep, the rookie NFL head coach will allow his players to take breaks from meetings every 20-30 minutes so they can get their social media fix. It’s just too much to ask a professional to focus for the length of an episode of The Office, so Kingsbury is placating to the Millennial who has zero attention span and needs to have their face in their phone.

“You start to see kind of hands twitching and legs shaking, and you know they need to get that social media fix, so we’ll let them hop over there and then get back in the meeting and refocus,” Kingsbury said.

Maybe Kingsbury should petition the NFL for mandatory cell phone breaks when games go to commercial break? Gotta keep those players focused.

What are you doing in 2035?

Clemson and Oklahoma have scheduled a home-and-home series for 2035 and 2036. To put that in perspective, two-year-old toddlers will be college freshmen when 2035 rolls around. That’s an eternity away. I don’t even know what I’m doing for lunch today but Clemson and Oklahoma have locked in dates for 16 and 17 years away. I feel like a total underachiever.

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