Sure, the Detroit Lions already have declined an invitation to appear on this season’s Hard Knocks, if there is a Hard Knocks this season. And if there is a season.
But it doesn’t matter. We put the matter to a division-by-division vote, and then we pitted the divisions against each other by conference.
In the end, it came down to the Lions and the Raiders. Though we gave Raider Nation every opportunity to close the gap (because they haven’t already said “no”), the gap continued to grow.
So we’re officially calling it. The Lions are your choice for Hard Knocks. Unless they change their mind, you’ll be able to see players like Matthew Stafford trying to fend off giant mutant peas in still images only.
And now we’ll look for some other way to fill space while the lockout continues.