Aug. 23, 2016
HBO's Hard Knocks Returns With Goff, Chiefs, And Disneyland
The good news for Los Angeles Rams fans and people who want to see the NFL's newest venture in Hollywood do well? The team is 2-0 to start the year off. The bad news? It's just the preseason and two games is probably all the team will win in 2016. The best news of all, though, is that the team's recent success makes for great television on HBO's Hard Knocks.
Monday, the Home Box Office sent a memo out to media outlining what would be in this week's upcoming episode of Hard Knocks.
"Quarterback Jared Goff, this year’s number-one overall draft pick, continues to develop as a pro; Hall of Famer Mike Singletary makes his presence felt on the practice field and in the classroom; some players spend a day off at Disneyland; plus a recap of the Rams’ preseason victory over the Kansas City Chiefs."
Disneyland???? Who cares about the tight end battle or Jared Goff's development when the players are going to Disneyland????
Really, the story I'm most interested in seeing on this week's show is Mike Singletary, who joined the team this summer as a defensive assistant in his first coaching job since spending 2011-13 with the Minnesota Vikings as a linebackers coach. A Hall of Fame linebacker with the Chicago Bears, Singletary -- who coached the rival San Francisco 49ers from 2008-10 before being fired after an 18-22 record in 40 games -- played alongside Rams coach Jeff Fisher from 1981-85 and has served as a new mentor for some of the team's younger players.
“There’s a lot of wisdom there,” Alec Ogletree, one of the team's multiple first-round picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, said earlier this month. “A lot of history. … He played on one of the best defenses to ever play this game, so what better person to have in your room than him?”
“It was kind of breathtaking,” linebacker Cameron Lynch, who hails from California and signed with the Rams in May 2015 after going undrafted out of Syracuse, added. “I got my notepad out like, ‘Oh snap, he’s about to drop some knowledge.’ He talked about the stance and being ready to strike. He gave us some old-school flavor and that was nice.”
Other HBO playdates include Aug. 24 (7:15 p.m., midnight), 25 (2:40 p.m., 2:55 a.m.), 26 (8:15 a.m., 3:50 a.m.), 27 (1:30 p.m., 3:40 a.m.), 28 (7:50 a.m.) and 29 (10:45 p.m.) while HBO2 playdates are currently scheduled for Aug. 23 (3:55 a.m.) 24 (4:45 a.m.), 26 (1:30 p.m.), 27 (7:45 a.m.) and 30 (5:00 p.m.) A mini-marathon of the first three episodes of HARD KNOCKS can be seen back-to-back Saturday, Aug. 27 on HBO, starting at 11:30 a.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 24 on HBO2, starting at 2:45 a.m.
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