It's the Raiders last year in Oakland and first ever being featured on HBO's docudrama "Hard Knocks." The Raiders seemed like the obvious choice from the beginning but were announced about a month later than the Cleveland Browns were last year. No matter because this year Hard Knocks will feature Jon Gruden, Mark Davis, Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict and Richie Incognito to name a few.

The other teams that were available were the Giants, Lions, 49ers and Redskins. Jon Gruden's own brother Jay Gruden the head coach of the Redskins lobbied to have his brother's Raiders on the show. "If they were smart, they would go to Oakland," Jay Gruden said back in May. "What an entertainment value that would be: Antonio Brown, Jon Gruden , Paul Guenther, Vontaze Burfict, Richie Incognito. You'd be crazy not to go to Oakland. You can do us next year."

Hard Knocks premieres on HBO August 6th and I could not be more excited.