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If the Redskins were to do 'Hard Knocks,' viewers would grow to love all of these guys

If the Redskins were to do 'Hard Knocks,' viewers would grow to love all of these guys

On a recent Redskins Talk podcast episode, JP Finlay said that, while those in the area may believe the Redskins have all the factors needed to become an intriguing team for HBO's "Hard Knocks" to profile, they may not be appealing on a national level.

That's probably true to an extent: Fans who follow the franchise have already grown to love Derrius Guice, for instance, but how much does Guice mean to an average NFL watcher? Not much. 

HBO and the league could force other organizations like the Raiders, Giants and 49ers to be on the show, too, much like they could the 'Skins. You could make the case that those three would all be easier to sell as the main attraction on the summer series. 

Forget all of that, though. Washington is LOADED with players and coaches who'd star if they were to appear on "Hard Knocks," even if it doesn't initially appear like that's the case. For example...

  • Guice: He's a mega-talented player coming off a serious injury, which is a terrific on-field storyline. Off the field, meanwhile, he takes fans out to movies and does ridiculous things at bowling alleys. He'd shine. 
  • Tress Way: He's a personable punter who also, according to teammate Nick Sundberg, is good at basically any other sport that's ever been played on this planet. You should see him on the ping pong table. It's better than watching Federer. 
  • Adrian Peterson: He's a future Hall of Famer looking to finish out his career strong and achieve a few more epic milestones. What else needs to be said?
  • Jim Tomsula and Rob Ryan: Forget showing anything else. Every episode should just be these two coaches, mic'd up, talking football. And life. And whatever else they want to talk about. 
  • Chris Thompson: He's the classiest dude ever. He'd make every viewer feel like they need to be more polite.
  • Jonathan Allen: Jonathan Allen takes football so seriously, so it'd be worth seeing what he's like away from the field. Does he take walking the dog seriously, too? Or napping?
  • Brandon Scherff: Someone needs to film him on a hunting trip. "Hard Knocks" may finally be the ones who could pull it off. 
  • Jay Gruden: Here's a hot take — Jay would be funnier on HBO than his brother, Jon. Believe it.
  • Paul Richardson: The man puts ketchup on his tacos. That alone is worth a three-minute segment.
  • Josh Norman: You could ask Josh Norman what his favorite kind of envelope is and he'd give you a very compelling answer. He'd emerge as perhaps the most quotable player on the Burgundy and Gold. 
  • Trey Quinn: An underdog-type player who used his first pro touchdown as a chance to pay tribute to "The Office" deserves more screen time. That's just a fact.

All of those guys, and plenty others, would make a Redskins "Hard Knocks" must-see television. And that's not even mentioning that this is a team that should have a QB battle on its hands and a coach whose job status is not exactly secure.

Ultimately, should you expect to see Washington as the featured franchise on HBO? No. But if they do somehow end up as the subject, they'd deliver. They have Jim Tomsula and Rob Ryan, people. They'd deliver.

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Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

Report: President Trump told pro sports commissioners he believes NFL season should start on time

During a conference call with 13 professional sports commissioners Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump said that he believes the 2020 NFL season should start as scheduled in September despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Trump also reportedly remarked that he would like to allow fans back into stadiums and arenas by August or September.

The president used the call as an opportunity to commend the commissioners for their response to the pandemic. On March 11, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to suspend play in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. The NHL, which was less than a month out from the start of the playoffs, followed suit—as eventually did the MLS, ATP, WTA, PGA Tour, NASCAR and MLB spring training.

With the NFL still in the midst of its offseason, there remains hope that the 2020 season will begin on time. So far, the league has canceled its annual league meaning and delayed OTAs. The draft will be held as expected while teams make their selections remotely rather than in Las Vegas as originally planned. While many free-agent deals have yet to be finalized due to the inability for teams to conduct physicals, the NFL has yet to be affected as much as other major sports.

The season is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 10 with opening Sunday coming Sept. 13.

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President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

President Trump meets with league commissioners, commends their response to the coronavirus

The White House says President Donald Trump spoke with commissioners of the country's sports leagues on Saturday and told them he recognizes "the good work being done by many teams and players" to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus.

After the conference call that included the president, two of his advisers and 13 sports commissioners ended, ESPN reported that Trump "believes the NFL season should start on time in September."

The virus has decimated the sports world with the NBA and NHL suspending their seasons indefinitely and MLB postponing the start of its season.

The NCAA basketball tournament was also canceled, as were college spring sports such as baseball and softball, lacrosse and track and field. No representatives of the NCAA were reported to be in the call.

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The White House says the commissioners thanked Trump for his "national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry." He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge.

A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

NBC Sports Washington's Matt Weyrich contributed to this report.

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