The Dream Has Ended: Panthers Squash Notion of Hard Knocks

Even though they apparently have not been contacted about hosting the popular training camp reality series, the Panthers front office has let it be known they would most likely decline an invite:

The Panthers have not been contacted by HBO about its "Hard Knocks" training camp series, and one team official said it would be "highly unlikely" the Panthers would agree to let HBO film the first camp of coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton.

The Panthers method of operation would seem to dictate this was a non-starter. Yet the hiring of Ron Rivera and the drafting of some players that seemed out of character (a QB at #1 overall) some of thought they might actually consider it. We here at CSR postulated about this a few weeks ago but it really got legs when C Ryan Kakil decided to joke about it on twitter:

Center Ryan Kalil got Panthers' fans buzzing with a Twitter post Thursday that read: "Reliable source telling me possible reality sports doc TV series coming to NC after today's media presence covering Panther POTA's." Kalil's next tweet is an apparent mockup of the "Hard Knocks" logo, along with the words, 'Training Camp with the Carolina Panthers.'

That Kalil is quite the joker. So the dream has ended, for me anyway. I recognize not all Panther fans were enamored with the notion of having our dirty laundry aired nationally but I was all for it. We certainly have the personalities for it with Newton, Smith, Rivera,  DeAngelo just to name a few. Ah well, it was anice dream while it lasted.

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