Yes! Our prayers have been answered folks. A week or so ago, I mentioned that the Bengals were being considered for the HBO show Hard Knocks, and today the team will announce that they are accepting the cable channel’s offer. Via the Cincy Inquirer….

The Bengals are expected to be officially named on Thursday as the team that will appear on HBO’s “Hard Knocks: Training Camp.”

The team has scheduled a noon press conference at Paul Brown Stadium to make “an announcement regarding a major development for the Bengals 2009 preseason.”

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and NFL Films President Steve Sabol are expected to be among the speakers.

The Bengals would be the fourth team to appear on the HBO series. Lewis was the defensive coordinator at Baltimore during the first season in 2001. Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer appeared in the second season in 2002, which featured Dallas.

That is just about the best news, I’ve heard in awhile. If there are not solo story lines following Chris Henry and Andre Smith, I’m going to be very upset. Good job, HBO.

‘Hard Knocks’ taps Bengals (Cincinnati Inquirer)