‘Hard Knocks’ power ranking: Amari Cooper, Mike McCarthy among winners and losers in episode 4


The American team is back, baby. In the midst of Dak Prescott’s planned return and the approaching 2021 regular season, the Cowboys returned to television Tuesday night for the fourth episode of this year’s edition of “Hard Knocks.” HBO’s annual training camp series, which runs weekly through September 7 with a preview of the club’s preparations for the New Year, marks the third time Dallas has appeared on the show.

Who stood out in Tuesday’s penultimate episode? Who needs work for the series finale? Here are the winners and losers:

Trevon Diggs was feeling a little fiery and insisted, right down to Dak Prescott’s face, that Cooper wouldn’t catch a single pass against him in practice. Turns out, Dallas’ number 1 gap still has some juice, as he had little trouble beating his teammate for a touchdown. Diggs was so defeated by his poor bet that he rushed off the field without a word. Maybe we should be worried about this defense!

Sorry, Ben, but we all already know your fate, and the show is doing you a disservice; every time you show up it’s a signal for a mistake on the pitch, followed by yelling at yourself. We’ll still have 2020, when you’ve showcased your prime-time handgun!

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For no other reason he remains the most fun and childish character on the show. For limited screen time (boo!), Elliott was a persistent cheerleader, appearing in Dak’s QB boardroom and supporting rookie JaQuan Hardy’s efforts to make the roster. Hopefully we get one last, long look at him and Dak’s bromance in the season finale.

Loser: our eyes

For watching all of Mike McCarthy’s dated PowerPoint presentations. Can any of the Cowboys’ 16 design interns lend a hand here? Why Every Time The Coach Of A Billion Dollar Franchise Gets Attention To The Screen, We Look At Oversized Microsoft Word Headers From 1997, With Clip Art Spread All Over For Good Measure ? Do you remember the “Austin Powers” stuff? It was nostalgia, but it masked a deeper problem. Clean up the presentation, man! Let’s not even go into his thrift store buttonhole …

Winner: Food

Sherese Parsons, mom of rookie linebacker Micah Parsons, showed off her soul-food cooking by feeding what appeared to be all of the notable Cowboys linebackers in her home. And then Jerry Jones had the guts to reveal this whopper during the end credits: he eats burgers at room temperature. Joking about his Whataburger fantasies, the Cowboys owner – famous for his role in Episode 1 of The Man Who Dirty His Breakfast Sandwiches – said he didn’t care if his burger was sat “for an hour and a half”. If it’s lukewarm and almost toxic, it’s in it!

Bonus winner: moms

Azur Kamara and Isaac Alarcón both have incredibly supportive madres who not only represent their distant homes – Mexico and Ivory Coast, respectively – but bring passion to the Cowboys stadium seating. Alarcón’s mother, in particular, could easily land a job leading support rallies in Dallas this fall.


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