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‘Hard Knocks’ recap: Of raised bars and ‘circumcised’ feet


That was the reaction many of you had to last week’s premiere of “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With the Oakland Raiders” on HBO. Apparently, all those Napa travelogue segments of hot-air ballooning and horseback riding through the sun-dappled vineyards amounted to one big snore-fest. You wanted action. You wanted drama.

Instead, you got Derek Carr’s oiled-up arms.

Of course, we should have expected some of that. The “Hard Knocks” opener always tends to be a scene-setter of sorts and taps into the cheery good vibes that usually greet the start of an NFL training camp.