I haven’t done one of these posts in years, so forgive me if I’m a little bit rusty. 1. Hard knocks - I am fully aware that this will be an unpopular opinion and I am likewise fully aware that there is a whole thread dedicated to this, but... I really want the Raiders to be on Hard Knocks. First off, I am a fan because football entertains me. If football did not entertain me, I’d find something else to do with my time. With that in mind, do I want to see a show that goes behind the scenes of football and directly pertains to the team that I root for? You bet your fucking ass I do. Secondly, I find the hand-wringing about the show being a distraction to be pretty silly, really. This is especially true because nobody expects us to do much of anything this year. What’s the over/under for wins this year? How favorable is our schedule? Who, really, is thinking “Super Bowl or bust?” Fuck, yes, give me that show. Let me see Gruden get all red in the face. Give me visual evidence of Derek Carr’s respect in the organization. Show me the journey of not one, not two, but three first round draft picks. Give me that shit. I can honestly tell you that I have never seen a single second of previous Hard Knocks footage - wasn’t my team so what the fuck do I care? I will watch every episode, gladly. 2. Receivers - While I am encouraged by the efforts to immediately start building chemistry with Carr and by the reports that “he practices on a different level,” I’m still really nervous about Antonio Brown. Maybe I’m still traumatized from the last time we had “the best receiver in the game,” only to watch him quit, but I’m nervous. I think I’ll probably stay nervous all season, too, if I’m being honest. It’s not due to talent, obviously, but due to previously exhibited divisive behavior. It’s funny because our starters project to be arguably the best receiver in the game and a guy who is being counted on to elevate his game... and I have more confidence in the latter. Strange. Meanwhile, it seems like I’m the only dude that’s excited and has high hopes for JJ Nelson. Everyone seems to have already given that to Hunter Renfrow but I think Nelson, with his speed, could do some damage there. And I say that despite my previously confessed soft-spot for Renfrow. 3. Indoctrination - I recently read a Facebook post that said, essentially, that “if you believe X, you have been indoctrinated.” What struck me about it is that I saw it reposted by friends on either side of the political spectrum. All I could think was, “you’re both right.... and neither of you realize that you’re wrong.” 4. Scums - Thank you, Sleet, as “scums” is my new favorite pejorative. Tyreek Hill has been discussed but have you guys been following this Kellen Winslow thing? The jury is still at it and it looks like they will probably not convict on ALL charges, but they have reached a verdict to convict on several - including one count of rape. Full disclosure - I have never liked this fucking guy, dating back to his asinine “I’m a soldier” rant - but, even still.... 5. Incognito - I want to believe the best. I really do. I am a self-confesses homer so it’s almost my duty to myself to believe the best.... but I just can’t see this going well. I just can’t shake the Barrett Robbins comparison from my mind. 6. Old Town Road. First off, it’s an absolute trash song. My boy Slim Jesus came more correct than this. Secondly, however, the dude has been so light hearted about the whole thing that I hope he furthers his success. It’s an odd moment where I despise the song but like the singer.... on a debut song.