08.13.13 4 years ago 137 Comments


“Hello? Outside world? I’d like to get these goddamn cameras out of my face.”

Brutal reality has set in quickly this year on “Hard Knocks”. Last week’s episode of ended on the downer of undrafted-local-player-trying-to-make-good Larry Black dislocating his ankle after showing marked improvement during training camp, a season-ending storyline that in the past has come up much later into the show’s run. Between Black and the injured A.J. Green, the sad, tinkly downtempo music cues are coming hard in Cincinnati during the very short time the team has been at camp.

The big news is that James Harrison, used to the Rooney way of not calling attention to your team unless it’s feel good story about becoming an ambassador or if the profile mentions how humble you are for at least 2,000 words, is less than thrilled with all the camera crews around camp. Last week he slammed doors shut and gave mounted cams the middle finger. This week he’s stated there is nothing the camera ops, producers, directors have done worthy enough to be a part of training camp.

“I don’t feel they deserve to be here. They did nothing to be here, other than want to be here,” he said. “They didn’t put no blood, sweat and tears into none of this. All these men in here, they did that. They (the cameras) did nothing. No one deserves to see this, to come inside of this unless you’re a part of this. That’s why.”

There is something to be said about Harrison’s remarks. A good photojournalist, producer and director has to earn the trust of their subjects, it’s the only way to have an open dialogue with the camera, so maybe they have not done enough to make him feel comfortable with their presence. But to think they haven’t earned their way into documenting a subject is insulting to their craft and Harrison — who disrespects everyone from the President of the United States on down —  would be wise to maybe let his new team decide what is right for the organization.

Personally, I’m going to spend the entire episode trying to figure out how Jay Gruden’s speaking voice manages to be so calm and collected when compared to his brother’s over-excited meter. Maybe one of them got more hugs as a child than the other. Or maybe one of them isn’t playing to the cameras. Yet.

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