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And just HOW did I manage
to report today, when the Pats cancelled public access to practice, you ask??
When the sun began to shine all day, Al and I decided to
head up to the Proshop to make an exchange in the hopes of them "cancelling" the
cancel. They didn't allow folks around the field but they did open up Gillette
Stadium, put the video and audio on the big screens and Fred Kirsh (PFW) gave
commentary. It's not what I would like to do all the time but it was better than
not being there at all. Hooked up with my girl BledsoeAngie and her friend Annie
there who had driven in from the Cape for practice...
scoop on my initial report:
First and foremost, I'm beginning with my annual blanket disclaimer: Any
reference to "MY MAN" throughout the reports does not refer to O-T-I-S, rather
you-know-who! (It also applies to terms such as THE Man, and Our Boy, when
referring to Zip and I),
Now on to business.... NEWS Of the day: Antowain Smith (again), Damien Woody,
Patrick Pass (again), Ty Law, Willie McGinest, Fred McCreary, Cloud, Womack,
O-T-I-S, and Andruzzi did not practice. (Otis and Andruzzi are definitely
injured.... the others..... Flunked??) I have a hard time believing Ty Law
flunked but he was on the sidelines dressed in shorts like the rest of them.)
Here's the nutshell version so I can get this out there:
Practice was in full pads today and the set up was exactly like in past years.
Offense primarily stayed on one field and
defense occupied the other until they
worked out together. I was at the mercy of the camera people as they chose what
to show on the screen: With the absence of A. Smith, Faulk took most of the
reps, followed by JR. Both looked sharp. Deion Branch was right on the money
today, and Fred Baxter made some nice grabs as well. Graham made his presence
Adam was automatic as usual, and they pulled off some trick plays with a fake
resulting in Walter connecting with Daniel Graham for a TD. Jarvis Green drew
some praise from BB while playing Nose Tackle . Klecko had his turn as well...
On the 7:7 drills, Colvin blew by someone (outside on 3-4) showing his speed. MY
MAN put HUGE hit on some poor guy coming across the middle. (It was such a blur
going across the screen I missed who it was but you could clearly hear the
CRUNCH!!!) Even Kirsh made a remark that it was too early for that...
Mrs. B. (Hoping that Mother Nature cooperates tomorrow, so we can head out
early!!) (Also just gave away prime Sox tix to go to training camp.)
The ever faithful Mrs. B and her boys got up at 6:00am and headed up to Gillette
bright and early. Lots were supposed to open at 7:00 but when we got there at
7:15 they were closed. We headed down to the proshop parking lot where we knew
we could gain access. Big Al broke out the tailgate gear and we feasted on bacon
and eggs in the pouring rain. Once again, they opened Gillette for the diehards
and we watched the practice on the big screens. The guys practiced on the
artificial turf field (which has no bleachers at all) because it's safer in
these conditions. And man it was pouring!! The sun came out for a little while
Word is out already, but Antowain Smith was suited up today, as was Cloud, Pass,
and Woody. I didn't see Ty Law in uniform nor O-T-I-S or Womack, but once again,
I'm at the mercy of the camera operator. Caught a glimpse of Andruzzi and
Kenyatta Jones doing sprints along the sidelines. Here's my take on the
practice.... Kevin Faulk was getting most of the reps out there, followed by JR
then Smith and Cloud from what I could see. Faulk is showing signs of what he
brought at the end of last season. Jarvis Green was out with the first team at
nose tackle most of the day. Graham made an awesome catch over the middle in
tight coverage. My MAN Tedy B made a sweet INT off of JR Redmond coming from
Huard. Davy's looking strong but not as erratic as last season.
The highlight of the day, drawing the most noise on and off the field was the
altercation between Seymour and Light. They needed to be broken up as a brawl
was ensuing. (Darren's daughter Madelyn remarked that "They shouldn't fight,
they need a time out, daddy!" LOL..... It was too cute! Givens and Fred Baxter
have been looking good. Dedrick Ward made a nice grab as well. Deion Branch is
consistent and I think he'll do well this year. (I'm trying to report on the
newer guys since it's "news".... You know that Troy is Troy and Brady is looking
steady....) Bethel Johnson is really, really, fast.... I haven't seen him drop
nay so that's good news! IMO the rookie who's been really shining and has been
on the big screen the most has been Asante Samuel.
I'm NOT too happy to report that the starting 7 in the 3-4 right now is
Hamilton, Green, and Seymour up front with Vrabel, Pfifer, TJ and Colvin as
backers..... My Man has been seeing some time, but you know me.... I like to see
him in on EVERY down!! Haven't seen Warren at nose yet, as Klecko has been going
in with the second unit. (Of course, the camera guys don't show everything, so
he could have been in but I haven't seen it.)
After practice, they had a tent set up for autographs where 5 players (Milloy,
Pfifer, Branch, and 2 rookies Chas Gezzner and ?) were set up to sign. The
players were sitting at a table and the line was a mile long... They had people
filing through, but it was taking forever so they went to plan B and Briggs set
up a "corral" with those metal fence things and had fans stand around the sides
of it with the players in the middle signing as they walked around. It resembled
more of the signing situation at Bryant when you would stand at the ropes and
either get lucky or not... I'm sure they are going to have to rethink the whole
signing issue. (I know that "autograph alley" is a Revs thing but we're talking
Pats here!!) I can't imagine how they'll do it when
there are thousands of fans there.... (I wish they would just go back to the way
it was at Bryant, right along the field.) We'll find out tomorrow, I guess. But,
if it means leaving practice early to walk over to the area to stand in line, I
won't be part of that crowd! I prefer to watch.
Jacob got Milloy on a nice proshop pic and I had Deion sign a picture that I
took with him at a card show in March. I took a picture with Pfifer because I
had nothing to have signed but like I said, this may be it for me... I'm not
into the pushing and shoving for an autograph.
Heading out early to tailgate for tonight's practice... hopefully the sun comes
back out to stay and we can finally check out the real digs.
Mrs. B (plunked down some big bucks at the proshop for Pats bar stools for my
Here's the scoop from the
night practice.... not very football technical but more TC logistical. We
finally got into the regular practice fields today. We went right for 4:00 to
park to tailgate but they didn't open the gates until 4:15 which was a bit
annoying with cars on Rt. 1. We parked in the season ticket holders/club seat lot
with about 5 other cars...lol. I don't expect that it will be that empty ever
again; I think people
just didn't know.
Anyway, The Patriots' Experience park is right near that lot and the practice
fields are next to that behind the stadium. We ended up sitting in the front row
of the bleachers which is right on ground level with the field.. (there's a
cement walkway and ropes set up separating it from the grass.) Overflow crowd
ended up on the "grassy knoll" near the VIP bleacher section in the endzone. You
can't walk all around the field like I'm accustomed to, but at least the
bleachers are close.
Here's the football stuff for today: Vrabel didn't practice tonight; he was on
the sidelines in sweats (not sure why.) Willie and Ty worked HARD with trainers
throughout the entire practice. At one point they were practically "crab
walking" up a grassy hill near the family tents. Andruzzi and Kenyatta were on
the bikes and such... KJ left the field with big ice packs taped to his knees...
Practice was in shorts and mini shoulder pads. Offense was on the field closest
to us for most of the time. During drills, the WR were making lots of catches
but Charlie kept asking them to show him their hands.... Givens made some good
grabs but he wasn't pleased with the form. CW was quite animated today and
comical when a rookie, Dan Stricker caught one that Charlie liked.... "Geez,
I've seen lots of balls caught and only one to put a smile on my face..."
LBs were covering RBs, my boy got the crowd riled up. Faulk was catching a pass
and Tedy flew through the air breaking it up.. The crowd began to clap and he
hammed it up, calling for more... the crowd went wild! On the next play, TJ did
something and imitated Tedy to try to get a rise out of them too.. (He wasn't as
successful but it was cute..lol) At that time, CBs were doing the same drill
covering the WRs. Troy and Patten were catching like the veterans they are....
Bethel is faster than hell and didn't drop a ball.. (Actually, there weren't too
many drops tonight.)
The two Teds occupied the middle tonight with the first unit. Haven't noticed
much of Warren... I'll make it a point to look for him next time. Jarvis and
Klecko shared the nose spot again with Jarvis starting. As for the OLine, the
starting 5 were, Compton, Light, Woody, Klemm, and FA Russ Hochstein. The
highlight of practice was when the full squad was on the field and Huard
connected with Troy up the middle with a long bomb. In the "collision of the
night", Faulk was caught between Lawyer and Harrison... OUCH! He was hit
hard and went right down. Bet he's taking advantage of those ice baths at
I'm happy to report that after practice some guys came to the ropes and signed
autographs ala Bryant College style... Tedy spotted me and waved and looked away
and lost me in the crowd I think. He went to sign some but Al thinks he just
went to the wrong section and that was that. Brady and Huard signed along the
Grassy Knoll and the girls were going wild. As we were headed out, Troy was
coming towards our section and people starting running that way... My cue to get
the heck out of there!!
As one of the most pessimistic folks about camp moving to Gillette, I must say
that my fears were unwarranted and it's going to be fine. I saw Jonathan Kraft
and gave him props and told him that I was most impressed with the fact that
they opened the stadium for us when it was raining.. They really didn't have to
do that but it was a nice gesture. He was thanking me for coming and made a
comment about me being a big Bruschi fan (my attire gives me away)... He has NO
Tomorrow, I expect HUGE crowds because it's a single afternoon practice, the
weather looks promising, it's a Friday, and the Patriot's Experience will be
open. You know I'll be there no matter what so until next time.....
Mrs. B. (they have full concessions, and vendors selling " soda, water, beer" in
The SUN!!! Now this is
REAL TC weather..... Anticipating a huge crowd, we headed out early for camp
again... the website said lots would open at 1:00 for the 2:30 practice but when
we got there it was clear that they had been open for awhile. The Patriot's
Experience park was mobbed with kids already. We parked in the "empty" season
ticket/club seat lot again and sparked the grill in true Patsfan fashion.
(Sausages, Sam Adams and Bruschi Brew were on the menu today..) If you are a
season ticket holder, be sure to bring the ID card with you to gain access to
that lot and the reserved section of the bleachers. (Although, that section
isn't the greatest IMO.... It's near the endzone and too far away from the
action for me.)
Camp was mobbed today (as I expected) and the bleachers and "grassy knoll"
filled quickly. I'm having a bit of a hard time dealing with being stuck in one
place as I'm used to being able to walk all the way around to watch whatever
unit I want. My LBs always seem to working in the far corner of the other field
during drills so I don't get any close up pictures or any inside scoops. Plus,
there are a lot of kids going up and down and people talking, etc... I used to
hang along the sidelines away from the crowd and NEVER went into the bleachers
I did have the pleasure of meeting a couple of fellow "fan-attics" today...
Wolfie (Zip's list) picked me out of the crowd, as did John (patssox23 from
patsfans.com) and Peg from Patriotsplanet. The Bruschi jersey is the dead give
away!! It was great to hook up with people who share my passion...
Enough of that stuff... on to the practice. We were the furthest away from the
action than we've ever been so I didn't get much today... This afternoon was
full pads. WMG, O-T-I-S, Ty Law, Womack, and McCrary still weren't dressed and
worked with trainers (Andruzzi and some others as well, but we know their
story). Pfifer and Christain Fauria weren't dressed either this afternoon, but I
think I read somewhere that veterans may be sitting out for a practice on a
rotating basis.... Not sure if that was the case but I think so. Fauria spent
lots of time with Bavaro talking today.
My memory is fuzzy, so I'll just give the Tidbits....... The play of the day was
a long completion from Brady to Branch with Milloy covering. Bethel Johnson,
Asante Samuel and Eugene Wilson did some kickoff returns today along with the
usual crew of Branch, Pass, Faulk, etc. David Givens was on FIRE again and even
made a diving catch in the endzone drawing a rise from the crowd and his
teammates, as well! Deion Branch was also hot stuff again (and is one of the
most polite people I think I have ever met, btw.) Fred Baxter has been
consistently showing his stuff. Heavy Hitter Harrison put another lick on Troy
Brown causing him to drop the ball. That's not the first hard hit that he's laid
on Troy. As an aside... someone told me they heard Seymour on WEEI talking about
his scuffle with Light the other day, saying that it was just
football...ironically, they are roommates and had just gone out for breakfast
At one point in camp the entire group huddled up for meeting... it wasn't good
news as practice ran over by 45 minutes. (Tedy later told me that they kept
messing up so they had to repeat two periods. While they were rerunning those
plays another group ran sprints in the other field.) They did some two minute
drills at the end and they looked good, so I guess their chewing out worked.
Antwan Harris made an nice INT in tight coverage.
Because camp ended late and they announced that Brady (along with others) would
be signing near the proshop, the crowd thinned pretty fast. One of the guards
noticing my Bruschi attire, gave me the heads up that Linebackers would be
signing along the ropes at the grassy area as well. The folks that stayed around
hit the jackpot... but we had nothing to sign except for a picture that I took
with Tedy. My Man came over and spent a minute talking with us and signed my
picture. Al was able to take some nice "Bryant College Caliber" photos of the
guys at that time!!
Jarvis Green was sitting on the grass with his family, and introduced me to them
. (We know him from our favorite wing joint but haven't seen him in a couple of
months. ) We wished him well, and Al had two pictures left on his roll of film
so he took a couple family pics for him so we could get the roll developed
I'm heading out with my little guy tomorrow, as Al is working tonight and will
be home sleeping..... AM practice is 9-11 and they predict nice weather again!
If anyone thinks they see me... don't be shy!!
Mrs. B. (who is now in the possession of such an AWESOME close up of her man
that she's going to covet it and not even post it to the website.... I
will give a copy to the REAL Mrs. Bruschi, however!)
Today's practice was hot
and sunny. Sitting on the metal bleachers in the blazing sun, I felt like a
sausage frying in a pan. (Fair skinned folks take note.... there is ZERO shade
at TC.) I've been blessed with olive skin but actually broke out the sunscreen
today myself (need to keep that 29 year old skin in good shape...LOL!!) Each
time we show up, they've tweaked the logistical problems more and more. For
instance, they've started filling the bleachers one section at a time to insure
that there aren't many wasted spots, they've allowed the fans to collect
autographs on the "grassy knoll" one unit at a time in addition to sending some
big name folks down to the Fleet area near the proshop to lure most of the crowd
away. (Yesterday was Brady and Harrison plus others) and I heard that Adam was
down there this morning. I stayed behind at the field where the OLine signed
today ala Bryant College and there wasn't any pushing and shoving.
Dena from Zip's
list recognized me today and called me over. We spent most of the practice
sitting around the 30 allowing me better sights than yesterday, although I was
antsy sitting there and I did more yapping today than at other sessions. The
guys practiced in full pads and had quite a bit of contact going today. Ty Law
partially participated today... He had on a jersey but sweats and no regular
pads. He did the drills but didn't do the contact stuff on the field. O-T-I-S,
Willie and others were still working with trainers in the far field. Pleasant
wasn't dressed again but it could be due to BB's AARP Rest Program....
I'm short of time and memory, so I'll just post some highlights. The start of
practice brought kickoff returns to our section of the field. B. Johnson,
Wilson, Redmond and Faulk took the reps. They worked on the running game in
front of us for awhile. Smith and Faulk got through a few times and the crowd
went wild... Of course, there's mixed feelings there.... Great for the Pats
Offense but BAD for the D! It's no secret where my loyalties lie, so I tend to
groan when that happens while the crowd around me cheers... Can't wait until
When the full squad was on the field later, Eugene Wilson intercepted a pass
intended for Graham and took it to the house, raising the crowds' enthusiasm,
however during punt returns he let one slip right between his hands drawing some
noise of another fashion. He and Asante Samuel are enjoying lots of reps thanks
to the status of the "walking wounded" vets. I'd much rather see everybody on
the field, thank you very much!
Rohan Davey connected with Deion Branch for a long TD pass. I reported last year
that Deion was the REAL DEAL and told him
that this week, to which he responded... (insert southern accent here...) "Gee,
Maam, I certainly appreciate that... and Maam, I'll be living up to that, I
certainly will!" Patten has been right on the money all through camp ... he
caught a long ball from Brady (I think... or was it Huard; gosh, I really SHOULD
take notes, especially without Big Al to help me remember...)
Givens saw a lot of action today again but had a bit of the dropsies.... I can't
remember much else for today... of course I got a bit distracted watching the
REAL Mrs. Bruschi playing with her two cute mini #54's on the hill in the family
section. (You know how we mothers are when we see babies... can't help but oooh
After practice Jacob had Compton sign a nice picture that Al took yesterday and
he asked if he could have it for his fiance. Jacob produced a double for him to
take and he was quite appreciative. He also had Woody sign his page of the new
calendar. Since there was a lot of family in the family area, they didn't allow
any fans to go over on that side today, so I just waited for Jacob to finish...
I could see Tedy playing on the grass with his wife and two sons and of course
that brought a smile to my face. "Airhorn Guy" (the equipment manager, John) was
walking by so I had him deliver the AWESOME closeup of Tedy that Al took
yesterday for Heidi to take home. (I won't be posting that gem on my website
because it's THAT beautiful and I'm being selfish..... However, I think Heidi
deserves a copy, don't you?? LOL!!)
Mrs. B (who caught the announcement that they are changing the hours tomorrow to
10:30-12:00 instead of 9-11.)
Mrs. B's Annual Training Camp Report 7/27
(Warning... little football action to report but chock full of other camp
Today was a day of chaos but before I get to that... I can't believe that I
didn't mention THE biggest "inside Mrs. B exclusive" yesterday!! I must be
slipping... you know that inside stuff that's of interest to only the hard core
folks like us... Well, yesterday after the practice when the OLine was signing,
we were standing behind the ropes at the endzone in the autograph area. Woody
was signing right in front of us and I hear an unmistakable voice say "Hi there,
Woody. How are ya?" Woody responded in his typical smooth as silk voice with "Good, and how
you, doin?" I turned to look and then Jacob and I looked at each other with eyes
bulging. Who was standing WITH the autograph seekers behind the ropes?!!? None
other than Bama's Boy, Ex-Patriot Heavy, Sgt. Hulka, aka FRANK!! Imagine...
being reduced to being amongst the throngs of folks that he detested and
resented from camps past.... It had to be hard for him to be there... He asked
Woody how the family was doing and he responded but it was just polite small
talk, nothing more.. How far he has fallen... Wonder if he still wears his big,
fat ring?! (Incidentally, it must be killing him to see how "personable"
security is with the fans in this new regime... still doing their jobs to
protect the players but "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore..." talk about night
Now on to today's practice. The weather was beautiful, so I was really shocked
when we got there and they told everybody that we had to go into the stadium to
watch practice on the Jumbotrons because the boys were practicing on that fake
turf field. While we were in line, Dena (Zip's list) spotted us and joined us.
Big Al spotted Steve walking through the lot in his Tennessee-SIGNED Milloy
Jersey and called him over. (Too bad he came all the way from FL and caught that
particular practice.) Anyway, we went into the stadium and there wasn't much
going on. As usual, the camera guy focused on the QB's. From what I could see,
Antowain was getting most of the carries and looked strong running up the
middle. Then of course came the ever exciting stretching period.
announced that they were opening up the area around the turf field for fans to
watch if they chose to. There was limited seating (on the grass) but people
could stand around the fields. It resembled the Bryant situation very much so
those that were accustomed to standing along the sidelines found it a welcome
change. They stated that Troy Brown, Rohan Davey, Kingsbury and others would be
signing in the stadium itself on the warning track and that the DBs would sign
around the practice field. We decided to head over to the field. Couldn't see
much because by the time we got there, we had to stay on the hill. (So, reports
here yesterday that they would NOT be signing were false I guess.)
Here's a couple of observations: Guys were in shorts, helmets and mini shoulder
pads. Ty Law practiced today.. still no, WMG, Womack, O-T-I-S etc. although he
did workout and was signing autographs later. The CB rookie tandem of Asante and
Eugene were at the helm again today. Brady didn't throw as much again today...
(I think he's resting a bit... if anyone caught BB's press conference the other
day, he mentioned 2 ways of giving guys rest... a) have them sit out a practice
ala Pfifer and Fauria the other day, or b) taking fewer reps to stay fresh.)
Anyway, the more I watch Huard, the more I think he just hasn't been in the
right place at the right time in his career. He probably would be a starter if
he wasn't a Patriot. He's got a good arm, is accurate, and seems to make good
I can't remember much else at the moment and I don't have Big Al's brain to pick
since he and Steve yapped on the top of the hill the whole time...LOL. Meanwhile
I need to apologize to the poor fan who caught me in a sour mood... He and Dena
were talking about season tickets (a sore spot with me) and he proudly announced
that he got two extra lower bowl tix added to his account... Now, those that
know me, know how we've been attempting to get an upgrade and out of the
nosebleeds for quite some time only to be told by Pats ticket folks that "Due to
the near 100% renewal rate, no upgrades are available at this time...) when in
fact, their policy of granting ticket holders extra seats BEFORE moving existing
ticket holders DOWN is what is causing the unavailability!! Of course I've
written to them about the fact that I feel the policy is unfair but nothing has
happened. So.... if YOU happen to be the poor guy who caught my ire, "I'M
SORRY!!" I'll hop off my soapbox now and truck it back up to the stratosphere of
the upper reaches of 314 and shut my mouth!
After practice, DB's came by and signed along the field and people got quite a
few autographs for sure. I didn't have much with me other than a few pics that
we took the other day, and a picture of Tedy and Me with Bruschi Brew 8 for him
to sign but he didn't come over to my section. I kinda stood back and let the
kids with footballs and such to collect a bunch of signatures get their turn. I
did have a pic of Heavy Hitter Harrison and he signed it for me.... Of course he
was putting the flirt on and asked how I was doing so I had to reciprocate
(naturally...LOL) and said, "Here's our heavy hitter now..." He seemed to like
the fact that I knew what he was about, but graciously said "And there's a real
heavy hitter right there," pointing to Lawyer. Of course I agreed but made a
comment that "having 2 is better than 1" He smiled and said he was really glad
to be here.
Although it was the DBs turn to sign a lot of guys hung around signing as
well... Brady signed quite a few but I got the heck out of
there because every section he went to people followed, running in stampede
fashion. I'm not into that at all and cleared OUT! He's been signing a lot this
year, as has Lawyer and Troy even when it's not their turn. Tedy always stops to
sign some too... but he favors 54 jerseys and usually picks out the kids wearing
his number if it's not his day to sign. Of course, Bobby Hamilton is a mainstay
and signs like crazy as does Ted Johnson,.. (they used to get Frank really MAD
at Bryant because they would sign forever....) The rookies and long shots usually
sign a lot... figuring they better take advantage of their place in the sun, I
Sorry about all the rambling today... Judging by the fact that there was ample
room for fans to stand around the turf field, I imagine that they'll let us in
there the next time it rains... Heck... we're Football Fans.... weather is part
of the game!! It was nice to meet Dave from New England Fan's website and his
son Chris from Bleed Blue. Sorry we didn't have time to talk longer... The
internet certainly is a wonderful thing. We have quite the Pats Fan community
I'm meeting the Zipster tomorrow AM at practice then will also be back for the
Season Ticket holder practice at night.
Mrs. B (Might have to make 1 combined post tomorrow as I'll likely be out all
day with Zip.)
Mrs. B's Annual Training Camp Report 7/28 AM
Due to a shortage of
time, here's the Cliff Notes' version of my TC report. Camp was the least
crowded today of all the days that we've been allowed on the regular practice
area. I met up with my good buddy Zip and his Chick Magnet, Ostend and we sat on
the 30 in the front row so I had a good vantage point. Wolfie joined us later
(coming from work). Guys were in full pads and it was a full contact practice.
Here are the tidbits....
Ty Law participated fully, although he wore sweats and a practice type jersey
rather than a regular uniform. Givens stood out again today. Deion missed a long
Brady bomb ... he was wide open but dropped it. (Not something that I've seen
much of from him throughout camp.) Chatham and Hamilton each had a deflection.
Baxter had a nice play today...(he's been very consistent). Antowain's looking
strong and made some good catches. Klecko played DT in the 4-3 and Seymour was
on the inside. Ty Law almost got a pick and the crowd was glad to see him back
in action. Wilson and Harris both got beat on deep balls today... twice.
At one point there were too few defensive men on the field (Don Davis blew it I
think) , Tedy called time out, but it was too late... Belichick was ripped, blew
the whistle and yelled "Take a Lap!" That was the first one I've seen this year
so far. (Wait till guys start fumbling the snap, or going offsides... the big
boys will be hoofing around the field for sure.) Officials were on the field
again today but didn't stop the play.
The worse part of
the day for me was when My Man went down injured. Tedy ended
up on the ground, took awhile to get up then hobbled over to the sidelines
favoring his knee. He shook it out a bit but did participate for the remainder
of the practice. Hopefully, it's nothing at all.. but you know me...
overprotective, mother-hen that I am...... He did finish practice then even
spent extra time on the field working with his unit long after practice ended,
so hopefully he's 100%.
After practice, Adam, Lonie, Ken Walter, and Pope signed but of course Brady
went over to the ropes drawing all the screaming girls as well..... Jacob went
over with his football, and got some signatures while Zip, Wolfie and I waited
for the crowd to disburse. We had a nice lunch and will be heading back out
tonight for the stadium practice.
Mrs. B.... ( who, for the first time wasn't approached by ANY fellow fans
recognizing Mrs. B..... LOL!!)
Mrs. B's Annual Training
Camp Report 7/28 PM
Mrs. B's getting tired!! I've been living at camp and I'm looking forward to
Coach Belichick giving us all a surprise day off soon! (Between camp reports,
editing pictures and updating my website, I've been a bit short on the sleep
rations.) But not to fear... I'll keep em coming! Anyway....back to the topic at
Went to the Season Ticket Holder practice at Gillette tonight with Big Al, Jacob
and Zip. Robin, Lew, Miguel and Nancy from our tailgate spotted us sitting in
Zip's PRIME front row seats and joined us. It wasn't too crowded.... it was
general seating and folks sat in the lower bowl and the club seats.
I stink at
guesstimating so I have no clue about the numbers... John Rook was the MC and
they began the evening with thanks to S.T. holders and Fox. residents, then they
showed the NFL Films 2002 Patriots DVD. I actually had to jot down some things
today because there was just too much for this fuzzy brain to comprehend...
Best news of the night for me... Tedy was on the field and participated fully in
practice (sporting a knee brace like the OLine guys usually wear but he's fine!)
I'm not going to give the play by play, especially since there were lots of
people there who will give their imput but I'll give you some of my
observations... While the guys were doing positional work, Adam was practicing
Kickoffs... It's clear to me that he was being truthful when he stated that he
focused on them during the offseason. He stood on one sideline and kicked them
to Walter on the other sideline and most of them went over the line onto the
warning track.... that's 50+ yards each time. (Of course he hit 99% of his field
goal attempts too.... Adamatic! I had to cringe when kids (and drunks) actually
booed when he missed ONE.... gimme a break!)
Catch of the day came during 1:1 drills when Bethel Johnson made a diving grab
under tight coverage from Antwan Harris....BJ also made a nice return on a
kickoff bringing it to the 40 but shut down as they were sharing the field...
QB's worked with Hufnagel right in front of us and Charlie was teasing John
about his catching ability as he walked by to say hello to a kid in a wheelchair
at the back of the endzone.... (Troy Brown was the first to go over at the
beginning of practice and a couple of other players stopped over during warm ups
as well... You know me... I LOVE to see that stuff!!)
Andruzzi was actually doing some running (with O.T.I.S) today which is a good
sign. They did numerous 50 yd dashes in the "sick bay" at the South EZ. The bike
brigade was in full swing as well...(WMG, Womack, BTC, etc...) Ty was dressed in
sweats and light pads and took part in drills but not full contact work tonight.
Both Walter and Pope had some decent punts tonight.... I saw a big guy wearing
69 whom I believe to be our new OLiner, Brendan Stai.... I'm guessing this is
the case because, the roster says 69 is Brad Harris DL and this 69 was wearing
white. (If it is him, it's a good sign because he stayed out there after
practice running sprints and working up a sweat!)
Deion Branch made a SWEET TD catch right in front of us.... Harrison missed the
tackle, almost catching 83 by the ankles but came up empty. As Harrison was
getting up, Deion patted him on the helmet and smiled like crazy... Harrison
knew he got burned by the sophomore and gave him his props smiling back as if to
say... "Good job, kid!"
Leonard Myers broke up a Huard pass intended for Bethel, and just missed an INT
with the ball bouncing off the numbers. Likewise, Harrison blew an INT in the
other EZ on a Brady pass. He fell down and appeared injured but was ok I guess,
since he finished the practice. (He didn't impress me tonight...) Troy took
another hit but not from 37 tonight, rather from Antwan Harris. Fauria made some
nice completions taking one to the house. Antowain scored also, and he looked
very good tonight, IMO.
The end of the practice brought 2 minute situations and in the first one, Brady
had 2 completions to Graham, followed by a beautiful,
tip-of-the-fingers-one-handed-grab by Faulk. A false start penalty pushed the
action back 5 yards and with 2 seconds on the clock, Brady hit Troy in the EZ
for a TD... He was VERY animated and vocal...helmet slapping and shoulder
smacking.. It was great to see that excitement.... brings me back in time....
During the second drill with different players, Bethel got a TD to end practice.
After practice, there was no signing and the players went directly to the locker
room. A couple of guys signed a few on the way down the stairs but not many.
Givens (and #69) remained on the field working out... We packed up and headed
out of the stadium; I kept saying that I felt like I forgot something, and lo
and behold, my picture with Tedy and Bruschi Brew 8 was not with me.... I
sprinted UP the ramps, (in flip flops no less) and made it back to the section
to find that it had fallen behind the seat. WHEW!! What a relief... I sprinted
back down the ramps and got that cardio workout that I've been blowing off for
the past few days.
Tomorrow's practice is 2:30-4:30 so hopefully I can get to the gym in the
morning before I hook up with Zip... It's late and I REALLY need sleep so, until
tomorrow... GO PATS!!
Mrs. B (zzzzzzzzzzz!)
Mrs. B's Annual Training Camp Reports 7/29
Here's the real condensed
version of today's practice since it's midnight and I just got home from a Sushi
fest with the Zipster... Another full pads practice, Branch, Pfifer, Baxter,
Compton, and Fauria seemed to be resting out of practice today. Law was back in
the sweats, WMG, O-T-I-S, and Patten worked with trainers in the all weather
turf field. Other regular walking wounded hit the bike brigade in the
the far EZ... Steve hooked up with us and I saw John from WHJJ with his new
baby... cutest Pats cheerleader in the joint!
Punt team worked on trick plays with Izzo taking the snap and shuffle passing to
Givens... Later the kicking/punting/snapping boys worked on their fumble
recovery skills giving the Red Sox a run for their money in the sliding
department. Receivers worked a drill where 4 cones were lined up on the field
making a square box. They ran around them and the ball boys fired bullets at
them at close range.
I missed the team's rendition of Happy Birthday, while I ran to get an updated
roster. Some around us said it was to Lawyer but his BD isn't until November so
I have no clue who was the recipient of the tribute. Tons of female Brady fans
on the grassy knoll screaming their heads off at every play. During 1:1 drills
RB/LB and CB/WR standout plays were a great catches by Cedrick Ward and Brown.
Graham made a nice grab with tight coverage from
Chatham and TJ got burned bad
at one point and threw his helmet down in disgust.
The ACTION of the day occurred on back to back plays involving Harrison. It
appeared that he smacked Hochstein and they started to scuffle... Seymour
stepped in to break it up. On the next play Harrison hit Faulk HARD... Faulk was
pissed then beaned him off the head with the football. Ashworth didn't like
Faulk's treatment and went after Harrison. Punches were being thrown and
suddenly the entire squad was involved. I saw Tedy flying up over the top to
pull guys apart... who say's my man is "undersized"? He looked like Spiderman up
TIDBITS: Defense took another lap today... Antowain has been looking strong and
consistent (lots of people are inquiring...) Klecko is being tried in all
different positions. Faulk is becoming a crowd favorite, Givens looks great most
every day, Stai practiced today, Centers not in the house yet....
That's about it for now... double session tomorrow so I better hit the hay!
Mrs. B (thanks to the nice woman who introduced herself today and thanked me for
Mrs. B's Annual
Training Camp Reports 7/30 AM
Short and sweet today
guys... Not much of note to report today. Another full pads practice. Pleasant,
Seymour, Branch, Redmond, Cloud not on the field along with the usual crew that
hasn't been practicing. BIG NEWS.... Centers was practicing, (wearing #43).
Klecko donned a red jersey but participated. (Yesterday, he appeared to be
suffering from heat exhaustion or dehydration because after one of the plays, he
was leaving the field and was walking towards the wrong direction. Guys were
calling to him and when he went over, the trainers were dousing him with water.
) Perhaps today was just a precaution.
Haven't seen too many laps this year but Jasen Esposito took one today for a
false start. Patrick Pass didn't have a good practice today...trying to pick up
a squib kick, he ended up kicking it away from himself trying to grab it and
just was very "off" all day. Nead is making a good effort to try to get noticed.
He came up with a big catch drawing double coverage from Poole and Akins. Dedrick Ward was wide open and took it to the house and either Cherry or Myers
blew it. (Big Al feels that Cherry screwed up.) Later, Charlie barked at Ward
when he missed a pass... "You ran a beautiful route, and you're laying on the
ground.... come on!" Tuitele got a pick today. Not much else of note that I can
think of now.
After practice, I headed over to the ropes in an attempt to hook up with Jarvis
Green to give him the pictures that we took of his family the other day. There
were only a couple of people around me and suddenly Tom Brady was right there.
He held out his hand to take something to sign but I had nothing. Of course, the
swarm surrounded us in a second and I backed up! Seymour came by and I told him,
"For the first time, I don't have a picture for you to send home..." He said,
"Oh yeah. .. but I have one for you!" He handed me an autographed picture of
himself and his website Big-Sey93.com. That was very cool of him! (Every year
I've given him some nice doubles that Al has taken and he's been very
appreciative. Of course, it was purely coincidental that he had that picture on
him and we had that conversation today. ) The rest of the DL signed today, but I
wasn't there for autographs. (Jacob could have come up big if he wasn't on the
other side...) Mission accomplished... I gave Jarvis the pictures and he stopped
to take a picture with me. Charlie Weis was in the tent with his family and I
took a picture of him especially for NEM which I'm going to have personalized
next time... "To NEM... my biggest fan, Love Charlie!!)
Givens always stays on the field working long after every one else is gone and
today Klecko worked 1:1 with the coaches after practice as well. And just in
case anyone ever wonders why Dante is in such phenomenal shape... He runs
sprints EVERY day after practice. Later, he was on the stairmaster when we drove
by on the way home. (He's always in the hotel gym first thing in the morning
with us on away games too.)
Mrs. B (heading back out tonight to do it all again!)
much scoop for tonight's practice. Guys were in shorts and shoulder pads...
Biggest thrills for me; Lihn from Absolute Brady was there and I got to spend
time with my fellow Bruschi Backers, Kate and Rehannen, all the way here from
Big question of the day??? Where is Cloud? I didn't see him this morning, nor
tonight and didn't even see him as part of the bike brigade. Hope there's
nothing to this story..... The same guys were out of commission working with the
trainers. (Patten, Branch, WMG, Otis, etc.... and Law was a partial
participant.) Deion was working with trainers, planting his feet, turning 90
degrees and catching bombs.
Lots of drills tonight.... Backs were practicing holding on to the the ball
while a another player tried to strip it. QB's and WR worked on timing patterns.
Givens was on FIRE again tonight. Offense worked on Hail Mary's and time outs.
Dedrick Ward made some big plays on 11:11 work.. Antowain got lots of carries
tonight. Chatham blocked a punt. Defense ran another lap tonight then BB talked
to them for about 5 minutes afterwards.
After practice we went to the ropes to try to hook up with Tedy for Kate an Tom
Curran recognized us from the TN trip... I was quite surprised. Tedy came over,
as did Adam and Ty Law.. Jacob was a happy camper but is still looking out for
that Johnson autograph! Tedy told me to come by with Zip tomorrow since it is
his final day at camp.
Take care... it's very late!
July 31, 2003
Today was the most
crowded day at camp to date. It was also apparent that they were short handed in
the security department. On most days, they have been right on top of people
sitting in the front row (reserved for those with disabilities) , standing at
the ropes in the bleacher section and creeping up to the grass. Today, all of
those things occurred until Pats security people came by and asked folks to
move. It was Zip's last camp day and the Denver girls accompanied me as well. I
also met up with the cool folks from PatriotsPlanet.com. Sorry that
missed Ian from patsfans.com when I went over to sit on the grassy knoll. (Shoulda
called me on the cell!)
Anyway, here are the highlights for today. What struck me right away was the
sense of urgency in the guys right from the start. There was lots of grunting
and whooping going on even during the positional drills. Patten was dressed in
full pads but spent most of the day running in the far field. McCrary was also
dressed but I didn't see him do anything. Andruzzi was even dressed in partial
uniform today. Law's get up is the confusing one to me. He wears sweats and an
old practice jersey but actually participates. (?) Go figure! Bethel, JR and
Seymour didn't practice as well as the usual walking wounded crew.
During drills the WR ran the obstacles then at the end dove and rolled while
maintaining possession of the ball. RBs were hitting the sleds and later the WR
were diving into practice dummies right in front of us. Brady was back to
throwing a lot today. When WR were running routes Troy was Troy! He made several
completions, riling up the crowd. One awesome catch of note was a left handed
one hand grab. Later however, he was picked by a leaping Asante Samuel on a
slightly underthrown Brady pass. (Asante is having a stellar rookie camp, IMO!)
It was not a good day for the DBs today as most of the passes were complete
during that period. Antowain, Faulk and Centers saw lots of action today as
their corps are dwindling. Rookie WR Dan Stricker certainly cannot be accused of
not putting forth effort. He's probably a contender for a practice squad spot
but he's trying to make his presence known. Fauria's looking HOT in
camp... and I'm not just talking about his looks!!
During the full squad work, I moved up to the top of the knoll where the sight
lines are actually very good. They worked on hurry up situations and later Adam
was splitting the uprights. The kids were going nuts as the balls were kicked
into the crowd on the hill. Everyone was jumping to try to catch them. (They
started booing when the ball boys either caught them or retrieved them and threw
them back....lol) I should have jotted some things down at this point, because
I'm confusing what I (think I saw) today with other days so I'm going to leave
it at that!
After practice, the crowds were so huge that the ropes along the endzones
actually fell. I guess it was the LB's turn to sign today because they all did,
but many other players signed as well. I hung around on the hill (literally laid
around...hehe) shooting the breeze with the patsplanet folk and got to share in
joy as she took a picture with HER Ted!! I can still remember the first time
Tedy came over at Bryant, took a picture with me and signed my jersey.... I was
awestruck... Got a kick out of watching David "you know" Patten playing catch
with his little guy... quite the athlete for sure! Andruzzi's and Fauria's kids
were running around out there too. WMG stayed about 45 minutes later and
literally signed for everyone on the hill. I said hi to him and asked him how
the folks were... and if Dad was still working out. He remembered that I always
met up with WMG Sr. in the gym on the road trips.
Kate and Rehannnen were hoping to catch Tedy again today, and also take a
picture with Joe Andruzzi, but neither worked out. Jacob was in heaven though,
because he got lots of autographs on his football but mostly because Bobby
Hamilton gave him a glove, then took it back to autograph it before handing it
back to him. It's already framed and has been added to the Pats Shrine! Here's a
tidbit... Colvin's been signing #59.... creature of habit, or confident that
he'll we sporting his favorite number as a Pat?
Mrs. B. (who REALLY should be doing laundry right now!)
A bit soggy Mrs. B
reporting on this morning's session. I picked up Kate and Rehannen at the train
station, then we headed up for the 9-11 practice. Outfitted with Pats' Ponchos,
we were prepared to stand outside around the turf field in the rain but they
didn't let us go down there (like they eventually did on Sunday when they were
on that field.) We ended up watching on the Jumbotron from the stadium bowl.
Hooked up with my Southern Gent, Bama and settled in to watch the boys on the
big screen. (Side Note: Those heavy duty ponchos are a great buy for $10 bucks!!
Anyway... not really much of note to report today. Here are my highlights of the
day. Bethel Johnson and David Patten were both participating fully in today's
practice. Law was still in his pseudo uniform. Looked for Redmond and Branch but
didn't see their numbers flash across the screen. (Regular walking wounded still
out of action.) Christian Fauria once again looked outstanding while Baxter is
also looking solid. (I can see them keeping all 3 TE's if at all possible.)
Givens is outplaying Ward, IMO...!! ( I would like to see 80,83,86,81 and 87
if we only go with 5WR) Big Sey is back practicing today.
I spent some time yapping with Bama, checking out the concert stage set up, and
was at mercy of the camera person so I'm not up to par today... But I definitely
paid close attention to the play of the day.... none other than My Man, Tedy B's
block of a Huard pass which was tipped to Asante Samuel for a TD! My buddy,
Jarvis Green took a lap for encroachment today... (haven't seen too many of
those this year, thankfully.) Aric Morris and Chris Akin both got picks while
doing drills. Brady fumbled a snap and I noticed Rohan out there a lot today.
Huard was in when they worked against the clock at the end, taking the snap then
spiking the ball..... The guys all did sprints at the end of practice, which
ended about 15 minutes early.
Even though we were in the bowl, 5 players came up to sign in the concourse area
behind those portable fence things. Rosey was one of them and a couple of other
guys but (unbelievable but true... ) I'm not sure who they were! They had to be
new guys because, just ask the "Cruise Brothers", Mrs. B is known as the
"Walking Media Guide"!
Mrs. B (who is listening to The Boss right now, getting stoked for tomorrow
night's show at my home away from home....Gillette!)
August 3, 2003
With last night's concert
and today's practice under my belt, I've kept my Gillette streak alive. (The
Boss rocked, btw.. and I was stylin in my original 84-85 Born in the USA concert
tee shirt!) Anyway... because of the wet grass I was afraid that the boys would
be practicing on the Turf field and we would get stuck in the stadium bowl, but
I was relieved to see the long line down by the practice fields rather than at
the stadium entrance.
went right to the grassy area rather than sitting in the bleachers and aside
from the wet butt, I made a good choice. Darren and Madelyn joined us as did my
girl, Bledsoeangie. The "Denver Duo" hitched a ride from a friend and met us as
Practice was in full pads and the first thing I noticed was that Larry Centers
changed his number. He's got incredibly developed calves and I noticed that #43
didn't. I scoped out the legs and found those babies wearing #31 today, taking
over Ben Kelly's recently vacated number. Moreau is now wearing #43. Law's still
in his partial uniform and was joined by Leonard Myers and WMG with part
regulation/part sweats. (They are participating in some of practice rather than
spending the entire time with trainers.) I wondered if Seymour was going to have
"equipment issues" out there today since he was sporting a huge afro rather than
his typical braids. I wasn't sure if his helmet would fit his head as well, but
alas, it did!
Practice began with KO returns with Kevin and Bethel in the backfield. Kevin
caught one back there and Charlie asked him if that was the way he wanted to
catch that ball... Kevin answered him and he said... "Just checking." Kicking
team practiced fumble recoveries. During the WR routes, Troy had quite the fan
club in the bleachers. Every time he touched the ball, they erupted. He did make
an awesome one handed (left) grab again today that he managed to make look easy.
McCrary was practicing but JR spent the day running. Walking wounded were
"skipping" in the far field...(I always get a kick out of that, and also that
move that looks like they're impersonating male dogs walking along and stopping
at every hydrant!..lol) Ty Law was running "on the leash" and the bike brigade
was in full swing. Deion didn't practice again today...
During 7:7 drills, Brady and his boys were on fire, connecting on every pass in
the series. Fauria made a huge catch but later in the day had to take a lap...
In fact the entire offense took one for the first time today in practice. The
boys in blue (defense) have been doing the running this year. Faulk looked real
good again today as did Asante Samuels and Eugene Wilson (AGAIN!) who both came
up with picks. Lawyer got 2 picks today as well. Lots of scout team work (as
we'll be seeing at TC from now on.)
During a break, the team came down towards the endzone and people were yelling
"Happy Birthday, Tom!" People were singing to him and Faulk Matt Light were
raising their hands to get the crowd into it... (I thought today's practice
would have been over flowing with screaming girls, but I'm happy to report that
it wasn't!) I do hope that my buddy, Linh got to see the birthday boy today,
After practice, we were hoping to get a minute with Tedy, but has soon as he
came near us at the ropes, the swarm came. People plowed right in front of us
and were stepping all over my feet. I just stepped back and let them in... Tedy
saw us and asked if we needed anything so I finally got that Bruschi Brew
picture signed and don't have to cart it back and forth anymore. Tomorrow is
Kate and Rehannen's last day so they wanted to take a picture with the 3 of us
and Tedy but today was crazy. Who knows what tomorrow will bring... I hate
fighting the crowds and generally hang in the background so I don't get
trampled! And... looking at the forecast for the week, we may be watching a lot
of Jumbotron football.
Mrs. B....( who has *GASP* only two days of camp left... grrrrrr!)
August 4 AM
afraid there's not much to report today since the only guys on the field were
rookies and back up players. All of the veterans/starters were not on the
field.... Secret stuff going on?? They did a lot of scout team work and I think
Chatham was the most senior man. Saw JR, O-T-I-S, WMG and the usual crew working
out. I think Ty was back in sweats doing bunny hops with Otis! (It looked like
him but they were far away.) Davey was the starting QB with Kingsbury as his
backup. KO returns featured Bethel and Patrick Pass, with ball boys doing the
The biggest event was the rain! What is it that they say about NE? If you don't
like the weather, just wait a minute? That certainly rang true today. We went
through periods of torrential rain, mist, sun, wind, etc. I'm glad they
practiced on the regular field and allowed us to be there, but I'm not sure if
they regretted it later and wished they practiced on the Rain Turf. They
actually ended practice quite early, and we were on the road by 10:30. Tonight's
scheduled for 5:30 and I'm hoping that the rain clears and the sun comes out for
the rest of the day. I only have tonight and tomorrow left and would prefer to
be in the regular field, not watching on the Jumbotron.
Mrs. B. ( who already got more than her money's worth in the Poncho department.)
August 4 PM
Tonight's practice was on
the Turf field, but luckily they allowed us to stand around the field to watch.
It reminded me of being at Bryant with the guys so close to the sidelines! Big
Al got some great action pictures, I'm sure. (btw... haven't scanned any of his
work yet, I've only been able to post my digital stuff thus far.) It was a full
pad practice focusing a lot on scout team action. It was nice to Big Willie and
Andruzzi dressed for action tonight! The rest of the walking wounded were still
out of commission. Got a kick out of Pepper's "secret handshake" going with his
boys. I saw him and O-T-I-S doing the routine tonight and he and Law doing it
this morning. (Pepper is great to watch on the field... he always makes me smile
the way he soooo gets into it!)
Big Al finally got to hear Romeo's famous beckoning call to his boys... "Hur-ry,
hur-ry, hur-ry...." when it was time for the defense to do their drills. (At
Gillette are set up WAY in the far left corner away from the fans, unlike at
Bryant where we would hang right at the sidelines where they were working.) I
always got a "Good morning, Karen" from My Man on his first trek over the
obstacles... but those days are gone. RB's were working right in front of us
tonight, running through rows of guys with Lil Block pads. DB's practiced
running backwards for the INT. All 4 QBs lined up as their receivers (TE, WR, RB)
all ran different routes. Lots of completions... and Givens always stands out to
me. Lots of blocking and tackling going on for the Linemen....
Brendan Stai took a lap for a false start during drills. Antowain's clearly
getting the nod as he had most of the carries tonight. During goal line work,
Fauria had a beautiful TD grab in our EZ. During scout work, Klecko made a catch
and although Lonie was playing catch, he must have used the eyes behind his head
because he yelled out an exaggerated Klehhhhhh-cko!! (I think he's either taking
a liking to the rookie or at least likes his name!!) Tedy B leapt into to the
air to block a pass and let out a big yell... (It's like the mother thing, I
guess.... I can pick out his voice in a crowd like a mother can identify her own
Bobby Hamilton has taken Ty Warren under his wing as he was mentoring him out
there when he was confused on a play. Buck Rasmussen took a lap for jumping...
Even veteran AP took one tonight too! Now that was a rare sight! Milloy picked
off a Kingsbury pass...Lots of nice punts coming from both boys tonight...Mike
Compton went down hurt but walked off under his own power. I didn't see him out
there after it happened though.
There were a lot of family members there tonight, and during the lulls and the
times when they worked down near the other EZ, I got a kick out of watching the
little kids running around. It also reminded me why I was so thin when my kids
were toddlers.... Moms don't sit, EVER!!! Tedy's two little guys have motors
like the old man... they just don't quit!! After practice, Tedy threw his stuff
down and yelled to Klecko to take it in while he ran over to his boys, who were
jumping up and down in anticipation!!
There weren't many people there and quite a few guys signed after practice. Al
had some great shots of Warren and Myers which he had signed. (Warren is now the
recipient of the double.... in carrying forth the tradition of providing the big
rookies with their first shots to send home to mama!) He had a good one of TJ
and asked him to personalize it for Jacob because he's been trying to get him to
sign a football every day and hasn't been in the right place at the right time.
(We didn't have the ball with us tonight and he was at football practice
himself.) Bama will love to hear that Mrs. TJ loved the picture.... and of
course Big Al offered her the double.... He said she was looking Fiiiiiiiiiine!
Mrs. B.... (Have a safe flight home Kate and Rehannen... and see you soon,
Well... here we are...my
Final 2003 report! *sniff, sniff* I can't believe how fast time has flown. I'll
be leaving for 2 weeks of family vacation on Saturday and there are no more open
practices this week. I need to be brief as I'm pressed for time. This
afternoon's practice was shorts and full shoulder pads. I scoped out my usual
spot on the hill (but was smart enough to bring a poncho to sit on to avoid the
wet butt!) Al hung at the ropes with camera poised.... Bobby Hamilton was very
vocal out there during warm ups.... WMG and Andruzzi were still back in action
they were last night.) As usual, they started off with KO returns using
Ward, Brown, B. Johnson, and Poole.
Deion is still out of commission and did lots of sprints today. JR must have
logged 5 miles as he ran around the field most of the day. Law, WMG and O-T-I-S
worked with trainers on footwork stuff. (55 & 24 split their time between
training and practicing.) During warmups, QB's worked on 3 step drops... I could
see Harrison and AP doing hurdles in the far field. My boy, TedyB led the charge
during the sprints....
During the ever-exciting stretching period, I decided to do the nature call, and
actually got my biggest laugh of the day.... A vendor was carting about 100
bottles of soda and water on a hand truck and it overturned and bottles were
rolling all over the lot. Suddenly, I thought Tom Brady was there..... the swarm
of kids that pounced on them in no time resembled what happens as he travels
along the ropes signing... Wherever he moves, the swarm follows him, plowing
over everyone in pursuit of an autograph... (The camp counselors were barking at
the kids... "put that back!" and they were yelling "free soda!!")
I made a point to look at the starting O Line during positional work and it
consisted of Klemm, Stai, Woody, Compton, Light. I noticed Compton stepping in
for a shotgun... (guess some things never change...) Davey was overthrowing his
receivers quite a few times during drills. Receivers practiced dragging their
feet when catching at the back of the EZ. LB's worked tipping loose balls to a
teammate who would pick it up and run.
Leonard Myers impressed me today getting a lot of action during scout team... He
also picked off a Huard pass intended for Bethel. Assante got a pick this
afternoon as well. Patten made quite a few grabs today and of course Troy was
solid as ever. Johnson made a beautiful flying, sidewards catch of a Davey pass.
I noticed Lyle and Green at nose again today. Stricker looked impressive and (I
even had to check the roster for the name.... #47 had a very solid day, coming
up with some big catches during scout work.)
Pepper was VERY vocal and animated today... with lots of ARGHHHHHH's for his
boys when they blew it and cheers when they were on the money. Vrabel missed a
pick and Pepper went crazy and Mike yelled out... "Who put glass in my shoes??"
Givens made a huge catch in the EZ and plowed into the goal post and Lawyer
Milloy who was sitting on his favorite resting spot... the water cooler. (He's
been interacting with fans a lot this year from the sidelines while waiting for
his turn to take the field.... comes with being a veteran I guess.)
Practice went over by 1/2 hour and I hoped to get a chance to say goodbye and
good luck to Tedy.... He did come over, so we took our "Annual TC pic", I wished
him well, he signed my jersey, then we bolted out of there to get Jacob to
football practice by 6:00.
Mrs. B (who LOVES Training Camp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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