Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Training Camp: Green Bay

Please forgive me if this post makes no sense. I've just returned from a week long vacation in Da Yoop (that's the U.P. [Michigan's Upper Peninsula]). My brain is still in slow-mo. Before heading up to the in-laws cabin I made a pit-stop in Green Bay for the 2nd annual Packers 5K and the first day of Training Camp.


Football is here!

My view from the sidelines. (c'mon! I couldn't pass that up!)

The Packers practiced outside at Ray Nitschke Field, next to the Don Hutson Center. Both are across the street from Lambeau Field. I feel like I need to draw a map. Practice started at 7pm, but those in the know got there when the gates opened at 5:30.

It was insanely sunny

But I had a mini Clay head to shield my eyes

Nothing could shield my eyes from this horror, though
Just because you're a kid doesn't mean you don't know better.
As we all know, there are no greater fans than Packer fans (except for that kid above. I don't know what his deal is). There's a limited number of seats at the practice field, but that doesn't stop people from watching the action. Fans were lined up along this fence throughout the entire practice.

I sat on a hard bleacher for 3 hours with a raging headache just to watch my team practice. So, what did I see in those 3 hours??

I saw:
Ryan Grant. It was so great to see him out there. He looked very quick and ready to go.
rookie Randall Cobb. He looks good. Made some smooth catches.
rookie Alex Green. He looked way fast.
Jermichael Finley. Limited in first few practices.
Charles Woodson. Looked good. No sign of his collarbone injury.
Offensive Line. A couple rough plays, as expected, until they get in the groove.
OLB'S. Looked big and ready.
Donald Driver. Does it get any better than seeing DoubleD on the field?

Overall, everyone looked excited to be there. From what I've heard the players who were injured last year are hungry. Very hungry.

I realize the practice I watched was over a week ago, and a lot has happened since then, but this is my account of what I saw. As a fan, there's something so invigorating about watching the first practice. It's like the first day of school, you're excited and nervous and bound to get lost in the hall at least once, but it doesn't matter. You're back with your friends and you're going to have the best year ever!

And before I forget, I sucked it up big time at the 5k, but who cares! 

Please ignore the fake cheerleaders.


  1. I'm not sure if the kid is the problem so much as the parents! What were they thinking letting him out in that? It should be used as kindling on a fire, not as an article of clothing!

  2. I have to agree whole-heartedly with Hutch. Shame on the parents...SHAME!!!

    I envy you that you get to feel this way about your football team; I used to feel that way about my Chargers....I wish I still could.

  3. What a fun experience... though I won't say any more since I grew up in Pittsburgh. ;)

  4. I'm glad to see the Pack fans are still crazy and insane! AND I'm glad it was sunny, better than snowing - at this time of year it's 50/50.
    Where did you go in da Yoop? Perhaps I should ck your other blog.... hm, novel.

  5. Looks like SO much fun!!! NO clue what is up with that kid. I agree with Hutch he's old enough to know better but his parents really should have done something about that. I know kids jerseys are expensive but dang... It's sort of like not wanting to wear a Michael Vick jersey [even before his issues] I definitely wouldn't let my kid wear one after... And trust me if I had a little girl that had a #7 Steelers jersey... I would have seriously rethought letting her wear hers, even though I still wear mine now... it took me a long time to wear it again.

    OK back to the topic - first practice seems like an AWESOME experience! :)

  6. Let me bring it full circle for you....there was a big spread in the Lexington Herald Leader (Lexington's newspaper and the one that covers all University of Kentucky sports) last week where everyone in the sports dept was pissed because Randall Cobb went pro...AFTER they had just made and hung a 100' banner of his face on the exterior of the stadium. So, our UK boy went to the Packers. He did a lot of good for UK last year (even if we did just *barely* make it into a bowl game). It will be interesting to see what he can do for y'all this year.