August 17, 2006 (FINAL 2006 Camp Session 2:30-4:30)
Just got in from the final 2006 camp session. It's hard to believe that it's over and although I struggled a bit this year with the running around and tight crunch due to the numerous back to backs, TC reports and podcasts, I made it through! (Just 2 podcasts to get up then it's vacation time for me!!)
Here's the final Mrs. B observations and points...
* Practice took place in shorts, shoulder pads, and helmets under partly cloudy skies. It was pretty packed today as many people wanted to take advantage of their last opportunity to see the boys in action.
*My training camp buddy, Mike hooked me up with a ticket to watch the final session in the VIP section with him... and I noticed Mike Reiss sitting in my primo spot...hehehe! (See you next summer, buddy!)
* No sign of Harrison or Wilson tonight nor any of the usual missing dudes.
* Once again, scout work dominated the practice with players wearing Arizona numbers including Wilson (24), Fitzgerald (11), Boldin (81), Johnson (80), Edwards (83). In fact, two of our players each had on 11 and 82.
* Andrews was wearing white again today.. (I did notice yesterday but.. DUH.. it didn't even click with all of the scout stuff and people playing other players going on!)
* Brady, Brown, and Graham did several gassers on their own in the other field during downtimes.
* Kick Returners were Faulk, Maroney, Berlin, Kight, Childress, and Hobbs. Gostkowski was on duty today both for Kickoffs (nice distance) and field goals, nailing every one... delighting all the kids on the hill. (The boys still had their clapping, wooing chant going today :-) They also worked a bit on onside kicks.
* Hobbs had a nice pick off of Cassell, which should boost his waivering confidence.
* Kight made a nice End Zone touchdown being covered by Vernell Brown.
* Brady looked better today than last night but not great IMHO, and hit Troy and Cobbs during hurry up but missed some as well.
*Cassell made a Hail Mary attempt and 4 guys ended up tangled on the ground in a heap. Troy emerged from the bottom, no worse for the wear!
* Defensive Line signed today along with Brady, Vrabel, Izzo, TBC, Brown, etc.... I got a chance to talk to Tully a bit and also asked Wilfork how it felt to be the Hero at the end of yesterday's session.. :-)
* For the final Fashion Update of Camp... Mrs. B closed it out in her traditional game day Throwback Red... which can continue to be seen at the Razor's Edge Tailgate each week! (Stop by and say hi.. all are welcome!) The infamous Man Capris were modeled this afternoon by Lonie, Sullivan, Cassel, Alexander, and Graham. Finally, BB shocked us all this camp by not breaking out the hoodie... guess it's becoming too mainstream now that it's available in the proshop and everybody's got them...hehehe!)
On a final note, thanks to all of you for your nice comments over the past 3 weeks. It's kept me going even when I sometimes didn't feel like making the trek for so many back to back doubles... Then I would get home some days and post my report and later read others and realize that I really didn't have much to say that hadn't already been said.
So.... Patriot Nation, it just may be time to move on... There was a time when Mrs. B's Annual Training Camp Reports were THE source for the Happenings at Patriots Training Camp. However, that's no longer the case and we lucky Patriots fans are treated to a variety of news sources within a matter of minutes...
I've enjoyed sharing my Pats Passion with you over the years and remain...
The sounds of the final camp session will be found on podcast Show #86 (if I can get it posted before leaving for vaca.) www.patriotworld.com