I made my annual pilgrimage to Patriots' training camp yesterday. There was only one session and it started at 9:15, so I had to get ready early and hit the road. I took a water bottle, chocolate bar, binoculars, and wore my Pats cap and Brady jersey. :)
I arrived at Foxboro with time to spare and texted my sister that I'd made it. I managed to get a good spot on the bleachers after stopping to get a hot dog (I knew I'd be hungry before the session was over and I'd lose my spot if I went to get something to eat) and enjoyed it. I sat next to a lady by the name of Jen and we oohed and aahed over the pretty players and talked about football stuff like how our O-Line looked this year and how Revis was as good as advertised, etc.
I trained my binoculars often on Tom and he's lookin' great, as usual! ;) He has a short haircut to start this year and back-up QB Ryan Mallett has the same kind of cut. Tommy is not only the most talented quarterback in the NFL, he's the prettiest! ;)
Gronk was at practice and signed autographs later. He always has a smile on his face and not only is popular with fans but with his teammates as well. The guy enjoys life. I saw him on Whose Line Is It, Anyway? about a month ago and he tried hard (improv can be tough) and the actors appreciated his enthusiasm.
Bill Belichick was in fine form and in complete charge of camp as always. The drills were interesting and there was a variety of them so we fans never got bored. The weather was pretty hot so I was glad to get into my air-conditioned car for the ride home but I stayed hydrated. I did get a mild sunburn. It's been a long time since I got one of those!
Training camp is always a festive atmosphere. It represents a new beginning every year and people just have fun. The players have fun with it, too, when they can, and Tom even acknowledged the crowd with a Victory sign and a smile. :)
It would have been Mom's birthday yesterday so I wanted to do something special. She loved the Patriots and would have enjoyed the trip. I had a very nice day.