Prepare For Training Camp Practice July 25May 25th, 2014
Bucs junkies already have their seat cushions, binoculars and cameras ready, and their Mike Evans jerseys ordered, for the arrival of the annual rite of summer: sweltering training camp practice at One Buc Palace.
It’s a hardcore fan’s delight.
The chance to sit on covered, high school-style aluminum benches, packed like sardines in stuffy 90 degree temperatures, is just heaven for thousands of fans. Autographs are as easy to secure as close-up glimpses of sweaty cheerleaders. There’s even the occasional celebrity sighting.
But the best part, of course, is football on the field. The pads come on and the position battles begin. Joe can’t wait to see the competition in the trenches at left defensive end, and Joe suspects strongman Akeem Spence won’t go quietly when it comes to passing the nosetackle torch to Clinton McDonald.
The Bucs and the NFL have yet to announce training camp dates, but speaking on a Nashville sports radio station recently, Bucs cornerback D.J. Moore said he and his teammates must report back for training camp on Thursday, July 24. In a typical season, players would see team doctors on their reporting day, and the first training camp practice open to the public would be the following day. In this scenario, that’s Friday, July 25.
So for those planning on mysterious illnesses to keep them from work, the 25th sure seems like the prime target sick day.