A New Training Camp Tradition May Be BornAugust 14th, 2012
This morning was the Bucs last open practice to fans for this summer’s training camp, which concludes after tomorrow’s practice.
Despite this, the fans — a fair amount — that attended on this roasting morning may have started a training camp tradition of sorts, an act Joe has never noticed before.
Almost all camp, Bucs honcho Greg Schiano has employed piped-in noise when running two-minute drills late in practice. A giant speaker is placed on a golf cart and the golf cart is always parked at the line of scrimmage.
The noise is so loud, it sounds like a jet about to race down a runway.
Today, Bucs fans joined in the noise. When Schiano first barked the situation and had an assistant flip on the volume, most of the fans in the bleachers at practice raised to their feet as one, screaming, hollering, whistling, trying to add to the noise pollution.
In fact, in subsequent plays, fans were chanting “Defense… defense… defense… ” even with the Bucs first team offense on the field.
Joe has never seen a training camp crowd react like that. It was as if the Dixie Chicks had the ball at the Bucs-20 with seconds left in a five-point Bucs lead.
Joe thought that was pretty cool and hopes it evolves into a training camp tradition. Somewhere, Joe is sure, Schiano was smiling at the audience participation.