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Monday, June 13th, 2005

Weekend Activities II

Yesterday I got sick of coding and wanted to get out. The San Diego Chargers were having their free, open-to-the-public minicamp this weekend and it was a perfect opportunity. I took the kids (yes, Chelsea wanted to go, and Boo didn’t have a choice) and went down to Chargers Park, the training fields behind the Charger’s administrative offices, which, as it turns out, is only a couple of miles from my home. It wasn’t as crowded as I was afraid it would be. We moved around a bit, watching the various squads work out, but we ended picking a space between the bleachers that opened into a small grassy area as home base. A lot of little kids were playing in the grassy area, and Boo was having a ball running around with them and playing with his little football. I was able to keep an eye on him, with Chelsea’s help, and watch the scrimmages at the same time. Our fourth draft pick, Darren Sproles, looks great! He’ll be used as a kickoff and punt returner, but he makes a great running back, too. The whole defensive line is looking much better on the pass rush, even without our number one draft pick and training camp holdout Shawne Merriman. He better get his butt here fast or he’s going to get the Phillip Rivers treatment!

It’s going to be a great year for the Chargers. We came out so strong last year, and it looks like all we’re doing is getting better. We’re filling in the pass defense holes that held us back, and our run offense with LT is superb, and if Brees doesn’t turn into a flash in the pan, he’s got a lot of great receivers to work with. Brees showed off some excellent long range accuracy, so it’s all looking good!

Boo watched some of the players and showed some real interest. I asked him if he’s decided what position he wants to play, and he seemed uncertain. Of course, he can’t talk yet – he’s only 14 months old. I suppose I shouldn’t try to bottle him up in one slot yet. He has time.

Chelsea braved some of the crowds that I couldn’t manage because Boo got upset, and managed to get LaDainian Tomlinson’s autograph on her football. I got real close to Drew Brees before Boo got panicky, and nothing was worth subjecting him to that. Still, I saw a lot of the players up close. All in all, it was a great little piece of NFL to keep me going through the summer. Only 59 days to the first Chargers exhibition game of the 2005 season!

Posted by Greg in Family & Friends, Football

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  1. Ramblings » Blog Archive » 2006 Chargers Mini Camp says:

    […] 2006 Chargers Mini Camp I took the kids on Saturday to the San Diego Chargers Mini Camp. We had gone last year and really enjoyed it, although I had found Chelsea’s enthusiasm a bit surprising. Boo enjoyed it as well, and it’s gratifying to hear him trying to say “Football” and look excited about it – his older sister has been doing her best to get him excited about marching band and color guard. […]