I made my first foray to Colts' camp on Wednesday night, and despite the rain, a good time was had by all.
For those who haven't been, it's extremely family friendly. In total, my wife my friends and I had four children from ages 6 to 3 plus a baby in tow, but the event still managed to be stress free. The kids' favorite part was watching the myriad of players present fielding punts in warmups. If you are even thinking about heading up to Anderson for a session, do it. It was a wonderful, though brief experience. I'll post pictures in the morning.
Here's what little I noted before the rain cut us off:
- Ray Fisher was not in pads. Dawson and Baldwin were also both not in pads and looked to not be participating.
- Bob Sanders and Dwight Freeney were ready to practice.
- Many players were fielding kicks before practice, including the likes of Gijon Robinson. I wouldn't read too much into it. I saw Garcon out early taking kicks as well.
- Right before the rain hit, the team was running field goal drills. Vinatieri looked sharp easily drilling the longer kicks with plenty of leg to spare.
It's a shame the storm came and washed out the rest of the night. The stands were packed with people, though I imagine even more stayed away because of the weather.
If you have little kids, don't waste an expensive game ticket on them. Pay $10 for parking, plus some gas and head up to Anderson for camp. They'll have a blast, and you'll get to see the players up close. It's a win/win for everyone.