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Can you believe it? Training Camp in Mankato is less than one week away as we sit here today. The journey is about to begin for the players and the dream, which is already underway for the fans, starts to become a reality...or a nightmare depending on what team you’re rooting for.
But something is different this year. Something that you probably didn’t even notice if you weren’t paying close attention or weren’t familiar with the “normal” Training Camp schedule for the Minnesota Vikings. I saw it the second that the schedule was released because my life gets taken over when camp starts but this year I had to determine whether my adventure would start July 23rd or July 26th?
Take another look at the schedule, there are two “reporting” dates for the team this year. First, quarterbacks and rookies report to camp this coming Sunday, July 23rd and secondly veterans are expected to move into the dorms in Mankato on Wednesday, July 26th. It’s similar to baseball and spring training as Pitchers and Catchers are required to arrive at camp a few days before the rest of the group for intensive training and work needed for their roles this year.
But why is this? And is it a good thing for the Vikings? One former player I chatted with seems to think so and today he elaborated on why it’s a good thing for the team.
When the schedule first came out, I remembered bringing the idea of this new variance up to former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber after our radio show one morning. Immediately, he said it was a good thing. We quickly got off topic as we are wont to do with The Power Trip crew and moved on, but today my curiosity caused me to circle back once again as he joined the show.
“Why exactly is it such a good thing?” I asked Ben.
“It’s a good thing,” he said. “It’s a really good thing.”
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