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Published August 4, 2011
REASON FOR CONCERN? In DC, Tracee Hamilton notes the crowds for training camp at Redskins Park “have been smaller than usual” this summer, and “many explanations have been offered.” The weather has been “hot and humid,” and fans may be “waiting for everyone to get on the field and in pads so they can actually see something more than just drills.” Also, the uncertainty about when the lockout would end and when camp would start made it “harder for fans to arrange time off work.” In addition, some fans “who’ve been threatening for years to boycott this franchise" are "finally following through.” The Redskins “seem a little worried, issuing e-mail invitations to a camp that’s already open to everyone for free” (WASHINGTON POST, 8/4).
JERSEY SNORE: In Albany, Pete Iorizzo writes the “greater New York City area appears to be greeting” Giants training camp at their facility at New Meadowlands Stadium “with a shoulder shrug.” Through three public practices, total attendance “is about 2,600 -- equal to the average daily attendance last summer” at the Univ. of Albany. Iorizzo writes it “seems doubtful a Giants training camp in Jersey can become the sort of spectator event it is in Albany” (Albany TIMES UNION, 8/4).
FAN SALUTE: The Patriots yesterday at Gillette Stadium held the only practice of the day in a “special event for the team’s season tickets holders that took place in helmets and shells.” The session “drew a large, energetic crowd of more than 18,000, giving the work out an even more game-like feel.” Patriots President Jonathan Kraft “addressed the fans in attendance during one portion of practice” (PATRIOTS.com, 8/3).