I had the opportunity to chat with one of the beat writers who covers the Green and White today and during our brief convo I got the feeling that the general consensus among the media was that because the practise session was shorter, it meant that it was some how “easier”.
From an athlete’s point of view, having the amount of time you’re out on the field cut down is a nice thought, however one has to keep in mind the gravity of the situation at hand. There is never an “easy” day during the most important job interview of your life. #ProSports
I was puzzled by the logic of the suggestion, especially seeing as the team was in full pads this morning HOWEVER I did understand where the media was coming from having never physically been through something like this in their lifetime.
In the real world, if ones boss designates a day of work that the employees only have to come in for half of the day, the employees celebrate like it’s a holiday. #PubCrawlTuesday
Unfortunately, such is not the case during training camp.
Day 3 and 4 are always the tougher days to get through during the grind that is June. The bumps and bruises are piling up, ones muscles are stiff and sore, and it seems like plays are being installed at 100 miles per hour.
One cannot stress enough about how important mental toughness is over the next couple of days for these athletes.
As the job interview becomes harder, the players that let the uncontrollable circumstances, like practise sched and tempo, affect their process will be the ones left behind by the guys who understand that the COMPETITIVE EXPECTATIONS never change.
That’s why I scoff at the notion that practise today was being approached with an “ease off the pedal” attitude. For those onlookers that expected that mentality, I’m sure they were surprised with the proceedings today. Things were as lively and as spirited as ever! As a matter of fact, I’d venture to say that this one of the more competitive days the Green and White have had during the early stages of training camp.
The score board is quickly becoming my favourite part of this year. Right now it’s my MVP! #ChefCurry
The fact that this team is keeping a running score between the offence and defense throughout the day is AWESOME because it has become a reference point for all the team periods and a catalyst for the competition that Chris Jones is trying to foster.
Case and point...One of the reasons why today’s practise was so lively is because the players were focused on WINNING the day. The last team competition period became as close to an actual game as one could simulate without referees because the score was tied up until the last play of practise! Doubles (Darian Durant) even utilized a hard count to get a Dlineman to jump offside in order to secure the winning point. #VetMove
There was no way the D wanted to let the day end like that so Chris Jones elected to give the team one final play to resolve things to the delight of everyone involved.
Even my competitive nature as a former Dlineman kicked in during the final snap and I couldn’t have been happier when the defense ended up winning the day with Dan West blowing up a ball carrier to keep him from gaining the yardage necessary to put up an offensive point.
Practise couldn’t have ended on a better note!
The 2016 Saskatchewan Roughriders are starting to form their identity folks! The fact that the bonding agent they’re using is COMPETITION is perfect considering the makeup of this group.
Sure, there’s going to be a ton of new faces on the field when the Green and White start the regular season, and because of that, there’s going to be some speed bumps that they’ll have to deal with along the way.
The most important part of training camp right now is not just about who’s going to end up where.
Right now the Riders are developing an innate drive to compete down in and down out. If that mentality is developed and carried into the 2016 CFL season, they’ll always have a chance at success.
“The only thing on the mind of a shark is EAT.”
As usual, here are some other (Day 3) notes of interest that you guys may add to your water cooler conversations...