I hate to admit it, but I spend a lot of time on Twitter cracking up at the New York Giants beat writers. They are good, hilarious, kinda moronic and mostly awesome. Dudes like @TomRock_Newsday, @mikegarafolo, @NotoriousOHM, and @RVacchianoNYDN were at it Tuesday, reporting on the ridiculous saga of the team’s uncomfortable training-camp beds.
Turns out, those mattresses in Albany (pictured from Rock’s Twitter with Garafolo ailing) have given plenty of players bad backs. As the famous poet Martellus Bennett told reporters, “You can’t put a damn dinosaur in a twin-size bed.” And man, is he right.
Besides the fact that this is what passes for controversy in the quietest camp in America, this had me laughing all day. But as I thought about it, it’s also kinda not funny. Actually, it’s telling.
Going away to training camp isn’t perfect. In fact, it’s kinda cumbersome. It’s something more teams found out this preseason.
It wasn’t unanimous, but it seems a whole bunch of teams are realizing how easy it is not to have training camp away from home. Thanks to the lockout last year, some teams stayed home and realized it was much better. The Baltimore Ravens are one example. This year, 19 teams worked out at their stadiums or practice facilities. Bet more come home in the future.
What teams found was that it takes a lot of energy to move an entire organization to a random, far-off spot in upstate New York or the middle of Missouri or whatever. For a few weeks, things are not where you want them or how you want them or they’re just different. Players do benefit, likely, from the lack of distractions, mostly from their families. And in places like Dallas and Arizona, better and cooler weather makes going away key. But is it worth it for the others?
These beds are another example. A comical one, yes, but unless you happen to move to a place with a modern hotel nearby, players are stuck in dorms. And that has meant bad beds and bad backs.
I love the idea of training camps in the middle of nowhere. I love the idea fans in places like Oxnard, Calif., and Latrobe, Pa., getting a football team in their backyard for a few weeks. But it’s a lot of trouble. No wonder more and more teams are starting to think it’s more trouble than it’s worth.