After a week that saw temperatures near 100 degrees, it’s hard to believe that the New England Patriots are set to open the 2013 training camp portion of their schedule. Normally we start the season out predicting where the team will be playing in the playoffs but the road to the super bowl on February 2nd in New Jersey got a little more difficult over the past few weeks. First it was Wes Welker leaving for the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning then Alphonso Dennard needs a teachers note from coach Bill Belicheck to keep him out of jail in March before getting in trouble again with a DUI, which to the team feels like a kid stealing a candy bar compared to what former tight end Aaron Hernandez was accused of doing. As camp opens Hernandez has traded his NFL jersey for a state issued uniform as he is facing a possible murder charge and is a suspect in a double murder from 2012. A $40 million dollar contract wasn’t enough for him but as coach says we only talk about who is here. And as camp opens quarterback Tom Brady is still under center and in Bill we trust is still patrolling the sidelines which makes this team still a legitimate threat to hoist a super bowl trophy up in the air at the home of the hated New York Jets come early February. Friday thru Sunday this weekend July 26 to July 28 the team holds open practices to the public, including free parking and interactive football themed activities for both adults and families alike. Concession stands will be open throughout the practice fields and you can get up close and personal with selected players in the autograph section after each practice. Each practice session begins at 9 am with ESPN Radio’s Mike And Mike in the morning broadcasting live from the stadium beginning at 6 am on Friday so gather your friends or family together and get ready for some football as the road to the super bowl begins this week. Check back in the month of August for the college and pro down and dirty football previews.
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