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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Big Blue Bore

Big Blue Bore: Someone asked me earlier this week if I wanted to go down to Giants training camp at SUNY-Albany. I'm a huge Giants fan, but I said no. Here's why:

1) It's actually pretty boring. I've been down there 4 or 5 times to watch camp in the last bunch of years, and you don't get to see that much cool stuff. They don't scrimmage or anything. It's mostly just stretching and drills. And drills aren't that fun to watch. I guess the red-zone offense drill can be fun, but it's still not great.

2) You reall don't have a great view. Even if you manage to get the passes that can get you to the inside fence, you're still at the mercy of whatever the team decides to do on the main field. You can't go roam the grounds if the QB's and receivers head off to the secondary field. A lot of the time, you end up getting a great view of some rookie learning to catch punts. If you don't have the inside fence passes, then you're stuck either really far away, or in the back of the endzone. Virtually worthless.

3) No one tells you what is going on. It's not like you've got some ESPN announcer telling you where to look each minute to see particular guys doing particular things. You've got to figure it out, and that usually means that you'll end up missing something, since there is a lot going on at once. To the Giants, the fans are basically a nuisance. They are certainly not there to cater to us.

4) I don't collect autographs. This would be the reason to go, in my mind. You do get a good opportunity at the end of practice to score some up-close time with the team. But like I said, I don't really care about autographs.

Trust me, it's basically a disappointment. So if you're on the fence, don't bother. If you do want to go, here are the directions.
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