Slow morning today. I golfed. Not well. Shot a 106 on a par 65. Good news? My orange pants looked spectacular, I parred three holes, chipped one in from the rough on 10, and the sun was shining. Nice summer Friday morning. Nothing to complain about. UNLESS YOU’RE A SCRIPTUAL AT EAGLES TRAINING CAMP AND OH MY GOD YOU CAN’T GET IN TO WATCH GROWN MEN RUN THE MOST BASIC AND FUNDAMENTAL FOOTBALL DRILLS YOU WILL EVER SEE. HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY DO YOUR JOB IF FANS GET IN TO SEE PRACTICE BEFORE YOU DO?
Chip Kelly’s first practice was slow to get underway, and that meant media members were stuck LOCKED IN A BUNKER AGAINST THEIR WILL AND WATERBOARDED for about 10-15 minutes before being allowed out onto the practice fields. Did they complain about it? Oh, you bet they sure did. Go:
I miss Lehigh… #Waiting
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardo975) July 26, 2013
If you're a fan watching practice, let me know how it's going.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) July 26, 2013
Media not allowed out for Eagles practice yet. If anything happens, ask the fans, who are allowed out.
— Martin Frank (@Mfranknfl) July 26, 2013
Trying to find out if there's a conditioning test media must pass to cover these new #Eagles NovaCare practices.
— Bob Grotz (@BobGrotz) July 26, 2013
We're still bunkered in the media room of the NovaCare. Must be some covert stuff going on out there — for only fans to see.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) July 26, 2013
— Dave Weinberg (@PressACWeinberg) July 26, 2013
I can't get inside practice, but here's what fans are watching right now: pic.twitter.com/ajw9Pem4RF
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) July 26, 2013
Media waiting impatiently. Lots of whining. #Eagles practice was supposed to open at 12:40 pm.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) July 26, 2013
Yeezus, guys. Newsflash: NO ONE CARE WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FIRST 10 MINUTES OF PRACTICE. As if the world can’t continue to spin on its axis if our Twitter feeds aren’t cluttered with play-by-play from 7-on-7 drills. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, gentlemen. Take it easy.
UPDATE: More complaints. Including a possible rules violation:
Eagles are first team in NFL history to close training camp practices to media. #chipkellyera
— Paul Domowitch (@pdomo) July 26, 2013
Sounds like Chip Kelly hasn’t read the NFL’s official media policy or already thinks the rules don’t apply to him: pic.twitter.com/qtJp7o55Ou
— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) July 26, 2013
And so it begins.