One week before rookies report.
Even in another oppressive St. Louis heat wave, when most reasonable people should only be contemplating the coolest enterprises, to diehard football lovers like me there's nothing quite like the emotional countdown to the start of another NFL training camp.
I live in the right-thinking football universe, where a midsummer heat wave is simply a gentle reminder that the football gods are percolating the proper atmosphere for the start of King Football. Suffocating heat is the necessary ingredient to test the mettle of aspiring football players looking to launch their NFL careers. Hundred-degree temperatures send most reasonable people to swimming pools and air conditioners. It sends football players to grass practice fields in places such as Rams Park. And so it is that Rams rookies will begin their first official training camp practice next Wednesday afternoon.
So with a week to go, here's my training camp wish list.