Fourth of July was a good time. I actually went to a party at the Sculptured House — some people call it the Space House. It’s this fancy, real big architectural wonder in Golden. It’s pretty cool. The house is amazing — fancy and I got the history and stuff. But the best part was the fireworks. Because we were up in Golden we could see the whole city and we could pick out each little area’s fireworks, which was pretty cool. It was fun to see that — good way to celebrate.
We had to come in and work out on Thursday. Nothing important happened on Thursday.
Friday I had a meeting. I think it’s about time that I start to get out and get a little experience in the business world, so I had a meeting looking at possibly buying a real estate brokerage. I took the Harvard Business class, and a couple of things I took it away from that was just to get experience. That’s the best way to learn. And don’t be upset if you get burned because it happens to everybody early in the business. But if you’ve watched me play I really don’t get burned that often, so…
I love that. That was good. I’ll give the people a second to laugh.
So I look forward to possibly getting some experience in the business world. Try to get my Rod Smith on and make some off-the-field money, which is important because our careers are very short. Got a lot of life to live, so we’ll see how I feel about it. The meeting was good and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.
Saturday is the important day. Saturday was the hockey game. Saturday was pretty much just an all-around sports day. I actually had a day kind of similar to one of my earlier blogs. I went to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and I also watched some UFC. It was a big tournament with Tito Ortiz fighting and all this stuff, so it was cool to watch that.
It was weird because I turned to ESPN2 and they had the world championship of paper-rock-scissors. It’s amazing what they call sports these days. But then I went and saw some real sports — went to the Broncos hockey game. They continued their winning streak, beat the number three team in the division. Had a big crowd — the entire offensive line was there, Rod Smith showed up, myself and a bunch of parents from the players on the hockey team. It was a big crowd — really loud. Had a good time. I saw the wave get started a couple of times — Rod was the orchestrator of the wave.
Then on Sunday had a little mini-cookout. Invited a couple of people over for my late 4th of July celebration. Got to fire up the grill, which is the true beginning of summer as far as I’m concerned.
Monday and Tuesday we were back to work with mini-camp. so Monday the first day back we had meetings and stuff. It was funny how it’s been a short time that we’ve been away from football, but it felt like forever. Athletically we’re all in shape and we’re all quick and fast, but football is a lot more mental than people recognize. so remembering all the different switches, all the different checks and calls and coverages. It took a couple of plays.
That first day on Monday Nick Ferguson actually had his baby that morning. So he didn’t come in, so I played strong safety the whole day which is probably the most cerebral position on the defensive side of the field because we’re in charge. We make all the checks, make all the coverage changes, do everything. So that first series John Lynch and I laughed. We felt like deer in the headlights just getting it all back in line. But we played well, we made a lot of plays despite our mental deficiencies.
On Tuesday we had another great day of practice. I think we probably had a better day on Monday and the offense had a pretty good today, which is nice to see some sort of balance. Hopefully we’ll win a lot of games.
Now we’re headed to the bowling challenge. The offensive players, the defensive players and the coaches and staff go and bowl and the top 10 scorers from each group all bowl against each other at the end. Then whoever wins gets a huge trophy. I think my rookie year the defense won it, and I think last year the coaches might have won it — not sure exactly. But I do know Coach Shanahan said that the offense has never won it in the history of the bowling challenge, and they’ve been doing it for several years. It’s kind of embarrassing.
But I guess if you get too good at things like bowling and golf that means you’re not that good at your real job. That’s what I tell myself when I feel bad about my golf game. I just say, “well, I’m good at my real job.”