Here we are at the top of Candlestick Park, sitting in the press box. The first preseason game of the Broncos’ 2009 campaign kicks off in two hours, and you can already sense the anticipation.
Plenty of Broncos are already out on the field warming up, many of whom have on their uniform pants. Ben Hamilton, Joshua Bell, Nate Swift and Lonie Paxton are just a few of the players tossing the ball around, jogging and stretching.
There aren’t any fans in the stadium quite yet, but there could be quite a crowd — as it’s a beautiful day for football. In fact, here’s a weather report for the game:
Zach Eisendrath is on the field taking some pregame photos, which we’ll post in this blog in a while. Stay tuned, and when the game kicks off, we’ll have a live blog so you can follow all of the action.
6:37 p.m. PDT: Back with Zach’s pictures.
6:38 p.m. PDT: Interesting tidbit — as more players entered the field, the players that were already on the field came to greet them, and the team formed a big huddle before drills began.
6:40 p.m. PDT: Now the team is running through a few actual plays with 11 offensive players against 11 defensive players.
The other defensive backs are off to the side, and Vernon Fox is dancing to the song blasting through the speakers — Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On.”
6:45 p.m. PDT: We’re about 15 minutes away from the scheduled kickoff. The players are all off the field, and there’s a giant 49ers helmet being inflated right now in one end zone.
6:57 p.m. PDT: The Broncos are on the sideline, and the 49ers are getting ready to run through the inflatable helmet.
For those of you who have checked out our live blogs in the past, we’ll be doing things slightly differently this year. As you might notice when you click over to the first half live blog, we’re using a new program that should update the posts for you automatically. If it seems like it’s been a while since the last update, just refresh the page like you normally would. The other difference is that we will only have a first half and second half live blog as opposed to dividing it up into four quarters.
Now both teams are on the field, and the coin toss is a couple minutes away. See you in the first half live blog.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com