In keeping with his reputation as two-parts businessman, one-part showman, Cowboys' owner and general manager Jerry Jones will do his best impression of P.T. Barnum in 2010, and take his show on the road. If you haven't yet heard, which would be only just short of a miracle, Dallas will split camp between San Antonio and Oxnard, California this year.
But that's just a small portion of the Cowboys loaded itinerary.
These two sites, along with team headquarters in Irving, will serve as the home bases for Dallas's road show, which will last a little over a month and make stops in Canton (August 8, for the Hall of Fame Game against Cincinnati), San Diego (August 28, for an exhibition against the Chargers) and Houston (August 28, for an exhibition against the Texans).
Considering the split camp, that's a fairly frenetic pace of travel.
But, although there have been some fears on the part of fans and media that this drifting camp will serve as a distraction, it has been widely embraced by the team itself as a welcome shift from the usual monotony of late July / early August in the NFL.
“Camp can get old,” said tight end Jason Witten to ESPN Radio 103.3 recently. “I'll tell you what, this is better than staying in San Antonio for five weeks.”
Veteran linebacker Keith Brooking embraces the novel take on training camp, too, arguing that, if the focus is there, where the team practices is of little consequence.
“You've got to have that laser-sharp focus,” linebacker Keith Brooking said, per the San Antonio Express-News. “Put your blinders on and keep moving forward. Focus on the task at hand and take each day as it comes. You play for this organization long enough, you learn real quick you have to do that to be successful.”
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