Ivan Cole and Rebecca Rollett finally made it out to Latrobe for training camp yesterday afternoon to continue their patented series on what’s happening.
As usual they will cover both the footbally stuff (mainly Ivan,) the sartorial, crowd, and what you might call beefcake issues (Rebecca,) and jointly take you to camp in a way no one else can.
As for the title of this article, it refers back to the “Ben’s Battleship” article, and to the picture you will see below, which was taken yesterday afternoon on site at St. Vincent’s.
The Opening Salvos
There are traditionally a number of contests in which the players amuse themselves, I presume, as well as the assembled masses before practice formally begins. Shortly after we arrived we noticed Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey locked in mortal combat.
Actually, they were taking turns throwing a ball from a goodly distance towards the goal posts. This contest, which we also observed last season, is apparently a competition to see who could bounce the ball off the crossbar. Ben won.
Meanwhile several of the receivers and defensive backs were taking punts from the JUGS machine. This competition, definitely a fan favorite, requires the receiver to catch a ball, then secure it and catch another while not dropping the first one.
I have seen this contest every time I have been at camp. But Marcus Wheaton came up with a variation. He caught one ball, and then as the next one was coming in he gently tossed the first one in the air, secured the catch of the second ball, and then re-caught the first ball. Read more