Chicago Bears’ fans who are not early birds might take exception to the practice schedule for the team’s 17th annual training camp, which will begin at Olivet Nazarene University’s Bourbonnais campus on July 21.
The camp, which will be led by first-year coach Matt Nagy, will include 11 practices.
Ten of them will be held early in the morning, with the gates opening at 7:30 a.m. and the workout set for 8:15 a.m. The lone exception is the final practice on Aug. 11, which will start at 7:10 p.m. and include a fireworks show at the end.
So, you likely will have to rise early if you want to experience the camp this year. But this adjustment has a distinct advantage: It moves the practices away from the high heat we often encounter during July and August.
Summer is a lovely time of year, but you can’t deny a day which features temperatures in the 90s and humidity in a similar percentage range does not lend itself to prolonged outdoor activity.
While you don’t have to contend with snow, they are similar to bitterly cold winter days which drive us indoors.
So, adjust that internal clock just a bit, and cheer on those Bears during the early morning hours. Then, when afternoon rolls around and you are sitting in an air-conditioned dwelling, you will be glad the afternoon practices have been eliminated for the time being.