In poetry and literature, spring and summer are often stand-ins for grand themes like rebirth and renewal. Football inverts this paradigm—it fizzles out just before the buds bloom and the snow melts, slumbering through the long summer like a seasonally-challenged grizzly bear. Now, with the summer entering its last full month, our favorite sport finally stirs, and with it comes the hope of a new season.
As for the New England Patriots during the summer slumber of football? Let's just say their dreams were of the nightmarish variety.
Pats fans couldn't be happier for the start of training camp after all that transpired since their conference dethroning at the hands of the eventual champion Ravens. After all, it's finally time to focus on football and the players on the field.
Let's take a look at some early performances in training camp, from friends old and new.