STORM CENTER: For everyone, a time to train

The Alamodome

Today marks the day. Both the Minnesota Vikings and the Pittsburgh Steelers are the first two teams to open up training camp as the National Football League season officially kicks off.

The Vikings train at Minnesota State University located in Mankato, Minn. That’s where Facebook friend Madison Alexander competes on the women’s track and field team.

The Steelers, fresh off giving head coach Mike Tomlin an extension to his contract through the 2018 season, will be at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa.

On Wednesday, July 29, the Dallas Cowboys will open up training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

First off, I think it’s ludicrous for the Cowboys to venture all the way to California for their training sessions.

It’s a slap in the face to the great state of Texas. Why can’t the Cowboys simply have camp somewhere here in the state?

Hey, why not have it at climate-controlled AT&T Stadium in Arlington?

Here’s a history of training camp sites for the ‘Boys.

Believe it or not, would anyone remember the first Cowboys’ camp in 1960 actually took place at Pacific University in Forest Grove, an Oregon community which today has a population of 21,083 inhabitants?

From the book “Landry’s Boys” by Peter Golenbock, the scene is described like this.

“(Tom) Landry intended to run a boot camp, and Forest Grove was the perfect place to conduct it away from any distractions,” Golenbock says in his book.

“The town had one movie theater and one bar,” continues Golenbock. “Nearby was a maraschino cherry factory. The sweet, syrupy aroma permeated the place as the players sweated under clear, blue skies.”

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Editor’s Note: The Storm Center column is the expressed written views of sports editor Eric Viccaro and not The Bowie News.

The Alamodome in San Antonio has served as the site for Dallas Cowboys training camp off and on in recent years. (Courtesy photo provided by The Alamodome)