Timing, location key for Family Day
The Bucs shortened their practice day Saturday, wrapping up after their morning session for Family Day, an annual camp occurrence when players are free to spend the day with loved ones.
With a week of camp complete, coach Jon Gruden said this was the perfect time.
"We try to keep things in perspective," Gruden said. "The family comes first. It's a great opportunity to reunite with the wives of the players and to meet some of the new girlfriends we have here. It's a family atmosphere here. We'd like to keep it that way. I think it's important that a man gets his space at some point and gets back to his family."
Being in the middle of all things Disney definitely helps provide ideas for what to do. There are more options than, say, Terre Haute, Ind. (Colts) or River Falls, Wis. (Chiefs).
"It's not a bad place to have Family Day," Gruden said. "You can just drive across the street. You can go to Epcot. You can ride on the (Rock 'n Roller Coaster), which I recommend. I like the Buzz Lightyear ride (at Magic Kingdom). There's a lot to do here with the kids."
No news is still Favre news
Saturday was slow on the Brett Favre front — he reportedly is still mulling the Packers' $20-million offer to stay retired — but that didn't mean coach Jon Gruden wouldn't be asked a question about the quarterback.
"It's quite a subject," Gruden said. "There's a lot of people putting a lot of miles on flying around to get stories. Hopefully, it resolves itself soon. It's a bizarre, unbelievable story, and I … enjoy all the reporting that you guys have done keeping me abreast as to what's happening and up to speed."
Eduardo A. Encina, Times staff writer Quote of the day
"Our white tiger is about to come out of the cage, and there's a good chance Monday Bucs fans will see him."
Coach Jon Gruden on the anticipated return of receiver Joey Galloway; the team's top offensive weapon missed the first week with a strained groin
Other preseason games
Aug. 17, New England, 8, NFL Network
Aug. 23, Jacksonville, 7:30, Ch. 38
Aug. 28, at Houston, 8, Ch. 8