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At age 35, Bucs receiver Joey Galloway would skip training camp altogether if he could talk coach Jon Gruden into it. He settled for one day. Galloway got permission to miss Sunday's practices to watch the Columbus Destroyers, of which he is part-owner, play San Jose in ArenaBowl XXI in New Orleans.
"It's been fun to watch the team play and get emotional, just let the emotions go," Galloway said. "When you're playing you have to keep your head. You have to think through things. You have to run plays. You have to come back to the huddle and refresh. But when you're sitting there watching a game you can let the emotions go."
Though his Bucs job is the top priority, Galloway's involvement with the Destroyers increases during the NFL offseason. An Ohio State alum, Galloway returns to Columbus each spring.
"I'm a long way shy of Jerry Jones," Galloway said, referring to the hands-on approach of the Cowboys' owner. "(My NFL) job keeps me busy. When we sign guys or let guys go, they let me know. And when I go back, I go to practices and meetings and get a little bit involved in things. But it's not a fulltime job for me. It's a nice distraction."
Of course, missing one day of practice isn't that big a deal for Galloway. The speedy receiver will resume the one-a-day practice regimen he adopted in training camp a year ago in hopes of keeping his legs fresh throughout the season.
"That was one of the few good ideas we had last year," Gruden said.
Best new look
Everyone had to do a double take when veteran defensive end Greg Spires checked in Thursday at Celebration Hotel. Spires is sporting a shaved head and thick beard. The only thing missing as he rode in from the parking lot in a golf cart was the theme music from Shaft. "I started growing it in March, the beginning of workouts for a new year," Spires said of the beard, which is at least an inch thick. "We'll see where it takes me."
For years, veteran middle linebacker Shelton Quarles reported to training camp with a huge stash of candy to help keep weary players awake during meetings. Players called him the Candy Man. Well, Quarles was released this past offseason, so now the job belongs to rookies Quincy Black and Adam Hayward. The two were spotted asking directions to the linebackers meeting room while carrying armloads of snacks and a minirefrigerator.
"Yeah, I'm excited to be here. But that would be like being excited to go to the dentist. You know your teeth are going to get fixed, but you have to go through the pain."
Galloway, on reporting to his 13th training camp
"That's why I don't go to the dentist."
Mike Alstott, fullback entering his 12th season
Coolest luxury item
Not that the accommodations at Celebration Hotel aren't posh, but there's one thing defensive tackle Chris Hovan always brings from home: a fan. Hovan shares a room with center John Wade, and both snore. Apparently, the whirring drowns out some of the noise so the big men can get some sleep.
Bucs camp schedule
Today: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Monday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-3:55 p.m. (special teams only)
Tuesday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-3:55 p.m. (special teams only)
Aug. 3: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Aug. 4: 8:30-11 a.m.
Aug. 5: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Aug. 6: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-3:55 p.m. (special teams only)
Aug. 7: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:50 p.m.
Aug. 8: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:50 p.m.
Aug. 9: 10:15-11:15 a.m. (walkthrough)
Aug. 10: Patriots at Bucs, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: Off
Aug. 12: 2:45-4:30 p.m.
Aug. 13: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Aug. 14: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Aug. 15: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Aug. 16: 8:30-10:45 a.m.
Aug. 18: Bucs at Jaguars, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: Bucs at Dolphins, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30: Texans at Bucs, 8 p.m.
- Practices are free until moved to Tampa starting Aug. 17 - Games air on Ch. 8