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Behind the Burgundy Ropes: Mad Media Scramble on Day 1 of Training Camp

by Chris Lingebach
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - By now, every Redskins fan is well-aware that training camp is underway at the team’s new “Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center” in Richmond, Va.

What they may not be familiar with, was the media circus that ensued leading into the first day of camp, a natural crossing of red tape brought on when the team decided to relocate for the first time in 11 years.

In short, there were some growing pains – especially for media members familiarizing themselves with the new lay of the land.

Fox 5′s Dave Ross explained how the behind-the-scenes madness unfolded, while sitting in with 106.7 The Fan’s Kevin Shafer for the second consecutive week.

“For the first time in a decade, we’re on the road,” Ross told Shafer on Saturday.

“It’s my first time there. It’s very cool,” he continued. “You’re walking around. I see Bruce Allen. ‘Hey Bruce, how you doing?’ Everybody’s kind of glad-handing, getting used to where we are, catching up with all the other media members. You got the NFL Network there. It’s a zoo. Everybody’s there for RGIII for this 4 p.m. press conference.”

“What we don’t know is, there is a conditioning test that’s getting ready to go down at about 3:30,” Ross went on. “So what happens is, ‘Hey, how you doing?’ ‘Uh, you guys all have to leave.’ I’m like ‘What?’”

“They moved the entire media crew?” Shafer asked.

“‘Everybody out! You gotta get out now!’” Ross set the scene.

“Do they put you in a room where you can see?” Shafer asked.

“No! You go outside the chain link fence,” Ross explained.

Let’s just take a shot in the dark and guess there were 200 media members on-site to cover the Griffin presser. Now let’s take a moment to imagine the hilarity of that same collection of 200 media members being herded through double doors like cattle.

“Look, I get it. The Redskins PR. It’s a tough job for them too because it’s all new for them as well,” Ross resumed. “So they’re all figuring this stuff out as it goes on,” Ross continued. “But remember, we need to be in place for this live press conference we’ve been promoting all day.”

“That’s a sprint then,” Shafer chimed in. “Because you gotta figure all these guys gotta condition in thirty minutes.”

“All of a sudden, the conditioning test is done, the players are walking off and it’s like [unintelligible sound effect] ‘Unleash the hounds!’ We all go rushing back in, get to your positions and get ready to rock and roll,” Ross said.

The life of D.C. media, while glamorous at times, isn’t always as easy to pull off as they make it appear. But then again, that’s why they’re professionals.

For more inside-media, listen to the full story in the soundbite below.

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