SI.com has dispatched writers to report on NFL training camps across the country. Here's what Don Banks had to say about Packers camp in Green Bay, Wis., which he visited on July 30. For an archive of all camp postcards, click here.
MIAMI -- The long-running trend for the Celtics -- now in their fourth year since acquiring the Big Three -- is that they tend to respond in the biggest games, and Game 2 here Tuesday night is one of those situations. The Celtics don't want to depend on winning four out of five games against a rival contender that is younger, more athletic and possibly hungrier, given the abuse some of its players have suffered against Boston for the last several years.
MIAMI -- The facts of postseason life were turned inside-out by the Heat here Sunday. One team lacked cohesion and trust, and it wasn't Miami. One second unit played as if it's still learning how to blend in, and it wasn't Miami's. One contender acted like it had never been here before, and it wasn't Miami.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal lost his job when Rolling Stone magazine ran an article in which some of his aides made disparaging remarks about the vice president and others. But a newly released investigation by the Department of Defense inspector general finds neither McChrystal nor any of his aides did anything wrong.
ATLANTA -- One subject was off limits, too sensitive for discussion. This was on Friday morning, and Packers executive vice president and general manager Ted Thompson was talking on the phone as the Pack awaited their departure to Atlanta for a divisional playoff game against the Falcons. They would leave their Lambeau Field headquarters at precisely 12:45 p.m., because that is when they always leave Lambeau for away games. Head coach Mike McCarthy, like most coaches, worships the sanctity of routine, so soon the buses would arrive and the team would leave promptly at 12:45.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The postgame press conference was brief, befitting a blowout loss. Harvard coach Tommy Amaker generously praised then-unbeaten Connecticut for its size and talent, noted that his Crimson players may have been a bit intimidated early, and then quickly headed back down the wide, echoing corridor of the antiquated XL Center after UConn's 81-52 victory last week. There really wasn't much more to say.
If you think I'm one of these folks who are upset with James Jones, the Florida father who jumped on his daughter's bus to confront the bullies who were terrorizing her, you've got another think coming.
A Florida man apologized Tuesday for boarding his daughter's school bus earlier this month and threatening the other children and the driver, saying he acted out of frustration over students bullying his daughter.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has canceled this week's scheduled meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli government officials said Monday. The two leaders were slated to meet Tuesday during a visit by Netanyahu to Washington.
There is nothing in Aaron Rodgers' eyes or voice that leads you to believe he'll be overwhelmed in his first career playoff start Sunday at Arizona. Why would there be? If he can hold his own in two showdowns against former Green Bay icon Brett Favre, continue to stand tall in the pocket after being sacked a league-leading 41 times through nine games, and rally his team from a dispiriting and seemingly back-breaking loss to then-winless Tampa Bay in November, what's a little playoff game against an opponent he has torched for 55 points (including the preseason) in five quarters this season?
ATLANTA -- Welcome to the anti-Celtics-Bulls, where every game is over in the first half. The Hawks put together another rout of the Heat on Wednesday, this one finishing at 106-91 (RECAP | BOX) after a first-half blitz left Atlanta in front by 23. File this one next to the beatdowns the Hawks handed out in Games 1 and 4, alongside the ones the Heat handed out in Games 2 and 3.
The Bengals' surprising decision to release former Pro Bowler Rudi Johnson means they are relying on former top pick Chris Perry to shoulder the bulk of their running game. Though Perry has averaged 4.6 yards per carry throughout his career, he has only played in 22 of a possible 64 games in four seasons, and hasn't played in a regular season game since November 2006 due to an assortment of leg and ankle fractures. Thus, scouts are unsure if Perry is durable enough to handle the responsibility of being the Bengals' workhorse.
At the Green Bay Packers camp, headquartered at Lambeau Field, with practices on the pristine grass field across Oneida Street at Clark Hinkle Field. There's been a slight shift this year in the way the players ride bikes across the street to and from practice. Some of the offensive and defensive linemen, instead of taking the bikes, now simply hand their shoulder pads and helmets to the eagerly waiting kids, and the kids park their bikes and walk across the street with their heroes. Good idea. I mean, would you want Ryan Pickett, all 322 pounds of him, on your little Schwinn?
The San Antonio Spurs' 111-106 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference series that began on Sunday most assuredly put the Phoenix Suns on the defensive ... and we know how much the Suns like to play defense. But it is incumbent upon Phoenix to make a few adjustments for Tuesday's Game 2.
NATO Supreme Allied Commander Gen. James Jones promised Afghan President Hamid Karzai at a news conference Saturday that a full investigation of an incident involving the unintended death of around 70 Afghan civilians would be launched.