Let the season begin! Put on the gear, start pounding on each other, man on man to earn a spot on your team. Not quite the start of the real season, but it's getting close enough to smell now. I love the smell of football in the morning!
You know it's kinda funny, as teenager I never looked forward to that 'first hit' (as it turned out, most of us didn't). So before stepping out onto the field we'd beat each other into game mode (it worked for me). A couple hours later we'd be bruised and happily shaking hands with the other team. Two days later we'd all be back on the practice field mostly healed up and ready to go at it again. The hardest thing for me to get through was showing up for practice late in the fall when the weather got cold and damp.