McCarthy 'tunes' up the Packers
Packers coach Mike McCarthy. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - Something new is in the air. It's not footballs. It's not the aroma of autumn.
It's music during the timeouts being provided at regular intervals at the Green Bay Packers training camp.
Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy was asked about the musical interludes being provided at camp and said it's being done for the health of the players.
We all know the effects of music - how it can soothe the soul and fire up the adrenaline.
For McCarthy, it's one of the elements in training camp that will help keep his players healthy.
He's not so much concerned about the entertainment factor - though the DJ in charge of the music is changing up the mix.
McCarthy does understand that music can help lower the heart rate and heal the body.
He also said that the playing the music helps emulate time outs during games, a move that should help acclimate the players to the flow of a game.
Will it keep players from suffering knee and shoulder injuries or keep the concussions at a low number?
But it will at the very least allow players to rest in audio comfort.
If nothing else, it's provided a point of interest among all the Packers beat writers who have had a ball over the past couple of days shouting out the names of songs and artists. No doubt, it gives the fans a good feeling as well.
There's no indications that McCarthy plans to quash the music interludes and has indicated he likes them, too.
"Everybody likes a break."
Raymond T. Rivard is editor of lombardiave.com, a Packers site within the fansided.com family of fan sites. He's also the editor of The Lakeland Times, based out of Minocqua.