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Spikes Appreciated Every Minute of Camp

Posted by Taylor Price on August 31, 2009 – 7:07 PM


Out of all the players who have Twitter accounts, veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes’ commentary on the social networking site has been the most memorable.

Take one of his Tweets from Aug. 5, as an example.

“We just finished a 3-hour practice; if some1 filmed out camp it would be titled: Junction Boys 2.”

But now that players will check out of their hotel rooms on Tuesday, training camp is practically officially over for Spikes and the rest of the 49ers “Junction Boys.”

Looking back on this year’s camp experience, Spikes would “definitely,” call a documentary of the camp by the same name.  He also felt like it would have been watched by many.

“If HBO would have come here this year, the ratings would have been off the chain!” he said with a smirk.

As if he were breaking down the opening scenes of the fictional show, Spikes followed his statement by recalling all that he and his teammates had gone through this summer.

“It started from the first day with the nutcracker. [Before that] We were going into the meeting rooms the first couple of days while everybody [in the NFL] was practicing,” he said.

After the ninth or so day of camp, Spikes said most head coaches give their players a bone by canceling practice to take the team out to the movies.

“It’s kind of like the national [rest] day at training camp,” Spikes said.

But for the 49ers, there was no movie trip this year. Coach Singletary told the players to “Bring it up,” but he didn’t mean it like the players were finished for the day. Instead, the players went back out to practice.

And although it was a lot of work without much time away from the facility, Spikes said it was worth all the labor.

“When you look back on it now and you appreciate every minute of it.”

A 3-0 preseason record tends to do that.

Practice Notes

Guard Dave Baas and tackle Adam Snyder returned to practice on Monday but did not participate in team drills. Backup quarterback Alex Smith participated in one team period and threw a couple of passes.

083109-goresteams-subOutside linebacker Ahmad Brooks successfully underwent a procedure on his knee to remove a bone fragment. Singletary said Brooks is “day-to-day.”

Frank Gore got some extra work in at practice, more so than usual. While watching special teams practice, Gore decided to jump in the drills and participate in the gunner drills. While special teams assistant coach Dave Fipp held the blocking bags, Gore tried his best to avoid the block and run down the field. He even had special teams ace Marcus Hudson offering him tips.

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4 Responses to “Spikes Appreciated Every Minute of Camp”

  1. By 49ers on Aug 31, 2009 | Reply

    Gore is the MAN. Inspirational player.

  2. By sf49erfanfolife_42 on Sep 1, 2009 | Reply

    Let’s Go Boy”s!!!!!!!!!!!

    Let’s Start THis Season off right baby!!!!!!!!!!

    GO NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. By pete k on Sep 2, 2009 | Reply

    With Coach Singletary at the helm I expect nothing less than some OLD SCHOOL HARD NOSE FOOTBALL!!!! As a Cali transplant in Arizona, I get lots a slack for my Niner loyalty. I did however get a chance to watch some cards training camp and I must say they still have a great team this year. I do have a bitter taste left from the close loss to the cards last year and can’t help wondering if that coulda been the 49ers in the SB instead of the cards. I can’t wait to see what this season holds for us. GOOD LUCK!!!!

  4. By Niner in Seattle on Sep 13, 2009 | Reply

    This offense is the same as it has been……embarrasing. The defense is busting their butts and having a great game against a premier offense, but you can not expect ANY defense not to ware down eventually. Shaun Hill stares down the receiver the WHOLE PLAY..would you PLEASE look someone off!! We can have a good year if we can just put SOMETHING together offensivley!! Hang in there and Go Niners!!!

    What an inspiring defense!

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