For some of us, training camp is the start of football season. Things get serious as teams begin determining who will make the roster and work on getting things installed and honed for the regular season. The Dallas Cowboys have a tradition of going to Oxnard, California for the first part of their camp, taking advantage of usually pleasant weather to practice. This year will be the team’s 15th time holding part of training camp in Oxnard. They were unable to do so last year because of the pandemic, but are headed back again this July. For many fans, going there is something to enjoy. It can even be a dream destination to spend a few days in the summer.
It is for me. And for the first time in my advanced years, I am going to be there repping Blogging The Boys for four days, July 31st to August 3rd. There will be three practices to watch (they are taking Monday the 2nd off). It is the session just before the Hall of Fame game. At that point, some things should be shaping up, and I plan to see and report back what can be determined about starters, depth, and schemes. I also plan to meet with as many of my fellow bloggers and fans to compare notes and learn from them how to watch the sessions for the best info.
Those meetings are actually the most important part of this little journey. I have been writing here at BTB for over a decade now, and have interacted with so many good people who also cover the team at all levels. But until now, I have only met Mark Lane face to face. Now I hope to see a bunch, including some of the many BTB alums and maybe some of our current staff.
I may even get to talk a bit to some of the “name” media types. I can neither confirm nor deny rumors that I will attempt to ply them with alcohol to loosen their tongues.
This is far more exciting for me than I can convey in a post, but trust me. I am planning to have more fun than is legally allowed in 28 states. (Good thing it’s in California.)
Later on, I’ll be sharing some of the questions I would like to find answers for, and will be looking through suggestions as well. I also hope to get some posts up with my immediate observations while I am there. But for now, this is all about one, simple fact.
I am going to Oxnard!
Here are some key dates for Oxnard if you are planning to attend.
2021 Dallas Cowboys Training Camp Key Dates
Tues., July 20: Team Charter arrives in Oxnard
Wed., July 21: Opening press conference (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Thurs., July 22: First practice (11:00 a.m. PDT)
Sat., July 24: Opening Ceremony (TBD)
Wed., Aug. 4: Depart for Canton, Ohio
Thurs., Aug. 5: Dallas vs. Pittsburgh (7:00 p.m. CDT in Canton, Ohio)
Sat. Aug. 7: Joint Practice with the LA Rams (time TBA)
Thurs., Aug. 12: Break camp in Oxnard - travel to Phoenix, Ari.
Fri., Aug. 13: Dallas at Arizona (9:00 p.m. CDT)
Sat., Aug. 21: Dallas vs. Houston (7:00 p.m. CDT) AT&T Stadium
Sun., Aug. 29: Dallas vs. Jacksonville (12:00 p.m. CDT) AT&T Stadium