Days 3-4 of our excursion were both informative and fun (as much of our stay at Riu Palace Bavaro has been). The only scheduled event we had was a Q&A session with our 5 Bears players and the fans. The questions and interaction was wide ranging from lockout/labor negotiations, rookie hazing (Gabe Carimi’s 100 dollar McDonald’s bills), Lovie Smith, etc. The fans got a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes and everything leading up to game day. Charles Tillman’s first Pro Bowl birth was discussed as well as Henry Melton’s Pro Bowl snub for a defensive tackle, who ranked so highly in quarterback sacks. After the forum, the fans remarked at how much they had learned, and how they would apply that to their football Sundays from here on out. Day 4 was our Beach Olympics day where fans and players competed in a white sand obstacle course, a tug of war with Gabe Carimi and Henry Melton as the opposing anchors; and a best of three pool volleyball competition (my team won by the way). The next couple of days are unscheduled so fans and players alike are absolutely free to roam the resort and take part in whatever excursions the Apple Vacations staff has set up in advance for us. I’ll be doing the Bavaro Runners which is like a Dominican safari through the countryside with stops along the way in the small towns via tour guides. Should be fun. We’ll talk in a couple of days…until then; you should be booking your trip for next year’s event.
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