Day 2 of The Back to Da’ Beach vacation at the Riu Palace Bavaro in Punta Cana was an informative one for Bears fans and me. The Riu Bavaro has a beautiful stretch of beach just outside of the pool area where we all met in the morning. The players and fans all came ready for a football learning experience. The 5 players separated into their personal coaching stations and put the fans through position specific drills to really understand what’s happening on the field every Sunday. The first station was Henry Melton’s. He was teaching to “get off the ball” as a defensive lineman while not committing and offsides penalty. Needless to say, it wasn’t as easy as everyone’s TV makes it look. Gabe Carimi wasn’t too far away coaching Bears fans on 3 person blocking combinations. Matt Spaeth was also involved with Gabe’s station; as well as showing correct pass catching technique. The station that was the most informative for me and many others was the Tillman/Roach “Cover 2″ station. Charles & Nick gave the Riu Bavaro pool side relaxers a greater insight as to how the defense is played correctly and what the quarterback does to make an entire defense converge on where they think the ball is going. After all that information, the group split into two teams and put what they learned to use in scrimmage that was made especially for a white sandy beach vacation atmosphere. After a great lunch at The Montecristo Steakhouse, Nick Roach and I talked about the off-season. We then got into the business of media and player interaction.
Later that night, the entire collection of Bears players/team reps and Apple Vacation staff dined at La Bambola on the Riu Bavaro Palace grounds. The Shrimp Linguine with White Wine Sauce is what I went with as we shared stories. To end the night, we headed over to the performance area in the resort, where we were treated to The Dominican Dance Group. Local flavors of dance, mixed with crowd participation (by that I mean they had me on stage dancing), was a perfect way to end the night (or early morning). So Day 2 was another successful one as the fans who chose Apple Vacations and The Riu Palace Bavaro resort were informed and entertained once again. Day 3 is the Q&A with the players by the fans and me. Should be interesting to hear what these die hard ladies and gentleman want to know about their beloved Orange & Blue.
Days 3 & 4 coming soon…
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