Deke: Coming to Saints camp? Here's what you need to know
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jul 24 2014 9:47PM
Everyone has checked in, the opening pressers have taken place, and now it’s time to hit the field. Football practice begins Friday at the Greenbrier, and expectations have never been higher for the New Orleans Saints.
Of course there is no place like home, but folks, it’s nice up here. The people have been super friendly, the food has been excellent and the weather is amazing. I’ve never known what it has felt like to not be miserable and hot in July. The low’s are in the 50’s right now, and the highs are in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s the next few days.
Here are a few tips for those Who Dats that may happen to be coming up this way during training camp. If you want to drive the full 14 hours in one day then go right ahead. However, you will find that if you break up the trip in two days you will be much more rested when you arrivive in West Virginia.
Jim, Hokie and I drove about nine hours on Monday and then stopped off Sevierville, Tennessee to spend the night. There are several hotels right off the Sevierville exit and if you have time you may be able to catch the Smokies play some minor league baseball.
We then got a good night's sleep, had breakfast the next morning, and drove the final five and half hours to Lewisburg, West Virginia. It’s a beautiful drive, and the sights in the mountains are truly breathtaking. Lewisburg is the place to stay if you’re coming watch the Black and Gold. Lewisburg is a quaint little town that has a lot of mom and pop businesses, plenty of places to sleep, good eating establishments, and the people up here are good, kind folks.
From restaurants to arts and crafts to boutiques, Lewisburg has a little something for everyone. Sports Talk broadcasted from Slammin Sammy’s today. This venue is plush. Beautiful hardwood floors, scenic views of the golf course and great food can be found here at Sammy’s. Slammin Sammy’s is named after legendary golfer Sam Snead, who had a long history up here at the Greenbrier. Snead was hired as an assistant Golf Pro back in 1936 for $45 per month.
As the photo shows, the Cajun Cannon and I feasted on some chicken wings on day one. Hey, you can take the boys out of the country but - well y’all know the rest! So if you’re coming this way, e-mail us and let us know and we will be on the lookout for ya! Hope everyone back home is doing just fine.