View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 7/26

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By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: July 26, 2012 - 10:57 AM

It’s that time of year again. It’s the dead period.
Well not totally dead, there are several teams on the Missouri side that are finishing up their camp time this week. They are out there battling the heat trying to get the last few summer practices in before camp starts in less than two weeks.
In Kansas there hasn’t been any organized team activity in about two weeks but speed work and lifting continues as the teams on the west side of the state line. Kansas kicks off practice on Aug. 13 which is a little while off but it will be here before you know it.
The dead periods that both states have put in are good things. It allows players a chance to step away from the game and get mentally and physically ready for the rigors of camp and a season that will last for more than three months.
For the coaches it is a blessing as well. This is time for them to spend time with their families, recharge their batteries and prep for the opening of camp. No matter how much work you think you can do it is always good to get a break.
It seems now that the football season really begins on the last day of school and continues almost uninterrupted until Thanksgiving. Yes there are plenty of football related camps, 7-on-7 competitions and lineman challenges to fill the summer but it is good to see everyone step away for a couple of weeks.
Given the weather we’ve had the last month, staying inside out of the heat seems smart for everyone involved.
The other thing I like about the break is it really gets me ready for the explosion of activity starting that first full week of August. There are so many stories that it makes it hard to keep up.
It’s the calm before the storm so enjoy it.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send email to