Talking 'bout practice, and loving it

With a record turnout of some 12,000 fans, the Patriots opened camp with a bang

Updated: July 29, 2012, 1:52 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Twenty years ago, one of the New England Patriots' final home games of the season drew a crowd of 19,429.

For Thursday's opening of 2012 training camp, the team announced a single-session crowd of 12,163.

Think about that for a moment, if you will. Not just about how the Patriots have morphed from undesirable to a must-see over that time, a storyline that has been well-chronicled, but more about the number of spectators who came to watch practice.

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