Fun Under Sun: Patriots Rookies Tackle Slip-'n-Slide – Sports Illustrated

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FOXBORO — As native New Englanders would say, Thursday is going to be a ‘scorch-ah’ in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

With temperatures expected to reach the upper 90s, amidst high humidity, the air quality will be heavy and less-than-pleasant throughout the region. However, for New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, it is just another day at the office.

Ironically, the Patriots rookies may have found a way to beat the heat on Thursday.

In what has become an annual tradition, the newest Patriots participated in a diving-for-fumbles drill on a patch of waterlogged grass on the far corner of the practice field. The portion of practice, affectionately called the ‘Foxboro Slip-N-Slide,’ sees rookie players and coaches attempting to recover the footballs rolled by quarterback Mac Jones, while special teams captain douses them with a hose. The drill is run as Rose Royce’s disco classic “Car Wash” blares in the background.


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