Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase is known for trying to incorporate everything he can into practice.
3rd and 29? Yep, he’s practiced that.
Returns on blocked kicks? Yep, been there.
Playing outside in muggy heat? The Dolphins are definitely ready for that.
Playing in a downpour? Yep, he’s made the team practice that, too
But Gase threw an unintended twist into practice this week, when he called a play that sent wide receiver DeVante Parker into the corner of the East endzone in practice on Wednesday, where a pretty sizable hive of bees had set up residence.
For what it's worth, Parker did indeed make the touchdown catch, but as soon as he did, Parker ran off and started waving the bees off before they could start stinging him. Now, you could say Miami is truly ready for anything that could happen on the field.
“They’ll be ready if they encounter this during the season." said head coach Adam Gase. "If they hit a swarm of bees during a game, they’re ready. They’re prepared.”
The players shrugged it off for the most part, though there were some players who were apprehensive of going over to the area, and eventually coaches did rope off that infested area and moved the practice to the other end of the field for the players' protection.
"This is my first time really seeing a swarm like that." said DB Walt Aikens. "I always see it on TV. I watch Animal Planet a lot; but actually seeing one, that was crazy.”
All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh - normally the toughest guy on the field, also wasn't particularly thrilled about the bee infestation.
“I’m not a fan of bees." he said. "I’ve been around yellow jackets in Jamaica and all that stuff. I’m not too scared of them, but I’d rather not be stung if I didn’t have to be.”
While they weren't exactly the Killer B's of the early 80s, they were enough to disrupt practice and mess with the natural rhythm of things. Although unlike the Killer B's, this issue should quickly be resolved by a quick call to a local bee farm.
Truthfully, stranger things than this have happened.
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Bee his follower on Twitter: @EJFootball
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