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Old 01-22-2011, 11:03 PM   #1
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Steelers bracing for cold temperatures
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt...nt_719494.html
By Kevin Gorman
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, January 23, 2011

When New York Jets players told the rookie that linebackers don't wear long sleeves on the football field, he heeded their advice despite below-zero temperatures in Chicago.

So, when a sleeveless James Farrior stepped onto the frozen surface at Soldier Field that day in November 1997, he was surprised to see he was the victim of a veterans' prank: Farrior was the only one with his arms exposed.

“I turn around,” he said, “and they all have sleeves on.”

Now in his 14th season, the Steelers captain and his teammates on the NFL’s top-ranked defense plan to be sleeveless for their AFC Championship Game against the Jets at 6:30 p.m. today tonight in Heinz Field. AccuWeather's forecast calls for a game-time temperature of 16 degrees with a wind chill that will make it feel like 10 degrees.

“No sleeves all the time, man,” said Steelers free safety Ryan Clark, calling long sleeves under the uniform “a sign of weakness.”

That doesn’t mean the Steelers won’t take precautions against the cold, whether it’s wearing extra layers of clothing, garments specially designed to retain body heat or head warmers that leave just a player's eyes exposed; sitting on heated benches with foot warmers; or bundling up under overcoats on the sidelines.

New technology allows players to wear thin garments that are manufactured to keep a person warm without the bulk of a sweatshirt or long underwear. The benches have heaters that blow hot air, keeping the torso and feet warm.

“You definitely do all of those things,” Clark said. “It would be crazy not to keep warm on the sidelines. You can put on another shirt underneath, maybe to be thicker underneath, but you’re going to be cold. You still want to be able to move. You don’t want to have so many clothes on that you can’t function on the field. It’s just one of those deals where you’ve got to try to brave it.”

Normal temperatures for Jan. 23 are a low of 19 and high of 35.

Saturday’s low temperature of 1 degree below zero is the coldest temperature in Pittsburgh since Feb. 7, according to the National Weather Service. As cold at today’s game weather is expected to be, it would be far from record setting. The coldest temperature on record for a Jan. 23 in Pittsburgh was in 1936, when the temperature dropped to 16 degrees below zero, the weather service said.

The Steelers recall braving brutal conditions during the 2009 season in Cleveland, where instead of living up to coach Mike Tomlin’s promise to “unleash hell” in December, they weathered a cold day in hell. They played that Thursday night game in 15-degree temperatures and 40-mph wind gusts that made it feel like minus 5. The result, a 13-6 loss that ended the Browns’ 12-game losing streak to the Steelers.

Clark did have one exception for players coping with the cold.

“Quarterbacks,” he said, “can do what they want.”

Don’t be surprised, then, to see Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wearing long sleeves and gloves. With two Super Bowl rings in seven seasons, Roethlisberger has earned the right to protect his physique any way he wants, his teammates said.

Roethlisberger has a 9-2 postseason record, including 2-1 in AFC title games, and has played some of his best football in January.

“We’re very fortunate to have a quarterback that weather doesn’t bother, whether it’s wind, snow, rain,” Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. “He knows how to handle it, and he’s proven it. You don’t have to change the game plan just because of weather conditions.”

The same could be said of Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham, a native of Wallaceburg, Ontario, who said he has no secrets to surviving the bitter cold other than to bundle up when he’s not trying to split the uprights.

“I think being Canadian, it’s not like you like cold weather,” Suisham said. “You just learn how to dress in it. You wear the right clothes.”

Suisham wears sweatpants during pregame warm-ups and idle time on the sidelines.

“Every game that I’ve been here this year has been cold,” Suisham said. “Certainly, it sounds like this game will be the coldest.”

(My concern about the cold is Troy's hamstring. It could tighten in the cold weather. - mesa)
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Kudos to those guys going sleeveless in that cold weather, interesting to see how Sanchez & company hold up in this type of weather & wll it effect how he can throw the ball.
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Kudos to those guys going sleeveless in that cold weather, interesting to see how Sanchez & company hold up in this type of weather & wll it effect how he can throw the ball.
Well its New York, Its not like they don't know what cold weather feels like.
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Well its New York, Its not like they don't know what cold weather feels like.
While that's definitely true, Sanchez is still relatively new to cold weather considering his pre-pro football days and a lot of his worst games (keep in mind he hasn't exactly had very many exceptionally good games) occurred in colder weather.

Of course last weekend was one exception, however most of his positive passing plays were short passes where the receiver did a vast majority of the work. He otherwise had several absolutely terrible throws down the field.
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troys hamstring is fine. his injury is to his achilles and it will feel the same as it has for any other game.

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The Steelers recall braving brutal conditions during the 2009 season in Cleveland, where instead of living up to coach Mike Tomlin’s promise to “unleash hell” in December, they weathered a cold day in hell. They played that Thursday night game in 15-degree temperatures and 40-mph wind gusts that made it feel like minus 5. The result, a 13-6 loss that ended the Browns’ 12-game losing streak to the Steelers.

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“We’re very fortunate to have a quarterback that weather doesn’t bother, whether it’s wind, snow, rain,” Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said. “He knows how to handle it, and he’s proven it. You don’t have to change the game plan just because of weather conditions.”


why on earth do they ever let this man speak is beyond me.
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troys hamstring is fine. his injury is to his achilles and it will feel the same as it has for any other game.

(You are right. I wasn't thinking. This is most articles I've ever posted in one night. - mesa)




why on earth do they ever let this man speak is beyond me.
The better question is why do they ever let this fool coach!
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Don’t be surprised, then, to see Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger wearing long sleeves and gloves. With two Super Bowl rings in seven seasons, Roethlisberger has earned the right to protect his physique any way he wants, his teammates said.
I'd rather him wear sleeves, no reason to rough it out there and risk having his arm freeze up and his muscles contract causing him to not throw as far. Even Terry Bradshaw and Brett Favre wore sleeves in colt weather games.
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why on earth do they ever let this man speak is beyond me.
You don't have to change the game plan just due to the cold. Wind is wind. The ball will travel the same in 80 degrees with 15 MPH wind the same as it would travel in 15 degrees with a 15 MPH wind. Only time you would really need to change the game plan is due to precipitation.
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weather is weather.

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The better question is why do they ever let this fool coach!
Let him coach , he is a great offensive coach. Problem is his [situational]
game time play calling. Maybe him and holmes were bong buddies?
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