Cooking up recipe for foul weather

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

You can understand Markus Howell's desire to not spend too long speaking to the media after practice yesterday.

After yet another session in the rain, Howell was happy to stop and chat, but was itching to get into the Calgary Stampeders locker-room.

"They've got chicken noodle soup in there," Howell said. "You've got to warm from the inside out."

Howell and his teammates can speak from experience on how to deal with the rain when practising day after day.

Lots of experience.

At best guess, only one of 10 days in Stamps training camp has gone by without precipitation.

"Probably the first day, too," Howell said with a laugh. "You don't know what kind of weather you'll get Friday, or through the season. When you travel, you can get rain.

"It's good practice."

As of last night, Environment Canada was predicting sunny skies and temperatures upwards of 20C for Friday night's pre-season tilt against the Edmonton Eskimos at McMahon Stadium.

That would be good news for a Stampeders team that has suffered through a steady dose of rain and cold.

"Huf (GM/head coach John Hufnagel) has been awesome about it," Howell said. "We'd rather not be in the rain, but when we've had to be in the rain, we've had some great practices. And because we've had those great practices in the bad weather, he's rewarded us by cutting down the next practice or (like) today, we cancelled the second one.

"We know we have to come out in bad weather, but if we perform well, we'll be rewarded for it."


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