Double Blue can take the heat

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 PM ET

The Argonauts not only aren’t going crazy from the heat, they actually like it.

Temperatures have hit the mid-30s the past couple of days during practice and more of the same is expected on Wednesday.

But with the training staff plying the players constantly with water, they’re fine with the muggy conditions.

“It felt like I was back in Atlanta,” said cornerback Byron Parker, who lives there in the off-season. “Give me the heat. No clouds, just you and the sun and the fellas playing a little catch.

“The main thing is to stay hydrated. That’s the most important thing. If your urine is yellow, that means you are not hydrated, right?”

We’re no health experts, but that sounds about right.

Head coach Jim Barker’s mantra has been that there are no excuses, and the weather certainly is not an exception.

“It’s adversity, and it’s not going to be accepted as an excuse for not focusing in practice,” Barker said.

“The bottom line is we have to get our work done and we expect them to focus. Our training staff does a great job of making sure they have plenty of water. That is critical.”

Safety Willie Pile was wearing two shirts, including a long-sleeve, under his practice jersey.

“You want to get that good sweat, but at the same time, maintain that complexion all the way through,” Pile said, smiling. “It’s not about the fashion statement, it is more about covering my body.”

Practising in extreme heat became a debatable issue nine years ago when Korey Stringer of the Minnesota Vikings died from complications following heat stroke during training camp.

Barker, a native of southern California, does not envision a day when he cancels practice because of heat.

“I don’t think so,” Barker said.

“The key is, you don’t stand around out there. We don’t waste time. We get our work done and we get off.”


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