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#1 by sakura698 , Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:09 pm

GREEN BAY, Wis. Air Force 1 Blue Outlet . -- Josh Boyd isnt into making a fashion statement, and he doesnt think he needs to go sleeveless to show off his toughness. All the Packers defensive lineman wants is to stay warm in the subzero weather when Green Bay hosts the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC wild-card showdown that could be one of the coldest playoff games in NFL history. So many intriguing story lines between these two NFC powers, and yet the arctic cold may trump them all. "Yeah, Im definitely going sleeves," said Boyd, a rookie from Mississippi. "I mean, I dont see it as a tough guy thing. I just see it as being comfortable." The National Weather Service forecast called for a high temperature in Green Bay on Sunday of 2 degrees, with north-northwest winds making it feel more like minus-15 to minus-20. The coldest NFL game on record is the 1967 championship game, known as the "Ice Bowl" won by the Packers 21-17 over the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field on New Years Eve. The temperature dipped to minus-13, and the wind chill that day was minus-48. This might be little consolation to Boyd, for whom cold games in college meant playing in 30- or 40-degree weather. "Im from Mississippi, so this is a whole other animal," Boyd said. "Ive never seen negatives until I got here." Linemen are renowned for toughing out inclement weather without sleeves under jerseys. Dont want to give the opponent even the slightest idea that youre soft, the line of thinking goes. Well, 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith is as tough as they come, and even he might wear sleeves for what he estimates would be just the second or third time in his 13-year career. "Youre not going to have an advantage having no sleeves. Youre not going to scare the opponent," said Smith, who has 6 1/2 sacks. Across the line of scrimmage, centre Jonathan Goodwin said he had no problem wearing sleeves. "I gave up on the dont wear sleeves to look tough a long time ago," he said. In some ways, players might be warmer than the 80,000 fans expected to pack frigid Lambeau. Once they get to the sideline, players can take a break on heated benches. Theyll likely wear long, heavy coats while not in the game. "This is not the norm. Anytime you get outside the norm for whatever your occupation, its obviously challenging mentally and physically," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. "Thats definitely going to be the case Sunday." Footing on the field will be a key issue. Lambeau does have a heating system buried beneath the turf, encompassing 30 miles of pipes. There was supposed to be a brief "break" in the cold snap with temperatures rising into the upper 20s on Saturday, which McCarthy said would give groundskeepers a key day to work on the field. "It could be just a normal game thats played at a little slower pace. Or it could be where theres a lot of slipping and sliding going on, then you have to adjust a little bit," 49ers defensive co-ordinator Vic Fangio said. "You need to wait to see Sunday exactly see how the field affects the game." Another key for players will be to stay hydrated, though McCarthy jokingly put his index finger to his lips as if to tell a reporter to not let out the secret when asked the question Friday. "Weve seen it in past games where guys do cramp, so yes, its all part of our preparation," McCarthy said. If not for the arctic front marching into Wisconsin, more of the attention before Sundays game might be focused on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernicks mastery of Green Bay in the teams last two meetings. Or quarterback Aaron Rodgers triumphant return from a left collarbone injury to help the resurgent Packers get back into the playoffs. Instead, San Francisco and Green Bay will have to deal with an unwelcome extra opponent: the bitter cold. Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels seems to subscribe to the sleeves-are-soft philosophy. He doesnt like wearing them and plans to just play through the big chill and block out the conditions. And dont get him started on hand warmers. "I see offensive linemen with hand warmers, that tells me about them, man," Daniels said. "A defensive line coach in college said that, so I kind of kept that mentality." Air Force 1 Grey Outlet . His absence against the Celtics comes a day after he scored 43 points in the Heats 100-96 win at Cleveland. Air Force 1 High Outlet . -- At the beginning of training camp, Andrew Bogut set a goal to play all 82 regular-season games and regain his place among the NBAs best centres. https://www.cheapairforce1outlet.com/ .com) - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos had an arthroscopic procedure performed on his right elbow last week, the teams official site reported Wednesday.The Arizona Coyotes will be compelling to watch in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline on Mar. 2. The direction from new ownership is to get younger, prepare for a strong draft in June and cut payroll. And this position isnt to protect the bottom line of an organization with a deep history of financial distress. Its a more common sense approach for a club that needs to stabilize its foundation for long-term success. Weve openly speculated on the availability of forward Antoine Vermette and will continue to do so until Coyotes general manager Don Maloney fetches the right return to make the deal. The original asking price, according to a couple of teams with interest, includes a prospect and a roster player. Thats certainly not unreasonable for a player with Vermettes talent, but it is steep based on his status as a pending unrestricted free agent. Defencemen Zbynek Michalek and Keith Yandle are also being batted around potential trade circles and some believe its not a matter of if these three players will be traded, but when. That said, we shouldnt hear a lot of trade rumours involving Coyotes captain Shane Doan. He has another year remaining on his contract and has almost no interest in making an in-season move. Doan remains committed to the team and community and has seen the turmoil other veteran players have endured when trying to chase a Stanley Cup. His view may change during the offseason depending on how aggressive Maloney is on the trade front. But theres just as good a chance that he plays out his contract in Arizona. Milestone For Mo On Tuesday night, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice celebrated his 500th career NHL win as the Jets thumped the Florida Panthers 8-2. Now those who know Maurice also know that his skin crawls when hes asked to talk about himself or his accomplishments. The truth is, hes always gone about his business quietly and even when pushed, hes not able to provide his Top 5 regular season wins. After all, in the world of a NHL head coach - every win matters. But Maurice certainly remembers his first game behind the bench for the Hartford Whalers. He was nervous and realizing he was living the ultimate on-the-job training after being hired in just his third season of coaching. And he fondly remembers his time spent at the Montreal Forum - feeling like every play, every second of the game mattered to every single person in the building. And of course, there was seeing Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux for the first time as opponents and wondering what he could say or do to educate his players on how to stop two seemingly unstoppable legends. While there have been many meaningful games for Maurice (and hes reluctant to list them in any particular order), guiding the Toronto Maple Leafs to a Game 82 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in 2006-07 ranks high. The pressure and magnitude of that night was cranked to extreme levels as Toronto teetered on the cusp of the playoffs before being bumped out the next day by the New York Islanders (who relied on Wade Dubielewiczs goaltending heroics to beat the New Jersey Devils and edge the Leafs out). While supporting his family, his vast coaching experience includes several other address changes - including one season with Maggnitogorsk in the KHL. Air Force 1 On Sale. Through all of it, Maurice has learned you take nothing for granted. Hes been fortunate to be part of some very good teams over the years and has also worked through tough times as a head coach with clubs that featured less talent. For the most part, hes enjoyed it all and hes especially excited about his current posting with a Winnipeg Jets team hes declared the hardest working team he has ever coached. At just 47 years of age, Maurice will undoubtedly celebrate more milestones. But 500 wins is special because hes earned all of them the hard way. 3-on-3 Is For Me An update on a story The Dreger Report has tracked all season. Leading up to the GM meetings in March, the NHL will pay close attention to the ongoing 3-on-3 overtime experiment in the American Hockey League - which will help determine whether or not to adopt the split formula next season. The AHL plays seven minutes of overtime, which includes three minutes of 4-on-4 followed by four minutes of 3-on-3. And as the AHL approaches the midway point of its season, the numbers clearly show 3-on-3 is limiting the need for a shootout. There have been 136 overtimes in the AHL to date. Among them 74.3 per cent have been decided in overtime and 25.7 per cent have required a shootout. According to the AHL, 64.7 per cent of overtime games played last season went to a shootout prior to the league adding the 3-on-3 option. Now heres a more specific breakdown of this season: 2014-15: 101 OT goals scored 56 scored during 4-on-4 time (44 even-strength, 12 PP) 45 scored during 3-on-3 time (42 even-strength, 2 PP, 1 PS) 5 scored in first minute of OT 15 scored in second minute of OT 19 scored in third minute of OT 13 scored in fourth minute of OT 14 scored in fifth minute of OT 14 scored in sixth minute of OT 21 scored in seventh minute of OT By comparison, the NHL has produced 166 overtime games this season, 90 of which have been decided by a shootout and 76 have ended with a goal in overtime. So the shootout remains a dominant factor in determining games. However, the changes introduced to reduce the number of shootouts - such as changing ends for overtime - has encouraged positive results. Last season through the same number of NHL games, there were 170 that went to overtime - with 68 resolved in OT and 101 which went to the shootout. A six per cent reduction in shootout games seems minimal compared to the dramatic results the AHL is experiencing. And that most definitely will be factored into the data presented to NHL GMs in March before any recommendations for change are made. But there are some around the league who remain resistant to 3-on-3 and will build their opposition around the significant number of goals scored in the sixth and seventh minutes of the AHL experiment, given the NHL plays five minutes of 4-on-4. So while the numbers favour change at the mid-point of the season, a slight reduction in shootouts in the NHL could also give the traditionalists - and those who oppose the shift to 3-on-3 - enough clout to delay what appears to be inevitable. As always, look for another edition of Insider Trading this Tuesday on SportsCentre and TSN.ca. Have a great weekend. ' ' '

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