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    Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    09/15/2005



    During nearly a decade as an assistant coach at Arizona State, Mike Martz noticed an interesting effect of the late-summer heat in the Phoenix area.

    "At the beginning of the season, we never played particularly well because we were worn down by the heat" after preseason practices, he said. "Teams would come in fresh, and the heat didn't seem to bother them. It's kind of an odd thing, really."

    Which is one of two reasons Martz insists he isn't concerned that the thermometer could be hovering near the 100-degree mark Sunday afternoon when the Rams play the Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium on the ASU campus.

    The other? As the locals like to remind outsiders, it's a dry heat.

    "I challenge anybody to come out when it's 98 and practice in this humidity" in St. Louis, Martz said. "I promise you it was a lot worse here last week than it ever was down there when it was 113 during the day. ... If you want to make (the heat) a distraction, you can. It's what it is. It's still (hot) on that other sideline, too."

    Injury sidelines Tucker

    Tackle Rex Tucker expects the calf injury he suffered in the fourth quarter Sunday in San Francisco to keep him sidelined at least a couple of weeks.

    Tucker, who has dealt with a succession of health issues over the past few seasons, called his latest setback "very frustrating. I was making contact, and when I planted my foot, it just gave way."

    Blaine Saipaia is expected to start in Tucker's right tackle spot Sunday.

    Big-play enabler

    It wasn't the opening-day splash that he was hoping for: 19 carries for 60 yards in the Rams' 28-25 loss to the *****. But running back Steven Jackson wasn't unhappy that his workload diminished significantly in the second half as the Rams tried to rally with the passing game.

    "I understood the circumstances we were in," he said. "All I wanted to do was win the game; I didn't care how we got it. ... You'd rather have the ball, but ... you get down, and we needed a big play. A lot of times, big plays happen through the air."

    Ram-blings

    San Francisco defensive end Bryant Young, who had three sacks versus the Rams, is the NFC defensive player of the week. ... Phoenix native Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Rams' No. 3 quarterback, said he has been swamped with ticket requests. "They're still rolling in," he reported. ... Rookie Claude Terrell has been taking some reps at right guard. Previously, he had spent most of his time on the left side.


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    Re: Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    Its a dry heat.

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    Re: Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    Being a person from a colder country, let me say this.

    When I am in St Louis I just die in that heat, the humidity kills me.

    When I go to Arizona, where its a dry heat. I can go all day. Yes its hot but I can take it.


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    Re: Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam
    Its a dry heat.
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    Re: Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    If we lose this game it's going to get hot alright.

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    Re: Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    I've been in Phoenix for a few days and it feels unusually cool for this time of year, which is good news for the teams as well as those of us that get to sit on the wonderful metal benches they provide in Sun Devil Stadium.

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    Re: Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    I've been in Phoenix for a few days and it feels unusually cool for this time of year, which is good news for the teams as well as those of us that get to sit on the wonderful metal benches they provide in Sun Devil Stadium
    You mean you didn't get seats on the shaddy side?
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    Re: Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    Quote Originally Posted by RAMMAN68
    You mean you didn't get seats on the shaddy side?
    As a matter of fact I did Carlos! Upper deck with a birdseye view, sparse seating to move around and avoid flying debris, and shade nearly all day! Where are your seats, I plan on moving up as far as possible to the wide open spaces once the game begins.

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    Re: Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    I'm in section 7 row 21, press box side, should be in the shade most of the game. Sat there last year, of course it was Dec.

    I plan on moving up as far as possible to the wide open spaces once the game begins
    I may join you.
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    Re: Playing in Arizona's heat is no sweat, Martz says

    I dont know where the hell I am sitting yet


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