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WHO IS THE MAN WHO KEEPS THE CHARGERS WARM?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/01/18/sports/professional/chargers/22_29_251_17_08.txt

    Chargers turn cold shoulders to Wick
    By: JAY PARIS - Staff Writer

    SAN DIEGO ---- The Chargers head for teeth-chattering New England this weekend, hoping to adjust to game-time temperatures predicted for the low 20s. They'll arrive for the AFC Championship Game after practicing in sunny San Diego, although another option was considered.

    "Coach said he's thinking about trying to get a flight up to Anchorage, but he couldn't get that orchestrated,'' quarterback Philip Rivers said of coach Norv Turner. "You can't necessarily prepare for the cold.''

    One man disagrees.

    Bob Wick is a jolly sort, but he doesn't wear a white beard with a red suit and black boots. Still, he was checking his list twice Thursday, with the Chargers scheduled to exit Southern California this afternoon.

    Wick likely rivals LaDainian Tomlinson, Shawne Merriman and Rivers as the most important Charger who will punch the clock Sunday. If Wick fails his job, the Chargers can't do theirs.

    Bob who?

    "He's one of the best,'' safety Clinton Hart said.


    Wick won't throw a pass, produce a scoring run or register a tackle. Instead his role as equipment manager is keeping the Chargers toasty when Mother Nature says "frosty."

    "You want to keep them comfortable," Wick said. "You don't want them to say, 'I'm cold.' ''

    The Chargers have enough to worry about with New England quarterback Tom Brady leading the undefeated Patriots into a game with a Super Bowl berth at stake.

    Wick's work is challenging in that the thermometer could read 9 near the game's end.

    That's why Wick and his staff have been busy this week. They've been dusting off the cold-weather gear, cracking open extra storage trunks and looking for anything and everything to make sure if the Chargers shiver it's because of nerves, not chills.

    "I don't know that anybody really ever gets used to playing in that kind of weather,'' Rivers said. "It's obviously not ideal; it's not what you'd necessarily ask for, but as I've heard that's championship weather.

    "You look at the two championship games (the NFC's is in Green Bay), it's going to be as cold as it gets. You've got to be thankful that you're getting to play in that weather, because that means you like where we are. We're one of four that's still got a shot."

    Wick has one chance and can't blow it. He was meticulously going over his shipping contents, so it appears things are under control.

    "The biggest fear is not having L.T.'s jersey, because without everything else, you can (still) go on with the game," said Wick, a Scripps Ranch resident. "Even if you don't have your jacket you can play the game."

    To win the battle of staying warm, Wick will bring a 7,000-pound batch of gear that includes enough apparel to dress a ski team. That's 2,000 more pounds of goodies than was hauled to Indianapolis last Sunday for a game that was played indoors.

    "We basically go with a full load, with everything," said Wick, who's in his 29th year with the Chargers. "We have snow parkas, snow pants, some real good undergarments, tights and tops. We are going to be very warm and dress to the max."

    The team took nearly the minimum on its last visit to Foxborough, Mass.

    "It was September, so we did bring jackets because it got a little cool that night," Wick said. "But none of the heavy snow gear we have this week."

    Sunday's expected frigid temperatures would make most long for a warm fire and hot cup of cocoa ---- Wick has seen worse. He was at the 1981 AFC Championship Game when the visiting Chargers fell to the Cincinnati Bengals 27-7 on a day the wind chill was minus-59.

    "We had one guy with the Padres helping us out, and when he went outside his glasses froze up," Wick, 47, said. "He went inside and never came back out."

    A bundled-up Wick was on the sidelines at Cleveland in 2004 when the Chargers clinched their first AFC West title since 1994, despite a minus-10 wind chill.

    "This is nothing new,'' Wick said. "We've been there before.''

    Wick isn't alone. His assistants are Chris Smith, Kevin Duddy, Steve Jeli, Dan Reeves, Jerry Turner and Chuck Sandusky.

    They'll produce a sweat before kickoff, emptying 32 trunks, 53 player bags and 35 equipment bags.

    But Hart won't need much.

    "I'm going to go out there with no sleeves with Vaseline on my arms and act like it is a regular game and not let the cold affect me," he said. "I'm blocking the weather out."
    :tup::icon_toast:

    For once, a Charger gives Wick's hard work the cold shoulder. Never mind the preparations Wick has made to avoid just that.
     
  2. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    no sleeves with vaseline? WTF?
     
  3. Dublin Bolt

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    Speaking of no names on the sideline (no offence to Bob-I'm sure he is gr8 at his job) who is the lad with the no sleeves white top and a headband, he reminds me of yer man what was his name, Jack LaLanne or something like that. Hey Bob get that guy some proper clothes jeeeeeeeeeeez. :icon_rofl:
     
  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    That is the way the throwbacks played the game. The vaseline insulates the skin (not to be confused with it puts the lotion on it's skin).

    It is on.
     
  5. PowderLove

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    Time to do this dammit!!!!!!!
     
  6. PhillyChargerFan

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    Or else it gets the hose again :icon_rofl:
     
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    How would Clinton Hart know? He played one season in Philly before coming here. Before that he was playing in the Arena League.


    :icon_shrug:
     
  8. sdrocks

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    Funny you should post this. I send Bob a couple of our catalogs on Monday. We distribute warm weather gear among other things. Haven't heard back but it was worth a shot.
     
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    Yeah, that's not tough; it's stupid.
     
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    :icon_eek::icon_eek::icon_eek:


    Fava beans anyone???


    :lol::lol::lol:
     
  11. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Oh yee of sharp wit you got it. :lol:

    My boy Clinton Hart is using his jedi mind tricks on the cheating scum bag Patriots.

    The day of retribution is almost at hand.

    I am at a very disturbing calm before this game and I can not put my finger on it. :icon_eek:
     
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    I'm glad someone's calm. My palms are sweating just thinking about the game. :lol:
     
  13. Ray Dahayder

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    My mind is always working..... but here's what I thought would be good....but probably not for this game. If the players had pants and undergarments that had heating wires in them and when they were on the sidelines, they could literally plug into the electrical outlet and warm up their underalls.... sort of like an electric blanket on your bed. Same thing for their socks. Keeping the feet warm is so important.... you could plug into the heater every time you come off the field and warm up.... and stay warm for a while after you went back out onto the field.

    Or, you could have a battery pack tucked behind some padding on the uniform to keep the heating wires working.

    Personally, though, I think this team is so focused that they won't even notice the cold.
     
  14. LV Bolt Fan

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    Swimmers have done it forever. :yes:
     
  15. LV Bolt Fan

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    I'm as calm as I've ever been for a Charger game.:yes:

    I have the "nothing to lose" attitude. As much as I want the Chargers to win,the media, the sportsbooks all have us losing.

    The Chargers have the fan's of all of the other NFL teams rooting for them.

    Go Chargers!
     
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    I was watching NFL Total Access this week and it had Rod Woodson on it. He said that when he played cold weather games with the Steelers, he never wore sleeves, but instead rubbed vasoline on himself. He said it was like adding another layer of fat.

    To me it would seem as if that stuff would just get cold. Maybe as you exert yourself it might stop some of the body heat loss, but wouldn't that stuff get all over and make it harder to grasp, especially if it got on your hands?

    edit: One other thing I heard from another ex-player on another NFL show was that they don't really get cold when they're playing because they generate enough heat, and they don't really get cold on they bench because it's heated and they had parkas. When they did get cold was when there was a TV timeout. Then they are already out on the field, but not expending energy. There isn't ussually enough time to go to the side and pull on the parka, so the just stand there and freeze their butts off.
     
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    http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20080119-9999-1s19cold.html

    C-c-cold? Dress for it, then forget it
    By Mark Zeigler

    UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

    January 19, 2008

    Carphedon.
    Maybe that's what the Chargers need as they venture onto the frozen tundra of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.

    Carphedon is not a quarterback or a hard-nosed fullback built to run in the snow, but a tiny pill developed in Russia that purportedly boosts physical endurance while increasing the body's tolerance for cold.

    Its use is most prevalent among winter sports athletes – cross country skiers who spend hour upon hour in the bitter cold – and it is what cost Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva a silver medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics following her positive drug test. Carphedon, or 4-phenylpiracetam, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

    It does not, however, appear on the NFL's list of prohibited substances.

    Then again, sports physiologists with expertise in cold-weather conditions say the Chargers don't need the stuff.

    “My advice: Forget about (the cold),” says Jay Kearney, a chief physiologist with the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo. “Just go out there. It's a football game. I really think that's it. Just dismiss it. It's a situation. You can't change it. You shouldn't worry about it. Just be prepared for it.”

    Temperatures in New England for tomorrow's AFC Championship Game are expected to be in the mid-20s at the 3:05 p.m. EST kickoff, with a wind-chill factor quickly dipping toward zero degrees Fahrenheit once the sun sets.

    That's nothing compared with the conditions at Lambeau Field, where Green Bay hosts the New York Giants for the NFC's berth in Super Bowl XLII. The air temperature should hover near zero, with a wind chill in the minus-20s.

    International guidelines for cross country skiing, which is held in snow, discourage long-distance events when the air temperature dips to 3 degrees.

    Even so, physiologists say cold weather should have little impact on performance with proper attire and equipment. The main issue is preventing hypothermia, or a lowering of the body's core temperature.

    “A football uniform is actually pretty thermally efficient in terms of being able to maintain heat,” Kearney says. “It's much more of a problem to get rid of heat than to maintain body temperature.

    “The issue is going to be keeping the periphery, the hands, warm and comfortable. When you get to your skill players, so much of that is hands – throwing and catching.”

    The problem is that the hands have a high surface area relative to their mass and thus dissipate heat quickly. Once the body senses its core temperature dropping, it slows blood flow to the hands and other extremities as a survival mechanism.

    Another issue is breathing. Especially cold air can constrict airways and exacerbate respiratory conditions such as asthma. That's why Richard Quinn, the medical director for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, has his athletes blow into a spirometer to monitor breathing capacities when they first go into frigid climates.

    “We get concerned when we go from normal training to extreme cold,” Quinn says.

    Beyond that, the place the cold may affect the Chargers most is between the ears.

    “The perceived impact,” as the USOC's Kearney puts it. “But for the amounts of money they are getting paid in the NFL, players should be able to focus the entire game no matter what. They can worry about being cold some other time.”
     

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