For the Bucs, dealing with the cold will be “mental”

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It took the Buccaneers 27 years and 22 tries before winning the franchise’s first game when the temperature at kickoff was below 40 degrees.

On Sunday in Green Bay for the first-ever Bay of Pigs NFC Championship, the high will be 31 and the low will be 19. The forecast also calls for snow.

So how will the Bucs handle playing in the Lambeau Field elements?

“It’s just a matter of staying warm on the sideline,” coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Monday. “Every time I’ve played in Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cleveland [or] Buffalo, nobody was cold out on the field. It’s more mental and staying warm on the sideline. We’ve got all that technology now with the heaters and everything else. It’s different, but it’s not that big of a deal for us.”

On Sunday, quarterback Tom Brady offered his own views on playing in the cold.

“You’ve just got to have some mental toughness, wear some warm clothes and be ready to go,” Brady told reporters. “It’s chilly, man. That’s January football [in the] northeast [and] midwest. We’ll be prepared. The team that plays the best is going to win, not the team that’s the coldest. We’re going to have to go out there and play well. We’re going to be challenged and it’s going to be a great game.”

Brady said during the season that he’s done living in the cold. But if playing in the cold is what’s needed to get to the Super Bowl, Brady and his teammates will be ready to do it.

42 responses to “For the Bucs, dealing with the cold will be “mental”

  1. Brady spent most of his career playing in bitter cold New England. He is used to it and knows how to deal with it. I’m not so sure about the rest of the team. The Packers are playing really good football right now. This will be a tall order for Tampa Bay.

  2. “Every time I’ve played in Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Cleveland [or] Buffalo, nobody was cold out on the field.

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    BS, it gets cold out there and anyone who is not used to it wants to give up and go home, don’t fool yourself!!!

  3. 31 degrees in January is not cold. Here in Wisconsin it means putting on a light sweatshirt when grilling the brats on the patio.

  4. OMG snow and cold Packers are going to win!(rolls eyes). If Tampa does win, will Packers fans blame it on the snow and cold?

  5. Snow is the equalizer. Arm strength won’t mean nothing this game. QB’s irrelevant. RB’s and traction will win the game.

  6. It doesn’t get cold if a team is playing well. If things start going bad, that is when it gets cold if you don’tlive in the cold. So, the cold doesn’t matter until it does.

  7. several of their players came from cold weather colleges…
    it should be a good game and no sure things!

  8. You keep telling yourself that. I just came in from outside in Central Wisconsin … 18 degrees with a wind. It aint mental folks, it’s cold and it affects how you move, think and act. Say all you want about it won’t matter .. it will. They will be ready to play but it won’t be like they are in Tampa .. guaranteed.

  9. Leonard Fournette’s post game interview made it very clear he does not want to play in the cold.

  10. ibtp

    The best part of this story will be the commentary from all the self proclaimed meteorological “experts” that have never experienced a sub-freezing temperature in their lives.

  11. I’m not sure how many different people have now caught touchdown passes from Brady, regular season and postseason (how many is it, I’m actually pretty curious). Nevertheless, now he gets to add one more: Drew Brees’ middle son.

    Whoever made that video caught a truly wonderful moment.

  12. Remember when Brady was like undefeated in weather under 40 degrees? I’m not saying he (and the Bucs) will definitely win, but this isn’t some QB whose going up there and turning into a popsicle. This should be a great game.

  13. Sounds like some body has already made their NFC Championship Game pick.

    Too bad it’s the wrong pick.

  14. You know who wants a Packers v. Chiefs Superbowl about as much as Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes?

    The CEO and board of State Farm Ins., that’s who.

  15. Are teams still flying in the night before or the day of the game? Going straight to Green Bay from Tampa with no time to acclimate… yikes. Add in the snow, seems like a recipe for wet cold

  16. Bucs will be fine. You think they came all this way to let the cold stop them. They can make history with this win, first team to host the SB. You know Brady is going to be motivated and ready either way. And I think the Bucs have an advantage if it’s real cold (but not much snow) because the Bucs are a tough hard hitting team, that would be an advantage for their running game and defense.

  17. I just hope Suh’s feet don’t get so cold that he can’t feel them and “accidentally” stomp on Rodgers again.

  18. Off the top of my head, Brady, Gronk, and AB all used to the cold. In just looking at their roster, 75% of the players look to have played at a college that had cold weather.

    Shouldn’t be a factor

  19. “We’ve got all that technology now with heaters and everything else.”

    Sounds like Bruce actually hasn’t played in the cold a lot. Anyone who has knows that you don’t want to stand next to the heater while on the sideline. That will only make you colder when you step away from heater and go back in the game.

    The weather won’t be a big factor Sunday. 28 degrees isn’t cold unless there is some wind. Another thing that you know when you have been in real cold, is that strong wind and the wind chill is what actually makes it real cold. The higher the winds, it draws heat from the body, and drives down skin temp, and body temp. Zero degrees with no wind feels a lot better than 20 degrees with a wind chill of -3.

    The snow is supposed to be just flurries during the game from 2pm to 5. Maybe 1 inch accumulated over the whole day Sunday. Heavier snow to start after 7pm.

    The game will be won or lost between the white lines. Those lines may have a little snow on them and it may be a little cold. Maybe that gives the Pack a little edge, but the bigger edge will be beating the man in front of you.

    Even though there was only 9K at the game against the Rams, Packers players said to a man that the crowd gave them a spark. That 9K will be there again Sunday.

    I like the Pack’s chances in Lambeau.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!

  20. Just remember Bruce…”the cold coach wins”.

    Way back in January 2008, the NY Giants went into Green Bay and shocked the world beating Green Bay….while the temperatures for that game was colder (-1 with wind chill at -23), the “cold coach” won the game. Mike McCarthy was dressed like a Mummy…and looked afraid of the cold. Tom Coughlin? I think the entire country was afraid his face would fall off — he was 100% unafraid of the cold. The Giants won the game and went on to win the Super Bowl…Cold Coach Won…

    More recently? Just last week in Buffalo — John Harbaugh looked like a man at best either entering the Witness Protection Program or going on to 60 Minutes in some sort of “Whistle Blower” interview…at worse, he looked like he was dressed by the wardrobe department of the movie “Inside Man” again, like back in January 2008…the cold coach won and John Harbaugh (if it was in fact John Harbaugh on that sideline in Buffalo) will be sitting home on his couch this week end watching the game on television.

    So, Bruce, if you want to win — do not be afraid of the cold, embrace it, squeeze your body into one of Tommy’s scuba suits (he always wore one in January in New England) and face the weather head on…do not be afraid of the cold.

  21. Love or hate TB12, this dude is the real deal. 4600 yards and 40 TD at 43 years old (closer to 44.) Incredible. The old man said he would play until 45 and maybe he does have some left in the tank. And will play in more NFC championship games than the Cowboys in the past 23 years. LOL!

  22. Every professional can tolerate cold to varying degrees, at least for awhile, when exposed to it infrequently or until they can’t feel their fingers. But becoming suitably acclimated to it day-in and day-out when you, and your families, and friends all live in it every day, is very different.

  23. Freefromwhatyouare: I’ve probably been out in the cold longer than you have been alive. Who said they should stand in front of a heat; conjecture on your part. Of course the wind makes it colder; that’s why they call it wind chill. I didn’t say anything about most of what you are yakking about. I do agree the Packers will win but the cold and field conditions they aren’t used to will affect them more than us.

  24. I spent the first 18 years of my life in GB and the last 30 in S. Carolina. Growing up, 28 deg was nothing. Been snowmobiling in below zero weather plenty of times. Cold doesn’t slow down a Sconnie. Now that I’ve acclimated to the South, I don’t I don’t know how y’all live up there anymore. 28 degrees might as well be 28 below lol. It will have an affect!

  25. Us folks from across the river have it covered either way. If the Packers win, they were lucky. If the Bucs win, the Packers are terrible.

  26. tyreehelmetcatch says:
    January 19, 2021 at 9:15 am
    Love or hate TB12, this dude is the real deal. 4600 yards and 40 TD at 43 years old (closer to 44.) Incredible. The old man said he would play until 45 and maybe he does have some left in the tank. And will play in more NFC championship games than the Cowboys in the past 23 years. LOL!
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    Mostly I agree with you but… Please explain how Tom Brady, who’s birthday is in August, is closer to 44 than 43. He’s still closer to his 43rd birthday than his 44th. Please stop listening to the talking heads who for years have called him by his next age before the candles on his birthday cake even go cold. He was born in August 1977, the year I joined the Army, so I always know how old he is at any given time. He’s also 5 months younger than my niece, if she hasn’t reached her 44th birthday yet, then he certainly isn’t close.

  27. One of my favorite Packers games was the Snow Bowl against the Bucs in ’85. Neither team was going anywhere that season — that was the Bears season (just ask them). About 10″ of snow fell that day and poor Steve Young (then the Tampa Bay QB) was getting thrown into snowbanks all day long. The Bucs were wearing their all white road uniforms with the orange numbers and you could barely see them on the television screen. I suspect this version of the Bucs will fare better than that team did (lost 21-0), but it was greatly entertaining.

  28. Funny.. last time I saw Brady play in the snow, Charles Woodson forced a fumble that should have resulted in a Patriots loss.

  29. Way back in January 2008, the NY Giants went into Green Bay and shocked the world beating Green Bay….while the temperatures for that game was colder (-1 with wind chill at -23), the “cold coach” won the game. Mike McCarthy was dressed like a Mummy…and looked afraid of the cold.
    =====

    McCarthy IS a mummy.

    Prove me wrong…

  30. I agree with the Bucs. You have to be mental to want to play in that cold and snowy weather. When there Jints beat the Packers on a cold playoff day all those years ago, Brett helped out by throwing a pick at the worst possible time. He was famous for that. We loved him but not that.

  31. aarons444 says:
    January 19, 2021 at 2:52 pm
    Funny.. last time I saw Brady play in the snow, Charles Woodson forced a fumble that should have resulted in a Patriots loss.

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    2001 was the last time you saw Brady plying in the snow?? Have you been in a Rip Van Winkle type sleep??

    He famously won then, and won a ton of big-time snow games since then. It’s never bothered him

    Bring on the snow.

  32. I don’t always watch sports.

    But when I do, I pass on cheaters and unlikeable scumbags.

  33. meheuring says:
    January 19, 2021 at 1:11 pm
    One of my favorite Packers games was the Snow Bowl against the Bucs in ’85. Neither team was going anywhere that season — that was the Bears season (just ask them). About 10″ of snow fell that day and poor Steve Young (then the Tampa Bay QB) was getting thrown into snowbanks all day long. The Bucs were wearing their all white road uniforms with the orange numbers and you could barely see them on the television screen. I suspect this version of the Bucs will fare better than that team did (lost 21-0), but it was greatly entertaining.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I remember this game too, very well. One play in particular…….Young was sacked and his head was pushed face-first into the deep snow. His helmet was packed with snow, and perfect rods of snow were extruded from his ear holes. All you saw were his eyes blinking while he spit snow out of his mouth. Hil-freakin’-larius.

  34. aarons444 says:
    January 19, 2021 at 4:54 pm
    I don’t always watch sports.

    But when I do, I pass on cheaters and unlikeable scumbags.
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    So, you don’t watch sports at all. Why bother following sports if you don’t watch?

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