Labatte ready to bat­tle the cold

Winnipeg Sun - - SPORTS - — Mur­ray Mccormick

REGINA — Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers cen­tre Bren­don Labatte has learned over his 11-year CFL ca­reer how to deal with cold that ac­com­pa­nies play­off foot­ball in Novem­ber.

Those ex­pe­ri­ences will be tested on Sun­day when the Rid­ers play host to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL’S West Divi­sion semi­fi­nal.

At kick­off, it’s ex­pected to be -10 C, which will feel like -18 C with the wind chill.

“The big­gest thing is to keep your mind strong while you’re on the side­line,” Labatte said. “You want to make sure that you’re not get­ting too ac­cli­mated to the heaters and warm air that is blow­ing out there. You have to make sure that ev­ery time you stand up that you’re ready to go. It’s more of a mind­set than phys­i­cal.”

Chris Jones, the Rid­ers’ head coach and gen­eral man­ager, looked on the warmer side of play­ing in cold weather.

“The good thing about it is you’re play­ing well enough to be play­ing when it’s cold,” Jones said.

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