SAN ANTONIO - AUGUST 06: Helmets of the Dallas Cowboys during training camp at the Alamodome on August 6, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The temperature in Arlington sat at around 97 degrees when the Dallas Cowboys began their practice yesterday at 11 AM, which might explain why the team was so happy to be in Arlington, on the turf of Cowboys Stadium, with the roof and windows closed and the air conditioner running, at least, through the stands. And, in addition to the absence of mind- (and body-) numbing heat, fans were permitted to watch the workout, which gave the session a sort of training camp feel.
In these enviable conditions, the team proceeded to have a lively hour and a half session under the JerryTron.
After the fact, players weren't hesitant in preaching the benefits of the occasional indoor practice.
"I'm not even hardly sweatin' right now," said linebacker DeMarcus Ware. "If we were over there at Valley Ranch, I'd probably be melting, like an ice cream cone. But it's really good to be in your stadium, it's sort of like your home, your home field. So I think it's really good, having our fans out here rooting us on as we practice."
Inside linebacker and captain Bradie James took note of the atmosphere as well.
"I think it's always good to come indoors when it's 97 degrees outside," James said. "So, then we get to see ourselves on the big screen, on the HD, so that's good. But it's definitely good to get back in and get back in the routine of things, guys were having fun. It was a spirited practice, I would say."
Of course, the indoor practice will remain an occasional privilege for the Cowboys and, if the month of May was any indicator, it's not about to get any cooler in DFW.