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08:25 AM ET 10.02 | Without hockey, Sidney Crosby and Matt Duchene have found a way to experience another form of winter -- by traveling to Vail, where this week's forecast sees lows in the 20s and 30s. Duchene, Crosby and a bunch of other NHL players are in our lovely mountain town this week for some high-altitude training. ... They'll all skate at Dobson Arena during the day and/or do other fitness stuff under the guise of NHL trainer to the stars, Andy O'Brien. I talked to Duchene [Monday], and he was gracious enough to give me a couple quotes as to why he and people like Crosby cherish Vail so much: "We come up here for the amazing facilities and resources but most of all the altitude. We're at close to 8500 feet which puts us in amazing condition."

The Denver Post

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October 2, 2012  09:07 AM ET

WGAF!!

October 2, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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Also, awesome cocaine and NO DRUG TESTING!

Hence the "high" altitude training.

October 2, 2012  09:53 AM ET

The people who depend on the NHL for minimum wage jobs to help pay their bills and actually need the money to raise their kids and put food on the table probably won't be in Vail. They'll probably be trying to find other work to get by. Have fun cokeheads.

October 2, 2012  10:01 AM ET

You know what? Dallas lost last night so I'm happy today. :)

October 2, 2012  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You know what? Dallas lost last night so I'm happy today. :)

Me too. :-) Go Romo!!!!!

October 2, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You know what? Dallas lost last night so I'm happy today. :)

Good point and well said. I can imagine Jerry spilling his vodka-laced coffee on his grits this morning. :)

October 2, 2012  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

You know what? Dallas lost last night so I'm happy today. :)

Zip it!

October 2, 2012  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Me too. :-) Go Romo!!!!!

I said, Zip it!!

October 2, 2012  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Good point and well said. I can imagine Jerry spilling his vodka-laced coffee on his grits this morning. :)

You too! Keep it down.....or there will be Ex-Lax in your next cup of joe

October 2, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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I said, Zip it!!

On the plus side Kyle Orton played well. :-)

October 2, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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You too! Keep it down.....or there will be Ex-Lax in your next cup of joe

I don't think that is much of a threat to Slappy :)))

October 2, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Zip it!

How can you be a Rangers fan and a Cowboys fan? Isn't that sacriligeous in a way? ;)

October 2, 2012  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

How can you be a Rangers fan and a Cowboys fan? Isn't that sacriligeous in a way? ;)

Out of 5 kids....my sister and I ended up Cowgirls fans, 2 bro's Giants fan and another bro a Jets fan

Goes way back to when the NY teams were horrible and the only other out of town teams on tv were Cowboys and Rams....

October 2, 2012  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I don't think that is much of a threat to Slappy :)))

LOL. Heck no. I consider it a Hershey's treat ! :-)

October 2, 2012  10:37 AM ET
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How can you be a Rangers fan and a Cowboys fan? Isn't that sacriligeous in a way? ;)

Dont worry I still root for all Philly teams to lose

October 2, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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Out of 5 kids....my sister and I ended up Cowgirls fans, 2 bro's Giants fan and another bro a Jets fanGoes way back to when the NY teams were horrible and the only other out of town teams on tv were Cowboys and Rams....

I think there is treatment available for that now, NYR. :-)

October 2, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Dont worry I still root for all Philly teams to lose

My God, you're better already! :-)

October 2, 2012  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Out of 5 kids....my sister and I ended up Cowgirls fans, 2 bro's Giants fan and another bro a Jets fanGoes way back to when the NY teams were horrible and the only other out of town teams on tv were Cowboys and Rams....

Well, at least you can have fun with your Jets fan sibling.

 
October 2, 2012  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Dont worry I still root for all Philly teams to lose

Ha! I'm sure you do.

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