Peter Dyakowski said cold games like this East semifinal in Guelph prepared the Ticats for Regina.REGINA—Although temperatures on Sunday are expected to be relatively mild during the Grey Cup (live chat here), Hamilton and Saskatchewan players will still have to deal with temperatures that could feel as low as -12 degrees Celsius with windchill and the cold could still be a factor in the game. That's nothing compared to some of the practices this week, though, where some Hamilton players even suffered frostbite from temperatures that dropped to -21 Celsius (-31 with windchill factored in). Interestingly enough, one of the Ticats who was most confident about his team's ability to deal with the cold was Canadian guard Peter Dyakowski, though. Dyakowski (an extremely intelligent guy who's been named Canada's Smartest Person and will be appearing on Jeopardy this spring) would seem like someone more used to warm temperatures, as he was born and raised in temperate Vancouver and played his college football in extremely-warm conditions at Louisiana State University. Dyakowski's been in the CFL with Hamilton almost since graduating in 2006 (he had a brief stint with the NFL's New Orleans Saints, but then came to Canada), though, and he said after practice Wednesday that his body's now used to the cold, not the Louisiana heat.
"That's so long ago now that I've really gotten used to the cold weather," Dyakowski said. "The last of the hot weather was purged from me in the East Final in Winnipeg in 2011 when we had -30 windchill."Read More »from Vancouver native and LSU alumnus Peter Dyakowski can take cold. How about Jeopardy?