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Silver Minings: Mike Mayock prepared to handle heat of Las Vegas

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It’s a lot hotter in Vegas than in Oakland, to say the least

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A lot of talk has focused on the Las Vegas Raiders moving to a brand new city and playing in a brand new stadium, and rightfully so. But something was brought up that I hadn’t really given much thought to yet. The weather.

As someone who has gone to Las Vegas my fair share of times during the summer, I can confirm that it gets very, very, very hot there. A lot hotter than Oakland in the summer.

Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock said he and head coach Jon Gruden have been talking to others who have been in their shoes before about how to beat the heat in Las Vegas.

Here’s what Mayock had to say during an interview with ESPN Las Vegas.

“We’ve had some conversations with people who have coached [in Vegas] before, like Tony Sanchez who was at UNLV, and just asked about what time we have to be done practicing, or what can we do outside? The advantage we have, as opposed to UNLV, is that we have the grass fields outside, we have the indoor climate-controlled field, and we have a stadium.

“So, we really have three different places that we can rotate through, and based on what we heard, if we’re going to be outside, we probably have to be done by 10, 10:30 in the morning in July and August. I think we can figure that out because we have three different surfaces to practice on, but the harder part is we don’t even know what the deal is with training camp and the acclimation period.”

I guess the good thing is the fact they have multiple options and they have indoor options. However, you still have to respect them for being out there in those conditions.

Personally, I can’t even imagine what it would be like tailgating for a Raiders game out there when it’s 90-100 degrees. But hey, with all the fun you’d be having, who even cares.

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