Monday has brought 99-degree temperatures to Detroit. It's 93 degrees in Bourbonnais, Ill., where the Chicago Bears hold training camp. In Green Bay, it's 92 degrees. In Mankato, Minn., home of the Minnesota Vikings camp, it's 85 degrees with a dew point of 73 degrees, making it "feel like" 94 degrees.
I don't have to tell any of you Upper Midwesterners how hot this summer has been. And in this age of year-round conditioning, I don't blame NFL players for dreading the heat as training camp opens. For the most part, players report to camp in their best shape of the year. They don't need heat to slim down or improve their conditioning. It's a nuisance, and as we learned on Aug. 1, 2001, it can be deadly as well.
I would be all for that as well. But for what it's worth, current forecasts suggest a break in the heat at all four NFC North camp locations by the end of the week. Highs will range between 83-85 in Detroit, Bourbonnais, Green Bay and Mankato when practices begin, according to The Weather Channel's web site.
That is, until the forecast is revised. Or wrong. Which never happens. We'll keep you posted.