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Thursday, February 3, 2011
Home locker room short on hot water

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Win or lose, the Green Bay Packers won't have to worry about being in hot water after Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.

That's because, according to several Dallas Cowboys players, the home locker room hasn't had much hot water for postgame showers.

"You get a little chilly when you get out of there," Cowboys Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten said Thursday.

As the home team for Super Bowl XLV, that's the locker room where the Packers will be setting up camp.

Several Packers players were taken aback by the news. Linebacker A.J. Hawk asked his former Ohio State teammate Bobby Carpenter about the stadium and the former Cowboy did not mention the lack of hot water.

"Wow, that puts a damper on the day," Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga said. "Cold water? I'm just saying, how much did that stadium cost: $1.2 billion? Get a hot water tank. It should be the size of a room.

"Let's worry about that after the game."

Cowboys players Jay Ratliff and Miles Austin also said the water can be too cold.

"With the season we had, I'd have turned off the hot water, too," Ratliff said, referring to the Cowboys' disappointing 6-10 campaign.

Witten admitted he didn't remember the water being so cold in 2009 when the Cowboys went 11-5, won the NFC East and a wild-card playoff game in the first year of the stadium.

Considering the cost of the stadium, wouldn't somebody say something to owner and general manager Jerry Jones?

"Heck no, you don't say anything to Jerry," Witten said. "Win some more games, then maybe."

Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for