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JUST ASKING / Three questions for Ryan Neufeld

Q: You're a California native and a UCLA graduate. Do you miss California, and will you move there when you're done playing?

A: The weather is great, but right now it's getting too crowded. Whenever I go back and I'm in traffic for five minutes, I'm done, ready to leave. My wife and I bought a house in Frisco, Texas, just outside of Dallas, last offseason. I played for Dallas in '99, and we liked the area.

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Q: Your wife has her law degree. Does she help you with contract advice and is she a good negotiator?

A: I wouldn't say she's my second agent, but she talks to my agent more than I do. If we get in an argument, I've got to make sure I've got all my I's dotted and my T's crossed because if they aren't, she'll know.

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Q: Staying in world-class condition is a year-round job. What's your offseason regimen like?

A: Right after the season I take about three weeks and do nothing. Then I start doing some light lifting and a lot more stretching. I start riding the bike and do low-impact stuff. Six weeks after the season I'll start lifting. My workout is 3 1/2 hours a day if you count Juggs-machine work, lifting, running and agility-type stuff.

-- Mark Gaughan

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