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The coach of a Marine Corps league football team is showered with Gatorade following his team's championship victory

The Gatorade shower, also known as the Gatorade dunk and the Gatorade bath, is a sports tradition involving dumping a cooler full of liquid (most commonly Gatorade mixed with ice) over a coach's (or occasionally star player or owner's) head following a meaningful win. The tradition began with the New York Giants football team in the mid-80s. According to several sources, including Jim Burt of the Giants, it began on October 28, 1985, when Burt performed the action on Bill Parcells after being angered over the coach's treatment of him that week. Burt insisted that Harry Carson be the one to dump the Gatorade on Parcells, because he was a favorite and wouldn't get in trouble[1] However, former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dan Hampton claims he invented the shower in 1984 when the Bears dunked Mike Ditka upon clinching the NFC Central.[1] The phenomenon gained national attention in the 1986 Giants season. Parcells was doused after 17 victories that season, culminating with Super Bowl XXI.

Football coach George Allen's death may have been indirectly caused by an incident similar to a Gatorade shower. Allen died on December 31, 1990 from ventricular fibrillation in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California at the age of 72. Shortly before his death, Allen noted that he had not been completely healthy since some of his Long Beach State players dumped a bucket of ice-water on him following a season-ending victory over the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on November 17, 1990. [2][3]

In 2005, ESPN sports business writer Darren Rovell published a book entitled First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon, a history of Gatorade, in which he, among other things, documented the story behind the Gatorade dunking phenomenon.[4]

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was reported to be the first NBA coach to receive a Gatorade shower when his team won the 2008 NBA championship.[5] Paul Pierce dumped a cooler of red Gatorade over Rivers as the Celtics closed out Game 6 to clinch their first NBA title in 22 years.

Kentucky Wildcats coach Guy Morriss is the only coach to ever receive a Gatorade shower and lose a game. This occurred on November 9, 2002 during the Bluegrass Miracle when LSU defeated Kentucky. Kentucky Coach Morris was showered immediately before Marcus Randall threw a Hail Mary pass to Devery Henderson to win on the final play of the game.

Notes

  1. ^ a b Rovell, Darren. "First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon" AMACOM/American Management Association (August 8, 2005) page 90. Except at ESPN.com.
  2. ^ http://www.newsvoid.com/special/top10deaths.html
  3. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE2DA1330F932A35752C0A967958260
  4. ^ ibid, pages 77-91
  5. ^ Stein, Marc (June 18, 2008). Three Party triumph: KG leads, Allen scorches and Pierce takes MVP. ESPN.com. Retrieved on June 23, 2008.

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league football team is showered with Gatorade following his team's championship victory]]The Gatorade shower, also known as the Gatorade dunk and the Gatorade bath, is a sports tradition involving dumping a cooler full of liquid (most commonly Gatorade mixed with ice) over a coach's (or occasionally star player or owner's) head following a meaningful win, like winning the Super Bowl. The tradition began with the New York Giants football team in the mid-80s. According to several sources, including Jim Burt of the Giants, it began on October 28, 1985, when Burt performed the action on Bill Parcells after being angered over the coach's treatment of him that week.  Burt insisted that Harry Carson be the one to dump the Gatorade on Parcells, because he was a favorite and wouldn't get in trouble[1] However, former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dan Hampton claims he invented the shower in 1984 when the Bears dunked Mike Ditka upon clinching the NFC Central.[1] The phenomenon gained national attention in the 1986 Giants season. Parcells was doused after 17 victories that season, culminating with Super Bowl XXI.

Football coach George Allen's death may have been indirectly caused by an incident similar to a Gatorade shower. Allen died on December 31, 1990 from ventricular fibrillation in his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California at the age of 72. Shortly before his death, Allen noted that he had not been completely healthy since some of his Long Beach State players dumped a bucket of ice-water on him following a season-ending victory over the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on November 17, 1990.[2][3]

In 2005, ESPN sports business writer Darren Rovell published a book entitled First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon, a history of Gatorade, in which he, among other things, documented the story behind the Gatorade dunking phenomenon.[4]

Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers was reported to be the first NBA coach to receive a Gatorade shower when his team won the 2008 NBA championship.[5] Paul Pierce dumped a cooler of red Gatorade over Rivers as the Celtics closed out Game 6 to clinch their first NBA title in 22 years.

Kentucky Wildcats coach Guy Morriss is the only coach to ever receive a Gatorade shower and lose a game.[citation needed] This occurred on November 9, 2002 during the Bluegrass Miracle when LSU defeated Kentucky. Kentucky Coach Morris was showered immediately before Marcus Randall threw a Hail Mary pass to Devery Henderson to win on the final play of the game.

Many teams do not use Gatorade but use a substitute instead, for example the Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes use Powerade instead, due to Gatorade being invented at rival University of Florida.

Notes

  1. ^ a b Rovell, Darren. "First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat into a Cultural Phenomenon" AMACOM/American Management Association (August 8, 2005) page 90. Except at ESPN.com.
  2. ^ http://www.newsvoid.com/special/top10deaths.html
  3. ^ http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE2DA1330F932A35752C0A967958260
  4. ^ ibid, pages 77-91
  5. ^ Stein, Marc (June 18, 2008). Three Party triumph: KG leads, Allen scorches and Pierce takes MVP. ESPN.com. Retrieved on June 23, 2008.

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