Is there anything in sports more overrated than the Gatorade Dunk?
You know…when a coach gets a five-gallon cooler full of ice cold Gatorade dumped on him after a big victory?
With the combination of some extra time off from work for the holidays, being snowed in by a blizzard, and the lack of anything good on TV, I have been forced to watch some of the 34 college football bowl games. (The fact that there are 34 college football bowl games is ridiculous by itself, but that is a conversation for another day.) During these bowl games I have noticed an alarming trend – every winning coach is getting the Gatorade Dunk.
I watched the tail end of the Eagle Bank Bowl between UCLA and Temple. UCLA won the game 30-21 and sure enough UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel got the Gatorade Dunk from his players. UCLA’s victory in the Eagle Bank Bowl improved their record to a whopping 7-6. 7-6! 7-6 and you are giving your coach a Gatorade Dunk for winning the Eagle Bank Bowl? But it doesn’t stop there.
8-5 University of Connecticut’s victory in the PAPAJOHNS.com Bowl – Gatorade Dunk
7-6 Wyoming’s victory in the New Mexico Bowl – Gatorade Dunk
7-6 Marshall’s victory in the Little Caesars Bowl – Gatorade Dunk
Cleveland Browns coach Eric Mangini was on the receiving end of a Gatorade Dunk yesterday after finishing the 2009 season with a 5-11 record.
And the list goes on and on…
I refuse to even watch Wednesday’s pointless GMAC Bowl between Central Michigan and Troy because inevitably the winning coach will get the Gatorade Dunk.
I understand celebrating with the Gatorade Dunk when a team wins the Super Bowl or the college football national championship game. But the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl? C’mon man, enough is enough.
Please America, we have got to stop the overuse of the Gatorade Dunk.
Because the Gatorade Dunk – dare I say – is becoming watered down.
There I said it. Somebody needed to take a stand.