Ahh… the infamous Gatorade bath. We’ve all seen it many times. Just as a coach is about to win big, right at his moment of glory, a hard fought victory in his grasp — 10 gallons of painfully cold energy drink comes crashing down over his head. And he loves it. Because he knows what it means. His team won.
The Gatorade bath is probably one of the weirdest traditions in sports. And at Russell Athletic, it’s also one of our favorites. Mostly because what is says about the unique dynamics of a sports team. Ironically, the playful prank actually shows the affection and respect players have for their coaches. It’s a recognition and appreciation of his leadership. It’s also a celebration of the team’s success.
And while you may have teams in other aspects of life, only in sports can you dump a barrel full of ice-cold liquid on the head of the guy in charge and not get in serious trouble for it. We think that’s pretty awesome.
This chilling tradition started almost 30 years ago back in mid 1980’s, although who actually invented it is the subject of dispute. Some claim former New York Giants linebacker Harry Carson was the first to administer a Gatorade Bath when he soaked an unsuspecting Bill Parcels on October 25, 1985. Others say it was former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dan Hampton who invented the practice when he drenched Mike Dikta after winning the NFC title game a year earlier. Regardless of who invented the practice, though, by 1986 dunking the winning coach with Gatorade was a well-established tradition in pro football.
From the NFL, the Gatorade-dumping tradition quickly spread to other pro, college and high school sports. Now its just part of winning. Fortunately, Russell Athletic brand coaching shorts and polos are made from high-tech fabrics that dry quickly, so they’re perfect for winners.
So if you’re a coach, and your players are big enough to pick up a Gatorade barrel, you may want to stick to Russell athletic wear for your game day uniform. After all, you should always be prepared for victory.