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Sunday, September 17, 2006

It's that good

Oh yeah. I think they made a statement.


Blogger beatroot said...

What statement?

What I see here is some kind of criminal offense. A man is walking down the street when suddenly another man, in Edwardian dress, throws water over him and then tries to put an orange bucket over his head.

Is this some kind of new American street crime?

9/17/2006 04:06:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

It's not new at all. As a matter of fact, it's a rather old tradition now - a way of congratulating a coach who's worked hard to help his team win a very big game.

I don't know exactly where it came from though. Obviously not from England. Do soccer/cricket players have any specific tradition by which they congratulate a coach on a hard-earned win?

9/17/2006 06:16:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

21 years old to be exact.

Here's some history:

The Gatorade Shower

The Gatorade Shower is a sports tradition involving dumping a cooler full of liquid (most commonly Gatorade) over a winning coach's (or occasionally star player or owner's) head. This activity commonly occurs shortly after a meaningful win, but may also occur towards the end of an important game when a win is imminent. 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 in 1985 when Burt performed the action on Bill Parcells after being angered over the coach's treatment of him that week. The phenomenon gained national attention. Parcells would be doused after seventeen victories in 1986, culminating with Super Bowl XXI.


1985: The crowd-pleasing tradition of the Gatorade bath is born, when New York Giants nose guard Jim Burt, in an act of revenge, pours a cooler full of the drink on his coach, Bill Parcells.

The Philadelphia Inquirer writes this however:

middle linebacker Harry Carson, the man who invented the Gatorade dump as he and Lawrence Taylor helped lead the New York Giants to their first of two Super Bowl titles in 1986.

In any case, it looks like the first to get it was Bill Parcells in 1985.

There is of course, even a blog named after the tradition: http://gatoradedump.blogspot.com/

9/17/2006 06:40:00 PM  

Blogger beatroot said...

The Gatorade Shower sounds like something Thai prostitutes do if you pay for ‘extras’….

9/17/2006 08:24:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

THATS a REAL shower ,lol.



9/17/2006 11:59:00 PM  

Blogger Redneck Texan said...

Yep....they're lookon good this year Gus.

Maybe, If our freshman QB gets his groove on later in the season we can hook up.

9/18/2006 04:53:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

BR -

The Gatorade Shower sounds like something Thai prostitutes do if you pay for ‘extras’….

Better than it's other name, the Gatorade DUMP!

Anon -

Thanks for the pics. I bet Sikorski would make a good football coach, too.


They look good, but I'm not getting my hopes up yet. We've still got big games against Wisconsin, Iowa and Penn State -- and then there's OSU. But I sure would like a rematch of that Rose Bowl game a couple of years ago...

9/18/2006 10:09:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Week 4 AP Top 25

1. Ohio State (59) 3-0 1,617
2. Auburn (2) 3-0 1,507
3. USC (2) 2-0 1,494
4. West Virginia (2) 3-0 1,419
5. Florida 3-0 1,350
6. Michigan 3-0 1,297
7. Texas 2-1 1,180

8. Louisville 3-0 1,121
9. Georgia 3-0 1,105
10. LSU 2-1 1,085
11. Virginia Tech 3-0 931
12. Notre Dame 2-1 912
13. Oregon 3-0 833
14. Iowa 3-0 831
15. Tennessee 2-1 585
16. TCU 3-0 527
17. Oklahoma 2-1 510
18. Florida State 2-1 466
19. Clemson 2-1 399
20. Arizona State 3-0 384
20. Boston College 3-0 384
22. California 2-1 383
23. Nebraska 2-1 162
24. Penn State 2-1 143
25. Boise State 3-0 110

9/18/2006 10:44:00 AM  

Blogger Top Cat said...

The Michigan win put a sinking feeling in every good Ohio State Buckeye!

9/18/2006 02:42:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

First of all Top Cat, there is no such thing as a good Ohio State Buckeye. The term is an oxymoron.

Secondly, let's not get ahead of ourselves. While Michigan did prove to everyone in the country that they are for real, I think it was clear from the game that ND was also quite overrated.

9/18/2006 03:57:00 PM  

Blogger Top Cat said...

It was ominous to watch. I couldn't believe my eyes. I should have known...argh

Showdown 11/18 at the horseshoe.

Top Cat

9/18/2006 04:16:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Top Cat are you a Buckeye fan?

9/18/2006 04:26:00 PM  

Blogger Top Cat said...

Gustav, I'm an alumnus. Why?

9/18/2006 04:47:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

*shudder* -

Well, it'll definitely be fun to have you around come the end of the season.

Have you taken the time to gloat a bit with our resident Texas fan RT? I'm sure he'd appreciate it.

9/18/2006 04:50:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

One thing a lot of folks don't know TC, is that our rivalry goes back to a time when Michigan and Ohio actually FOUGHT A WAR -

From Michigan.gov
Lead by Michigan's feisty 22 year old Territorial Governor, Stevens T. Mason, a small 250-person group of volunteers moved toward Toledo to defend their territory from an Ohio take-over.

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 established an east-west line drawn from the southern tip of Lake Michigan across the base of the peninsula. The original line was drawn using maps that showed the line intersecting Lake Erie north of the Maumee River. This is the territorial "line-of- scrimmage" that Ohioans recognized when their constitution was drafted in 1803. When the Michigan Territory was created in 1805, surveyors realized the tip of Lake Michigan was actually further south and included the area that would later become Toledo.

This revelation had the Ohioans in Congress screaming, "Offsides!" They immediately campaigned to have the northern line accepted as the official border. In 1817, U.S. Surveyor General, and former Ohio governor, Edward Tiffin, sent William Harris out to survey the line according to Ohio's constitution. The Michigan Territorial Governor, Lewis Cass, went to President James Monroe to protest the call. John A. Fulton was called into the fray to make another survey of the disputed claim in accordance with the Northwest Ordinance.

It was not surprising that the two surveys resulted in two lines eight miles apart at Lake Erie and five miles apart at the Indiana border, with a total of 468 square miles in between. Although Ohio still claimed the Toledo Strip as its own, the squabbling momentarily ceased and Michigan quietly assumed jurisdiction over the area.

The controversy heated up again when Michigan sought admission to the union on December 11, 1833. In spite of Michigan's presence in the Toledo Strip, Ohio Congressmen successfully lobbied to block Michigan's acceptance as a state until it agreed to Ohio's version of the boundary. Massachusetts Representative, and former President, John Quincy Adams, supported Michigan saying, "Never in the course of my life have I known a controversy of which all the right so clearly on one side and all the power so overwhelmingly on the other."

Ohio's position was so strong that Governor Robert Lucas refused to negotiate with Michigan over the issue. Michigan's territorial council countered by passing a resolution that would impose heavy fines on anyone other than Michigan or federal officers trying to exercise jurisdiction in the Toledo Strip. In a blatant act of defiance, Governor Lucas turned the disputed region into a county named after himself and appointed a sheriff and judge. Michigan's "boy governor" had had enough! Stevens T. Mason mobilized his troops and headed towards Ohio. The Toledo War had begun.

The War involved more saber-rattling and one-upmanship than it did shooting and blood-letting. For instance, after the Ohio legislature voted to approve a $300,000 military budget, Michigan upped the ante by approving one with $315,000. Michigan's militia did end up arresting some Ohio officials, capturing nine surveyors, and firing a few shots over the heads of others as they ran out of the area. But only Ohio inflicted any casaulties, when a buckeye named Two Stickney stabbed a Michigan Sheriff during a tavern brawl.

When President Andrew Jackson stepped in, the war ended. Jackson removed Mason from office and the militia commander, General Joseph W. Brown disbanded his troops. But Congress still held Michigan statehood hostage until it agreed to Ohio's claims. The citizens of Michigan set up a state government anyway, and elected Stevens T. Mason governor.

Michigan eventually became the 26th state of the union, on the 26th of January, 1837. But its territory did not include the Toledo Strip. Instead, it gained title to the western three-quarters of the upper peninsula as compensation; 9,000 square miles of the most valuable timber, iron, and copper country in America.

Like so many of the gridiron battles that continue to rage today, a game isn't decided on one play, but a series of plays. Poor officiating may have taken Michigan officially out of the campaign for the Toledo Strip, but in retrospect, it's obvious who won the War.

Wikipedia has some cool info too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo_War

9/18/2006 04:55:00 PM  

Blogger Top Cat said...

Damn, Gustav, will you pass the Kleenex?

So who finally decided Michigan could became a state?

Top Cat

9/18/2006 05:14:00 PM  

Blogger Top Cat said...

"Have you taken the time to gloat a bit with our resident Texas fan RT? I'm sure he'd appreciate it."

Sorry Gustav, where are my manners? Hi Tex, we're both three and O, but we're still ranked number one. Long season ahead...good luck.

Top Cat

9/18/2006 05:18:00 PM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Top Cat:

The Toledo (Border) War is one of my favorite little nuggets from American history, and shows the origins of the intense Michigan-Ohio rivalry. That's the only reason I point to it. Anyways, as the article says, we got the UP - which became far more valuable to us than Toledo ever could have ever been. To think we got so worked up about Toledo in the first place! No tears here.

Who finally decided Michigan could become a state?

Uh.. The United States Congress did..

And that wasn't much for gloating TC, and I'm not sure I understand what you're talking about. Texas isn't 3-0, they're 2-1 -- because they lost to Ohio State two Saturdays ago. Anyway, to get RT going you'll have to say something like: "We sure clipped those long horns of yours" or "I guess us Buckeys taught you cowboys how to rodeo" or "The best part of the rebel yell is when they're screaming for you to stop beating them so bad".

Yeah. Something like that.

9/18/2006 11:35:00 PM  

Blogger Top Cat said...

Hey Gustav, what if we can swap places with Poland and Ohio. Then the lateral will change from Krakow-Warsaw-Gdansk to Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland.

Of course, we'll have to change the Baltic Sea with Lake Erie :)

Top Cat

9/19/2006 01:49:00 AM  

Blogger Gustav said...

Poland is way better than Ohio.

It's bigger too. It's approximately the size of New Mexico.

9/19/2006 01:53:00 AM  

Blogger Top Cat said...

Right. The Battle for Warsaw pales in comparison with the Battle for Toledo. :)

9/19/2006 02:02:00 AM  

Blogger Top Cat said...

Dammit, I got it backwards!

9/19/2006 02:03:00 AM  

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