We look at something today which I still don't get --- the Gatorade Shower. Yes, it has become enough of a cultural phenomenon, that it even has its own Wikipedia entry. Don't believe me, well, click on this link.
But STOP!, not so fast my friend --- Former Chicago Bears defender Dan Hampton has a beef with that claim.
Hampton says he invented the shower in 1984 when the Bears dunked Mike Ditka upon clinching the NFC Central.
How does this pertain to a high school sports blog you ask? Well, I have an answer for you. It seems to me that Post-Gazette photographers through the years --- particularly Matt Freed and Peter Diana --- have mastered the whole "dumping Gatorade on the coach" shot and have snapped a few great ones as football teams celebrated just after wins. All that said, I dredged a few of them up from the archives and here you go (to be accurate, three of the four look as if they are just plain water):
JEANNETTE COACH RAY REITZ, 2007 PIAA CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP
CLAIRTON COACH TOM NOLA, 2006 WPIAL CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP
THOMAS JEFFERSON COACH BILL CHERPAK, 2006 WPIAL CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP
ALIQUIPPA COACH MIKE ZMIJANAC, 2003 WPIAL CLASS AA CHAMPIONSHIP