Last updated: August 26. 2014 9:34PM - 687 Views
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There was a time when I believed Richmond Senior athletic trainers Mike Brown and Mitch Hadinger liked me.


They probably still do, but it was hard to tell last Friday.


To be fair to those two, I did ask for it. Well, sort of.


Let’s start at the beginning. Last week, two of my friends called me out on Facebook as part of the ALS ice bucket challenge.


I had some thoughts on how I could do it, but needed some assistance to pull things together. That is where Brown and Hadinger come into the conversation.


At the season-opening junior varsity football game, I asked them if I could use one of their water coolers. This is when things started slipping out of my control.


I’m not sure which one suggested it, but suddenly the idea of me sitting in a whirlpool of ice water and then having the bucket of ice dumped on my head was discussed.


At the time, I thought: How bad could it be?


It’s summer.


It’s hot.


Perfect, I’m in.


The following afternoon I arrived at the athletic training room at the school and like two mad scientists, Brown and Hadinger greeted me with evil grins.


Right then, I knew I was in trouble. They not only had the ice bucket ready for me, but also the whirlpool full of ice. Who knows what the temperature of the bucket was, but the whirlpool was a bone-chilling 41 degrees.


Luckily for me, I was only sitting in the whirlpool for a few seconds as I completed the ALS ice bucket challenge. The video is located on the Richmond County Daily Journal Facebook page.


As is custom, I dared others to also take the challenge as well. I meant to toss the challenge out to Dannell Ellerbe, but I forgot and he is lucky I did. He said on the Daily Journal’s Facebook page, “Lol I’m glad you didn’t.”


Generally, there is 24 hours to accept or donate $100 to the ALS organization.


Perhaps it is because my brain is still frozen or because it is for a good cause, I am offering a reprieve to the people I challenged. They will now have until the end of the week to take the ALS ice bucket challenge and post the video to our Facebook page.


So, Cindy Goodman, Ken Goodman, Tom McInnis, Gene McLaurin and Richard Hudson, the bucket is now in your court. We all look forward to seeing you accept the challenge.


Reach sports editor Shawn Stinson at 910-817-2671 or on Twitter @scgolfer.


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