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The Ga­tor­ade Shower: The victory ritual that can’t be ducked

Publié par Clifford Armion le 01/05/2012

Monica Hesse

In ancient Rome, successful military commanders were honored with the Roman Triumph, a ceremonial celebration granted by the senate and involving elaborate animal sacrifice, the burning of incense and a procession in which the victor was showered with flowers tossed by adoring crowds. Rituals of victory are necessary rites in a society, as we feel compelled to note this week, the sanctified American Running of the Bowls. The rite by which we honor our heroes is dumping Ga­tor­ade on their heads.

It is cold, says Dan Mullen, the head coach at Mississippi State and, after his 23-17 victory over Wake Forest at the Music City Bowl, a dumpee. It is really, really cold, depending on how they hit you. If it ricochets off your jacket, you're okay. But if you ever get it down the neck, it's no good.

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"The Ga­tor­ade Shower: The victory ritual that can’t be ducked", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2012. Consulté le 26/02/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/the-ga-tor-ade-shower-the-victory-ritual-that-can-t-be-ducked