The new phenomenon known as the "Ice Bucket Challenge" that hit the social media circuit to raise ALS awareness has reached the Baltimore Ravens. The team's wide receiver Torrey Smith, whom we believe should have a spectacular season, was doused with chilling ice water on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of our nation's men and women serving in the military.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris called out Smith and the wide out delivered within the 24 hours he was given to fulfill the pitcher's poke. (Those who reject the nomination are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice.)
Before the splash Smith nominated Orioles' outfielder Adam Jones, Justin "The Best Combover in the World" Tucker, and fellow teammate Jacoby Jones. (Now we know who Smith fears will take all of his catches in 2014. That was easy.)
Afterwards Smith relaxed his clenched fists, shook the ice off of his head, chuckled and said, "Alright I'm going jump into the hot tub," igniting laughs and applause from the crowd.
A few other NFL notables partook in this viral and sensational act including Colts' Matt Hasselbeck, Chandler Harnish, Andrew Luck, Patrots' Julian Edelman, and Falcons' Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Harry Douglas. White's may be the most comical of the bunch, as he is seen wearing a shower cap, begging for the Lord's mercy and asking if he needs to put all of the ice in the bucket. The wideout's piercing screech that would make a pterodactyl jealous is worth the watch.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is an evolving neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons (neurons that travel from our brain to our spinal cord and from our spinal cord to the muscles throughout our bodies), in ALS later leads to their death. When motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to control muscle movement is lost and with voluntary muscle action weakening, patients in the later stages of ALS may become totally paralyzed.
Learn more about ALS here and ask your friends to take the Ice Bucket Challenge today.