After conducting countless interviews of guys in the ice tub during training camp, I finally manned up a few days ago and got in. Sort of. Not really. But I did stand in one, water and ice cubes up just over my calves, while Shaun Shuisham shouted at me to stick with it.
I did not stick with it. On one attempt, I lasted maybe thirty seconds. Maybe. On the second, I clocked myself and came up just short of a minute. It really didn’t feel too bad at first, especially after standing outside at practice for two hours. But the cooling sensation quickly turns kind of painful, and then just plain painful, not “kind of” anything. Suisham and the other amused spectators all assured me that after the painful stage comes a numb stage, at which point you can stay in for much longer. I’ll take their word for it. (Although I will say that my lower legs felt terrific for the rest of the day even after just that short exposure.)
The moral of this story? That I am much, much wimpier than Comcast SportsNet‘s Chick Hernandez, who actually got into one of the tubs to interview Andre Carter. Although, as you’ll see, it was no picnic for him either.
Hat tip to DC Sports Bog for the video. After the jump, a brief sampling of the many hats of Chick Hernandez.
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