The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached the highest levels of Baltimore sports, and we should all be glad for it.
In the last day, Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome, plus Ravens kicker Justin Tucker all completed the challenge, which is an online sensation meant to raise awareness against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The viral movement challenges people to dump a bucket of ice water on themselves, then call out three others to do the same. Those who are challenged and fail to do so are asked to donate $100 to ALS research.
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It appears Orioles pitcher Bud Norris is the genesis of this challenge tree. Norris challenged three people, including Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, on Friday.
Smith completed the challenge Saturday and called out Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Tucker.
Adam Jones took his challenge Sunday and aimed high with his targets, calling out president Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, and Showalter.
Jones did the honor of dumping water on his manager, and Showalter, in turn, called out Orioles announcer Jim Palmer, general manager Dan Duquette, and first base coach Wayne Kirby.
Tucker, who also was called out by Smith, took his challenge after practice Monday and nominated Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and the Harbaugh brothers.
But Harbaugh and the Ravens front office were already called out by New York Jets coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, which led to Monday afternoon’s video.
Harbaugh called out his whole family, plus Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. Please make this happen, plus all of Showalter's challenges, happen. I'm begging you.
The Ravens have a very personal connection with ALS, so it makes sense for the team to so publicly take these challenges.
O.J. Brigance, the former Ravens linebacker and current senior advisor for player development, is a mainstay around the team’s facility and is living with the disease. I've personally seen these videos all over the place and hadn't watched them, but now I understand why this has taken off. They're amazing.