Whoever came up with the #ALSIceBucketChallenge deserves huge kudos for drawing attention to a great cause and pushing it viral in a fun and productive way (last I saw, it had raised more than $5.5 million). For the past couple of weeks, it seems like just about everyone in the world of sports and entertainment has been doused, from the Indianapolis Colts to Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. Pat McAfee poured an ice bucket on Jim Irsay‘s daughter Carlie. Long-snapper Matt Overton received an entire truck bed of ice water over the head. But the most interesting Ice Bucket Challenge might have been the one completed today by Colts’ center Khaled Holmes.
— Khaled Holmes (@KhaledHolmes) August 14, 2014
A few things struck me about this video. First of all, Holmes was challenged by his brother-in-law and fellow USC Trojans alum Troy Polamalu, and we don’t talk about this family tree enough (Polamalu is married to Holmes’ sister). Secondly, Holmes wasn’t wearing any sort of brace or cast on the ankle he injured in the preseason game against the New York Jets last week. First reaction: maybe he just didn’t want to get his brace or cast soaked with ice water. Second reaction: this is a good idea; he needs to keep ice on that ankle so he can get healthy and help keep Andrew Luck alive.
But then when the ice actually made contact with his person, he scampered away, looking a little bit spry. Final reaction: huh? Maybe that injury wasn’t nearly as catastrophic as we originally thought. Maybe he really will be ready to go against the Denver Broncos in a few weeks. Maybe he could still become the Jeff Saturday-esque figure we’ve been hoping for. Maybe he’s absorbed a little essence-de-Polamalu in the nine years since their families merged. Everything I’ve seen about Holmes’ college career makes him sound like a juicy prospect. Maybe after missing most of his rookie year and giving us an early-season scare, he’ll finally get a chance to prove himself. Let’s just keep that ice on him for a while longer.