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Q&A: New York Giants started Gatorade shower

Giants started Gatorade shower

How did the "tradition" of pouring Gatorade on the winning coach get started?

The tradition started when defensive lineman Jim Burt of the New York Giants dumped a Gatorade cooler over coach Bill Parcells after a regular-season victory over the Washington Redskins in 1985, according to the book First in Thirst: How Gatorade Turned the Science of Sweat Into a Cultural Phenomenon.

Burt originally drenched Parcells to avenge a particularly tough week at practice, in which Parcells continually tried to motivate Burt by telling him that a particular Redskins offensive lineman was going to outplay him. The Gatorade shower became a regular part of the Giants' victories the next season as they went 14-2 and won the Super Bowl.

Geography and Social Security

Regarding the case of the man who recently went on a shooting rampage in Las Vegas because he was upset his Social Security benefits were being cut: Are the benefits determined by the local economy of the place where we live?

Johnny Lee Wicks, 66, who killed one person and wounded another at the federal courthouse in Las Vegas on Jan. 4, was receiving both Social Security (SS) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), according to court documents.

Most states and the District of Columbia provide an additional monthly payment to those people who receive SSI, which is a program for those over 65 with limited incomes and resources, or who are blind or have another disability. Florida is among those states. The amounts vary by state; some are paid directly by the state and some directly by the federal government. Only Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, West Virginia and the Northern Mariana Islands do not pay a supplement to SSI recipients.

When Wicks lived in San Bernardino, Calif., he received $974 a month from SS and SSI. But in January 2008 he moved to Las Vegas, and his income was cut to $886 a month. Then the Social Security Administration cut his benefit by another $317 a month because that supplement was available only for California residents.

Wicks, who had an extensive criminal record, including a five-year prison term for second-degree murder in Tennessee, claimed his payment was cut because he was black and filed a lawsuit. That case was dismissed in September.

As an aside, geography can play an important role in basic Social Security benefits. If you're a Social Security-eligible retiree who wishes to live in a foreign country, your benefits won't be affected. However, there are some countries Social Security payments cannot be sent to; among them Cambodia, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and some of the former Soviet republics.

To learn more about Social Security, go to To learn more about SSI, type SSI into the search engine on the top right of the page.

Q&A: New York Giants started Gatorade shower 01/17/10 [Last modified: Sunday, January 17, 2010 3:30am]
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